In March I attended a quilt retreat at One Tree Point organised by Kerry Glen.
I decied to take Gloria Loughman’s class on buildings. I had taken many photos of doors while on our OE last year and I was keen to interpret some of them as fabric art. I had a wonderful two days. Below is the photo of the door and my project at the end of the class. I have spent a little more time on it since but sadly not yet finished.
Mary & I headed to Palmerston North for a few well deserved days of classes and shopping (of course!) The weather was fantastic and the hospitality great as we spit up to go to our various classes. I was doing a two day workshop with Rosalie Dace (www.rosaliedace.co.za) whose work I have admired forever. If you get the opportunity to meet or workshop with Rosalie, don’t turn it down – pure gold! Inspirational, challenging and grounding – Loved every minute of it. I actually finished the piece I started working on in that workshop (a rare feat) and it is one of my favourites. Entitled, “Turangawaewae”, (A place to stand), I dedicated it to my daughter Kiriana. It tells the story of her growing up in New Zealand, grounded in New Zealand culture and values and then the transition to Australia where now, as a grown woman, she teaches in remote Aboriginal communities in Cape York. It was Rosalie who supported and helped me believe that I could complete this piece – I love it!!!
Together we did a one day workshop with Karen Stone where amidst tons of laughter we made some clamshells and also Karen demonstrated her new hexagon method which certainly appealed to me! I think there will be a book out shortly so watch for it. Below are photos of the workshop and some of the samples we made. Sadly neither of us made our samples into anything but we did learn a few new sewing techniques and Karen’s quilts were a joy to look at.
Mary: – My first five day workshop! I had long admired Hollis’ quilts and was blown away by her massive quilt ‘Innocence’ which I had seen at Houston the previous year. http://www.hollisart.com/gallery_enlarged_view.php?piece_id=259&entry=1
Her quilting is amazing. The workshop was painting with dyes and then quilting. It was great to feel the paintbrush in your hands but definitely not as easy as Hollis demonstrated. Here are a couple of my first paintings.
Then you needed to ‘set’ the dyes by washing and I was a little disheartened to see all that lovely intense colour disappear. It is all in the way you layer up the dyes, obviously I need to learn quite a bit more …
Here’s the same paintings after they have been washed.
Hollis assured us that quilting would change the image.
Annie: – This was a first for me in many ways – it was officially my first ever ‘class’ – talk about deep-end learning! – drawing designing, dyeing and stitching in front of people!! I had only recently returned from Australia, after 17 years on the Gold Coast, so I knew nobody. Fortunately I had Mary, an old hand at this quilting business, beside me. I met so many wonderful people at the week long workshop which, of course, enabled me to recognise people at Guild Meetings.
This was one of my pieces ‘Spirit People’ before it was quilted. The image was adapted from an illustration by Dee Huxley from Rosemary Sullivan’s book Tom Tom.
‘Spirit People’ prior to Quilting..