Month: June 2011

Mexico video is up and running.

So here I am after a very long day yesterday…. SOUTH AFRICA. Stellenbosch just out of Cape Town. After a delicious breakfast in very comfy surroundings I can now concentrate on the task at hand… Teaching… !!!!! I slept well and the Guest house is superb… it's an older style white washed house with a thatched roof set in a beautiful garden. My room opens out onto a ground floor balcony and garden and the sun is shining. I noticed today that the video on the textures of Mexico is up on the Quilt show site. Textures and Inspirations of Mexico Hope you enjoy it……  

Quilting Magazines – ideas

Thanks for your comments every one. I believe that each comment is valuable but I'm not surprised at their content. Kate, I agree with you. Kate said.   "I don't think we can ignore the fact that many people lack confidence in choosing fabrics and colours – so when they see a quilt that may be in a well known pattern, but in a new colourway, they are attracted to it because they can visualise it and so feel they can make it. And it may not be just a confidence thing either – it may be a time thing, or simply that's the comfort level of the person – they are happy just making simple quilts and being guided by patterns. It seems to me that a lot of US quilts are darker, muddier, more repro than what we do here, and they can start to look the same." But what if there was a change? What if some of those magazines stepped out of the comfort zone of "pretty craft" and presented articles on …

Quilt Magazines…..

On the weekend I did something that I haven't done for about 4 years…. I picked up one of our Aussie quilt magazines. There was another one on the table, then another… So I sat down with a cup of coffee and began to peruse. I had 3 different magazines…. I have to say I was really disappointed. These are the magazines I've been bragging about and pushing to my students overseas for years and yet…. it looked to me as if they have stayed in limbo…. The projects are the same… The colors are a little different…and so were the adverts. The content was the same… There was very little to challenge or stimulate the imagination………."Wow, how did she do that" Am I over re-acting? Do you still buy the magazines? There are so many new techniques, so many new ideas in quilting… and yet I looked at those pages, willing the next one to grab my interest…. and all I saw were projects that could have been there years ago…. fu fu I …

I walked down a new road today – remembering

As I prepare to  visit the Quilt show in South Africa, I went back over my diary 5 years ago… I wasn't able to add photos then because the internet connection just wouldn't allow… so I decided to look at it again today. I walked down a new road today. The road of the black person in the townships of South Africa.I met new friends today. 3 young people who have less in life than I but who shared a small part of their community with pride. I was given a wonderful opportunity today. One rarely given to a person such as I. I share my thoughts and images with you today in the event that it creates understanding. We’ve seen townships portrayed on the news as we sat in our safe houses. I remember the uprising of the students in Soweto. The images of weapons, students bodies and distraught relatives beamed around the world. I’ve seen documentaries on South Africa which made me minimally aware of the aids epidemic. Are these the images that …

Time out

The danger of taking time out is that I sort of go into free fall and I admit to sleeping in front of the TV for some time this afternoon. I really couldn't get out of that chair. I have articles to finish writing, a shared quilt to complete, Dr's appointments, dinners with family and friends and just two days to fit it all in. Yesterday, Keith and I took some time out to visit with friends in the small historic river town of Mannum. We ate  pasties and a cream bun and stayed in a 70's hotel on the river bank. It was all quite relaxing and a small hiccup away from work. I got up early this morning and just sat and watched the galahs and sulphur crested cockatoos as they screeched their way through the crisp blue sky The days are short here as we approach the grip of winter, but I feel guilty saying that because the temperature rose to 20 degrees (70) and the day was clear and sunny. I …

I played with it.

Student Anne, said that she thought that Tetsuo Fujimoto wanted the image to flute….   TETSUO FUJIMOTO – Born 1952   "Tetsuo Fujimoto, who trained and worked initially as a weaver, describes his work as ‘machine drawings’ which are created by densely layering stitch mark on top of stitch mark, covering the base cloth and building up an extraordinary surface which ultimately becomes three dimensional. It is important that the work does not lie flat against the wall; the shadow created by the fold is of paramount importance. Fujimoto talks about his work as encompassing the macro and the micro. From a distance the work appears as a dynamic surface, from two metres we experience it as an engulfing space and from 15cm we see the intense layering of thread and stitch."      So I've played… I let it  flow and wander and I don't think I will do another one… but I wanted to "experience" the technique. Maybe one day.

Packing again.

The Pomegranates sit on the table… I wish I could eat them but I'm allergic to all fresh fruit so all I can do is photograph them. and I begin the illustration of the huipil, I thought I might put it into a quilt format… but I decided to paint it… I had Tilly to help me today so things in the studio got put on hold and we did things like "Help Bamma pack"   ….. I've only been home 10 days and I'm packing again. This time to South Africa, USA England, Ireland, Mexico. I also edited and did voice over for some film and while the film is rendering on the computer I'm going to watch TV with a coffee and enjoy my new UGG boots. My other uggies had a hole in them… disaster… wet ugg boots……I didn't need them before I left in April, but with only a week to go I couldn't wait any longer ….. my feet were freezing.

How is it so.?

Before I left for overseas I became aware of the work of Tetsuo Fujimoto. I looked at his work and I could figure out how he did it…. BUT this question haunted me during my trip… "How did he keep the fabric from puckering" So I guess the only way to find out is to do one myself…. He used a zig zag. I don't know if it's free motion or not…. but I tried ordinary sewing and found it restrictive, so I changed to free motion. I had to add the large plastic base on the tri freemotion foot on the Janome 7700 because I wanted the zig zag to be wide. The zig Zag is set at 5.5 wide….. I began by making a quilt sandwich and stitching in long lines… the accent point is where the zig zag is confined for a short time making a block of color. How wide should the zig zag be? I don't know, how far apart should the lines be… I don't know… Of course the …

A new Project

What am I doing? any ideas? this is just the beginning of an interesting experiment. I'm using black fabric, cream thread and freemotion zig zag… that means I've got the free motion foot on the machine and I have't dropped the feed dogs. I'm controlling the length of the zig zag by moving the fabric slow or holding it to get the blobs…..     I also decided to make a watercolor painting of Tilly's drawing… and I added paint stitching. I'm going to have it printed on a T Shirt.