We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Tree Trunk

As this year I'm focusing on forms that can be found in nature, I used a picture I took of a tree trunk for my second quilt. It was manipulated in my computer, when I enlarge its surface to better see the details.  Then I transfer its structure into fabrics.
I used commercial cotton fabrics and free hand machine quilting.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Duluth Show 2015

Well, I am back and just about recovered!

The Minnesota Quilters Association Annual Quilt Show in Duluth, MN, June 2015

I was very pleased with the reception and appreciation we received at the Duluth Show. The thing that most impressed the visitors (besides the beautiful art) was the international make-up of our group. I must have told the short version of how Voyage got started and grew, how we keep in touch, etc. hundreds of times! In short, I think I can safely say....Voyage Art Textiles exhibit was a big hit!

Here are the photos I took of the exhibit and its visitors. ENJOY!

This is the full length of the exhibit taken before the show opened.

Here are the individual artists












I am including several photos of visitors to the exhibit because I think it is great to see the interest they had in the art. A few just walked by and glanced at the pieces, but the majority responded as in these photos, looking closely at each individual piece and reading the descriptions. 

This is the woman (in pink) I told you about that came back to see them again because she just couldn't get them out of her head. She described it as a "moving experience".

So that is the Duluth 2015 show, all wrapped up and reported. It was a privilege to be the representative of such a wonderful and talented group as Voyage at this show! Thank you all for allowing me this privilege!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Taiwan - For how long........

For how long will we be able to see the beautiful colonies of sea anemones on our coral reefs? We have already lost 27% of the world's coral reefs. If present rates of destruction are allowed to continue, 60% of the world's coral reefs will be destroyed over the next 30 years.

This piece is developed from a design I used for some pieces for Voyage in 2013 which seemed to suit the 'Eco' brief.  The background  was discharged using a range of agents; the coral reef was achieved through a simple hand cut screen and standard Jacquard discharge paste  varying the strength of the paste to try to achieve the effect of varying depths under the sea.    

I built the sea anemones up on the background by layering over a sheet of silk organza. I stitched free hand the first layer and cut back the organza to the stitching line and then repeated the layers twice more to build up a more dimensional shape. I used dye paints to colour some sections of the sea anemones;  the intention was to achieve the see through - jelly like structures of the creatures. Finally I machine quilted around the rock formations of the reef.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A Dusting of Snowflakes

A Dusting of Snowflakes

My four quilts this year, 2015, will be based on seasonal concepts. This first, obviously winter, uses strips of fabric overlaid with several snowflakes. Each one half appliquéd and half painted with fabric paint.
I have quilted large sections of snowflakes which are outlined in beads with a jagged frosty background quilting design.
The A2 size for this year is enjoyable to work with, not too large and not too small........ just right!