Arty outings

After a winter of discontent (with apologies to Shakespeare) which involved illness, hospital stays and two deaths of those close to me, I’m starting to feel almost human again, if not my old self.

Snuggle boys

Cosmo and Pepe have been my constant and loving companions through all my trials and tribulations. They also love quilts!

I would have been completely lost without them. The healing power of animals always is often underestimated in my view.

Very little stitching has been happening – I’m not exactly sure why, but I seem unable to make decisions about fabric and colours – it just seems to require energy that I have not yet regained.  I’m hopeful that it will return soon!

I have however been out and about to see some textiles, quilts and other art.

Processed with MOLDIVDenise Schmidt was in Australia for a series of workshops in  September and I attended a display of her quilts and a lecture.  It is always quite fascinating to discover where we find our inspiration for our creative pursuits.

My next outing was to an exhibition of the work by final year textile students of the Art and Design faculty of the University of New South Wales which has an exchange program for students to go to India to learn dying and block printing techniques.

Students develop designs and then work with master block printers Dr Ishmael Kshatriyas and Sufiyan Khartoum in Ajrakhpur, Kutch, India. As you can see some fabulous work resulted from these collaborations. These were all yardage of several yards and the precision of the printing was incredible.

The exhibition was held during the inaugural Sydney Craft Week which was also the occasion of a small quilt show in Mosman exhibiting the works of the Barn Quilters.

Mosman quilt 1



I was taken with this quilt by Sue Miller of a Sassafras Lane Design called Arcadia Avenue.

It was Sue’s first foundation paper pieced quilt and she did a fabulous job. Mosman close up

CH Steps



I was also struck by how the quilting can influence the look of the piecing in this quilt called Fields of Gold by Sue Rogerson.






CH steps detail


It is a Courthouse Steps block which is not immediately evident because the eye first focuses on the hand quilting.




My last outing was to the wonderful annual outdoor sculpture exhibition called Sculpture by the Sea which is located on a beachside walk between two of our beautiful beaches – Bondi and Tamarama.  It always attracts huge crowds and this year I was fortunate enough to get tickets to a twilight preview which was just lovely.  These were some of my favourites.SBS3

I’m off to Sydney’s Modern Quilt Guild show this week-end (with quilts from around Australia) which should be fun. I’m doing a workshop on bias applique so that I can add  this to my repertoire of quilty skills.

I’ll keep you posted with some photos shortly.


Art and Sculptures in Santa Fe

I thought we could all do with a break from Quiltcon photos, so today some photos from my short visit to Santa Fe.  One of the things that struck me was the number of outdoor sculptures which livened up the streetscapes.  The top and bottom ones are from Canyon Road and the middle one is in the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts which is certainly worth a visit.

S Fe 1S Fe2SFe 3I also thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Museum of International Folk Arts on Museum Hill.

Folk Arts MuseuoI snapped a couple of my favourite exhibits, but unfortunately I didn’t manage to get an artist attribution.  I wanted to take them home!

Folk Art 1Folk Art 2Folk Art 3


The diorama displays were just stunning, I could have spent many hours just looking at the meticulous creations and artwork. The photo below shows part of the one depicting village life in Mexico.  The museum is a delight for anyone interested in folk arts.  Of course I supported it by a visit to their gift shop for some folk art to bring home.Folk Art 4Folk Art 5

Doesn’t this make our modern baby carriers look rather boring?  The bead work was amazing – I cannot imagine how many beads are stitched on this – just beautiful.

A few more from Santa Fe later in the week.

Sculpture by the Sea 2014

Each year, along a beach-side walkway near where I live, there is an exhibition called Sculpture by the Sea.  It always attracts a huge crowd during the two weeks and the usual walkers and joggers get very upset that they don’t have the walkway to themselves.

Last Friday evening my work colleagues and I decided to enjoy a walk at dusk to see the sculptures and to share a picnic and a glass or two of bubbles as well.

I tried out my relatively new camera, not altogether successfully as the light was fading.  I seem to have lost the catalogue, but if I find it I will add the name of the sculptor to the relevant photo.  These are just a few that I liked – there are usually more than 100 outdoor exhibits and a similar number in an indoor pavillion.  Sculptors from around the world exhibit each year.  The works are for sale and the public can vote for their favourite.

Sculpture by the Sea 2014





Global warming is cooking us!A rhino at the seasideMelted?The frying pan was a not too subtle comment on global warming starting to cook us – very apt given the temperatures we have been experiencing in Sydney lately.

Good use for grandma's crystalReaching for the skyBirdman

Nature is her own sculptor!

Nature is her own sculptor!

2 headed horse

AliensWooden polesA colourful throneBronze by the sea