THIS BUSY LIFE : making plans

Lately I have been between projects, having completed the first in a series for the 2017 RATG exhibition next year, entitled TEXTile Translations. So I can’t actually show you yet just what I have been up to there…. maybe a little hint with a detail might be allowed…. 

The next piece in the series is planned out but not yet commenced. I am very excited about this series based on photos taken whilst out canoeing on the creeks, rivers and lakes in SE Queensland and Northern NSW…08_IMG_2297

And meantime I have been persevering with learning a few Illustrator and Photoshop skills…. I have signed up with Skillshare for 12 months, and have done some excellent classes so far with Helen Bradley. Here is a glimpse of what I have learned so far…. more to come! (I am a bit of a slow learner, but live in hope!) Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 3.33.26 pm

I have another little project in mind for using some of my designs… again I have to keep it under wraps for a little while! It’s quite different from my textile landscape and bird work! Suffice to say it promises to be a real adventure into 3D work for me! Then there is the possibility of fabric designs… dream on!

There are thoughts of one or two exhibitions into which it might be worthwhile submitting work  – we will see how that pans out in due course.

Not only that, another Cot/crib quilt pattern is in the pipeline! To purchase,  keep an eye out on facebook:  2SewTextiles , etsy and craftsy…..  The alpaca backing fabric is my own design…if there is enough interest I will consider making it available for purchase through Spoonflower.  I have simplified the quilt pattern from this original… fewer applique pieces… five clouds instead of seven, for example. Overall size is 36″ x 52″.

 

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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:

“THREADS OF SURVIVAL”

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?

The Tree Revealed

With only one more week remaining of the Reddy Arts Textile Group’s Exhibition “Nature’s Threads” on display at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, here at last are some photos of my finished work, entitled “Threads of Survival”. This is the culmination of all the work and progress photos shown in previous posts of the construction of the tree.

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

Threads of Survival
Threads of Survival 2015

I wrote this poem to accompany the work:

“THREADS OF SURVIVAL”

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?

 

 

WIP: That Tree again!

Because of the holidays, and being rather busy on my return, I have neglected my blog, but suffice to say that my creativity has not been! It started with all the holiday photos, enormous quantities of which required considerable culling… And then I wanted to practise my drawing (the intention being to do one a day -I think I managed 6…although that’s not to say I won’t get back to it.) but, sewing? Have I done any? Well, some. This tree, for instance. I have some progress. It has been interrupted by my spending some time working on three accompanying pieces, (being depictions of the residents of said tree) and I am pleased that they are now at the ready-to-quilt stage. They have posed a few challenges, as has the Tree. The Tree has been subject to a few poor construction decisions -I say poor, as they are not exactly bad (especially in light of some of the really bad decisions people make all the time, including self) and so these little regrets will just have to stand, and we must accept that which cannot be changed, with grace, one hopes, and not lamenting. Anyway, I am not going to make it again… And I shall let the viewer be the judge at the final unveiling… Which incidentally will be 16th April. opening night is 24th April so store that away in your memory for future reference.

Detail, the Tree
Detail, the Tree – roots
Detail, the Tree
Detail, the Tree – trunk