Friday, 31 December 2010
Father Christmas very kindly arranged to have my finished embroidered icon framed and it is now proudly hanging on my bedroom wall watching over me as I sleep. I have since discovered the image is of either St George or St Demetrius. It is from an icon, probably a gift from Emperor Justinian, and is kept at the monastry of St Catharine in the Sinai desert. How do I know all this? - Keith found a book by Sister Wendy (she's famous on BBC) on icons - perfect!
Anyway, here it is in the frame.
All the best everyone.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
Happy holidays to all of you. May you enjoy happy and safe times with your loved ones which will provide you with warm memories that will last for many years to come!
those wire ornaments bring back feelings of nostalgia - thanks for posting that - also reminded me to buy Christmas gifts for my hairdresser, postman andnewspaper person. Thanks phil
i know heather's cards well - we saw them last year and this year and they do get better and better. read with warmth about rosemary and when i saw her photo, i thought that i had met her - maybe at helena's gallery? she looked so delighted at having bought a piece she loved (those pieces are easy to love). and now the caregiver has one as well - rewarding to have your work so treasured , heather. how wonderful for those who know her to be part of the life of someone so 'in it.' for sure she will be sorely missed, but it sounds as though she lived life to the full. may her family and friends be comforted by the special memories she created and the good name that she had.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Almost two years ago, Helena held a group show at her gallery called "Red Alert". I submitted two pieces, and they both sold, one to a dear friend here in Hudson, Rosemary Lombardi. This was the third piece that Rosemary had bought from me and of course I was thrilled.
Rosemary was diagnosed with colon cancer five years ago, at the age of 60. She lived life to the fullest in the last five years, traveling to Italy twice, going to fitness class, reveling in the company of two little grandchildren. About 5 weeks ago, she asked me to visit her to discuss a Christmas gift for one of her caregivers, Kate. We looked at some of my finished work, but in the end I offered to make her a smaller version of the Red Alert piece, which Kate had admired.
Rosemary passed away on December 11, and her funeral was yesterday. This morning I delivered the framed piece to her husband Peter. Right up until her last couple of days, Rosemary was busy planning holiday menus and gifts. Her family called her "The Little General". I hope that Kate will cherish this piece and that it will remind her of a wonderful lady.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
What annoys me horribly but I have to work thru it as it cannot be changed is the slant of the writing. I used freezer paper cut outs to stencil and thought I had it perfect , aggravated with the quilting and the slant of the building .... ouch!
Great fun and a little daunting as I have never participated in anything as big as this.
The first showing of the Challenge was at the IQW2010 Show in Japan and it won Best Group Exhibition. It now travels in Japan, then France plus other countries and we in SA only get to see the whole exhibit ( although we do have pics) sometime in 2011 or 2012.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
These should have come at the bottom ! Above are pictures of the interior of the hotel which includes graffiti on the walls!
This is the entrance to the hotel (actually running as a B&B at the moment). Below is the view thru the front door towards the pool and verandah. There are mezzanine levels on either side of the building which hold the 10 bedrooms, all with magnificent views.
This is just a taster of what's going on so if any of you find yourselves in my part of the world it is really worth a visit.
Friday, 3 December 2010
PS there's always de-structure....wicked me!
Love the new theme! I am so happy that I have been able to and still will be able to follow my own 'african' theme.
Structure ???? This will probably be a dead give away but having had the Soccer World Cup this year .........................!!!!!!
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Hilary has told me that it's my turn to choose the next theme.
Structure. (Man-made or natural, interpreted as broadly as you wish.)
I hope you are excited by the possibilities.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
After a momentary blank on the subject, I remembered a scrap of graphic fabric that I had collected ages ago, chopped up a bunch of stuff with glitz and deemed it quite frantic. Unfortunately I had forgotten to put any adhesive type stuff down first and had to go through several manoeuvres of clamping and flipping to get my bits glued down.
I am so proud of him!
what is the next subject? and when is it due?
and come on you other 3 - i am running to my computer every few minutes awaiting the rest of the interpretations!
enjoy the day!
Frenzy! OK, I'm guilty of it not being an original design, but I've always been fascinated to see if an optical illusion of this sort will work in fabric. My first idea was an image that looks as though it is rotating, but when I looked at the complexity of the design I decided against it. This design seems to pulsate in it's original version, but I don't think it has worked in this medium. Not sure why - maybe it needed to be more complex at the centre where I simplified the design slightly. Anyway, I love the colours and I am pleased with the result of this challenge.
Loads of silver fish cut from gorgeous 'tarty' fabrics which a friend brought from Abu Dhabi were free cut along with some silvery, sparkly sheer fabrics. They were fused down. The ever spiralling lines were free motion stitched and the shark was cut from a very old piece of commercial fabric - one of the first produced in Japan to look like a hand-dye. The background fabric is one of Heide Stoll-Weber's beautiful hand-dyes.
When I announced the theme for the next challenge, this is what popped into my mind. The red is crinkled paper strips that surrounded a gift I received last year. I knew it would come in handy sometime. There are shreds from previous quilts and some silk threads as well, covered with black tulle and quilted. My machine did not enjoy quilting through the thick red paper! The edging is made of several strands of novelty wool.
Phil I really related to the sardine frenzy, as we well know that there is so much press coverage when it happens and it is amazing how not only the sardines but the people who get into such a frenzy on the beaches. I also liked your background as it gave such a good contrast and showed wonderful movement.
Heather your colours say it all - and it certainly gives the feeling of what you were conveying there - the black and white always makes such a difference which I tend to overlook when I am doing anything - gives it a definite zing!
As some of you have already put your pieces up I thought I had better do the same! Mine is, as you can see, called Fish Frenzy. It is a phenomenon that occurs when either sharks or dolphins 'herd' the fish into a spiral of thrashing fish and they then swim through them in order to feed - well that is what I understand it to be.
I drew the whole piece first then drew each fish onto my dyed background and started with discharge paste on some to remove the colour, also fabric paint and then some of the fish are appliqued on top give it more depth. I also used fabric paint to create sunlight coming through the water as I wanted to give some variation of colour and texture - I'm not sure if I achieved this but tried to vary the colour of the water and the fish.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Here are three photos, showing some of the results of today's get-together. Our play group met at Colleen's, and we experimented with using Citrasolv on pages of old issues of National Geographic magazine. I brushed the solvent liberally on the pages, closed up the magazine, let it sit for about 90 minutes, and now I am the pleased owner of about 60 very interesting pieces of paper with random, abstract patterns of colour and shape.
I placed pieces of white muslin, rice paper and cartridge paper between the moistened pages of the magazine, but the transfers were not spectacular.
I can see using these papers in several different ways. First, collage directly into work. Second, isolate a pleasing image with a viewfinder and use it as the basis for a composition. Third, scan an intriguing paper image, then transfer it to cloth by means of T-shirt transfer paper, using an ink-jet printer. Gift wrap? If you go to the Citrasolv website, you will find an artist's page with more ideas. Copyright is not an issue, because the pages are obscured beyond recognition.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
There are a couple of images that are smaller on these new pages - that is because of the sizes of the images that were uploaded. If you have bigger images please let me have them and I will upload them for you - Heather and Patricia (or you can have a go at changing them yourselves).
What about adding the statements to these images? Any thoughts?
And please can we have pictures of the two missing quilts asap? 10 days till we reveal the next challenge!
PS the pages are shown at the top just like a normal website menu bar.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Ha! I don't think you will gain anything from my sewing room - it hasn't progressed into a studio yet. It is purely for me and my mess and for that it is precious. I have inherited a hotch-potch of storage - some old oak family pieces plus Ikea shelving. I started writing about it and uploading photos and then I had a sense of deja vue - have a look at the posting back almost a year to the day - 15th November - and you'll see my space, Heather (it was before you joined the group).
And to think that in Paris I managed to sew in a tiny bedroom which doubled as an office and had a bed in it as well, and in Johannesburg I shared a narrow balcony! Something about nature abhors a vacuum......?
I have been asked to hold an Open Studio for the Friends of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June 1. Forty or so people will arrive on a tour bus. They will also visit a couple of historic homes (Greenwood and Maison Trestler), the Vaudreuil Historical Museum, and the studio of a local painter, Rita Shellard.
I am delighted of course. The catch is that after Christmas I will be moving my studio from its current ground floor location. I plan to take over two of the kids' bedrooms, now that they have moved out, knocking down the wall between them. I will have wet and dry areas, a kitchen sink, and a computer corner with a scanner. The furniture, lighting, display boards and storage units will all be moved upstairs too. I hope this will allow me to work bigger and more efficiently. At this point, my storage has spilled over to the linen closet, and I frequently conscript the large table in the family room for wet work.
Here you can see how I use the bath tub for storage of canvases, stretcher bars and big rolls.
If you have advice for me at this stage, I would love to hear it. Have ordered some backissues of Cloth Paper Scissors' Studio magazine. Maybe you could post some photos of your workspace and we could have a virtual studio tour!
Wild, wacky and some of it quite wonderful, with very little quilting in evidence.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Still can't believe it.
My childhood memories are based on the fact that I was born and brought up in Durban, South Africa. In fact I was born in Addington Hospital which is literally across the road from the beach. Situated in the Tropics I was surrounded by brightly coloured flowers and birds, lush vegetation, exotic fruits and rolling hills.
The countryside was my playground and the first thing I did on getting home from school was to run bare foot out of the house and disappear until supper time.
The night sky at the top represents the clear skies and the Milky Way – no light pollution to spoil the view. I remember seeing Sputnik flicker across the sky.
Then there is the beach, the wide blue skies and the Indian Ocean, getting sunburnt, peeling, sand in the sandwiches and everywhere else! A trip to the beach was a treat which meant a ride on the train – a steam train with slam doors and windows that opened – the smell of the smoke and the smuts that got in your eyes.
Below is a representation of the garden my mother kept full of flowers and plants, the mulberry trees and the fruit which we gorged ourselves on, the Jacaranda tree with its purple flowers and the tree house and swing my dad built in it for us. The sparkles in the plants are the fireflies we saw at night.
What I can’t put in the picture are the sounds of the frogs croaking after one the frequent afternoon storms had passed and the smell of grass after the rain.
My life as a child was special. It was filled with love and music (my mother was a music teacher and played the piano) and art (both my parents were amateur artists) and crafts. We were encouraged and abetted by our parents to try all sorts of things from glass blowing to clay modelling, making kites to bashing sheets of corrugated iron into canoes to sail on the river. My mother sewed and made all our clothes – which is definitely where I got my love of fabrics from!
If the image I am painting sounds like paradise – it almost was.
I can't wait to see what the others have done.
PS I now have to get cracking on two samples for the class I am going to teach at Festival next year - they must be finished and photographed in less than two weeks and they are only in my head at the moment! H
Thursday, 4 November 2010
We don't have a consensus yet on bringing the date for the Frenzy challenge forward - if you can't make it and would prefer to stick to the original date please let us know.