I'd no idea this school was so beautiful, historic, and charming. My residence is at left, the dining hall to the right. With a day of class behind me, I can see that we can cover a massive amount of improv design. I love this!
Saturday night was an early dinner, then a walk along the path on Brisbane's river to see the Riverfire extravaganza. Besides boat dances (?) there were fighter jet fly-bys and then a spectacular firework display. Nice way to end my visit to Brisbane.
My Brisbane area workshop went pretty well, but in the corner was the renegade who blew through the exercise to start a larger work. Can't stop creatives! We'll stay tuned to see what she comes up with, and wish her to do the same with each class -- go past the goal post.
Some of the folks at my "Dozen Ways: Design for Art Quilts" hadn't ever tackled working abstractly, and took on that challenge well. I had a great time in Brisbane with the Queensland Quilters. A lovely group as well as generous.
Brisbane has major galleries grouped together. So, I developed severe museum fatigue today needing to see every last building, room and exhibit. These shields from the late 1800s connected with me because of the graphic design.
It was a long day (about 22 hours to travel) but I'm on the ground in Australia. This is a lookout to the city from Mount Gravatt. I had a ride with my hostess from the Queensland Quilters. I'll get a close up look at Brisbane tomorrow.
Since I'm crossing the International Date Line at this moment, I'll leave you sight of my plant corner and this omen. I'll watch for those infamous Australian spider fellows. Let's hope I can get my connection up and running to continue this daily post. If not, no worry. The spider didn't get me.
I'm packed and on my way to Australia. If the country is anything like its money, it should be spectacular, colorful, and full of fun. There's room left in my class for the Geelong Fibre Forum 2019 for Sept 30 - October 4. But the other groups I'm seeing are full. Find me!
This was a demo for the "On Your Mark -- Print!" class. It holds lots of experiments, and from making these as demos I have learned to work quickly, overlay elements, and leave distinct areas of "other". I'll be teaching at the Schweinfurth in Auburn, New York in October 23 - 26. These a few spots left -- come join us!
It's so rare to have work hung with such an amount of white space around it. The lighting is perfect, the juxtaposition of the works develops a dialog among the pieces, and each piece is allowed to breathe. If only each exhibition could afford to treat the works with such dignity.
I spoke tonight as part of the Burchfield Penney's artists' talk. You can see me on the little phone shot. The Art in Craft Media show has my work "Take Two: Sharks and Jets". Tonight I described why the piece had a rumble.
I've boxed both my work for the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit and the Little Blue Garden together to ship over to the Scweinfurth a bit early. Got more packing for Australia (leaving Sunday) and when I'm back will be teaching a print class at Schweinfurth October 23-26. A few spots left!
Measuring about 24" x 36" this Little Blue Garden is about to get shipped off to the Schweinfurth Art Center to be part of their raffle quilt gallery. It will sit happily with the Blue Garden that is in the show. Feel free to buy a ticket and add to the "jar".
Quilts=Art=Quilts asks for a donated piece for the exhibition. Thought it would be fun to make a companion work using the similar fabric that is found in the accepted work. So, here is the start of Little Blue Garden.
To select a piece for a new hanging, I've gathered the likely suspects. You can see my method for rolling on a pool noodle, then covering with fabric, and tying fabric ties to secure. Last item is a name tag. Works for me.
Over 8 years I've posted every day. Today the half moon cookie gets marked for the celebration of 3,000th blog post. Lots of life changes -- coming, going, adding, and subtracting. Thanks to my friends who read this, as well as the people I meet who surprise me with "Oh, I read it every day." Who'd have thought?
A simple four patch is part of the class I'll be teaching in Brisbane, Australia later this month. So, here's the start. Just ideas for starting compositions, this is one in the class "Dozen Ways: Design for Art Quilts." The packing has begun!
My weekend was consumed with the Turtle Hill Folk Festival here in Rush, New York. Beside three great concerts were dozens of workshops. One on writing original songs, was an eye opener to compare the composing process to how I would start and edit a fiber piece.
It's the wee hours of the morning for me -- I've spent the day at a Folk Festival -- and talked past midnight.So this post is now on the 8th. West coast sees me a few hours earlier, and Australia (my next stop on the tour) is half a day later. It's all road tar in the crack of time.
Friends have work at the Geisel Gallery downtown Rochester. The building has a good collection of art placed in and around. Leonard Urso's work "The Prophets" is mighty tall and strong. Wonder what they would predict for our future.
A few hours of ironing these fabrics has me loving the intense color that emerges. I've done some monoprinting as well as silkscreening. With a few more methods to get color and areas of distinct pattern, I'm liking it.
With a piece of indigo printed fabric as the base, I've printed a thermofax image a few times using fabric paint. Just experimenting now, but I've wanted to get myself acquainted with my thermo machine. Need to do more.
Rochester Contemporary Art Center put on an juried exhibition of work by artists that work at art institutions. It was a good gathering of media, from abstract to realistic, and a few things in between -- like clods of turf. The artists did indeed take back the walls.