Bush-stone Curlew

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This unique Australian bird will be gracing the walls of the Arizona-Sonara Desert museum in October as part of the SAQA global exhibition “Connecting Our Natural Worlds”.

Our brief was to share a story of something relevant to the theme which speaks to our personal experience of the natural world in our own backyard. The artists statement, had to identify danger to the flora or fauna represented and recommend a call to action.

Old-timers in our district recall that they would often hear the eerie ‘weer-loo’ call of the Bush Stone-Curlew, especially on moonlit nights. Sadly, this event has become quite rare, as this species is now seriously endangered in our area.

The Bush Stone-Curlew is a shy ground-dwelling bird, found across Australia in open woodland habitats. A curious looking thing, its distinctive features are large eyes and long, gangly legs. It requires areas with lots of fallen branches and leaf litter – for foraging, shelter and camouflage.

The Bush Stone-Curlew’s only defence strategy against predators is camouflage. Whereas other birds fly away, it lies flat on the ground and stays still, hoping to blend in with its surroundings. Their chicks make an easy meal for introduced species such as foxes, dogs and cats.

In the Murray River Catchment area where I live, to aid this species’ survival, farmers, in particular, have been encouraged to protect remnant woodland and leave fallen timber on the ground. There is also a consistent programme of regeneration, through planting native species, as well as trying to control feral animals.

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Bush-stone curlew Linden Lancaster, 2019

Techniques:

Whole cloth mono-printed background with fabric paint, fabric collage, thread sketched and quilted on a domestic machine.

Materials:

Cotton substrate, fabric paint, variety of fabrics including commercial and surface-designed cottons. Cotton and polyester threads.

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Bush-stone Curlew detail. Linden Lancaster 2019

Teaching at Alice Springs

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A lovely group of ladies from Alice Springs spent two days of creating in my ‘fabric collage’ class. Some worked on their own inspirations, whilst others on the ‘Meet Jacquie’ design.

They tell me they are a ‘laid back’ bunch….but don’t you believe them- they worked right through meals!

A big thank you to Sue Thiel for putting us up (and putting up) with my husband and I. We were able to stay on and do some sight seeing, which was wonderful.

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Alice Springs Quilters

I strongly recommend anyone who has not been to the Northern Territory of Australia, to put it on your bucket list. It is a very unique place and they don’t call it the ‘Red Centre’ for nothing. Here are a few of the thousands of photos we have taken. I have come home with a head brimming full of ideas, so watch this space…..

‘Meet Jacquie’

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'Meet Jacquie' Linden Lancaster 2018

This is a new workshop using a simple collage technique and free-motion quilting. Jacquie is my sister’s cockatiel and was a wonderful subject to play with. Two day class, approx A3 size. Use your own colour palette or bring your own bird design.

For more information you can download an information page from ‘Classes’ section, above.

Painting for a change

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I’ve been having a little break from quilts the past few months. Painting and drawing is a good way to fill the well and I have been participating in a lovely online class with Carla Sonheim called “Y is for Yellow”. The following are mixed media 6 x 6 inch bird portraits from my own photos (apart from one). These will be part of my exhibition in Kyabram in October this year.

Season After Season

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I’m delighted to announce that my quilt ‘Calendar’ has been accepted for the SAQA  Global Exhibition tilted “Season after Season”. The exhibition opens at the Texas museum USA in Jan 2019. I was most surprised as I was not entirely happy with the end result, but then I had got a bit sick of it and perhaps my judgement was off!

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‘Calendar’ by Linden Lancaster 2018

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What a weekend! Cohuna Country Quilters

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Thank you Cohuna Country Quilters’ group, for inviting me to teach at your wonderful annual event. Great food, great people, great teachers and superb organisation. I recommend this event to quilters of all kinds.

Below are participants with their creations from my class ‘Pictorial ideas into Quilts’. Thank you girls for your enthusiasm and willingness to be subjected to all that design theory…….. and Anne is the most awesome angel!

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The dining hall decorated with quilts from Pakistan

 

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‘Angel Anne’

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Terrific works of art…..I hope they finish them……..