Thanks to all who came along to the exhibition opening yesterday. It was a very special day and one that will stay in my memory always….
Here are some pics:
SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH at 2 pm The G.R.A.I.N store community art gallery, Blake St. Nathalia, Victoria, Australia.
A selection of over 40 works produced from 2007 until 2017
Design board display with inspiration and works in progress:
‘Fragments from the found’ small textile/mixed media pieces mounted on canvas $40 (or sign up for a class on Saturday October 14th and learn how to make them)
Two different sets: Michellia and Carolyn’s Roses- $10 for a pack of 6
I will be at the Gallery every Sat between 11 am and 2 pm until the exhibition closes on November 18. Come in and have a chat!
This is a commissioned project for Quilters Companion’s ‘Great Australian Quilt Designers’ which is coming out this October 2017.
Showcasing three Australian creatures in aboriginal fabrics, this is a fun project that can be completed in a weekend. Display your triptych on art canvases or in the usual way.
Due to copyright, I am showing only details here. If you would like more information, follow my classes link.
This year I have joined the local Wildflower group in Nathalia. Once a month they go on a field trip in our local area to identify species. I find it truly inspirational and can’t believe how many interesting and beautiful places have been right under my nose all this time! In March we visited the Barmah Lakes and I became fascinated by the Reed Warblers (even though they would not sit still for a photo!).
The following piece of work is inspired by this activity. It consists of four vertical panels that can be viewed as a whole or in part. It started life as experiments in digital photos on fabric. I was challenging myself to make as many different pictures from the one photo as I could. When I pieced them all together it looked like a dogs breakfast! So I cut them up and pieced it with other fabrics in an improvisational way. This became the background for the birds and reeds.
These are only sneak peaks. You can see it in its entirety at my solo exhibition at The G.R.A.I.N store, Nathalia (Victoria, Australia) from October 5th until the 25th of November.
A big thank you to another local artist and naturalist, Anne Timm, who travels with me and answers all my questions.
Original and digitally altered photo of reeds for background piece.
A few weekends ago I had a wonderful time with the Centre Quilters Circle at Wangaratta. I stayed in a cottage nestled in an amazing garden belonging to the most creative and hospitable Sandra Makin. The ladies in my class designed their own landscapes after completing my pattern (you can see parts of the blue bell woods in some of the pictures) . We covered composition, colour, and fabrics that work well for landscapes. Thank you to all for an unforgettable weekend!
The following are ‘works in progress’.
Here are the artists.
Here are a couple of shots from Sandra’s garden….amazing! These are true colours, not photo-shopped!
I was thrilled and much encouraged to win the Australasian Quilting Convention’s challenge: ‘Australian made: Flora and Fauna’ for 2017. A good start to my full time textile art career. Thank you to the sponsors ‘Brother’, for their generous cash prize.
I enjoyed a dinner last night in Carlton with other SAQA members from all over Australia……very exciting.
The red kangaroo and golden wattle are famous as symbols that signify the uniqueness of Australia. They both appear on the coat of arms and are part of our shared cultural history. Aboriginal Australians have utilized them in many ways for thousands of years. Tourism Australia makes use of the kangaroo in its logo to “help ensure instant recognition for Australia around the world”. The Golden wattle is our national floral emblem that inspires our nations colours. It “has become our cherished symbol of celebration, of joy, of sadness and of remembrance and of home wherever we may be…”