Monday, July 25, 2016

Gondwana 2 - " CORE SAMPLE"

No 2 in the Gondwana 16" x 12" Challenge, due August.
After leaving school I worked at the MMBW as a tracer/drafter and was transferred to the Geology department at Burke Rd, Gardiner. We worked on the plans for the Thomson River Dam being built in Gippsland. Every week, our Geophysicist, Rob and the Geologists, would go out on site and collect rods of core samples from the ground. I then drew the samples on the plans.
Paper, linen, tea bags, chiffon and fabric to represent the samples of rock and earth.

"Core Sample"
After the lands were split, as time went on, civilization became abundant with the building of cities etc. Samples were taken from the ground to see what lay beneath.
These rods were approx 100 - 200m in length and each piece of soil, rock etc were identified.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Upcoming Exhibitions

 MAKING THE AUSTRALIAN QUILT: 1800-1950 will be held at the National Gallery of Victoria bringing together more than 80 significant quilts and patchwork articles from Australia’s history including The Rajah Quilt The venue will be the NGV Australia in Federation Square, Melbourne. Dates: 22 July – 6 November. For more information:

The Papermakers of Victoria  are presenting free workshops on the 3rd Monday of each month, from 12noon-2pm at FEDERATION SQUARE Melbourne in the Atrium.All materials are provided. Check the website for details for each month to the end of the year. www/

  SLIPSTITCH  an Australian Perspective on Contemporary Embroidery curated by Dr Belinda von Mengersen originated with Ararat Regional Art Gallery and is being toured by Nets Victoria.  The exhibition features recent work from Mae Finlayson, David Green, Lucas Grogan, Alice Kettle, Tim Moore, Silke Raetze, Demelza Sherwood, Matt Siwerski, Jane Theau, Sera Waters, Elyse Watkins and Ilka White. It is at Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum for Aug-Sept 2016.

A SECRET GARDEN, The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria’s annual exhibition.  Traditional and contemporary embroidery, textile art, quilts and more from Guild members statewide.    Saturday 8 – Sunday 23 October, 10 – 4 daily.  Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern, Vic 3144.  $7 members, $10 non-members.

An exhibition of work by ANNEMIEKE MEIN is on from 24 September until 6 November 2016 at the Gallery, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Sandringham. They will exhibit works from her personal collection, as well as those from regional and major public galleries and from private lenders. The gallery is located in Brighton Town Hall and is open Tues-Sat.

CIRCLE, the latest picture book (published by Walker Books) from award winning children’s author and artist, Jeannie Baker will be the subject of an exhibition at theRoyal Botanic Gardens Victoria from 15 March – 14 May 2017. This beautifully illustrated story follows the migration of the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri) from Australia through Southeast Asia to its Alaskan breeding grounds and then back to Australia. As with each of Jeannie’s picture books, Circle is illustrated with the tactile, exquisitely detailed and textured collages she is famous for.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Introducing "Harvey"

Meet the new member of the family, Harvey, 
(named after Brent Harvey, North Melbourne Football Club).
Emma picked up her puppy from the airport on Friday, flown down from northern NSW breeder.
9 weeks old, an Australian Bulldog.
Aussie version of a British Bulldog, but with longer legs.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Clamshell Class

 Yesterday was spent in a class learning the Clamshell technique with Irene Blanck, these are made without having to use paper or cardboard.
A great class, now have have another quilt to add to the "to do" list.
They are ideal for hand sewing at Guild, GTG's and taking on holiday.
Top: my 2 rows I made.
Bottom: Irene's miniature clamshells

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

An Afternoon of Exhibitions

Thank you to Shelley, our U.K. tutor at Winter School, who emailed to say there was a Journey exhibition relating to our class, at the City Library, Flinders Lane in Melbourne.
 "BORDERLESS - the story of a two wheeled adventure" by Alex Hotchin.
Europe to SE Asia by bicycle.

 Hand drawn concertina books of his adventures.

 Starting in Scotland and finishing in Cambodia.
 Each section was represented by beautiful pen and ink drawings, showing where he visited on the way.  These drawings showed he had a sense of humour with his travelling memories.
 Also at the Library, these painted books were on show.
 "Who says you can't draw in a book".
I then went to the NGV Fed Square, to see this display 
3 of the posters.

 Coming down the stairs noticed this orchid......
.........made from coloured pencils and their shavings.

2017 Winter School, 4 of us have booked a class on Paper Felting.
A form of Korean Joomchi.
I did the rounds of the art shops in the city today trying to find Kohzo (Korean) and Hanji (Japanese) papers. Found a few plain sheets at different shops. These patterned sheets are Kohzo, made of plant fibres.
When I was in Seoul, Korea, last year I bought several sheets of handmade papers at Namadam Market, if only I had known!!! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Weather for Ducks

 Last week at Rose Garden, it was miserable and cold. The rain was on and off.
I am on the weeper pruning team, thank goodness the weeper we were pruning protected us like an umbrella.
Across the garden came these 2 ducks, with not a care in the world for the rain.
 We have had very strong winds today, so strong, that we have no signal on the 2 TV's.
Rummaged through my stash and found a couple of pieces of border fabric for my "Mitsubishi" quilt, so called as the star reminds me of the car symbol and we drive 3 of them in the family.

Laid out the 1/2 sq triangles on the bed for the next border of a quilt, sewn 2 together, 6 to go.
Realised at 3pm, that I had not had the heater on all day, so busy, forgot that it was cold and 13 degrees throughout the house.'s on now.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Baltimore and Civil War

Guest speaker at Willows Quilt In today, was Neil Chisolm, showing us a collection of his quilts.
I have heard Neil speak previously, today's talk was different, he explained the meaning of each quilt and how it is connected to the American Civil War and it's meaning's of why it was designed. 
An very interesting talk on the history.
Sample of a beautiful collection of quilts.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Winter School Exhibition - Final Part


Photo Imagery on Fabric


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