Monday, July 28, 2008

New Contemporary Techniques Series

My new series of Contemporary Techniques classes is starting this coming Saturday at The Quilters Garden at Albion Park.  This time we are making a larger wall hanging in four parts (employing the quilt-as-you-go technique) of the Four Seasons.  We will start with Winter (appropriate on a chilly day like today, don't you think?) and cover a wide variety of different surface design and embellishment techniques. 

There are a couple of places available in this class, so get in touch if you'd like to join us.  If you'd like me to visit your shop or guild, I'd love to hear from you too.  Email me at for more information.

Friday, July 25, 2008

In my Mailbox this week

arrived the latest issue of Australian Patchwork & Quilting (Vol 17 No 1) featuring my Frondescence quilt as a project on page 36.

A little further on (page 42)  is a Quilter's Profile on me!! 

They've done a lovely job and I'm very pleased with the way both the project and the profile look.  Thanks AP&Q!   You can find the magazine in Newsagent's now if you'd like to read all about me (blush ;-))).

Monday, July 21, 2008

Making Connections

"Nexus" Quilt Triptych 76 x 138cm

I've just finished this piece for the Meroogal Women's Art Prize - my artist's statement is copied below.

My response to the theme "Celebrating the everyday things women do" takes three parts - Nurture, Nourish and Nest.  Every day, we nurture our children and encourage their development; we nourish their bodies and minds; we build a nest, a warm, safe haven from the perils of the world at large.  In doing so, we form a nexus - a series of connections which bind our families to us.  These connections extend to the women who surround us - our sisters, mothers and friends - who make up networks of love and support, who give us strength.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Unexpected Pleasures

One of the courses I was required to take last semester was 2D Imaging for Artists.  I was not at all keen, as computer stuff just seemed too much like work to be fun in my art life, so I thought I'd just get through it and tick it off my list.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  

In addition to learning how to tweak photographs in Photoshop, I am now able to design my own business cards, exhibition invitations and such with a much more professional and confident approach.  And I must say that playing with digital photos is FUN.  We got to use the school's lovely digital SLR camera's (I soooo want one now) and then mess with the mundane images to create something far more exciting.

The image above is my final project for the course, called Reflection (clickable for a larger image).  My results arrived in yesterday's mail, and I was pleasantly surprised to get a Distinction - pretty good for a course I only intended to turn up for and never thought I'd enjoy.  You never know when life is going to serve you up one of those unexpected pleasures.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

New Class Sample

At last - some new work to show you!  I've just finished this latest class sample for a new one-day workshop I'm calling Constructions (for want of a more catchy title).  Participants will learn three different improvisational piecing techniques, hopefully giving them a jumping-off point to start making their own contemporary or art quilts.  Fast learners & over-achievers will also make a start on some fun free-motion quilting.

I've been quilting up a storm over the past few days at home, as well as doing some class development work & fighting off a cold (ick).  Tomorrow I'm off to Sydney to present my quilts at the NSW Quilters Guild's Friday Showcase - maybe I'll see you there!!