These feathered folk will soon be out of the studio and on their way to new environs… with just one more to complete, the set of 12 will shortly be hanging on my client’s wall! I have had such fun making these 8” square textile works… next up, some bigger works and barely a bird in sight! I say that because while I intend not to include any birds, you just never know when one might sneak in…..
Recently, I was demonstrating some of my textile art practise at the Queensland Quilt Show. I had a great time meeting many lovely and different women, all of whom were very kind and admiring of my work. I was blessed with an amazingly large area in which to display my quilts, and it felt wonderful to be able to work away surrounded by them. The quilted model of our holiday cottage, the bach, featured as well along with the panorama quilts of the view.
It was a great deal of fun and I really loved being able to show people how I go about making a small textile artwork. I have continued working on the pieces I was demonstrating, and here are a few of the progress photos, which may interest those of you who attended the Craft and Quilt Fair in Brisbane last week.
There is still some detail to add – perhaps to the lilypads, and a few flowers and buds to make and add: the snowflake waterlilies that abound and upon which the Comb Crested Jacanas nest, feed and appear to walk on water! Hence the colloquial name!
Keep an eye on my blog, as I will post photos of the final work once it is completed!
A few months ago, I was invited by Spectrum Textile Arts to participate in their exhibition, “Journeys” to be held at Gallery 107 in Dalby through the summer, from mid November through to mid January. Since I was already working towards the next Reddy Arts Textile Group’s 2017 Exhibition to be held at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, initially planned for around July/August, that seemed feasible and I would have a body of work upon which to draw for Dalby. However, Reddy Arts Exhibition “Talking Points” was then unfortunately rescheduled to coincide with the Dalby exhibition. Because of the earlier planning glitches with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and PRAG, when the Reddy Arts Group thinking they were not going to be exhibition in 2017 after all, had organised a second exhibition “From Raw Beginnings” in Redcliffe at the Cultural Centre in March 2018. Closely following that, another group of which I am a member, Textile Art Group, is also holding their next exhibition in the Cultural Centre in May 2018… Add to all of this, an invitation from Queensland Quilters to be their featured quilt artist at the 2017 Queensland Quilt Show 4th – 8th October! It will be held in conjunction with the Craft and Quilt Fair . I will be demonstrating two sessions daily 10.30 am – 12 pm and 1.30pm within in the Quilt Show itself – please do drop by and say hello!
Somehow I think that I will be rather busy making all kinds of new work in order to not be repeat showing the same old hat!
But wait, here is a wee preview of my latest work – new pieces for Dalby: they are 8″ square, there will be six of them, and they will be for sale.
Today, as the big wet (compliments of ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie) drenches the southeast, I recieved notification that my latest artwork didn’t make the grade for the Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards – no matter! It was the very first time I have entered this competition. I’m not much given to entering competitions, but sometimes they pay off and often in the most splendid and unexpected ways! Just not this time, alas. I ought to have approached this piece with 4 intact sides perhaps, and no empty – literally! – spaces…. but no, not me, who likes to make it complicated.
I made this to be
1) part of a series I am working on at the moment (Anfractuous Continuance)
2) as a possible entry in the Australasian Quilt Convention Challenge – Fauna and Flora of Australia – but it transpired that by it’s very nature, it would not fold well, therefore would not travel well, and as a consequence I opted not to enter – clearly I didn’t think that one through…
3) it being not entered in AQC decided to give MBRAA a shot…. never mind, I think it looks good on my wall!!!
I have named it “Cooloola Flight”. Because it’s an aerial view of the Cooloola wetlands and it features a wonderful bird we saw there – a Black necked Stork. An Aussie would call it a Jabiru. We spotted it out in our canoe on Lake Cootharaba, and was the biggest thrill of all of our canoeing excursions. He was just sitting on a little island, minding his own business, then as we drifted closer, he casually got up and strolled away for a drink, and eventually flew off to feed around the corner.
In this piece the lake and river systems of Cooloola Wetlands are depicted by the empty spaces….. it will be exhibited as one of my pieces at Pine Rivers Art Gallery along with the Reddy Arts Textile Group’s work in December and January…. until then here is a wee sneak peak because I’m too excited about it to save it for a few more months! But you will be able to see it in the cloth there.
Lots of you have seen my first piece in the series – see “Cudgera Creek” and my previous post for photos. This quilt is now in Melbourne and can be seen at the Bernina Best of Australia Awards at AQC 20-23rd April 2017.
I am currently working on my third piece, which is based around the Tinchi tamba wetlands, on the Pine River. Now I really must go and sew!!!
October 2016 was a heady month. That was when I won the Best of Show at Queensland Quilters Inc.s annual Quilt Show, with my art quilt Cudgera Creek.
I had spent the previous few months, and much of October and November, trying to perfect my ruler quilting ( a whole different thing altogether) because I pretty much suck at traditional quilting, both by hand and machine. Oh, I can do it, just not very well, and there are some amazing amazing quilters out there who make it look easy. (It isn’t). But after pulling off the big event with my art quilt, well, that’s clearly the direction I really ought to head in!
Besides, I LOVE making my art quilts. Thus, it’s been head down and tail up for the past 4 weeks (already!) since the holidays ended, and we all headed back to town and commitments….and I’ve so far loved every minute! This year, I said to myself, will be a year of ART. The thing is, if I want to be an artist, then art has to be my new full time occupation.
Recent work: a selection of drawings – I have a long way to go.
Textile pieces below: I have more, but I can’t reveal them yet… soon though! I have so far completed 3 textile pieces this year. The main one is this work in progress below, (35″ x 35″) which I intend to enter in an upcoming local art competition…. the Rosella in “Good Morning” is my donation piece for the planned Queensland Quilters Silent Auction – keep an eye on their website for further details. QQ website Dimensions are 8″ x 10″ and it is ready to hang, mounted on an art canvas.
There are more in my head! Also, I intend to take some classes…. I need more skills with composition, water colours, and landscape painting…what to put in, what to leave out, what to move where, etc! Not to mention getting the bird shapes right. If I can master these, I think they will be invaluable assets to have when designing my textile art pieces. I plan to immerse myself in art practice.