2015 – how productive were you?

Do you reach the end of the year and wonder: whatever happened to it? Where did the time go? Did you spend it well? How do you assess it?

An interesting exercise was to take a look at how little or how much I achieved in 2015 in the textile art world. My feeling was that I maybe had not accomplished a great deal particularly in the area of actual textile ART, even though I seemed to be constantly busy, juggling part time work, home duties, designing and sewing.

To find out, I made up a Timeline.

There was some time out in November , and a holiday in January, apparently, but for the most part, it was a pretty steady year… on analysis, I found there was a very real relapse into traditional style quilt making, part of my designing and writing patterns , and some experimentation with the new movement of Modern quilting. I guess the alphabet  can be counted as art….  and true art work was completed (although commenced in 2014) for the two exhibitions, and there were little forays into thread sketching  and quilting… example: my quilt for the Queensland Quilt Show 2015

What next?  The timeline proved just how much I did accomplish, and encourages me to tackle the new year ahead with 12 whole months in which to draw,  paint,dye, stitch, applique, and quilt.  My aspiration for 2016 is to set aside traditional quilting, and to create a number of landscape and seascape textile artworks, with the intention to  exhibit in 2017. And a new timeline at the end!

Threads of Survival

 “Threads of Survival” is a tetratych in fabric, made as part of the Reddy Arts Textile Group’s exhibition “Nature’s Threads”held at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine, Queensland, in April and May 2015. This is the culmination of all the work and progress photos shown in previous posts of the construction of the tree. It was also shown at Aspire Gallery, Paddington, Qld in September 2015

I have used mainly cotton, and utilised raw edge applique, dye, thread sketching and quilting.

I wrote this poem to accompany the work:


Tangled threads. Roots, twined together.

These life-giving fibres, stitched to the cliff…

Holding, but barely.

How long?

Dying limbs reaching. Sticks, interwoven.

This nest, of wood-woven threads…

Holding, but barely.

How long?

Ribbons of rain; and leaves, sunlight-threaded.

This tree surviving, is fledglings’ safe haven…

Holding, but barely.

How long?

Queensland Quilt Show

That’s the show over for another year! It was a fabulous show with many wonderful quilts executed exquisitely and beautifully – great to see an interesting collection of modern quilts there, my latest enthuse! (more in another blog) I managed to take out the 2nd prize for Professional – Mixed techniques with this quilt, so you can imagine that was an exciting day!

Aitanga-a-tiki-kapakapa o Aotearoa
Aitanga-a-tiki-kapakapa o Aotearoa

and my good friend Brenda Wood of  2Sew Textiles won two first prizes! Amateur Art: “Dune View”

Brenda and Dune View

and Amateur Pictorial!!! this one named “Bellbirds Too” was her remake (in a different design)  of her Bellbirds quilt that was stolen from the show in 2013! Brenda and Bellbirds tooBellbirds Too

We both went back to the Show yesterday to see all the quilts again – and the ones that we had not had time to see on our first visit. Such a good show, congratulations to all the wonderful hard working Committee and helpers who made it possible! Many many thanks, Ladies. You can see all the winning quilts here: Queensland Quilt Show.

Also a huge thank you to the sponsors of my prizes: Wabi Sabi Designs Find their website here, and Schoolhouse QuIlters here is their facebook page.

Play Days in May

There is an ongoing Art EveryDay challenge happening on Textile Art Collective (Facebook) (closed group, but if you are into textiles, and want to join, just ask)  for which I have the privilege of, this year, setting the daily inspirational word. This isn’t always easy, but is a bit of fun nevertheless… and tends to be something I think I would like to interpret! however my pieces don’t always come up to scratch, and I have to admit that I also lag behind from time to time – well, life has a tendency to sometimes get in the way. I have also discovered that the medium I am most passionate about – textiles –  takes four times as long as I think it will….. so thus far, daily drawings/paintings I can manage, but I am only up to working on my third textile piece for the whole month!! ( Although, don’t get me wrong, I am still doing textile other things as well as this Play Day in May routine…. time spent lately on a QS quilt, to be a wedding gift! more on that later, once I can do the big reveal!  there might be a few teasers, somewhere on the blog…)

So here you see, Day 22, LAYERS  – progress shots…

It is still a work in progress; I think it needs beads….  See my page Play Every Day in May for more photos of this years challenge, and the daily words if you would like to try it out!  May 2013 days are there as well….

Nature’s Threads Exhibition: Reddy Arts Textile Group

Nature's Threads DL

It’s on! Our 2015 group exhibition opening night Friday 24th April, 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery in Strathpine, Queensland. Our guest Speaker is Kay Haerland, renowned Textile Artist and fellow member of RATG. There is some wonderful and varied work on display. The exhibition runs from now until 30th May. We would love to see you there! Those of you who have seen some of my earlier posts of construction of “the tree” will be able to see the finished work, “Threads of Survival” …

here is a wee teaser:

Threads of Survival teaser

hope to see you sometime at the Gallery!

Exhibitors: Jill Burgess, Kim Boland, Donna Davis, Sue Duffy, Di Flint, Helen Forrest, Kay Haerland, Jeannie Henry, Jan Hutchison, Alex Stogdale, Kate Watson, and Brenda Wood. 

Pine Rivers Art Gallery
199 Gympie Road, Strathpine.
Entry and parking via Mecklem Street.
Please RSVP for the opening night: PH 3480 6941 during gallery hours
Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

Closed ANZAC Day, 25 April