Sunday, 15 November 2015
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Arrived back in blogland after a break of some 5 months. Actually I was curious to see if anyone noticed. I questioned how many people still use blogs as a primary source of information over, say, instagram or Facebook or Twitter or YouTube ... or insert name of whatever is coming next. Also, it's easy for life to get in the way. It's easy to release the vigilance and commitment required to keep providing words that are of interest to others. I find it challenging to be in the moment and stay long enough to find meaning - not getting caught up in the paraphernalia of smart this-and-that, pick me, pick me. So I stopped taking so many photos that I forgot to pause and drink in the view simply because I could. I took a break from a brief romance with instagram to taste an idea. Finally, I got to Adelaide last week and be with my South Australian tribe. Surrounded myself with givers and lifters - of quilts, stitching and ideas. Bathed in the smiles and laughter of dear friends and generous spirits. Somewhere in the midst of day 3, someone asked what had happened to my blog. Nothing, I smiled. Absolutely nothing. And that's where I needed to be so I could come back. And it feels great.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
On a recent visit to the Queensland Art Gallery I came across the works of Eko Mugroho, an Indonesian textile artist and machine embroiderer. I like the subversive political elements of his works, his use of colour and stitch and how he creates texture. Great use of contrast and I find it interesting to see how visual balance has been achieved in each piece. His cartoon like speech bubbles deliver a shared irreverence for the political elite. Eko's use of rayon thread gives each piece a sheen and always invites closer inspection. A visual treat around yet another corner of another gallery in the QAG ...
Thursday, 18 June 2015
From carrier and protector of mushrooms - breaking down the fibres through scrunching, folding, unfolding and repeat. It now has a velvety quality when held .... just like the mushrooms before they too were transformed. And now for the yum part ...
Saturday, 30 May 2015
Saturday, 23 May 2015
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Monday, 4 May 2015
Saturday, 2 May 2015
Thursday, 2 April 2015
The next workshop started like a charm - lots of questions and opportunities to learn from each other. We had two sets of tables - one for 8 participants and the other catering for about 7 more. I worked mostly in the small space between them which, when workshops were not in progress, allowed people to walk through to the back wall and look at our quilts, cushion covers by Jane and other samples. During workshops there was only room for one person to move in that narrow space - me.
So I'm mid-sentence showing the two groups a quilt where I'd used chain stitch and whipped running stitch to create texture when "BANG" - a person who (to be fair) may have simply overlooked her medication at breakfast, swoops into the space where I'm standing, bumps me out of the way and snatches the demonstration piece from my hands to examine the stitching. I was too stunned to say anything and proceeded after a moment as if nothing had happened.
We were almost 40 minutes into the same class when a small voice from one of the tables said "Hmmm ... we're not making purses in this class, are we?" Life is beautiful and all credit to the three ladies who never did get to that purse workshop.Welcome to the land of stress free hand stitching!
Monday, 23 February 2015
Ruling out time spent at traffic lights, using moving walkways and stairs, there are likely to be 15 minutes in every day that can be claimed in the name of art. We decided to take back a few important hours at day's end - usually spent in front of a television set. Most evenings there's now a space between end of meal and the cryptic crossword to work on something substantial. However it's those 15 minute grabs, here and there, that enable me to get the most out of each week. They are often unplanned - the trick is to be ready to respond - oh, and to check that must-do-to-do list!
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Saturday, 14 February 2015
I'm really glad my one traditional quilt a year for 2015 is ... Shimmer!
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Monday, 19 January 2015
Sunday, 4 January 2015
Saturday, 3 January 2015
Here's to your creative 2015 and making time to experiment, undertake artistic challenges or just enjoy being where you are. Life is good.