The journey continues 2015

The Journey continues..............

Our experiences as a group over the last three years has helped develop and inform our direction of travel as a group. The Voyage Exhibitions this year in London in April for the 2012 pieces and in Beaujolais in April for the 2013 series were well received.

We go forward as a group into our fourth year with the challenges of working our pieces in series at A2 size. The working theme for this year is 'Nature Abstracted'; we will be producing one piece of work every three months, four in total over the year.

As an added challenge this year a number of the group are preparing additional work for a group exhibit at the Taiwan International Show in 2016.

Our work from 2013 will be exhibited at the ICHF Show in March at the NEC Birmingham and our 2014 work is travelling to Minnesota in the USA as a special exhibit.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Forces of Nature

I have chosen Forces of Nature as the title of the series I'll be doing for 2015 Voyage Abstracted Nature. They are meant to depict 4 of the powerful forces of nature.

The first two have been completed.

"Over the Edge"
Lava Flow

"Fire in the Desert"

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Done and Done!

And 2014 finally is in the books.

Here are my 6 pieces. I just waited until they were all completed because a few of them were down to the wire....well....past the wire.

For the theme EARTH, I chose to do a series of beautiful places made by nature. Hence the series title --


Antelope Canyon
Arizona, USA

Great Barrier Reef

Giant Sequoias
Sequoia National Forest
California, USA

Ruby Falls
Tennessee, USA

Blue Caves
Zakynthos, Greece

Avenue of the Baobobs

These were all so very fun to do. Now looking forward to exhibiting in Duluth all of the beautiful works of art made by each of you!!

And on to 2015 -- already have my inspiration pieces. The series will be titled: Forces of Nature. I will be doing a hurricane, lava flow, lightening and an iceberg.  Anxious to get started!!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Arava Desert


Following an oil pipeline leak, about 5 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Israeli desert called Arava. It was the worst ecological disaster we ever knew, that was to destroy the desert because we were in the rainy season. It was a race against time to prevent the spread of infection further into nearby cities. My last quilt for 2014 is dedicated to the uncertainty of life and how easy it is to break nature's balance and cause an ecological disaster.


Shoshi Rimer



Glaciers are very dominant part of earth. I felt it is impossible not to address it when I create a series on the theme Earth. Exploding Glacier is no doubt a spectacular view, but it is also a danger phenomenon. The rapid melting can change the water level and flood many countries.
I used a picture I got from a friend who visited a crashing glacier in Argentina.


Shoshi Rimer

The Dead Sea


The Dead Sea is 420 meters below sea level. In fact it's the lowest place in the world, and is located in the southeastern part of Israel.
Dead Sea is just that. There is no life, but it is full of minerals and is very salty. It is used as a cure result for people who suffer from skin diseases, and on the other hand the cosmetics industry produces very special and well-known products using its minerals.
My quilt reflects the variegated depths of the sea and the salt that lies on its margins, causing the sun reflection differently during the day.


Shoshi Rimer



My favorite subject is forest. Unfortunately in my country there are not that many areas filled with trees, so I enjoy seeing the various trees when I travel mostly in Europe. Forest has several functions. It gives shade and mysterious atmosphere, but it also protects natural climate. Massive deforestation causes global changes that will affect the glob greatly in the future.


Shoshi Rimer

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Impressions--Grand Canyon

            My final piece for Voyage Art Textiles 2014 is titled “Impressions--Grand Canyon”.  We have all seen photographs of the Grand Canyon showing it in every season and in all weather.  However, I have never seen a photograph that really captures the depth, immensity and amazing color of the Grand Canyon.  I believe that is a virtually impossible task.
            The Grand Canyon is located in Northern Arizona and is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters).  Nearly two billion years of Earth’s geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.  Recent evidence suggests that the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago.  Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day configuration.

Rather than attempting to make yet another “photograph” or “painting” of the Grand Canyon, I decided to record my impressions of the Canyon.  When I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time, I was immediately struck by the color and the layers upon layers of color in the rocks.  The blue of the sky and the glitter of the Colorado River far below constantly compete with the colors of the rocks and vegetation.  The sigh of the ever-constant wind and the distant screeching of hawks and eagles intensify the “surreality” of the Grand Canyon's vistas. 

I returned to one of my favorite processes, intuitive piecing, to construct the Grand Canyon Quilt which I thought would give it a structured feeling without losing the feeling of constant change and motion that continue to shape the Grand Canyon.  
Frances Murphy