December 25, 2010
Each year, our very talented Airedale terrier usually gives her dad a wonderful Xmas gift. This year it was a replica (well sort of…) of herself!
Here’s a few photos of her good work…..well her mum (that is ME) provided considerable help, can’t you tell?. Also another photo showing Zenny resting early on Xmas morning, awaiting her reward….breakfast ham!
On a more serious note, with the new year about to pounce upon us, my thoughts are directed towards making some firm goals. Goals that will hone in on developing new skills or sharpening areas where this is needed. I will be talking about these in future posts, so do come on back and leave an encouraging comment, wont you?
Whereever you are, I hope you are having a very very good Xmas break.
PS. In case you are wondering, I made the dog from calico, gesso, acrylic paints, offcuts of batting, and machine stitching. Quite easy to do, once I got started.
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December 5, 2010
Sydney’s continuing rainy weather is influencing the time spent in my studio. Straying somewhat from my usual methods, I have been playing with paper, acrylic paints, threads and other yummy bits and pieces.
I was one of three members asked to be guest speakers at the ATASDA NSW Christmas meeting yesterday on 4/12/2010. I showed fifteen quilts – traditional and contemporary and talked about the techniques used and inspiration behind their designs. Being part of the ATASDA group yesterday felt very special – time to enjoy other’s hearts and minds – to see and hear about their creative endeavours and what matters to them.
My presentation included this unfinished piece of quilt-art made primarilly with hession and paper. I applied Jo Sonja’s acrylic paints and stitching by machine and hand. More work is needed to complete this piece of quilt-art.
And….after my presentation, a very nice surprize happened…..After the meeting I was delighted when one lady asked to purchase my tulip quilt that I designed especially to enter into the Quilters’ Guild Darling Harbour exhibition earlier this year. It’s gone to a good home – I couldn’t be happier.
Once home again, I unwound by doing a little more work to this piece which reflects my love of outback Australia where the rich earthy colours dig deeply into my soul.
More and more, I am finding my mind is concentrating on elements of design. This piece is quite symmetrical but with subtle diversions.
Do you like it? I welcome your impressions especially about design and what impacts on YOU.