Sunday, June 24, 2012

a visit to the botanical gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Enjoyed a visit to Tricia's Exhibition this afternoon. Tricia is the 2012 Artist-in-Residence at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Cooth-tha. Tricia standing in front her "Flowers of Friendship" project. 
supplies were available for visitors to make wreaths a symbol of continuity and the cycle of life. 
A few of the wreaths on display in the trees near the main entrance.  

and then map in hand I enjoyed a stroll in the gardens in search of bundles. 
Throughout the residency Tricia is working collaboratively with several groups, friends & artists. 
And we the 'Broadstrokes' collaboratively with Tricia are doing a bundle project - Integrate / Disintegrate
Tricia's current exhibition continues until the 29th June 2012 at the Richard Randall Studio
Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Saturday, June 23, 2012

a little bit of craft time decorating notebooks

Recently enjoyed a little bit of craft time. Decorated the fronts of a couple of notebooks using bits of fabric, braid, laces and ribbon from my stash. And then of course, enjoyed photographing them. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

zygocactus in flower

 Each season brings new enjoyments - we're currently enjoying the flowering Zygocactus. We started with a coral colored Zygocactus, which I featured in my very first blog posting - here - our collection now includes a purple variety (top picture) and a white variety (bottom picture). We're not sure what the middle plant is - it's been one of the many surprises we've found as part of renovating our humble home and garden.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

weekend retreat and fabric discharging

Last weekend was a long weekend for us and I escaped out to Boonah for a 3 day art & quilt retreat - how wonderful. I seized the opportunity to finish off a couple of projects and also to start working on a couple more pieces for my upcoming exhibition - Sunday Drives. My husband and I frequently head out to the Boonah area to explore the National Park areas out there, on one of our trips I had taken photos of Australian Grass Trees. Prior to retreat I had printed a few of these images onto fabric and wanted to explore further the idea of combining the images with black fabrics that have been discharged. So last weekend I had a wonderful time achieving different patterns on several pieces of black fabric by firstly scrunching, stitching, folding or clumping (or a combination of) and then popping these pieces into diluted bleach to discharge the color. The above are a couple of the discharged pieces.And these are a couple of the images I've captured on our day trips

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

First Solo Exhibtion - "Sunday Drives"

In 60 sleeps my first Solo Exhibition - "Sunday Drives"
will open at Gallery 159, 159 Payne Road, The Gap, Brisbane, Australia

It's hard to believe that it's about a year since I first had a couple of little thoughts - I wonder if I'm ready to take the next brave step in my artistic journey - wouldn't it be grand if I could have the exhibition for around the time of my birthday - an exhibition a milestone instead of a party for one of those milestone birthdays. After brainstorming a few ideas around what a body of work would feel and look like - I kept coming back to my growing collection of photos that I've captured on the many short escapes I enjoy around my home state and I also kept coming back to my underlying dream of one day becoming a textile artist and being comfortable saying that. So it only seemed fitting that my first Solo Exhibition should bring these two aspects together. So my first solo - "Sunday Drives" is the artisitc representation of two journeys joining - the journey of hobbyist to artist and the journey of drawing inspiration from my everyday surroundings: in particular the Australian landscape in my home state of Queensland.

Exhibition dates: Saturday 4th August to Sunday 26th August 2012
open weekends 11am - 4pm with the official opening on Sunday 5th August at 3.30pm
come along and be part of the journey
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