Saturday, 24 April 2010

My art quilt at The Australasian Quilt Convention 2010

I'm so excited, yet it is a bit surreal. An art quilt of mine is going to be on display at the Australasian Quilt Convention Melbourne next weekend. One of the textile groups 'Out Of The Fold' that I belong, made for our exhibition in October 2009 in Bury St. Edmunds, England a collection of art quilts all measuring 18'x45' on the theme 'Inside Out'. That collection will be on display in Australia next weekend. Annette Morgan , quilt artist, author and the groups mentor is teaching workshops as well as displaying the quilts. It is really so exciting. It could have been fantastic to have attended the Quilt convention. I have never been to Australia, and would love to visit. Maybe one day. It is always totally mind boggling visiting huge shows like that. The amount creativity, inspiration and positive energy makes it such an amazing experience. I hope Annette takes a lot of photos:-)

Friday, 16 April 2010

A lovely day in Cambrigde, England.

A couple of days ago I went down to Cambridge, about half an hours drive from where I live. Needed to pick up a few art items for a project that I'm working on, that I couldn't get locally. That was my excuse for a lovely day out. I know that I have blogged about Cambridge before, but there is just something about that city that is so captivating. All the beautiful old colleges are lined up next to each other like beads on a sting, right there in the city center. It was beautiful weather. Sunny and very mild. Around lunch time I picked up a sandwich from a local tearoom and a nice large latte and found myself a lovely spot in the sun, sitting on the stone railing in front of Kings College. If you ever visit Cambridge I can highly recommend that picnic spot. Perfect spot for people watching and you just cannot beat the back drop of Kings College. I had planned to stroll on the back side of the colleges, but got side tracked and ran out of time. But next time. If you are visiting London, Cambridge is only a 50 minutes train ride from Kings Cross Station, so very easy to get to. I can only recommend it!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

Well 'Fibrefusions' exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, was extremely well received. It was totally amazing to be part of the whole experience. It was absolutely wonderful to talk to the people who took time to stop by and have a good look. To see the spontaneous reactions on peoples faces when they entered the exhibition area was really lovely.

I have now had a bit of time off, done a lot of yoga, tidied my room which was much needed and caught up on other craft projects, that had been put on hold, while getting ready for the exhibition. Still need to get new listing ready for SewDanish but that will hopefully be this done this week.

Spend the other day playing with wool tops and various types of open weave fabrics, making nuno felt. I would never pretend that I'm a felt maker. In fact I have actually avoided working with wool tops after a severe moth problem some years ago. Moths still give me the creeps, and even thought I know there should be room for all creatures, out of all, that specie is not welcome in my house. But I had a lovely day playing and made some superb textured wool/fabric surfaces. Mind you, I couldn't get them to shrink/texture enough, so in the end I put them in the tumble drier on high heat for a while. That did the trick. Every piece puckered up beautifully :-)