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Great things.

No, indeed they didn’t. So with that quote in mind I find myself here in Marrakech Morocco, a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. I’m here with 60 other like minded people, husbands, wives and friends to experience the magic of Morocco. The group arrived yesterday and today we formally begin to sight see. I will be teaching two classes this afternoon. I took these images just across the street from our hotel in the  Gueliz. This part of the city was laid out in the twentieth century and shows a fusion of French and Moroccan architecture. There are modern buildings, wide boulevards, traffic circles, upscale hotels. The shopping looks fascinating but I enjoyed watching the street vendors making juice from bright red pomegranates, admiring the bread coated with something unknown and sitting on the pavement and tucking into a delicious meal of kababs cooked in front of you. The weather is cool and refreshing. Actually as I speak it’s 4 degrees Celsius  and despite being 6.38 am, dawn is still …

Working

This is a new format from Word Press.   I’m going to use it now on the new Ipad.  This is my third Ipad pro and its by far the most interesting to use.   So I pass the oldest one to my husband and I can actually use two at the same time…. do I need to, well sort of, it’s handy to have three screens.  I began the day by drawing these parrots for a project, I am influenced by the wonderful illustrations I saw on walls at the Craft Museum in Delhi. Green parrots are everywhere, even in the city… they are seen all over India, but this picture taken at the craft Museum was my inspiration. I like the bird and the flower, but the leaves are too heavy so I will work on them.

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 …

The Taj Mahal.

India. Traveling out of Delhi we move in a stream of traffic. Our speed is slower than others on the road because there are new legislated speed limits for passenger buses and trucks, so we are passed by a ribbon of bikes and tuk tuks, hand on horn and a speed way attitude. Our driver is practiced at not coming to a screaming halt as a motor bike overtakes us and seemingly pulls in far too sharp, Well I’m putting my foot on the brake from the seat behind him. I’ll keep us safe. Like most large cities the sides of the roads are decorated with advertising, but even that is interesting, because now and then there is a huge picture of an elephants and I  even saw  a sign with a heard of water buffaloes that appearing fleetingly as we passed. The road signs are in English and Hindi and the advertising is all in English making this part of this trip to Agra  a normal city departure. We are stared at by the locals …