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. 
Michele

Helena

Colleen

Heather

Dianne

Lauma  





Monday, 7 May 2018

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


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!