Month: August 2014

Family, friends and fantastic fowl.

Time spent with friends and family is a gift, so our gifts were multiplied over the past four days. We visited with wonderful people who  are  humble, thankful and thoughtful. Young people who have grown up into  adults to be proud of. Older folks who have a wealth of life experiences and  stories that make you smile and say "Goodness, I didn't know that" What a treat. I barely put pen to paper in a creative way, I didn't meet my exercise goals, but I did gain a wealth of ideas and ideals. We walked around the Gorge yesterday. I love it in summer and it holds memories of my childhood and the special times we spent with our children there. One of the  favored  places was on  the suspension bridge and we had great delight is jumping and swinging it, scaring the people who were trying to cross.   The peacocks  that roam wild and capture your imagination with their brilliant plumes and the daffodill fields will be in bloom next week. stunning. Related articles …

John Glover

December 30, 2012 John Glover English: Signature of American Revolutionary War general John Glover (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At 13 I was able to go to the city on my own on the bus. I remember vividly the first time I saw this painting at the Adelaide Art Gallery. The House and Garden by John Glover. Glover is best known now for his paintings of the Tasmanian landscape. He gave a fresh treatment to the effects of the Australian sunlight on the native bushland by depicting it bright and clear, a definite departure from the darker "English country garden" paradigm. As children we drew houses with gardens and I think this picture tapped into my juvenile fantasies of the perfect house and garden. As an adult I bought a large print of the painting from the South Australian Art Gallery and over the years as we travel to Launceston we have sought to find this illusive house. I found John Glovers statue, he lived in this part of Tasmania for some time… and the image of …

Memories.

I'm writing this as I eat breakfast. Its early morning and the sun is shining in the window of the cafe. I've just enjoyed several coffees and huevos rancheros and it was delicious. I personally had a little stand off with the waitress. She gave us a table about 2 ft X 2 ft.  "Can I have a larger table please" I asked. her reply…. “no, we have a lot of people in” I saw a lot of other free tables, and single people at larger tables, so I turned on my heel and took my leave to get my IPad and she panicked a little and gave us a larger table. Thank you possum. Don't mess with the gal in red today.   Keithy has just lost his fit bit, so I'm pretending no to mind, but don't give me a small table. I was born in Launceston Tasmania. My Fathers' parents have strong connections to the foundation of the state. I can walk down streets designed by my relatives. I can go to the …

Catching up.

I've been back in Australia a week now and its been a whirl of appointments, meetings and just plain 'catchup' When I travel I'm busy, but being home is different because I have all the household and family things to catch up on and do.  Trying to fit in study and work takes a lot of  time juggling. Its with great delight I'm going to have the assitance of a PA, its going to make a huge difference to the work load and she is an absolute  champion. The notion of blazing a path into the unknown is exciting, but it can also lead to a kind of “purpose paralysis” (fear of getting it wrong) or worse , frustration when the daily grind of work doesn’t seem to reward your pursuit of those flashes of inspiration. Henry, Todd (2013-09-26). Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day (p. 15).  I've just begun a new project and its unknown and urgent that it is finished and posted by the 1st of September…and yes, I'm blazing a …

Home, planning and plotting.

  New fabrics       I've been home just over 48 hours and  my body is beginning to accept the inevitable. Its tired and not in a  USA time zone which is 14 1/2 hours difference from here in Adelaide. Sleep, eat little, drink water instead of coffee and after 3 days I'm right.  However it takes me a week,  to get back to a normal sleep pattern. I have to change just about everything.  I live two totally different lives, as soon as I step off the plane, I become the 'other person' Wife, Mum, cook, babysitter, cleaner and the brain has to compute on a different plane. It has its difficulities. I've given myself a couple of days off before I begin a 'special' quilt so in the mean time I can also catch up on appointments,  grocery shopping and cooking the meals.  Tonight we had Asian lamb marinated in soy sauce, ginger, garlic and star anise….. It was cooked in the slow cooker and served with noodles and asian greens….. Yum. …

Art is everywhere.

Jennifer’s practice focuses on creating work from paper; by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching she produces unusual paper ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects. The papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms. Jennifer tends to find items then investigate a way in which they can be reused and transformed; giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away.   jennifercollier.co.uk Paper & Stitch from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo. I create art on paper The Village of Grudley in the ‘Adventures of the Amazing Alphabet’ On Fabric The Quilt, ‘The Market’ Illustration on fabric with pen and pencil. Even on shoes Drawing with thread. Textile Art is wonderful and I’ve just spent the day judging an entire quilt show just like this one pictured on my quilt. In Galleries Isaac …

Inspiration – Think and talk about art in relation to Quilting

  Starry Crown 1987, – John Thomas Biggers     Biography "I learned a long time ago that self-dignity and racial pride could be consciously approached through art." — John Biggers, quoted in Elton Fax, Seventeen Black Artists (New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1971), 282.   I've seen several paintings by John Thomas Biggers and as a quilter and an artist I find them fascinating. In the painting above I find myself drawn to the perspective placement of his illustrated blocks on the floor and also on the garments. The stars placed over the blocks are wonderful too and he has added dimension to them with an orange outline on one side of the stars. I need to try that.   What is the meaning of the thread that is tying the participants together?   Related articles Houston first Day A day of interest. blogging and talking about design Ideas Ideas for design.

The Fannie B. Shaw Prosperity Quilt, Prosperity is Just Around the Corner

Below is a link  to a blog I wrote 3 years ago, and today I managed to visit the museum of Dallas Museum of Art to see the original. I have 5 hours in the Qantas club in LA, lots of time to think and reflect on the amazing trip I've had…. Trust me I don't take it all for granted. It's exciting, amazing, hard work and an honor to "do what I do" via pamhollanddesigns.typepad.com I absolutely love this quilt. Of course I love the colors.  I am captured by the repetition of the background of the blocks… reminiscent of some of Kaffe Fassetts single block quilts.       The black outline stitching on the appliqué is outstanding and quite graphic and the quilting follows the perspective of the walls perfectly. It's an outstanding piece.