Thursday, January 24, 2008


I've been creating inchies - 1.5 inch square quilts. There are loads of applications but perhaps the one I like the best is surprising friends by sending one in the post.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I'm trying something new - a drawing challenge each week with

Topic: Stitch

Wk commencing 14 Jan 08

Title: New York Beauty

Medium: Stablio Pen

Style: Graphic

I'm a textile artist and stitch all the time. Its very different to draw a quilt instead of stitching it intuitively.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Lily of the Nile - Agapanthus

Now classed as a weed in New Zealand the beautiful Lily of the Nile, commonly known as Agapanthus, flowers at Christmas and New Year (January) in New Zealand, adding its spectacular colour to the native red flowered Christmas Tree - Pohutukawa.
It is spectacularly magnificant at growing in terrible conditions, holding banks of clay together and comes in white, mauve and a minature variety.
With few flowers in our gardens at this time of the year it is beautiful displayed with poinsetta, or against a corrugated iron fence.

Monday, January 07, 2008

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely”

I've been silent for some time. Yesterday, 7 January 2008, something shifted and I again followed some of the blogs I read regularly a year ago. It is as if we have all been liberating ourselves from routines, changing and evolving, morphing into a new beginning.

I wondered that I had not thought before that the energy of change might also be affecting my blogging friends.

Today a friend sent this quote:

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely” – Auguste Rodin

It inspired me to ponder and websearch for a time on the life and work of Rodin, and the scope of his creativity intrigued me. He was an early adopter of photography and the photographic record of his work in progress, has enabled students to learn about his creative process as a sculptor, collector, painter, sketcher etc.

What I found intriguing was this experience in his life:

"In 1864 at 24 years of age Rodin met Rose Beuret, aged 20. A year later his son (Auguste-Eugène Beuret) was born.

Camille Claudel (1864-1943) met Rodin in 1883 and entered his studio the following year. Rodin’s talented pupil very soon became his mistress. in the Early 1890's her relationship with Rodin was beginning to deteriorate, as is demonstrated by the cruelty of the barbed drawings,which Camille devoted to Rose and Rodin as a couple : the Système Cellulaire, Réveil, Collage... Camille realised that she would never be Rodin’s wife and would never succeed in ousting Rose Beuret ; the final break between the lovers came in 1898, and the wound it caused was commensurate with the ardour of the love that the two artists had experienced for more than ten years. Camille never recovered from the separation, even if her art then started to break free of the influence of her famous master.

In 1917 at 77 years of age, Rodin married Rose Beuret on 29 January in Meudon. Rose died on 14 February and Rodin died on 17 November. He was buried in Meudon on 24 November, next to Rose. Their tomb is dominated by The Thinker. "


It is as if The Thinker rests with all artists for a time, stilling us to become aware of new creative inspiration and direction.