Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kangaroo Dreaming / Women's Dreaming

Kangaroo Dreaming / Women's Dreaming

These gorgeous fabrics from Country Bliss in Alice Springs were a birthday gift from my friend Elizabeth.  She knows exactly what I like.  I'm not sure what the Orange fabaric is called - I'll have to seek it out on the internet.  The flying Roo's remind me so much of the Qantas logo on the tails of their planes.

To Aboriginals the Dreaming is the the Gods/Ancestors that give birth to everything physical on the earth.  Each person identifies with a particular kind of dreaming symbolism.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quilter's Academy

I'm also reading this series of books - both Volume 1 & 2 are out.  I asked my library to order them, which they did happily.  Written by Harriet and Carrie Hargrave, Volume 1 begins with the basics, and even after quilting for 20 years, there are still things to be learned from the basic level to help you improve technically.  Actually, 20 years on, I probably have more time to want to be techinically accurate, rather than getting carried away on the excitement of the design coming together.

This volume gives formulas for working out how much fabric you need for your design - something a lot of quilters struggle with.  I'd recommend this book to both beginners and accomplished quilters.  Harriet and Carrie have a blog, which connects you with others working on the projects in the book. 

Here's a tip from page 72 about choosing fabrics for a quilt- which would be good to hear thoughts on.

"Choose the darker fabrics first and the lighter fabrics last.
Medium and dark fabrics are easier to select.  There are also more of them available than there are lights."

It makes me wonder - "Why is that?"  I usually have one fabric that inspires me, then I select the rest around it.  I must watch to see if I choose the dark and medium before the lights.  I probably have fewer lights in my stash.  Why do we choose darks and mediums first?

Monday, August 09, 2010

Detouring and Learning to See

"There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect"   GK Chesterton
I couldn't help but detour on my way to work this morning - the light was so perfect for a few photographs.  The gulls were beginning to assemble at the end of the tank farm, waiting for the camper vanners who can park here for free to arise for breakfast.    
As promised - a couple of pages from my sketchbook.  I'm focussing on fairies and fantasy art.


And here's what I'm reading at the moment about drawing, by Carla Sonheim:  Drawing Lab.  I love its simplicity and easy instructions, great pictures and tons of different drawing styles and 52 exercises for drawing creativity - one for each week of the year.  I think I'm going to purchase this book.