Saturday, 18 August 2018

Hello Everyone ,
What a wonderful response from all of you re the exhibition next year . Thanks to Hilary and the idea of the form I now will have a piece ( unfortunately only one piece each) from everyone  covering all the artists we have so far done . The convener will be delighted and what an interesting exhibition it will be .
Regarding the hanging of them you will not need to put a sleeve on . I will work this out at a later stage once I know what type of stands I will have on which to display them . Our convener will help out with this aspect . So just send them as they are but please make sure that your name and address is on the label at the back of the quilt . I am so looking forward to receiving them and seeing them in reality. I promise to take a video and lots of photos once it is all set up .
Thank you all.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

'Morning everyone,
Hilary will be sending a form to everyone to give preferences to what you would like exhibited at our 'Blog It 'exhibition so I can get a reasonable spread through the artists . Those who have recently joined could wait until you have done pieces for a couple more artists but I would like to have all submissions by mid June next year as everything will need to have  labels done and I would need time to have the information about the artists and pictures of all our quilts put on to the cards.
I think it will be a quilt exhibition with a difference and really interesting for the public .
So thanks for coming on board.
Hello again everyone ,
I have spoken to the Exhibitions Convener of the National Symposium again and our ' Blog Exhibition' has been chosen as one of eight really interesting exhibitions for next year . I really hope that each of you will manage to send one of your Artist Series quilts to me either via Hilary,Phil and Patricia or couriering one to me . Helena , I think your Klimt, Lucy in Gold,would be great for Klimt . Patricia is giving her Barnes -Graham piece  so if you could all indicate which one of your pieces you would like to exhibit I shall try and even it out amongst the chosen artists . I will just fill in a gap wherever. Our newest members will not have as much choice but do send whichever you think appropriate. I am excited about his for all of us as it gives the general public an idea of how the digital age is opening up possibilities for us textile artists to show our work .
Hope you are all as excited as I am .

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Hi everyone,
Thanks to all of you who have replied enthusiastically to my previous posting.
I thought I should clarify what the "Blog It" exhibition is all about .It involves ONLY the "Artist Series "of quilts . This is an example of what was displayed :
As you can see I was only able to display my own 'real' quilts .What the exhibition person has suggested, if this exhibition is chosen for the NZ National Symposium, is to have ONE 'real' quilt from each of us members of the blog displayed .( I would be grateful if you could each indicate which quilt you would like to exhibit  - so that I don't have several for one artist and none for another! ). I think this is a great idea and have outlined it all with my previous posting . Phil has offered to collect a piece from all of you in the UK and Patricia ,who is visiting us in NZ in December, will bring them all over here including hers ,Phils and Allisons quilts. The remaining  members will need to rely on courier post directly to me at:
1 Helvetia Drive ,
Browns Bay,
Auckland, 0630,
New Zealand .
I will phone the exhibition convenor ASAP ,give her all these details , and see whether she is still interested . I will curate the exhibition .
 If there are any questions please ask and ,as I have stated, if anyone is unwilling do let me know.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Hello All,
Some of you may remember that I held a mini exhibition at our local group's show early in May . I printed out all our work on cards  (which our local printer did so well) and then displayed my own pieces underneath. The New Zealand National Symposium is being held here in Auckland in October 2019 and I have been approached by the lady on the committee in charge of exhibitions to say that they are considering it as one of the exhibitions at Symposium. She suggested that it be hung in a similar way to the previous occasion but thought that it would be fun to have an actual piece from each of us members of the blog hanging there instead of just my pieces . Obviously I would need permission from anyone interested in doing this . I would need to select one piece for each artist and those of you who are willing would have to take responsibility for insurance and postage to and from New Zealand . I would be willing to be the co-ordinator .
So what do you all think ? Would love to have feedback . If anyone is opposed I can certainly exclude that person . I just need to know so that I can give the information to the Exhibitions Co-ordinator.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Message from Linda F

Hi everybody. 

I've just been looking through the posts from this year, and once again am so impressed with the skill, both in interpretation and sewing, that all the members of this group have.  I'm not going to try and add any individual comments, just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed looking through all the work.

I'm still not sewing much yet - in fact my sewing machines haven't been taken out of their boxes since the move.  As you may have heard, we've had an exceptionally hot and dry summer in the UK so far this year, and I've been spending all my time in the garden on various projects.  I also have the problem of not having anywhere to store the empty boxes until we have a new garage built.  Things are moving on though, we have building permission for the garage and are just waiting build-over permission from our local water company as we are having to build rather close to one of their large pipes. 

We have decided where my new studio is going to be, but there are quite a lot of alterations to do before I can start using the room.  As we are also working on the designs for a new extension to contain the kitchen and a new open plan area for seating, plus a large patio area in the garden, the studio alterations may end up being part of the overall building work, which means they are unlikely to even start until next year.  So I'm going to be on sabbatical for a bit longer - sorry.

Our Festival of Quilts in Birmingham starts soon, and I will be spending five full days there all being well, so maybe a few ideas/inspirations will emerge from that.  Meantime I'm at least still doing a bit of hand sewing in the evenings.


Sunday, 8 July 2018

The many styles of Gabriele Munter

Great post today from our own Heather Dubreuil in which she reflects on discovering the work of Gabrielr Munter and her many varied styles -

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Little Swarm

 I had never heard of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, so I was delighted to discover her great talent. I will continue to study her work.

I chose her painting ‘Swarm’ from 1963 as my inspiration.

Swarm 1963

Little Swarm
For Little Swarm I chose a light grey fabric for the background and bonded the squares with ®Mistyfuse, a few at a time, and quilted as I went along. The squares are all ®Colour Catchers, the red ones painted with acrylic paint. I loved using this method and I see a series coming...............

And now for a big apology to the group:

So embarrassing, I had it in my head that the reveal day was end of June and thought I had plenty of time. So when Hilary contacted me, to hear if anything was wrong, I meant to do my piece as quickly as possible, but as you can see, it didn't happen, sorry everyone.

I just love being a member of this group and hope I will be forgiven. 

Saturday, 9 June 2018

And the next artist as inspiration is...

I have been determined to name a female artist as inspiration since I understood the principle of how we are doing it. But I keep changing my mind as to whom to choose... There are so many fabulous women making art that it is indeed very hard to decide on one single person. Only this morning I debated with myself whether I should name 'the women of the Bauhaus School', but as they are a number of women I wasn't sure whether that was allowed. Plus I wasn't sure as to how much information and literature would be available in English, although there has been quite a renaissance for them in Germany lately. Then there are so many others - Georgia O'Keeffe, of course, or Ana Mendietta. Or Nancy Holt. Or or or.
But I went back to a painter (and photographer) after all.
This is a photo of her, taken from a postcard I bought when I went to see one of her exhibitions:

This is a photo of two of her drawings as presented in a catalogue:

She was a student and then fiancée of Kandinsky who deposited a number of paintings in her basement before he went back to Russia (and returned with a different woman for a wife). These paintings then were legally pronounced hers as renumeration, and it was these paintings that were the foundation for one of Munich's famous museums, the Lenbachhaus, a must-see-address if you are interested in expressionist art. She was one of the few women members of the painter group Blaue Reiter, for a while, before she went her own way and settled in Murnau, south of Munich, in a small house that today is a museum in her name. Although there are not that many paintings on display.

Some may have recognized her by now - her name is Gabriele Münter, and I hope you will enjoy letting yourself be inspired by her work.

Cover of a catalogue

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Hi all
It is fabulous to see all your work. Unfortunately I am still not able to get comments of any sort to post on each of your quilts. I have tried everything I can think of, but no success. BUT I can write a new post! So here we go.........

Dianne: A really beautiful and gentle piece, and I like that you used your own image to interpret in her style.

Helena: I love all that rich colour and texture you have created.

Rosemary: Brilliant! I like them both, but I think I prefer the squares too - the stamp made some great marks.

Patricia: I agree Patricia - it was difficult to decide which of her pieces to use - and I did like this one too!I love your interpretation.

Phil: Eish indeed! Gosh - your piece makes me feel so homesick - that was my view every day when I lived in Blouberg and I miss it so. Thanks for the lovely reminder. Why didn't I think of that??

Jinnie: What a great find. All those layers have made a great 'sea'. Glad you put the closeup on the blog for us to enjoy.

Linda: I like how you took the very essence of her lines then used that to create something else. Isn't that what this is all about? I also like your question - I dwell on that a lot. Love the way you were able to develop your idea for another project too.

Allison: I love your interpretation and use of different textiles to achieve the look you were after.

Hilary: I love your interpretation of the same image I chose - how cool that our pieces are SO different! All that dense free motion stitch on the rock surface is perfect. Love it.

Thanks for all the lovely comments on 'Old Man'. He is a drawing of a homeless man named Paul that I used to see every day. I don't know how old he really was (he didn't know himself!) but he used to tell me he was just an 'old man'. I loved making him and yes, I am pleased. :-)))

So Uta........... who will it be???? 

Best wishes to everyone


Friday, 1 June 2018

And the next person to choose is .....

..... Uta!

Looking forward to see who you choose Uta.

The Dragon Sleeps

Sorry, I'm late - partly because I knew early on what I wanted to do and partly that I got carried away and it grew like Topsy.

I loved your choice, Linda.  So much to choose from but the line drawings spoke to me right from the beginning.  Her seas...all those lines.  How could I resist?!

So following on from being inspired by an artist's style and interpreting something local or familiar, I have chosen to base my piece on a well known feature of the Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage Site) on my doorstep - Durdle Door.

Durdle Door dragon
Durdle Door

Linear Meditation 2

Lots of stitching, changing of threads, tying off and losing threads and Inktense painting.  It is a whole-cloth piece.  I wasn't able to paint as I wanted because of the quilting and potential bleeding but I'm reasonably happy.

Now, what's next?