Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More Textile Art Festival

The wonderful part of the Textile Art Festival is that it encompasses so many fibre fields in the most creative way. This display is from the Australian College of Computer Embroidery & Textile Technologies.

Dairing knitwear had amazing fibres to knit with- linen which looked like paper, leather strips & cord, silk & stainless steel.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Textile Art Festival

The theme for the competitions  was 'Alice in Wonderland' & many stands also had embraced the theme. Here teacups hang from the fantasy tree in the Bernina area. They also sponsored the wearable art section.
Diane, the Expertise Events site has the upcoming quilt & textile shows for Australia & New Zealand, so that will give you an idea of the variety to choose from. Textile Art Festival is specific to Brisbane only.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Some Mexettes at the Textile Art Festival

Me, Marg & Diane pose in front of my work 'Counting' in the STATE of the ART quilt 10
gallery at theTextile Art Festival. Sadly it is over for another year, but I have stocked up on interesting products for playing with & using in my textile work.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Textile Art Festival

I'll get back to Cockatoo Island soon, but now the Textile Art Festival which is on in Brisbane at the Convention Centre, Southbank. Mel, Jane & I set-up the STATE of the ART quilt 10 exhibition so please drop in & say hello today or tomorrow.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sydney views #3

Kate, it certainly was a captivating sculpture & I forgot to say the MCA is the Museum of Contemporary Art & inside the galleries have more wonderful work from artists who are part of the 17th Biennale which is titled The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age.
Part of the program is on Cockatoo Island, with a free ferry from the Commissioners Steps outside the MCA to the Island, passing under the Harbour Bridge & Lunar Park. The Opera House, above is also passed on the trip.
The Textile Art Festival opens today in Brisbane.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sydney views #2

This sculpture 'Neuron' by Roxy Paine was positioned in front of the MCA building at Circular Quay.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sydney views

Yes, Jan I was lucky enough to recover my photos from the card & can now share them. The seagulls gather at Darling Harbour for lunchtime handouts! Sydney is such a picturesque city because of the harbour & water views.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On Track #1

This my quilt 'On Track #1' which is part of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum New Quilt exhibition. It is nicely positioned between 2 other vertical orientated designs at the entry to the smaller gallery, near the main entrance. It was a great opening with many of the artists in attendance.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Back from Sydney

I had a lovely time in Sydney, but unfortunately my camera stopped working & it looks like it is unrepairable. I have yet to take the photos off the card. However I can say the Best of Show quilt 'Under the Canopy' by Kay Haerland was very detailed & beautifully executed. Kay also had a retrospective exhibition in the quilt show area & the quilts were stunning- wow!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Off to Sydney

I'm flying to Sydney today for the Quilt Show which opens tomorrow. The Quilters' Guild of NSW are good at getting the winners online quickly, so enjoy browsing the site tomorrow.
Will take lots of photos of the trip to share with you.
I'm glad my 'upcycling' of a UFO has inspired you Diane.  Jan, it is hand dyed fabric bought many years ago- remember OzDyeArt in Brisbane? Sadly they closed, also many years ago.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Journal cover

I have been recycling some quilts which didn't get completed & are unlikely to now, as my work has moved in a different direction, into journal covers. It has been very satisfying to have this play time. Back view on R.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Little things

'Enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back and realise
they were the big things.'
From 'Soul- heart, mind, body, spirit' published by Affirmations Australia Pty Ltd. Designed & edited by Suzanne & Barbara Maher. 

Friday, June 11, 2010

More totem poles

These wonderful totem poles are from Vanuatu & were on display earlier this year at the Asia Pacific Triennial. Many Australian art galleries also have Aboriginal totem poles in their collections.
Kate, I'm loving your photos of Brisbane street art & thanks for yesterday's comment.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Totem poles

We came across these wonderful 'totem' jetty poles at Wynnum, a bayside suburb of Brisbane. No fabric or oil sticks on me.
The tide was out revealing the mud flats, but lovely views for fish & chip eating.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The 'pink' question

"What if everything in the world was pink?" asked 5 year old granddaughter, the other day. Hmmm...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

'Raining Green'

I have a hanger in the family/TV area for quilts & like to change them regularly. 'Raining Green' has just gone up. It is hand dyed & printed & went to the Taiwan International Quilt Exposition last year.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The New Quilt 2010

The catalogue for The New Quilt 2010 arrived with an introduction by Dr Dianne Firth, the Guest Curator. Each of the 26 selected works is represented by a thumbnail of the detail shot, so I'm looking forward to seeing the work on display at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum from June 18- July 25. The New Quilt is an initiative of the Quilters' Guild of NSW.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Down Under Textiles Issue 2

The second issue of Down Under Textiles is out on the shelves. I picked up my copy from Sewco yesterday as the STATE of the ART quilt 10 is featured on four pages. As Curator I'm very happy with the support we get from Australian magazines. More quilts will be featured in the June issue of Down Under Quilts.

This is a detail of Betty Bull's quilt 'Buderkin Sunset'. Jan & Ginny, thanks for your comments yesterday on Indian Adventure #2. It will be fascinating to see how the textiles are made & where they come from- glimpses behind the cloth.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Indian adventure #2

One of the special exhibits at AQC was textiles from India & wood block printing demonstrations. I bought the stitched panel above because of the colours & the elephants hidden in the design & have later found it comes from a project that Fiona Wright is involved with. Fiona also runs Creative Art Safaris to India & other exotic locations & runs the Pukka Place Hotel.
Kate you are spot on about the Eyewitness guides.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Indian adventure

I have succumbed & bought this Eyewitness guide book. We've used Lonely Planet for many trips over the years, but when Jeri showed me the New York Eyewitness I was hooked on them- lots of coloured photos, diagrams, easy to read information & maps.
Rhonda Preece was a student in Oil Stick Intensive at AQC & told me of her Textile Traditions travel tours to India. The elephants playing polo convinced me, as I love elephants & all that they can do or just be. So I'm planning on going next year- nothing like forward planning!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

All things Indian

I'm having an 'Indian' experience this week for various reasons  but came across these lovely wood blocks & textiles at the Heavenly Abode stall at the Brisbane West End markets a few weeks ago. Owner Jemima Brain also had hand quilted jackets for sale as well as the beautifully printed quilts.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Student work #2

"A pinch & a punch for the first of the month" is a ritual we have in this household, so with Bob in Beijing I had to e-mail to 'get' him.
Jill, who was in the Mono-Printing Magic workshop at AQC this year, was also a former student from 2008 & e-mailed images of her completed work 'Tribal Sticks' worked on in the Divide & Conquer workshop.