These wonderful sea creatures are out of their watery element on the Altona foreshore in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It's winter here so no one is picnicking on the sand. I've been here for a few days so will share some more photos.
I always think food & shopping at sales are universal in any language. Bob wishes I wasn't so good at spotting the SALE signs! And while food can be hit & miss when overseas, the beauty of Japanese food is that the cafes & restaurants display bowls of the dishes in their front windows, with the prices. Mostly plastic representations are used, but this window had actual dishes. This is typical of what we ate for lunch. There is always something pickled & presentation is beautiful.
Thanks Diane, Jan, Kate & Marlene for the comments on the last post. There are many sites on Manhole Covers if you Google as Jan did.
And while my trip to Japan was in October 2008 I'll share a few of the photos I took- they fall into 3 categories- food, toilets & Kitty.
When I travel I prepare a rubbing kit- a selection of 2-3 colours of paint sticks which coordinate with my chosen fabric which was in fat quarters in this case. I also carry greaseproof paper [non waxed lunch wrap] for ironing off the excess oil & colour, masking tape & wet wipes for my hands as I don't use gloves. You can see some of these items in the photo. A sign reading "mad artist" in the country's language is optional.
And after all that rubbing, green tea is in order- the bitter taste is enhanced by the sweet which accompanies it.
Thanks Jan & Diane for letting me know you are still interested in my views of New York! Diane, I took actual fabric rubbings of the sewer covers in Japan last year- will dig out some photos of that. I found inspiration around every corner in Manhattan whether it was a famous sight or not, from the elegant to the kitsch, from the glamorous to the grotty.
My last post about the American paintings reminded me I still had a few photos of New York that I'd like to share with you. I apologise in advance if you are "New Yorked out" but I find a trip away can really open one's eyes to myriad possibilities.
These are the rubbings that got away! I was amused by the "Made in India" on the sewer cover.
Now I know where the American paintings from the Met in New York went while they were renovating the wing- they're here in Brisbane for the American Impressionism & Realismexhibition! On a rainy Sunday what better way to spend the day than being immersed in these beautiful images of countryside, domesticity & portraits of children & women capturing & revealing a bygone age. Artists Sargent, Hassam & Cassatt are featured strongly as well as Australian artists to reinforce the trends of the times & relate to our cultural context. The beautifully elegant rooms displaying the paintings were crowded with art lovers or the curious speaking in hushed tones with the occasional crying baby.
Two concurrent exhibitions in Brisbane at the QUT Art Museumare From Here to Eternity: Contemporary Tapestries from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop & Still Life: Joachim Froese Photographs 1999-2008. Both well worth a visit if you're in town. Detail R is from one of Froese's beautiful black & white studies of decay & mortality.
Felt artist Wendy Bailyewas demonstrating felting techniques at the Craft & Quilt Fair. It looked so simple, but I know it takes practice not to get lumpy bits! The soft silk scarves with felted flowers looked like spring gardens.
The Gala Dinner is a great opportunity to make new friends & renew acquaintances. I hadn't seen Erica Spinks, R & below in blue, for a while & now her good luck with the lucky door raffle rubbed off on me & I won a Caroline Sharkey print. Met the multi-talented Fiona Hammond, favourite colour orange, who quilts, knits & beads wearing one of her own creations which will appear in the Beading magazine soon.
Helen Godden, R was the guest speaker at the Quilters Guild of NSW Gala Dinner. This is always held on the Friday night of the quilt show. I have known Helen for quite a while, perhaps as long as she has been quilting which is only 6 years! Her painting background is now seeing her translate her talents into award winning quilts. She is a very entertaining speaker & had us in stitches!
Deborah Louie is the Bernina demonstrator that you will meet at the Craft & Quilt Fairs this year. Check out her wonderful quilting if you have the chance. 'Antique Floral Keyline Number 2' was her quilt at the Sydney Quilt Show which won a fourth in the Mixed Techniques- Anything Goes category.
I was lucky enough to have a play sew on the new 8 series Bernina which has many more features designed especially for quilters. But they still don't make you a coffee!
Met Elaine Rose, L editor of Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine & Marianne Roberts, Deputy Publisher of Express Publications at the Sydney Quilt Show. Marianne's quilt 'Panel Beater's Daughter' is in the background. We are lucky to have quality patchwork & quilting magazines for our market showcasing the talents of Australians.
Well, it's not Paris when you see the detail of Tom Roberts "Bailed Up" 1895, a favourite of mine at the Art Gallery of NSW. However the sculptures below, complete with sleeping guard in the archway could transport you there perhaps!
Wonderful graceful lines in the Sydney Long painting.
Travel is an exciting & large part of my life, combined with creating fabric, stitching art quilts & enjoying textile traditions around the world.
I work in the quilting industry; exhibit, judge, curate, tutor & write.
These are some of the threads of my life.