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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……..

Tasmanian Art Quilt prize 2018 ‘Ebb and Flow’

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I was excited to be a finalist in the above exhibition and attend the opening last Tuesday night. The event was well attended with high quality works presented.

I was quite ambivalent about whether to enter my piece, as I felt it was quite experimental and, therefore, not quite up to my usual standard. I had to really push myself to finish it; and I’m glad I did as I learnt a lot from the process.

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Artists Statement:

‘Fly like a bird and look down on the tidal flats where exposed shells and assorted seaweed are strewn on the sand. Or bob along in your boat looking across the waters, where the light and reflections dance together, to the shoreline and mouth of the tidal river.’

These two perspectives are overlaid.

Process and Materials:

This piece is an experiment in layers and transparency. There are five layers of process, beginning with thickened Procion dye monoprints of two similar landscapes in different colours. These were then torn into strips and woven together and fused to the top of the quilt sandwich. The piece was then stamped with fabric paints using found objects, such as cardboard tubing and a plastic cotton reel. The fourth process was the quilting, and lastly, painted organza added with metallic thread.

Cotton whole cloth, organza, thickened Procion dyes, fabric paints, foils, cotton and metallic threads. Quilted on a domestic machine.

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AQC finalist ‘Bridges and Borders’ 2018

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‘BORDER TOWN’ by Linden Lancaster 2018

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‘Border Town’ by Linden Lancaster

I grew up in the border town of Echuca where the Murray River divides Victoria and NSW. I spent many hours on the river – a scruffy, suntanned girl – swimming, fishing and riding my bike up and down the goofies with friends. Sometimes we would construct cubbies in the shadow of the bridge when the river was low.

My first kiss was under that bridge, bridging childhood into adolescence. Forty years later, the painted graffiti of first crushes are still being proclaimed from the bridge pylons and framework.

Raw edge applique with hand designed and commercial fabrics and organza. Machine embroidered with polyester threads. Domestic machine quilted with cotton threads.

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Detail 1. Border Town by Linden Lancaster 2018

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Detail 2 ‘Border Town’ by Linden Lancaster

A WORK IN PROGRESS: ‘SEASON AFTER SEASON’ A personal journey. Part2: Feb 2018

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Developing ideas in the artists journal

Not putting too much pressure on myself to make ‘good art’, but trying out ideas with different media. Getting a feel for the subject in other words.

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Agapanthis in different scales. White pastel resist with watercolour, pen and ink (nib). I like the combination of line and organic form and that it gives the impression of the flower without being overworked.

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Photo of blue bells collaged over calendar. Gesso has been used to soften the design.

Second page has been given as wash with then a Lillium flower cut from the wrong side of a calendar page. It was chosen for its good shape.

I don’t think I will use green.

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Colour notes. I love this gold back ground with a limited colour scheme of yellow, white, burnt umber, burnt sienna and blue.

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A photo copy of a drawings of crocus pasted onto a coloured background.

I have used ‘All purpose’ inks to colour the flowers. The inks are useful for building up layers of opaqueness and can be used on fabric.

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Printing with kids foam. Flower incised with knitting needle. Black paint is rolled over the foam and printing into the sketch book. The second page has left over paint brayed from another printing project.

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This piece of scrap booking paper is layered, with negative and positive shapes. The background has subtle text and lines from an old dress pattern.

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Photo pasted onto a smudgy background with gold transfer. The leaves have good shapes.

quince

This flowering quince comes out in August (late winter) when there is little else around. It is a tough and thorny bush. Watercolour and oil pastel resist (stamens). Charles’s drawing on the left is more stylized and has only colour in some of the flowers. I like this look.

Using Photoshop to convert my own photos to line drawings is useful, but does not have the charm of a direct observational drawing.

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Each month of the calendar will be enlarged and printed out. They will then be joined together to make the background of the master pattern. The design will have to be extended to fit in with the size parameters.

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Initial notes – everything is going into this book!