Monday 18 August 2014

My piece for the CQA/ACC invitational travelling show "It's Time For Colour" - now SOLD!

Here is the story of “Grape Expectations”. It is part of an on-going series I’ve been creating for three years, called “What Remains”, and it is a reflection on impermanence, human and natural disintegration, spirit and memory. For this show I am musing on where colour comes from and how it lasts in our imaginations. I imagine there will be lots of interesting contrast with the chemically produced colours used by other artists.
I dyed white woven wool using only grape vines from my garden and rusty metal scraps. I ended up with two pieces, mirror images of each other, and chose one of them. The back shots show the rusty bits. The colours are soft-focus and delicate and the patterns come from the metal and botanical imprints. It is a whole cloth quilt and has been machine quilted using clear invisible thread and edged with a free-motion zigzag stitch.
I hope the show is a huge success, as it will travel to about 20 venues across the country, be displayed at Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge Alberta, and then the 40 pieces of art will be auctioned off individually for The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. Kudos to the CQA/ACC and membership director Laine Canivet who have organized this!

October Update: My piece has sold in the very early days of the show! Thanks and enjoy, to the new owner.

grape tendrils and vines plus

rusty metal scraps on wool =

the fronts, mirror images
the backs

"Grape Expectations"

Saturday 16 August 2014

Haliburton Highlands Quilters Guild - Lecture and Hand Embellishment Workshop Aug 2014

Well that was fun! I thoroughly enjoyed my two days with the HHQG. I received my very first standing ovation for my trunk show and was moved by the enthusiasm and generous comments of the quilters. Had a great visit to the Quilt-a-Grafix Quilt shop in Kinmount and then Jan and Ernie Anderson welcomed me again to their gorgeous country home. We caught up on the news and I was privileged to get a good look at Jan's wonderful new creations. We dined on steak and the best garden fresh cucumber salad I've ever had. Dessert was their own private label maple syrup shooters. The dogs kept me company all night and sweet Sage woke me up with wet kisses in the morning.
The workshop the next day was filled and we spent a happy day beading and embroidering together. Oh, and they gave me a perfectly lovely rusty can for a present! Hope you enjoy the pix!