Thursday, April 21, 2011

Remarkable Symposium Queenstown 18 - 22 April 2011

These are images of my choice, hand painted with fibre reactive dyes which I did in a three day class with Hollis Chatelain.   It was such a gift to do a class with Hollis as I've been thinking about going to the States to do a class with her for several years now.  And, to have it held in my favourite place in New Zealand - just magic.  Hollis also teaches drawing - that's now on my list of things to do.  I've come home from Symposium with these two (fat quarter size) pieces to paint with thread as the next step.

You may recognise the hand; its is from the Pieta - the original is a marble sculpture by Michaelangeo Buonarotti created (1498-1499) and it is housed in St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

"Michelangelo carved it when he was 24 years old, and it is the only one he ever signed. The beauty of its lines and expression leaves a lasting impression on everyone."  (Source)  My photo came out quite brown and pink in colour and that's the reason for the choice of colours of dye.  I intend to quilt with threads that will further reduce the colour to give more of an alabaster look.

I think it is a very powerful image.  The next image is also very powerful and others in the class asked me if it was Abraham Lincoln or Sir Edmund Hillary.  That says to me that its an image that everyone finds someone they know to recognise in its dramatic lines.  He looks to me as if he is about to look up and I've been thinking alot about how to quilt this to encourage the viewer to feel that he will indeed look up.  In Hollis's class I learned a technique to audition quilting lines!  Superb stuff and it encourages you to expand your quilting repetoire without needing to make a stitch.

The original is a piece of art by Henry W Dixon a watercolourist from Florida. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Milford Sound - Piopiotahi

The Maori name for Milford Sound which means 'a single thrush' is said to be drawn fromthe legend which told that when Maui lost the treasure of immortality to the goddess of death, Hine-nui-te-Po,a thrush flew to this place to sorrow for the death of its mate.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Distressed Threads - Fabrics With Attitude

Oh wow!  A new fabric dyer with fat quarters at the Remarkable Symposium.  These wonderful fabrics are the work of Cheryl Comfort, Chris Tait and Catherine McDonald.  Very hard to resist a couple of purchases - if you want to know more, contact Distressed Threads.  Congratulations girls - it is fantastic fabric.

Here are some samples:

The next two are the same piece of fabric with the reverse side showing.  It's a very tough decision which side will get to be a quilt.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Here is the beginning piece of fabric for another quilt.  Every so often I find a piece of fabric that just speaks to me, a quiet whisper at first and when completed its voice is clearly heard, its message revealed.  I've decided this collection of quilts is my Extension series.

I don't make them one after the other, (exploring many ideas off one central idea), just when the fabric inspires and speaks.  This one will be the third one in the series.

Other posts on this kind of work are Last Breath and Freedom, which I made prior to beginning blogging in 2006.  I'll have to get it out and photograph it.

So here is the latest piece of fabric.