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?


Line Series

I loved the choice of Wilhlemina - so many different avenues to explore.
I finally settled on her very simple exploration of line.

 These are from her Line series. I love the feeling of movement she portrays with just simple lines.

I thought I would use the same idea to draw another portrait. Could this be a recurring theme???

I stitched the lines with thick black thread then added more to the background. Dilute acrylic paint and Markal oilstick were used to add soft colour. I am most pleased with his ear!

'Old Man' 16" x 16" Stitched monoprint on fabric by Claire Passmore

I am absolutely loving being in this group. I have tried so many times to post comments about the posts everyone adds, but I have no idea where they end up as they never seem to show on the blog postings. I will try again this month and see if I can get anything to 'stick'!


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Ice Shards

Ice Shards

Here is my first posting. 

After looking through Wilhelmina’s vast collection of artworks, I settled on this one to interpret.

For my piece, I started by dying a square of canvas and used it as my base.  The splintering ice shards had to be angular and yet delicate, so I used a scrap of lace curtaining.  The shock waves were created using the confetti technique with lots of embellishment to give the piece sparkle.

 Shards of ice splintering in shock waves from a galaxy’s frozen orbiting satellite.

How did that happen?

Wilhelmina Barnes Graham worked in a variety of styles, re-visiting old favourites on many occasions but of all her pieces it is her line series that I like most. This piece in particular - the use of space, the colours, the intersection of the lines all say gorgeous to me:

And then with this in mind I wandered off and created something without the colour or the intersections and my own take on the space:

And what was in my mind, rather than the work itself,  also lead to this 9" x 7" stitched Journal Quilt for our Quilters' Guild CQ challenge:

What I really need is the confidence to produce something as sparse as this:

but this then begs the question why fabric?????

Sea Sketch

  I had never heard of Wilhelmina Barnes Graham and enjoyed discovering an artist I knew nothing about. I particularly liked her line drawings, and wanted to try something similar. Originally I planned to use a yellow and grey colour scheme and had chosen all my fabrics and threads, but whilst I was searching for something else entirely unrelated to this challenge, I came across a piece of Bondaweb which I had painted several years ago, and which I had stuck to a piece of butter muslin. It seemed perfect for this. I covered it with a layer of sheer fabric before quilting as the bondaweb was coming away in places.

   I'm not sure how well it shows up in the photo, so I am also including a close up.


A popular exclamation in South Africa is 'Eish!' and that is how I felt with this challenge. I found her work strangely interesting but nothing jumped out at me initially.  After staring at an array of her work I had a light bulb moment and all I could see was the forever popular pics of our iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town taken from across the bay from Bloubergstrand beach.

There are two pics that probably sent me down this route and they are ......

I have very loosely based my subject matter on the shape of Table Mountain but I have allowed the quilting to flow as it dictated hence the title 'My Way".

The whole cloth was dyed and then I went in with Derwent blocks/pencils.
This piece is quite simplistic for me however I did enjoy doing it.


It was yet another hard decision as to what piece of work to choose to interpret/be inspired by.  Our chosen artist's work was very varied and I really liked her lines depicting the sea and waves but decided in the end to use the one below.  I liked the colours and perhaps as winter has reached our part of the world it felt apt that I use this one.  I drew the design and it evolved as I went along as it looked a bit flat, so layered quite a few pieces of net in different shapes to compliment the design, which definitely added a lot of depth to my piece.  
I really enjoyed working on this and I think I can safely say it is one of my favourites.

Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham
Another  previously unknown artist to me . She led an interesting life amongst groups of other artists but had a variety of styles of her own . She was varied in her work and I found it difficult to choose a particular painting or even a particular style . In the end I interpreted 2 of her paintings trying out different techniques . Here are the 2 paintings I selected :

The styles were very different from one another . Here are my interpretations :

I think I prefer the one on the right which is somehow gentler. For this I took a sawn off 2inch square piece of wood and used it as a stamp. The one on the left I used wool and free motion couched the lines of colour between the circles.I had good fun with both . Rosemary

Fuschia - inspired by Pink and Flame, 1958

I was absolutely delighted to discover Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham's work and to read about her life. There were so many of her paintings that I found inspiring but the one that captured my heart was this one, Pink and Flame, gouache on paper, from 1958.
Mine is also inspired by the dazzling colours of the fuschia flowers that are in bloom now. After an extremely long winter, colour is what I need right now!

Matsue Jo

Wilhelmina certainly had a variety of styles.  It was hard to choose between the really contemporary modern work or the more traditional style.  I wanted to incorporate one of my pictures from my latest trip to Japan and I have enjoyed looking at the work of Rosie James and our own Helena Scheffer and also Gillian Travis.  So when I saw some of Wilhelmina's sketches, some of which were brushed with a hint of colour, I thought I would give it a try. 

Here is a picture that I used for influence: 

And mine.  This is based on a photo of a castle in Matsue, with, as you can see, the cherry trees in bloom.  It is all "drawn" in black thread and then I did a bit of colour wash using water colour crayons. 

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

De Musei Fabrica

De musei fabrica

Cloth and Stitch inspired by the Maude Abbott Museum at McGill University in Montreal.

By happenstance Heather Dubreuil talked to Dr Rick Fraser who is in charge of the museum and somehow came away with the idea that our group - Text’Art - would do an exhibit based on artifacts in the museum.  It didn’t take long for us all to say “yes” when she presented the idea.  It was quite exciting, and a bit daunting but by the time all the pieces were hung we were all delighted with our output. 

It was hung in an ante room to the William Osler Medical Library and the cabinets that are there were filled with items to complement our pieces.  A vertebra , some 100 year old hearts in their glass jars, surgical instruments, books from the library…..  It was very special. 

Here are a few pictures that Heather took.  I would like to send you the booklet, but will have to do it by email as it is a PDF file and it won't work here. 






Monday, 7 May 2018

Hello again everyone,
Can't seem to post the video . Probably another skill I have to learn!

Hello everyone,
The past weekend was the weekend of my group, Auckland Quiltmaker's  exhibition and market . As you know I was asked to have a mini exhibition within the main exhibition . There is a small side room which i was given and I found that I needed 4 drops (I chose black) on which to present all our work . I had information sheets made describing each artist and all our interpretations . It was very well received and engendered a lot of interest. We may have a few more followers of our blog ! I called it"BLOG IT".  Here are some pictures and a not very good video.
The quilt under Wilhelmina was fun to do (and very quick) and based on her work but won't be my posted work at the end of the month -so watch the space!


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

The Series 'Play of Lines' and how it came about

Hilary has asked my to write something about the quilt featured in the SAQA Journal. In fact, I haven't seen the journal itself yet, somebody only sent me a scan. I hope I will eventually receive a copy... but of course I did give input to the article.
The quilt shown is this one:

Play of Lines IV

It is one of the early pieces in my series 'Play of Lines' (you can see more pieces from the series here), which, as the article states, was inspired by my son's early drawings. It continued up to no. 40, although not all of these quilts were made from his drawings. 
In the series I was working on exploring the relationship between lines and their contexts, changing the original inspiration, working on color combinations, different arrangements - basically doing the 'working in a series' exercises that one does when one is trying to develop an own voice. One quilt would frequently lead to another idea, and I worked on that series for several years.
I used only hand-dyed fabrics, mostly my own, only very few from other dyers, and that was when I also started my business with hand-dyed fabrics. (Which I recently discontinued.)  
This particular quilt was the first attempt at using a particular drawing by my son, and I was still struggling to find my bearings, but I was determined to use yellow, which is my favorite color. Because I ran into quite a few problems along the way while making this piece, I then started developing a technique of individually crafted paper templates that made it easier to achieve proper joinings of seams because I did not really like the effect I arrived at with this one. However, come to think of it, perhaps I should try again. Make this one over, in different colors, certainly it would turn out differently... As I often said to the students who were taking the class that was based on this technique: you never know when a series is finished, there might still be a piece waiting down the line that belongs into this particular sequence!