Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Quilting Arts (!) AND it's my Birthday Day

Quilting Arts June/July 2012

It was such a treat to open my mailbox today.  My copy of Quilting Arts arrived.  I wrote an article, thanks to the Quilting Arts staff encouragement and assistance, and it is a thrill to see it in print.  I have been receiving emails from friends who saw the piece, but it wasn't until today that I got to see it "in the flesh".  AND, today is my birthday day!  What a nice present.

Australia Collection

Then there is the additional thrill of appearing in the same issue as two (!) of my Sisters in Cloth buddies.  And we didn't realize it until the magazine had gone to press.  Carol Ludington is a master dyer! (She's also a gifted there is always something interesting from her at Show and Tell)

The other featured Sister is Martha Wolfe.  She was one of the very early members, and continued to participate in our challenges even after her family transferred to Florida.  Her work is simply amazing!  Two of her contributions to recent exhibitions are included in the is my all-time favorite (so far).  Tiger Lily is part of the Double Take exhibit that we hope still has "legs" and will travel to at least one more venue.  Fingers crossed.

Pretty great birthday gift! 

Carol Ludington
Martha Wolfe spotlighted

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Artwork of Merelyn Pearce

To Margaret Preston I detail
The first weekend of April we attended the Australasia Quilt Exhibit in Melbourne.

There was much to be excited about...and we photographed it all.  Starting with the work of Merelyn Pearce, a New South Wales quilter, who has won just about every award one can...and justifiably.  I was blown away by her precision and her vision.
To Margaret Preston I
Six of the ten large art quilts exhibited were odes to the art of Margaret Preston, Australia's great woman artist "between the wars", who was greatly inspired by nature and Australian Aboriginal art
Myall Lakes

Queen of Hearts detail

Queen of Hearts

To Margaret Preston II detail
To Margaret Preston II

To Margaret Preston III

To Margaret Preston IV

To Margaret Preston V detail
To Margaret Preston VI detail

To Margaret Preston V

To Margaret Preston VI
The last piece of the Preston series is Preston Dreaming, about which Pearce says that she sought to highlight the influence of Australian Aboriginal Art on the work of Preston who strove to achieve a truly uniquely Australian artistic expression.
Preston Dreaming

Wrapped in Love detail

Preston Dreaming

Wrapped in Love
Merelyn Pearce's work is fabulous...we found ourselves, several times, drawn back to her work in the course of the two days.

More photos of other equally compelling exhibits to follow.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kids in the Studio!

 This Summer 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors includes a section on Kids' is such fun.

The team there approached me to write an article, having heard that I have kids in my studio AND a nearby "wet" studio for their other, less fabric and machine-friendly, projects.

It was a wonderful experience, working with the folk at Interweave.  I had no idea how satisfying the adventure would be.

The issue is, indeed, special...featuring studios much more together and wonderful than mine and artists whose work we all admire (like Ann Brauer, Jane Dunnewold, Jane Davies....).  Pretty heady company to be in on one's first go.  Thank you, Cloth Paper Scissors!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Where to begin?!?

We are home from our adventure.  Because of various insufficiencies, I was not able to blog frequently while we were traveling Australia.  I will remedy that now, in no special order of events.

First:  the reason we choose April was to be assured that the "wet" season would be over and small aircraft travel would be possible to remote areas in the Top End.  We took a very interesting route to Kununnura, Western Australia from Melbourne (where we spent our first three weeks)....via Perth and Broome...inexplicable, but we made it.  From there we boarded a four-person, single engine aircraft to fly to the Bungles, where we rendezvoused with our small helicopter (without doors for better viewing) for a tour of theses incredible sandstone monoliths.

Lake Argyle, largest artificial lake in OZ, created by damming Ord River
Left fixed-wing aircraft to board helicopter for Bungles

Here's what wikipedia has to say about The Bungles:  It is located in north east of Western Australia. The nearest major town is Kununurra to the north, or Halls Creek to the south.

Purnululu is the name given to the sandstone area of the Bungle Bungle Range by the KijaAboriginal people. The name means sandstone or may be a corruption of bundle grass. The range, lying fully within the park, has elevations as high as 578 metres above sea level. It is famous for the sandstone domes, unusual and visually striking with their striping in alternating orange and grey bands. The banding of the domes is due to differences in clay content and porosity of the sandstone layers: the orange bands consist of oxidised iron compounds in layers that dry out too quickly for cyanobacteria to multiply; the grey bands are composed of cyanobacteria growing on the surface of layers of sandstone where moisture accumulates.

As my jet-lag dissipates and I tackle the pile of mail and to-do tasks, I will return to posting more adventures.  We had SUCH a wonderful time.  You will love the photos which include a fantastic quilt (and art quilt) exhibit....more to come.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fiberactions Reveal Day

Fibonacci's Garden
Fiberactions second Challenge is to explore the use of a Split Complimentary color family.

I interviewed several combos and decided to go with one that made me smile, one that would be a pleasure to work with, while still being a challenge.

Golden Yellow is my focus, with red violet, violet, blue violet, blue and cerulean blue as its supporting counterpart.
Fibonacci's Garden detail
I did not have a clue as to where I was going.  I gathered the fabrics and started cutting.  My formula was cut, sew, press, sew, scrutinize and repeat.  It did make me smile.  Per usual, I developed a narrative while cutting and sewing.  The story was one about Fibonacci, the famous Italian mathematician in the early 1200’s.  This little piece references his number sequence and spirals.