Friday, August 26, 2016

The Label and the Box

I have always been interested in the art work and graphics on wine labels.
I find them fascinating. Sometimes I pick the wine because of the interesting label.
Our wine club batch arrived last night and this NZ white wine label lends itself to me wanting to bring out the coloured pencils.

The flap on the box the wine came in, someone knows how to put a smile on a face with their sense of humour.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dutch Heritage Block

A new project has been started.
 I have cut the first of 2 boxes of Dutch Heritage fabric bought at Amsterdam's "Den Haan & Wagenmakers" shop and the Open European Quilt Convention in Maastricht, The Netherlands. 
The pattern/fabric designed by Petra Pins.

 Very different fabric from the Civil War and Reproductions that I used for my Mitsi quilt.
Hand piecing and will join the blocks by machine. When I met Petra, she was using a pale blue for the background, I chose lemon for something different.
Unfortunately the lemon fabric frays. 

My Mitsi Quilt

 Finally finished and back from Natalie (The Quilting Bug) with an overall meandering stipple stitch.
Decided not to do an appliqued floral border, apart from being over making it, thought that a plain border would do it more justice. Noticed that one of the symbols is upside down, and as my friend Heather mentioned, the mistake is my personal signature on the quilt.

 Visited Harvey yesterday, he went for his first walk on the lead outside.
He has grown so much in the last 10 days and is giving Emma so much pleasure and companionship.
One extremely tired 13 week old puppy.....
After his walk, slept for 3 hours, it gave Emma the chance to get her assignment for Uni done, due next Monday.
She is doing her MBA part time while still working....I think Harvey may be going for more walks in the coming days.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Willows Quilting Group Retreat

My weekend was spent at Lady Northcote YMCA Recreational camp at Bacchus Marsh.
I decided not to take my sewing machine this year and spent my time hand piecing small blocks using the Dutch Heritage fabric I bought on my last holiday.
40 ladies attended and there were not as many sewing machines taken as last year.

We stayed in the Yoogali Lodge, a huge building at the top of the hill with a large glass room in the middle. The sun streamed in over the weekend making it ideal for hand stitching with great light and the sun on our backs.
 Woke Saturday morning to a clear sky with the sun poking through the trees making them silhouetted.

 The camp is a children's school camp with a variety of activities. On my walk around the property noticed these mounds of sticks and leaves, would make a great cubby house to sit in and chat about your secrets and thoughts.
 A sliced log intrigued me. When I stood at an angle noticed the outline of an elephant unfortunately with his trunk missing. I walked past the back of the huge fallen tree log and it gave the impression of the back of the animal with a hind leg lying to the side.
 The view of the hills behind our lodge.
Sue M, pointed out this tree trunk, the bark rolled back to the bare trunk. 
Beautiful burgundy colours.
It is Wattle season. Sadly our beautiful National Australian Flora symbol is the product of hay fever in many people. The property was a mass of golden yellow.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Week Thus Far

Cutting out fabric with the excuse to watch the Olympics.
Went through my container of Civil War/Reproduction fabrics, cutting out 4 1/2  inch squares for the the Clamshell pattern by Irene Blank.
 Have gone from this ...... this......
 .....with the end result of this.
Cut 2 -3 squares out of each fabric to start with. 
 Attending a retreat this weekend, washing needed to be done, with the help of Salt and Pepper.
 Cold winds these last couple of days, the colour of Spring helped brighten up the days.
 Our guest speaker at quilt group was Prue from Dyeing to Weave (Clunes) showing us her Saori Weaving.
 "Whilst exploring the remote areas of Japan in 2007, Prue stumbled upon a village devoted to traditional Japanese handicrafts in the mountains of Honshu.  Learning the Japanese art of Saori weaving and natural dye techniques, Prue remained in the mountains under the tutelage of Toyomi Harada, a renowned Saori weaver.  Saori is a form of freestyle weaving, encouraging creativity and expression in a textile form.  In Japanese, the ‘Sa-’ comes from the Zen word ‘sai’ meaning individuality and the ‘-ori’ the word for weaving."

Attending a workshop in a couple of months, can't wait to work on one of these looms.

"Misao Jo, the founder of Saori weaving, was a visionary in freestyle textiles in Japan in the 1960’s.  Frustrated with the strict procedure and lack of individuality in traditional Japanese arts such as ikebana, Misao Jo wanted to develop a craft that celebrated and showcased her innerkansei. Carrying this philosophy and with the assistance of her son to build a loom, the simplistic beauty of Saori weaving was born."

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lakeside Walk

A pleasant afternoon for a walk around Lake Daylesford.
 The Lake Cafe from the other side.

 Burnt wood comes to life with the growth of fungi.
I feel nature had a helping hand from someone with the placing of these pebbles around a hole in the lake bank.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Exhibition 2 - Everyday Divine

 The second exhibition I viewed was by Subidh Gupta from India.

As I entered the galley, saw this structure of a VW Beetle. 
Brought back memories, I owned a Beetle as my first car after obtaining my driver's licence. Unfortunately, had an accident and wrote my little car off, thankfully it did not end up like this one.

Exhibition 1 - Bamboo in Contemporary Form

I spent a couple of hours at the National Gallery of Victoria  (NGV, St Kilda Rd).
Bamboo groves are synonymous with the Japanese landscape, and crafting items from bamboo is one of the oldest technical skills developed in Japan. Bamboo baskets have been used in Buddhist ceremonies and the Japanese tea ceremony.
A small selection of the works:

 "Mareta Shell" and Kimono with character designs (stencil-dyed banana-bark cloth)
by HIRO Yasushi and SERIZAWA Keisuke
 "Outburst" by OKI Toshie
 "Enso" by TANABE Shochiku
 "Layered Lotus Petals" by ISHOHI Setsuko
 "Tray with Handle" by ISHOHI Setsuko
 "Basket Handbag" by TANABE Chikuhosai
 "Flower basket using uneven weaving technique" by HAYAKAWA Skokosai V
 "Heaven's Nest" by SUGIURA Noriyoshi
 "Insect Cage"by Unknown Japanese Weaver

 During the twentieth century individual artists reinterpreted these traditions to create imaginative forms and vessels for flower arrangements. Now in the twenty-first century, a new generation of innovators from diverse backgrounds are creating an astounding variety of works of art that can be appreciated as contemporary sculptural forms.