Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Poster for WASM show, April 4 - 8

Thrilled to have my work selected for the poster for the Women's Art Society of Montreal show, where Dianne and I will both have two pieces on view.

If you click on the image you should be able to read the details.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


I have just completed a two day workshop with our very own Rosalie Dace who spends more time overseas these days so it was a privilege to be able to get her to run a workshop and attend.

This is my piece, not completely finished but pretty close. Whole cloth, skinny lilac insert, lilac thermofax cross screen print with the triangles naively fused and stitched on top.  I found I had to quilt the rest of the piece more than I thought to balance with the heaviness running thru the middle.  To finish off I may run some beads thru the lilac skinny and add a thread of darker beads running thru the triangles.  Most unusual colours for me but am very happy with it.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Show at Tudor Hall, Ogilvy's, Montreal

Dianne Robinson
Heather Dubreuil

Dianne and Heather are delighted to have had work juried into the annual show of the Women's Art Society of Montreal.

The show will be held in Tudor Hall, on the top floor of Ogilvy's, 1307 St. Catherine Street West, Montreal. It opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, continues until 4 p.m. Monday, April 8, and may be seen during regular store hours. 

The vernissage is on Thursday evening, 6 - 8 p.m. Heather will be "sitting" at the show on Friday afternoon, and Dianne on Saturday afternoon. We would love to see you there!

Special events at the show:

Thursday, 5 p.m. Sara Barnoff, watercolours

Friday, 5:30 p.m. Dr. Derek Yaple-Schobert, pianist

Saturday, 2 p.m. Monique Polak, author readings

Sunday, 2 p.m. Suzy Charto, "Becoming a Better Artist" 
and Meta MacLean, "Techniques Cirque de Soleil"

Monday, 2 p.m. Annette Wolfstein-Joseph, "The Art of Printmaking"

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

More boathouses

Boathouses #2
For the Encore challenge, I went back to the Structure theme and made a piece based on a photo of boathouses I had taken this past summer.

Near Dianne's cottage is a marshy inlet lined with dozens of these "structures". Their jaunty colours and skewed angles are so typical of maritime buildings.

In the last couple of weeks I have continued to explore this subject.

Boathouses #2 has been sent to the SAQA annual fundraiser auction.

Boathouses postcard

This postcard (8" x 6") was made for a silent auction that will be held at the SAQA conference in Santa Fe this April. It will be matted to a 6.5" x 4.5" format. I'm really looking forward to attending this conference (my first) because I will get a coaching session with Leni Levenson Weiner on "Finding Your Artistic Voice".

Boathouses #3

The rest have been made so that I have enough work for the Hudson Artists spring show.

Boathouses #4

Because I'm on the executive, I get to show a couple of pieces in the lobby of the community center for the month of April.

The show itself runs April 19 - 21, and Michele and I will be among a group of about 35 exhibitors.

This series is all in the 12" x 12" format, and uses low-immersion dyes for the sky, arashi dyes for the water, and more-or-less solid hand-dyes for the buildings and walkways.

Boathouses #5
Boathouses #6

Monday, 11 March 2013

Something to celebrate

Following on the previous post we are proud to announce we have a website of our own.

Here you can see the results of the first round of quilts we made grouped into themes and into collections made by each member.  It is fascinating to see them laid out on pages.

We will continue on our blog with the day to day sharing ideas and thoughts related to our challenges and textiles in general.


Friday, 1 March 2013

An idea that is blocked

Seeing Phil's 12 pieces together is such a treat.  Linda B has been working in the background (and I spotted her 'secret') trying to make a page for each person's little quilts - pulling them together under your name instead of the them.  BUT... Blogger doesn't support more than 20 pages - yet.  I'm hoping that they will look at this and offer us more before we run out.  You can see what this would be like if you go the the right hand column and under THE TWELVE you will see names that are grey.  Those are pages we have created.  Unfortunately I had to delete my page to create the Encore! page - all the latest quilts are up on their page.

We'll have to come up with something at some stage because each new challenge will mean deleting another page.



My challenge within a challenge is now complete.  For those that may not remember I created pieces using your theme within my theme, African Connection.

Here they are together, just pinned, not finalised, as I am still not sure of placing and the way they will be 'held' together.


The photo is not great as I have had to take this inside as its is raining, but you get the idea.
You may ask where is the thirteenth block.  My challenge was 'fresh' and I ran with graffiti using the themes in writing and that block was going to be my 'label' .... all panned out!