Saturday, January 28, 2006

Machine embroidery Heart and other AQC news...

Here are the results of yesterday's workshop with Morgan James. I'm not absolutely wrapped in my finished product but I am pleased with the skills I learnt and enjoyed the day with other creative people.


Close up of my stitching
I nearly didn't show this cause my stitching is anything but smooth but blogging is about puttingyourself out there so....

And my samples (some of which I am quite happy with)...

Not so wrapped in this but it is a definited improvement and hey, there's room for improvement



A quick review of the quilt exhibition - I'm sorry, I took pictures of my favourites but can't work out how to get them from my phone to my puter so you'll have to make do with my descriptions...

There were a couple that really caught my eye. Two were by Gloria Loughman who uses a fusing technique to develop her images. This is a picture of one of the ones at the show, the other was like sitting in a forrest and looking up - you know how you get a glimpse of sky framed by trees, with the trunks radiating from the centre of your view.

There was another from an artist that I don't know (and I really can't remember the name - how awfull of me). It was an image of burning trees with the flames creeping up black tree trunks towards the crowns (which were also black - silhouette like). The background was handpainted in black/greys.

Two of Tommy Fitzsimmons quilts were in the INternational Touring Exhibition - COLORCOULEURCOLORKULOR. This is one of them.

But my favourite was this quilt In Living Colour by Mary Beth Bellah...

I think this is the second quilt of the same name (titled In Living Color II on the website) but it's very close. It takes the concept of quilt to a new level and I love it!!! When hanging you can see right through it and as you walk past the colours change (although the had hung it in a corner so it was difficult to walk past but I got the idea). It is made up like a grid of what appears to be individual peices (3 layers of course) joined to form 4 sides of a cube with the ends open so that you can see through. Sorry the description is a little lacking but check it out here to see what I mean.

2 comments:

MargaretR said...

I just love your samples from the workshop. I have always loved curves, the curvier the better. I often draw something similar to the shapes you have used and love stitching them. I look forward to seeing more if your work.

Mary Beth said...

I stumbled across a link to your blog because of my name and it so nice to know someone likes what I'm doing! In Living Color was actually the First of my grid quilts! After I made it I wondered if I could get the tree silhouette to "pop" more if I added piping in the horizontal binding (wondering then turned into In Living Color II on the FC website). thanks for sharing! mb