Friday, 24 June 2011

Congrats Helena

Congrats to Helena for having her SAQA auction piece featured on this week's e-newletter:

Scheffer AQ
Spontaneous Combustion 2
Here's the link:

Well done, Helena.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Food for thought

Do follow this link to some very thought provoking and helpful advice from Jane Dunnewold.

Read the script from her lecture at the SDA conference, What Matters, and then scroll down and read the two posting about Working in a Style.

I have saved these in Word docs on my computer - to be savoured later and referred to again and again to spur me on.


Friday, 17 June 2011

Hendrik Stroebel - part two

Here are his ceramics .......

Hendrik Stroebel

I have just returned from stopping off at one of our local galleries to see this most magnificent exhibition by a local artist, Hendrik Stroebel.  I have seen a couple of his pieces before but this is the first solo exhibition I have seen and am blown away.  He heads up the ceramics department at our local Technical College but his second love is these hand embroidered panels set either in a collage form or on there own in one of his ceramic frames. Here goes.....

Yarn Bombing

Yes, I know, I've already posted this picture. But if you're interested in knowing about this form of knitted or crocheted graffiti, check out this website:

Apparently, June 11 was International Yarn Bombing Day.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

New Twelve Group

Just picked up the first reveal of the group called 'Tangled Textiles' .  There are 9 members and they were set up with the help of the Twelve by twelve group.  Their theme was 'games'.  Blog is

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


I had to take some pics in my 'studio' this morning for a friend thinking of setting her machine into a table.  I decided to show you my studio/space and you will realize why I am so envious of all you lucky ladies who have wonderful large studios.

This is our 3rd and smallest room probably just over 3m square. 

This is your view as you turn left on entering the room.
Swing to the right to the opposite side
Swing right again facing the entrance to the room

Move back to between the first two pics (sorry could not change pics around!)

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Fibre Art, NYC, Part 3

Oh yes, and these two photos from Brooklyn...

Fibre Art, NYC, Part 2

This one was from the Museum of Modern Art, "Patchwork Quilt", by Romare Bearden, 1970. It is cut-and-pasted cloth and paper with synthetic polymer paint on composition board. "The reclining figure at the centre of the work resembles those of Egyptian tomb reliefs and its flattened pictorial space recalls Cubist painting. The background is made from collaged fabric that the artist has assembled into a patchwork quilt, invoking a distinctive African American domestic tradition."
Also from MoMA, this is called "Sackcloth 1953" by Alberto Burri. It is made of burlap and thread on canvas.
This last one is a Paul Klee, and though it's not actually fibre, it makes me think of a traditional patchwork. "May Picture", 1925, oil on cardboard, from the Met.

Also saw a few really beautiful Klimts at the Neue Gallery, but I wasn't able to photograph them, and an impressive collection of Matisse at the Jewish Museum. I love both of those artists because of their references to textiles.

It was six wonderful days of looking at art and architecture and soaking up what the city had to offer!

Fibre Art, NYC, Part 1

Thought I would share some of my "finds" from my recent trip to NYC. One of the fibre pieces I saw I wasn't able to photograph. It was from a show at the Gagossian Gallery in Chelsea, "Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: l'Amour Fou". It struck me because it was very much a Picasso, using commercially-printed fabric collaged to canvas, with paint.

The one shown below is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. Titled "Durasa II", 2007, it is made of thousands of aluminum caps and seals from liquor bottles that are flattened, shaped, perforated and assembled with copper wire. "His work is anchored in his traditional culture (Ghanaian kente cloth); Western art (mosaic, tapestry, chain mail armor, the paintings of Gustav Klimt); and contemporary life (alcohol consumption, the detritus of consumerism). 'Dusasa' may be translated as a 'communal patchwork made by a team of townspeople,' like his assistants."
This next one is called "Hanging" by Ted Hallman, 1965, from the Brooklyn Museum of Art. "The juxtaposition of natural fibers with the luminous new synthetic material was wholly original at the time." It "introduced Americans to the ... emerging craft movement and helped to bridge the perceived aesthetic gap between so-called craft and fine arts." 1965, people!
I'm going to continue this in another post, because I'm not able to add more photos to this one.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011


Wow, has this given me a challenge to keep within my overall 'Africa' series.  I am really going to have to dig deep with this one .......eureka!  'Dig deep?'   Sometimes it does help to put pen to paper.

Sunday, 5 June 2011


I just found this photo amongst others by Erik Johansson, a 21-year-old Swedish photographer.

This isn't my inspiration but it appeals to my quirky sense of humour.