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People, Portraits and Figures. Winners and my picks.

People, portraits, and figures, sponsored by the Grace Company. First Place.     Second Place, graphically portrayed with fabric.   Third Place. Makes me smile. I love this quilt. The portrait has an amazing command. I want to look at it over and over again. Judges Choice. Strong emotion.  

Quilts from the International Quilt Festival.

  I have so many quilts to share with you and so little time before we begin our next adventure. It’s so interesting going to Houston and walking around the quilt exhibition. Have you walked the aisles and seen a new technique and suddenly thought well why didn’t I think of that? Then on the other hand some of the quilts and ideas look very familiar.! I love to look at the use of colour, the quilting and the expert techniques the makers employ. I think it gives me an idea as to the personality of the maker. Then again when I look at some of the quilts in detail, some Carnival by Beth Nufer of Brookings Oregon USA with Clem Buzic. This quilt won a second place in the pieced large section. How did she piece that? and the shading is amazing. This Quilt won a third place.  I thing it is visibly stunning, imagine making all of those little flying geese.   One of my favourites, the use of colour and the integration …

India – Textiles unwound.

On the road in the state of Gujarat.   We arrived at Rann Riders late morning yesterday. It’s a resort of sorts because it is close to the wild donkey area and a lake where there is a lot of wildlife. There are no other guests here right now, tourism is down due to a hike in prices because of high  GST. The GST has been lowered but somehow it prevented Indian tourists from traveling this year. The 3 hour drive from the city was peppered with interest. First of all the roads are busy and very narrow in the country and there are speed bumps every half mile so progress is slow. I’ve encountered it before, but I always forget about it until you are actually on the road. We passed fields of cotton and I was able to get out of the car and take photos of it in the field. The temperatures are very high, almost 104 yesterday and I find it hard to see the people working in in that heat. Granted …

Market walks. – Jaipur.

Cups of creamy fresh yoghurt, served in earthen ware cups and deep fried chilli stuffed with cottage cheese and other things that I’m not able to remember added to the monkeys in the tree above us stealing bananas from the vendor. In the mean time, the traffic passed us by in it’s  alarming constant stream punctuated by the sound off a hundred horns.

An Indian Movie – Made in India.

“lets go to the movies” Govind told us of a movie that would premier last night. It’s the story of a family living on the fringes who faced adversity through the dishonesty of others. It seems to me that its a statement against the gradual loss of traditional art forms and it reflects the passion for social entrepreneurship as a tool for social and economic development for artisans. Set in a small village, we watched our heroes, begin sewing on a traditional hand cranked machine sharing the dramas of village life with the audience. Beautifully filmed and just a tad loud in the theatre, we loved it. I can guarantee you would love it as much as we did. The theatre was huge, but undergoing renovation, but still the film rolled on. We were given the “prestige seats” Red cloth of a indeterminable age, up on the balcony, they had definitely been the refuge of a lot of patrons. A young man came along behind us before the performance and sprayed the atmosphere with heady …