Sunday, May 31, 2009

Caught my eye at Quilt National 09 #2

In an exhibition the size of Quilt National it is not easy to pick a favourite, so here are a few more of the details which caught my eye for their colour, composition & skillful execution. L is a detail of 'Suzhou Street Scene' by Mathea Daunheimer who also signs her name in Mandarin characters.
Bonnie M Bucknam used large hand stitches on her piece 'Reflection'.

Sue Ackerman was awarded the Most Innovative Use of the Medium for 'Africa Scarified IV' left which used tea bags, organza, beads & hand & machine embroidery.
Britt Friedman won the Heartland Award for 'Grey Grasses IV' a beautifully subtle piece with enormous presence in the photographic images of grasses on the blue background.
Pam RuBert always delights the imagination & brings a smile, the Eiffel Tower making an appearance in 'Paris- Wish You Were Hair'.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Queensland Quilters Challenge

It's a busy weekend in Brisbane for textile enthusiasts with the opening of the
Queensland Quilters Challenge last night. L-R above Jane Rundle- Challenge Coordinator, Sue- a Challenge Judge, Robyn Flynn- the Challenge winner & Lyn Barber- my co-judge standing in front of Robyn's winning quilt. The exhibition continues at the Circle Gallery above Art Shed, Montague Rd. West End.

Bob came to the opening with me & is seen chatting to Bernina representatives L-Kerrie & R-Joy. Congratulations to all the entrants who showed imagination & skill in bringing their interpretations of the theme '25' to life.

Congratulations Helen Kidd, second & Trish Cartner, third.

Jeannie Henry creator of the quilt featuring Helen Forrest.

Bernina at Textile Art Festival

There are so many amazing textile displays at the
Textile Art Festival that where ever you look another fabulous creation comes into focus. The garments from the Bernina Fashion Show are truly stunning & can be viewed from all angles. Cactus is a particular favourite of mine so I loved the beautifully beaded ones on the skirt below.
Bernina is releasing this book, Galleria in October & it will be a wonderful showcase of the many Bernina Friends entries in the recent '8' challenge launching the new 8 series machines. My quilt 'Captiv8ing' will be part of it.

Stunning Surface Decoration

Stunning Surface Decoration was the name of the workshop I taught yesterday at the Textile Art Festival in Brisbane. What a great day of using oil sticks & paint. Some of the wonderful results are posted here. Thanks for sharing your day with me L-R above Derita, Gaye, Jill, Sue, Sue, Lydia, Ivy, Cheryl, Julie & Wendy. Jill & Ivy I'm happy to post your pieces left on the design wall if you contact me.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

STATE of the ART quilt 09 in Brisbane

As curator of the STATE of the ART quilt 09 exhibition, today was hanging day at the
Textile Art Festival starting tomorrow at the Convention Centre at Southbank, Brisbane. I have the before, during & after photos to share. My helpers are committee members Suzanne in purple & Mel who worked with me in Townsville where we also enjoyed the support of her husband John.

Caught my eye at Quilt National 09

There are many pieces which caught my eye & drew me in for a closer look at Quilt National 09. The few I'm sharing with you in this post & the next are by no means the extent of the wonderful work on display which ranges from quirky to sophisticated with the full range of today's art quilt techniques & execution being explored.
Ginny Smith caught my eye with the bold yellow & black of her naive styled design.

Sue Cavanaugh uses shibori in 'Ori-kume#1' right & was awarded the Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design.
Kathy York's 'Little Fish in a Big City' below, had the novelty factor with it's dimensionality & you can read more about the construction on her blog.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Dairy Barn

Quilt National is held at the Diary Barn in Athens, Ohio. It is a lovely old barn restored & used as an arts centre. The upper section is divided into various workshop rooms & offices. The downstairs gallery houses the 83 quilts from Quilt National. Lorraine & I are standing in front of Carol Taylor's quilt 'Abundance'.

Home Down Under

I am finally home after many delayed flights & one that was cancelled. I started travelling home from Athens, Ohio at 8am on Sunday & got to sleep in my own bed on Tuesday night.
While waiting for our delayed flight in Columbus Ohio, Lorraine Carthew & I met the delightful Yvonne Porcella founder & first President of Studio Art Quilt Associates. She was also attending the SAQA conference Art & Excellence in Athens.
I'm a big fan of Yvonne's as it was her colourful quilts that I first saw when beginning my quilt making journey in 1990. We passed the hours in delightful conversation with a generous, knowledgeable & interesting woman.
As I still have many images from the conference & my trip I'll be sharing these with you over the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who has been following the blog & passing on comments to me. It's nice to know you care.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Homeward bound

Farewell Athens & New York, the long journey home begins. Things to look forward to- my own bed, jet lag, family, friends & vegemite! Not necessarily in that order!
Having gained a day on the way to NYC I now lose it coming back.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Quilt National 09 opening

Well, you meet the most interesting artists at a
Quilt National opening & some have worked their fingers to the bone! Susan Else produced 'Nothing to Fear' left.
Other artists below with their work are Australians Ruth deVos & Alison Schwabe, Canadian Anna Hergert & American Regina Benson.
While Beth Carney, another exhibitor & I just had a great time at the dinner catching up after seeing each other in New York earlier in the month.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Lunn fabrics Lancaster

It was a beautiful warm sunny day for our drive to Lancaster Ohio to the studio of Lunn Fabrics, the home of Debra & Michael. And they were having a sale! The fabric was sold by the pound! I have admired their textile designs for as long as I can remember & now they produce their designs in batik manufactured in Java, Indonesia. As an added bonus we took a short walk uptown past many historic homes & discovered the birthplace of General Sherman of the Civil War.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New friends

Workshops are great to learn new techniques & expand the possibilities of quilt making.
Another nice thing is meeting quilters from other countries & making new friends. I'm here in Athens with Lorraine Carthew, work above & we have met Ellen Lindner from Florida, work to the right.

Carol Ann Waugh has heavily stitched her piece from the workshop & it has taken on wonderful dimension & mystery.

Debbie Bein of the colourful socks has used her own printed fabric & what started as a teapot has taken on a very sophisticated quality.