Month: April 2014

A surprise.

‘Surprise'    verb (of something unexpected) cause (someone) to feel mild astonishment or shock:   Goodness, I’ve had my share this year. For the most part they have been ‘A nice surprise’ I  got some happy news today, it's a wonderful opportunity and I will share more about it later. I had to make some quick calls to the US and its now confirmed. Fantastic. I don't take these wonderful things lightly, some of my peers are doing it tough with health problems right now so I realise that every day and opportunity is a gift. So I'm happy to be unwrapping it in my own strange way.   Tonight I have 3 quilts on the table to be finished and I leave in two weeks so the pressure is on. I've designed 3 totally different techniques with these quilts and two of them will be new classes!!! In reality I should be quilting rather than writing the blog, but I need a little break now and then.   Why on earth am I watching a …

A day in the life of a quilt designer.

4.30. The eyes open and the heart beats a little faster as the day ahead passes through the mind like a flash. Its clear, colored and I rarely achieve all that I set out to do but its good to have a starting point. It's raining, not cold just wet. wet. wet. I lay there thinking. "So much to do and so little time, shall I go back to sleep"  Nup.   I'm lucky… I can spring out of bed and hit the floor running. 5.00 am in the studio and I procrastinate on answering emails. I have a phobia  of making phone calls  and emails are not much different, it stems from my "Painfully shy days" I make a note on my calendar and force myself to make the call before the end of the day. I'll check the  orders. I know they have to be done. I have to check, check and double check. 5.30 am stop mucking around and quilt. I quilt for an hour on a project. 6.30 am, breakfast, and coffee will …

6.00 am and the weather has turned. The rain is washing the leaves off the trees and I hope to have a day in the studio today. I have a little creative block right now… not a block with the imagination, a block with the day to day chores that need to be done as well as creating stuff.

The best laid plans.

The best laid plans of mice and men, Who on earth said that…. what does it mean? It comes rom Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse, 1786. It tells of how he, while ploughing a field, upturned a mouse’s nest. The resulting poem is an apology to the mouse: But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren’t alone] In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promised joy. The poem is of course the source for the title of John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel – Of Mice and Men.I have every day planned  to fit in the amount of work needed to be done in a short time.Ha, It all began well today. I figured I would spend and hour and a half getting my new phone and do the supermarket shopping…. wooow try 5 hours. 3 hours alone were spent just upgrading the phone…My head was spinning, I was thinking of …

Donkey Divas.

A busy day today, I was out in the studio early and finished a few minutes ago. Its time to watch TV, drink coffee and think.Working on Donkey Diva today, not sure if I’ve overdone it a bit. These images are taken directly from my photos of Donkeys in the town of Carrizozo, they will feature as classes at the Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts. Sometimes when I’m taking photos, I really have to put a lot of effort in to make them work…..Then again, I have days when everything works in my favor, light, environment, and the luxury of time.And so it was the day I visited  Carrizozo.Some 60 miles from Alamogordo New Mexico, the town of Carrizozo gained notoriety for its links to the notorious “Billy the Kid”Nestled next to the railroad, the town plays host to huge lumbering freight trains that signal their  arrival with the shrill wheels on metal and the distinguishable sound of the signal. The backdrop of huge mountain ranges rise up from the flat yellow plains to …

Traveling, Teaching and tall tales.

In the past 99 days I traveled a total of 58,321 miles, slept in 24 beds in 6 different countries and carried 135 lbs of luggage with me. (more on some occasions)I met 1000’s of wonderful people and in doing so I shared my ideas and passions on Textile Art.Thank you one and all.And I do it all again in 3 weeks. This time it’s a round the world tour. Tonight I’m in sit still and contemplate mode and listening to Lent at Ephesus, Benedictines of St Mary as I write this post. It’s 7 days since I’ve written a blog.Last week I was at the end of a 3 month tour and I was concentrating hard on giving my students the best that I could and to be honest I just ran out of steam at the end of the day.I still have more images to put up of the Australasian Quilt Festival but it can wait a few more days.When I’m in  teaching mode, it occupies my body and soul and  tasks other than …

Visiting Melbourne.

What a great day. Melbourne is a vibrant city with a lot to offer the casual observer. We are staying  in the Hilton on the park which is  within walking distance of parks and shopping and despite using the local  trams we still managed to walk about 10 kms.I’m still in work mode and I honestly don’t have a turn off button but I’m working on it. A lunch time entertainer singing to an appreciative audience on the lawns of the library. The sun shone, the noise of the city was soothed by his singing. music in the park One of the many street sculptures in the centre of the city. people leave messages in leaves in this water feature. Pamela Irving created Larry LaTrobe in 1992 as part of the Percent for Art Program and Swanston Street redevelopment. He is a life-size dingo-like dog who surveys the activity in City Square. Larry was based looselyon Irving’s dog, Lucy, and on her uncle, Larry. She claims that the dog is conic to Australia, …

Architecture, Art and People.

Here in Melbourne, I’m watching the morning news as I work. Its something I do each morning at home so its like joining an  old friend today. Good morning sunrise.The sun is tipping the horizon promising a beautiful day.I just want to walk and take photos today. Architecture, Art and People.Of course the first stop will be Hosier lane. The art began to appear at the turn of the 21st century and changes constantly.Walking the lanes surrounded by strong images and bands of color is a stimulation for the senses.Last year we introduced Tilly to the art and she was mesmerized. I can image what its like being a child in a tunnel of color….. magical.