Monday, 19 January 2015

Two upcoming shows

Come Sit with Me, Patrick Caulfield

Delighted to learn that my work has been juried into a show at the Montreal gallery, Beaux-Arts des Amériques, 3944 rue St.-Denis.

Forty artists, forty works in a variety of media, all in a 16 x 16 format on the theme Still Life: Re-visited.

January 29 - March 14, 2015, with a vernissage on February 7, noon to 5 p.m.

I was lucky enough to see the Patrick Caulfield show at Tate Britain in 2013. His work is mostly still life and interiors, distinguished by a strong black line and bold, solid colours. Hence the title of this piece.

Open Door, Riga #2
based on a photo by Lauma Cenne

AND three of my Cityscapes have been accepted into the Annual Juried Show hosted by the TAG Gallery, 168 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON.

Forty-four artists, 88 works in various media.

January 31 - March 6, 2015, with an official opening at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries and visitors are encouraged to vote for Viewers Choice, to be announced at the end of the show.

It's satisfying to see work in fibre being accepted into general art shows. In fact, I think some jurors are happy to have something a little different amidst all the oils and acrylics.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

A cautionary tale

Godward, The Mirror, 1899

Yes, I have completed my Sand challenge, due at the end of February.

A reminder: Sand is a very light colour, and it can function as a sheer when it is placed over darker cloth. So, for those of you more fastidious than I, you might want to "face" that paler cotton if it overlaps a dark shape, whether you use fusible appliqué or stitched appliqué.

And no, that's not me. In January, Canadians wear flannel to bed.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Still using the theme of our daughter's marriage and thanks to my daughter's idea of what to do for this month's theme, I have managed to complete the above.
The wedding commenced at 5.30pm.  We were at the venue from 10am busy with hair-do's, make up etc.  During this time our daughter wore a turquoise blouse (you are going to have to trust me on that as it does not show well in the photo).
Using some of my precious Kaffe Fasset and Bali batik fabrics, I put this little piece together and quilted it with a heart design.  In the photo is our daughter Orah, in the dressing room, wearing the turquoise blouse, having just had her hair done.

Monday, 1 December 2014


I found this wonderful piece of fabric to use as a background as it was such a good match to the thread colour we were given (which I had and which made it so easy) but was at a loss as to what to place onto it until my sister in New Zealand gave me this wonderful idea, so thank you for that Rosemary you can take all the praise for that.  I thoroughly enjoyed drawing out the design and then implementing it on fabric.  It was appliqued and thread painted and I was quite pleased with the result.  Apologies for this late entry but we had a huge storm yesterday and our internet went down.  Anyway, better late than never.  I hope you all enjoy this piece.

Sunday, 30 November 2014


  For twenty years I have been fascinated by the 5-6,000 year old carvings at the neolithic site of Gavrinis in the Morbihan, Brittany. I finally got to see them for real last year and in the last two years I have filled a sketchbook and a half with prints developed from a couple of the motifs, which I then printed on fabrics. I had done a few samples, but then come to a standstill, with too many ideas as how to use them swirling in my head. Some of my fabric samples were printed on a turquoise background, so I decided to use those, starting three quiltlets. This one was finished first and is my favourite as it seems to say what I wanted to say best of all and has given me a clearer idea of how to continue. I'll show the others when I've finished them. It was printed with fabric paints and machine quilted. If you are interested in finding out about Gavrinis, you can see the carvings at


Where I really began *Photo updated

First of all my apologies for the quality of the image. I had this piece finished within days of the challenge being issued then completely forgot all about it. Hence an emergency dash to the i-camera this morning. Hilary, I'll replace it this evening assuming I can get enough light to take a better photo.
The reason I finished the piece so quickly is that I've had the central section, with stripes, on my wall for years. It was put together with offcuts from a fairly traditional piece, I loved the absence of straight edges and so my love affair with freehand cutting and piecing began.

Turquoise Challenge

Amongst Friends and Growth Rings
                                                 Amongst Friends      acrylic on mulberry paper

These two works are both studies using turquoise. I hope to work larger in my pod series on mulberry paper from textured collographs using cloth and sand gel. 
My other plans are to continue a series using abstracted natural forms as inspiration to make some larger themed works,  incorporating spheres and varied qualities of line. Lots of inspiration has come from attending the World Festival of Threads this week, in particular from the subtleties observed in the work of Karen Rips and powerful tribal totems of Alice Vander Vennen.
My observations here are that a small increase in colour intensity or a small amount of colour  against grey can go a long way in creating emphasis.  To create more unity, I will increase the visibility of the growth rings or intersect them, to promote a more dominant theme. Wax resist, fine white scribble marker or stitch could be used to further experiment with mark making.