Here’s an overdue post to let you know that I hope to teach at Quilt Symposium Christchurch 2017 in October. As some of you know, my teaching engagements are few and far between at the moment (due mostly to my prioritising family time here at home), so this is a rare opportunity!
I’m listed to teach two workshops.
The first is ‘Designing Your Own Pieced Botanical Quilt’, with more details available here. This is the workshop where you come armed with a bunch of photos of a plant that you like, and you create your own quilt design based on those. We also work through the basics of beginning to piece your beautiful botanical art quilt. This includes fabric selection; creating a working pattern from your quilt designing, cutting out the quilt, and making a start at piecing the bits together. Phew! That’s a whole lot to cover in two days. I’m going to work you hard!! This a crash course designed especially for all of you who have asked many times for a workshop to cover my quiltmaking process.
The second is ‘Enriching Your Quilt with Hidden Imagery‘. In this two-day workshop, we work through ways to enhance your free-motion quilting. I love to use the quilting process to add another ‘layer of interest’ to my art quilts. I like the quilting to help in telling the ‘story’ of the quilt. Together we’ll work through a number of ways to do that. In the workshop, we work through a bunch of samples, to equip you to apply fantastic quilting to your future quilt projects!
If you’re going to Quilt Symposium Christchurch, I look forward to seeing you there!
September is going to be a busy month here. I'm really looking forward to our second Armadale Hills Open Studios Arts Trail which opens on 8th September. I'll be opening my studio again, along with 19 others. I've been stitching away, and have a batch of new artworks to share with you when you visit!
Then, on the following weekend, I'll be teaching a workshop as part of Ozquilt Network Inc's annual conference. The conference will be held in Bunbury, Western Australia, and in the workshop we will work through a process for designing our own artworks drawing inspiration from the awesome street art that forms part of the Re.Discover initiative in Bunbury. (The Bunbury Visitors Centre has that show where to find all the paintings that are part of this initiative. They are all in the Bunbury CBD, and finding them makes for an enjoyable walk through Bunbury. I travelled to there and back between school drop off and school pick up recently, and had such a nice day out. Marcus (nearly 4 years old) loved helping me try to find the next artwork. It felt like hunting for treasure, and would make a fun outing for kids of all ages!)
You don't need to be an Ozquilt member to participate in the conference! Visit the Ozquilt website here for more information.
And finally, I also have some botanical artworks travelling to York, as part of The York Festival. They'll be on display and for sale in The Emporium.
For the past school term I've been working on an illustration workshop by Lilla Rogers. We were taught about five different potential markets for illustration work (bolt fabric, children's books and more). We learnt what works best for each market, and how to present our artwork for consideration in these markets.
The workshop was self-paced and online, which always requires a bit of self-motivation and discipline. I always make myself work through every single exercise in an online workshop, partly so that I get as much out of it as possible, and partly because I know that it is pushing through the hard bits that helps to make one a better person and better artist. It was tempting to skip an assignment in this workshop, or at least to change it to suit myself, but I gained so much from working through the projects as dictated by Lilla. I always enjoyed the assignments way more than I expected to, even when I was initially unimpressed by the subject choice!
Here are the five assignments I submitted:
And finally we make a piece of wall art, to fit a number of criteria, one of which was to use yellow and pink.
Long term readers of this blog will know that I have done other online workshops through the years. Some have been illustration/drawing based, while others have been focussed on the business side of being an artist. It's part of my challenge to myself to keep growing and developing! Have you enjoyed an online or in-person workshop recently? If not, what sort of workshop would you love to take if you could?
stained glass collaboration completed – worked on photographing quilts as they might be displayed – summer holiday sketching – piecing another eucalyptus quilt – printy in my pantry – the rejected quilt
…that was 2013…
Reflecting on the year that's been is a good way to also reflect on God's work and care throughout that year.
As far as my art making goes, it was another good year. I haven't counted how many quilts were made, but it was enough.
More children quilts – with linen backgrounds and screenprinted highlights. And a range of related smaller quilts/prints/softies. All featured at the Beaufort St Festival in November.
A new (large) eucalyptus quilt. And my first every little video showing how I quilted it.
A major artwork made specifically for a major exhibition. It was rejected – a good reality check.
A set of five school banners. I shared my artwork with many WA schools, and there has been a lot of interest in it. God is good!
And my first commissioned portrait quit. Ok, that one's not complete yet, but it has been an exciting project so far. And preparing myself for offering commissioned portraits, and for holding a giveaway, took up a lot of my thoughts and time this year.
And then there was the teaching! Something I always said I wasn't interested in, but then also wanted to have a go at. What a rewarding experience it was! I loved the buzz I got from it – sharing what I now, learning how much I take for granted, seeing what others came up with. But it took a lot from my family. Especially the pre-workshop nerves. It confirmed to me that while I definitely would like to consider teaching more, I shall wait till the kids are a bit older before committing to too much of it.
Another full year, with thanks to the opportunities and care that God has blessed us with.
Within 24 hours of our screenprinting workshop ending, a couple of ladies shared the following projects with me. I was so excited to see them.
Marleen came to the workshop brimming with ideas. She executed many of those during the workshop, then went home, cut out a stencil, and made another print the very same evening. (And that's a complex stencil, too!) By Saturday afternoon she had a completed cushion. Great work, Marleen, and lucky sister! (Marleen used 'A Walk in the Woods' fabric by Moda).
And this next one makes me laugh, in a good way! Joanne came to my first workshop in March, and then joined us again for the screenprinting workshop. When she arrived on the morning of the printing workshop, she mentioned that she'd given up trying to get the last bits of her botanical quilt together – it just wasn't working. So we spent the whole day happily screenprinting, and then Joanne went home and completed her botanical quilt. As you do. I am so happy to see this pieced together. Don't you think it looks great? Joanne designed this herself based on photos of grevillea flowers.
What I also love about that little story is that it demonstrates how 'creativity breeds creativity'. Once you start making and creating, you get into a pattern / habit. The hardest part is getting started ( or restarted).
We had our basic screen-printing workshop on Friday. What a wonderful day it turned out to be! So thankful that the howling winds of the previous day had disappeared.
We set the workshop up in our garage which could just nicely fit all of us (14 participants and myself). We printed and we drew and we cut and we printed some more. We made many mistakes and learnt from them all as we went. We looked at finding inspiration and noted how much easier it was to come up with ideas once we were 'into it'. We muttered and we laughed and we chatted and we exclaimed.
It was so disappointed when our prints didn't work out (and we soon learnt that that is a normal part of screenprinting) but oh so thrilling when they did.
(Unfortunately I ran out of room on my camera card before the end of the day and didn't capture everyone's prints.)
A big thank you to all of you lovely ladies who entrusted me with a whole day of your time!
I hope this overload of images gives you a taste of our big day.