Month: September 2014

Capturing color.

I began my day with great enthusiasm and walked about a mile from my hotel to Piazza Venizia. The plan was to look at the small hidden gems that are not on the normal tourist lists.  The church of San Marcello al Corso, I actually passed it first without realizing the magnificence behind its doors. There were only one or two people visiting and the tourist throng were passing by. It dates back to early Christian times even earlier than 418 AD My tour took me to many significant churches tucked down colorful narrow cobblestone streets. The biggest surprise of all was the gallery of Palazzo Colonna and my walk was co-ordinated with it's opening on Saturdays. Palazzo, means palace and the eternal entrance gave no clue to the sheer majesty behind the door. Rome is full of surprises and I delighted in the day. I made sketches, captured colors and images, in all it was a creative day.   The color palette I collected today from one painting alone. Related articles Its about to …

Creating textile art from your holiday snaps!

    I'm in Rome and I experience so much visual inspiration. I imagine many of you have been in the same situation but wonder how you transfer what you see to a creative art piece, be it in fabric, photographic or on paper. I like to take a sequence of images to tell the story. I delight in the moment and I try to capture that moment to celebrate an everyday occurrence. By paying attention and respect to minor things I can raise them to a higher level, one that we can all respect and enjoy. I look at situations, I look at color combinations, I look at the unusual, (such as a pigeon on a revered statue's head) Statues wrapped in plastic displaying their nudity. Almost everyday, there are moments to capture. Do I want to transfer that to fabric? Absolutely, but I need to work out whether I want to merely decorate the surface or reinforce the theme in a particular sort of way. Each element used in my image needs to …

Rome, I’m working on it.

I’ve been in Rome 24 hours and I think it funny, my room is  the size of a box. You can just imagine my face when he showed me my room last night. I sort of spluttered…. And I paid for an executive room!! The internet doesn’t work in the room either. I sort of got an idea that there was a problem when everyone was in the lobby with their computers. ‘Free Wi fi’ in the rooms it advertises.  I mentioned the problem to the man behind the desk this morning. ‘Why doesn’t it work’?  He asked.  “I guess there is no internet”. I said. “But why is there no internet”? He said sharply. “I have no idea” I said in surprise. (Sort of it's your hotel honey, not mine) An hour later he said I should move toward the door to get better internet…!!! The door is very close to this little desk… what do I do lean on the door handle? He then offered to shift me to a room with real …

I was close to tears.

  peace I'm writing this in the plane and I can finally feel the tension drain out of my body. I'm an organizer. I put everything in imaginary boxes and tick them off.  I need everything well prepared before I travel. The trauma of getting to my Hotel in Strasbourg without a functioning GPS made me even more aware of the difficulties. It was indeed very stressful for this '60 something' gal. I checked the GPS, it was working just fine, I actually went into the GPS company and double checked everything for it to function on my iPad an it has done for some time. I prepared the route. I needed to fill the tank with gas and the airport was just 18 kms from my hotel. It was working just fine. I checked it again this morning. I decided to leave around 9.00 to give myself plenty of time, just in case the airlines had another hiccup. I had 1 km to go to the gas station. The GPS lit up fine and …

Walk with me.

Yesterday I took my little point and shoot camera and made this video for my friends and family. It’s not fancy,just little snippets and my thoughts as I walk, but it gives you an idea of the beauty of the city of Strasbourg. Walk with me. from holland on Vimeo. A cameo.

A small word sketch of the 20th European Meeting Patchwork.

//player.vimeo.com/video/106825369 My adventures. from holland on Vimeo. This video was made almost a week ago… but I couldn't up load this either… so now I'm in the city, I have better internet. Its just a bit of fun. I made it for my buddies at home and in Alamogordo… Country France is very different to the places where I spend a lot of time. I wrote this a few days ago, but I couldn't up load it. I’m sitting in the sun outside the food vendors tent. It's a bit hard to see the computer screen, but I'm squinting. I bet it looks glamorous. The sun is hot and I'm loving it.  As I write, the sounds of conversations in French, German and Dutch float in the air.   I have been walking around the main venue for the past two hours, occasionally bumping into people I know but there are few English speaking people here. Despite the fact that it is quite close to the UK, it seems I have heard more American voices and …

The traveling Quilter.

I made this little video the other day using my IPhone but the internet was difficult at my little hotel and I coudln’t up load it I had a day before I had to teach and I went in search of the town my class was in. It took me three hours, and I decided to capture the adventure for fun. My adventures. from holland on Vimeo. Ultimately, class was great and I enjoyed the company of the students, we had a lot of fun. It was held in sort of the town hall and we had a lot of space. I actually walked 7 miles that day. About half of the students joined me for lunch and it was so nice to share experiences over a delicious french meal. Mine host was hilarious and really passionate about her restaurant and her food, she almost watch us put the food in our mouth.

A special celebration of quilts.

Artist, Christine Peyret-Gaudinot – France To celebrate its 20 year existence the EPM organized a wonderful retrospective exhibition of artists who have participated in the event in the past. Each artist presented a quilt from the past and their new work. There were around 180 quilts on show. I photographed probably half of them. There was something for everyones taste. The ones I share are my favorites and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to see them up close. This is the art of Lia Fleming – Belgium. These are sculptural pieces hanging from the ceiling of the venue. Blow is the art of Christine Peyret-Gaudinot. France. I was also fascinated by this work by Liz Maidment.France/UK Created by Anco Brouwers – Pays-Bas (NL) I believe this quilt was made by a number of artists, but I couldn’t read the French description.

The days have been very full.

20th of  September, Good morning all. I've been pushing my alloted time around in a circle attempting to get the most our of my waking hours. The days have  been very full. I taught all day yesterday and the students were very enthusiastic. Its different working with an interpreter however, we worked well together and the students responded positively. We had two large rooms to work in and everyone achieved a small quilt. Students working on Woven watercolors. I am indeed thrilled to be here at Carrefour European Patchwork. Its even better than I imagined. I will leave with lots of inspiration and a trigger to the imagination, and I will endeavor to convey the ambiance through words and pictures.  It will take some time and I will have better internet on Monday so stay tuned. "If you want to remain productive and have ideas when you need them most, the stimuli you allow into your mind are important."  Todd Henry. I'm almost overwhelmed by the different genres, I've seen here and I will attempt …

I almost felt like yodeling.

click here for images.   Yesterday was sort of a free day. I did work early, but took time off after that  to relax a little. My Translator/assistant suggested that I visit the area of Colmar and I figured I needed to ignore the fact that I am driving a manual car and that the city was accessed across the mountains with turns like the devils elbow. GPS primed I took off. Up the hills, round the bends and each turn bought forth amazing scenery. The problem is there is no place to stop and take photos. I only managed to make one stop. It doesn't capture the uniqueness of this countryside, but I will say that as I stepped out of the car the air was crystal clear only punctuated by the sounds of cow bells. I almost felt like Heidi. I almost felt like yodeling but I refrained.   It only took an hour and a half and the GPS didn't really prepare me for the twists and turns prior to the trip. …