Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Scenes from our show in San Antonio

We had lots of visitors enjoying our work. 

Very positive experience for exhibitors and viewers. 

Jane Dunnewold was interviewed for the local press. 

The shibori scarves were a big hit. 

People enjoyed little examples of the art work by choosing gift cards. 

We even had a royal visit!  

This was my artist statement for the show.  
The show was lots of fun. So interesting to meet the people of San Antonio. There is obviously a thriving artists community and they are very supportive of each other.  I feel very lucky to have been able to have been part of Jane Dunnewold's art mastery program, and to have had the opportunity to be part of this group exhibit with my multi talented co-mastery masters!

Friday, 19 February 2016

Fredericksburg; continued

This work is called "Waiting". The figures began with photos I took when travelling in Africa.  We had come to a road that had been flooded and all the vehicles were stuck on on side of the rushing water. I was struck with how patient and calm the passengers were.  Everyone had unloaded from their various forms of transportation but no one seemed particularly worried or upset.  The tree form is inspired by the beautiful Acacia that are abundant in that part of the world.  

"Lost in the Urban Jungle" is hanging above "Pensive" in Jane's studio. Just waiting for the show to begin.  

I am hoping she won't be tracking our visitors too closely and making them feel anxious!

This little piece also began with a sketch but then got wildly out of control.  I worked with a process that removed the dye that had previously been applied, and then just enjoyed the hand embroidery process. It's just some gap- toothed fun.  

One of a pair of works entitled "Be...the Best You Can Be".  Multiple layers of fibre with printing and painting as well as some hand stitching.  

With their permission, I will post some of the works of my colleagues with whom I have had the privilege of sharing this experience.  The opening is tomorrow!

Preparing for the Fredericksburg Road Studio tour

This is one of several pieces that I have brought to San Antonio to participate in this local show.  Thanks to Jane Dunnewold, my Art Mastery group is participating.


His name is "Pensive" and he began as a sketch of my husband.  The work has been dyed and quilted with free motion and the hair is hand embroidered. 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Galapagos turtles

   I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Gal├ípagos Islands many years ago. As you might imagine, I took hundreds of pictures. 

The wild inhabitants of the islands truly overwhelm the visitor. The gentleness and harmonious living takes your breathe away. This work began with one of my photos. 
The phrase that is machine embroidered onto the collaged fabric is; 
"let them always remind us that the fate of all living things on earth is in human hands". 
The fabric behind the photographic image has been dyed and distressed, suggesting that time waits for none, and we have an obligation to repair our world for the sake of our children.  

I had this idea that I wanted to back light this piece. It was a bit dark when completed and I wanted to experiment with LED lighting.  There is a string of LEDs behind the piece that are attached to a battery. It is these lights that are creating the bright spots.  I have never tried this before but quite like the effect. What do you think?   Do you think they add or detract from the composition?  The work has a frame across the top and down both side slightly in from the raw edge so it hangs slightly off the wall.