Sunday, 29 April 2018

Textile Landscape and Nadel-Welt

Delighted to be at Nadel-welt in Germany from 4-6 May 2018 with Common-Land and Tea-Flora-Tales (pictured below at the Beaney Gallery, Canterbury). I have received contributions from Canada, Australia and the UK in the last week. This work will also be exhibited later in the year at the Knitting and Stitching Shows (more news on this later.)
Stuff for Thought will also be exhibiting, This is a shared project of textile artist Heidi Drahota and the Human Rights Office of the City of Nuremberg

This exhibition is the first of a series of events marking the publication of my fourth book for Batsford, 'Textile Landscape:Painting with Cloth'. I was excited to receive an image of the jacket cover shortly before leaving Australia last week. The front cover is the Medway Gap and the back cover is Loy Yang Power Station, Australia. The team at Batsford have done an amazing job. It is already available for pre-order on Amazon.
A lovely interview featured in Hand/Eye Magazine earlier in the month.

It is the act of using the needle, of punching the surface, joining disparate pieces together and adding textural mark which excites me most. It is perhaps also the one tool I use that most painters do not use and allows me to take my work in many directions both physically and conceptually.
Finally, Cup and Eucalyptus Flower above found a new home yesterday. The purchaser lives in the UK and also has associations with Queensland. Travel in the region provided the inspiration for this piece. A week after my return from it is apt that this piece marks tea and friendship.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Edges of Australia...The Land That Waited

I have been 'there and back' again. Started in Brisbane and have returned ready to make my way home. This really is a Land That Waited for me to discover it anew just as the early settlers needed to explore all this great land has to offer.
I have been to Traralgon, Ballarat, New England and Lismore
to run a series of workshops around the theme of 'Unfolding Landscape' organised with Fibre Arts Australia

Traralgon selection of students work and a view of the Loy Yang power station.

Ballarat, 'Story of the Painters Pants' part of last night display .

 Thankyou book from Ballarat
Tea Flora Tales contribution from Ballarat.
Working on location with Go Create in New England.
Sketchbooks New England
My demonstration drawing with a pen created with a kangaroo rib? drink can and cellophane wrap and other mediums and materials found on location (photo taken by Tara Axford)
A Swamp Wallaby came to visit on the last day.
A brief break and then a car ride to Lismore to the final workshop meeting wildlife on the way.

Lismore in New South Wales was the next port of call for the final workshop in in this Unfolding Landscapes series at Woodlawn. 

This little piece from Heather seems highly appropriate as we mark Anzac day on Wednesday 25th.

Thankyou to all the students, Fibre Arts Golden team, friends and colleagues from Queensland to Victoria who made this such a worthwhile tour. 

 Really enjoyed seeing a good selection of Namatjira's work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

 I also especially loved the collection of  pieces entitled Ghost Nets by Regie Sabatino marking the traditions of Torres Straights Islanders with a contemporary twist

I close with a few more images from Brisbane and nearby Mount Glorious Forest Reserve

Monday, 26 March 2018

Edges of Australia:Some like it hot.

Hard to believe I am back in Australia again. 
The temperature certainly is a change to cold UK.  I spent the first week in Queensland under the invitation of Wrapt Experience. We looked at exploring images and narratives as construct themes for books and folding forms.

I had a chance to take in some welcome drawing session in the nearly morning cool and enjoy this amazing view of the Capricornian coast.
My next step was to visit the The Hub Creative Space in Townsville.we explored Torn Paper Drawings as a theme.Looking at re-using old drawings , photos and found papers as a theme and exploring different approaches to working with them. Play and experiment with techniques looked at the points where drawing, collage and stitch converge.

I had a chance to catch up with an old friend from home and loved being introduced to some aspects of here new home in Australia as viewed from Castle Hill with Magnetic Island in the distance.

Whilst away a lovely feature on Tea Flora Tales appeared in the March issue of Stitch magazine. I have had some  more contributions from students here to add to this expanding installation. More news on my return.
On my way to my first three day workshop with Fibre Arts Australia in Traralgon, see you soon.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Going to the Land Down Under

March did come in like a lion rather both in terms of weather and in terms of being busy. I have been packing and re-packing so I can take the minimum and do the maximum with it as I travel to Australia next week under the invitation of Fibre Arts Australia. It is appropriate that whilst I am away, that I have a piece, 'edges of Australia'  in the Page 17 Embroiderers' Guild exhibition at the Fashion and Embroidery Show- NEC Birmingham  15-18 March and Artrix in October 2018. Read more here. Here it is open at a section appropriate to marking Mother's day.

Nothing like working up to the last minute. I have just sent in the last proof for my next book Textile Landscape:Painting with Cloth  (Batsford) which is out in September.
 And organising photography with the my editor and my photographer Jacqui Hurst
Had a lovely interview with Helen Bowen of Sewing World Magazine in the March issue We Meet article (share the lead page here)
Finally, delighted to listed as one of the Five2Watch on Axisweb feature on five artists who create textile artworks early in the month.
Last week's snow, a view from my window,as I move to warmer climate

Looking for food