More than 20 years ago I lived on an island in the Caribbean. Last weekend these islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma. Barbuda was where my now husband taught me to snorkel. We sprayed Cheez Whiz into the water. Yes, weird I know but it attracts fish.
I met and married David in Antigua. While we still lived there we went through several major Hurricanes and watched the destruction of property and the appalling looting which took place in the aftermath. Always makes me sad to think we harbour such revolting characteristics in our nature. Fortunately there are also those who don’t descend into depravity. There are people who put their best foot forward and help to re-built homes, infrastructure, and lives, and thank goodness they exist. David and I spent a very long 3 days in our neighbours house waiting for Hurricane Luis to move off the island. We married shortly after as we felt we needed a party! People were so generous, offering Harmony Hall for our wedding and reception.
Hedy Campbell and I became friends while we lived there. She taught me much about art and life, though she may not know it. We both exhibited at Harmony Hall. They have an excellent Art Gallery. In fact, I had my very first solo exhibition there which is an incredible memory. I sold all but one of my paintings during my reception which was gratifying.
Hedy still vacations in Antigua every year. I haven’t been back since I married. However, Hedy and I keep in touch. We both continue our art careers and like to follow each other’s progress and change. Hedy’s work still reflects the warmth and Caribbean style she developed. Above is a picture of the sweetest textile piece incorporating a tiny Caribbean coloured sweater!
Recently Hedy sent me an Artscene article from the Prince Edward Arts Council. A terrific write up on her exhibition at the John M Parrott gallery in Belleville, Canada. I’m always charmed with images of her work and the picture they chose to represent her show doesn’t disappoint. A lovely Dancing Rasta floats across the canvas. Hedy tells me she intends wearing the same outfit when she gives her artist talk.
Hedy works from her studio in Picton, Ontario – Rose Cottage Studio and Gifts. She has a delightful colouring book available – An Artist’s Garden.
I just got a note from the Houston Quilt Festival with a listing of beading classes they are offering. This is something which appeals as several of my quilts incorporate beading – eg. Sheep’s Eyes has quite a few bits of beading stitched into the design,
When I began quilting erm……. many years ago, Libby Lehman was one of my heroes. I loved her ribbon quilts and even went so far as to experiment with her technique in my April Journal Page. Not nearly as clever as her artwork but an interesting concept I wanted to try.
As the Quilt Museum remarks – her quilts are based on spatial illusions which I am very fond of and am trying out in my Anamorphic quilts. Mine are more trick the eye illusions whereas Libby’s work is 3-dimensional. But we both love fooling the viewers perceptions.
Sadly, Libby suffered a devastating aneurysm and stroke which she is still recovering from and I am delighted the Quilt Museum are honouring her work with this lovely exhibition entitled ‘Joy’. The exhibition is on until October 17th, 2017.
After a few years of NOT having a specialised art quilt competition (I think there was a lot of grumbling at the first competition) The Festival of Quilts in the UK has another art quilt competition. Have a look at the finalists.
I particularly enjoy the story telling in this piece by Laura Kemshall – In and Out of Love.
It’s weird – I’m known for not liking realistic or photo transfer quilts but this absolutely draws me in. I think the content is so meaningful, the imagery so beautifully presented and somehow one feels the push, pull of a relationship in the way the portraits are layered, they are looking forward, away and towards each other. This image will probably stay with me for a long time.
When I lived in Florida I was part of a beading group which met every Thursday. It was my first experience working with beads – and being with others who beaded and shared their talent.
Jerri Heer, along with all the other amazing work she produces, teaches how to make gemstone trees. I bought one of her smaller kits to try my hand.
I chose gold wire and amethyst gemstones. The package was a brilliant surprise – it contained just about everything I needed to make the gemstone tree, including a twisting tool, toothpicks, wire, gemstones and a lovely stone base. The only thing I had to supply was patience, and glue!
This encourages me to continue on and make a larger gemstone tree for a complicated piece I am working on…….
If you would like to make your own tree, Jerri Heer not only has the kit but she has an excellent tutorial video available for free on her Etsy site Nature’s Arts.
The professional group I’ve belonged to for 20 years or so has produced a video about the association. This film includes member interviews PLUS beautiful artwork. Find out more about SAQA’s history and how the members get inspired to create.
Every year the Portland Bead Society holds a retreat. Usually at Cannon Beach in Oregon. We also have a bead challenge.
Last year I entered my Orange You Blue necklace. This year I entered a piece I like so much I’m going to work on it some more and you’ll just have to wait until it’s finished before I put it online (PS. I did win second place!).
Here are a couple of beaded goodies I particularly liked. And if you would like to see more you can go to the Portland Bead Society Artists page and have an idea of what we get up to.
I particularly like this rabbit necklace by Anna Chase. It’s very subtle and needs looking at. She made the brown shaded polymer beads herself.
Cute. Specially as we are trying to find a black miniature poodle to join our household. This one is white but I totally love it.
There are more photos of this turtle but the back design really got to me. Very attractive.
Not sure I would want to be visited by this creature but you gotta admire its creation.
More critters I want for my household. My husband asked for a ‘talking’ cat as our last, much loved tortie, talked to him. As far as I am aware, most Siamese cats talk – a LOT. Aren’t these as cute as they can be?
You don’t see so many hedgehogs in America. In fact, I never see them. They were common in England when I was living there – we had one which visited our back garden all the time. Fascinating animals.
Ever since I got involved in the quilt world I’ve been fascinated at how modern quilters interpret old block designs. Each year a classic block is put out there by the National Quilt Museum and each year I am amazed at how they are interpreted.
This year is Flying Geese.
At first I looked at the winning quilt by Susan Morgan and didn’t really get it. But somehow the colours and design stuck in my mind, and when I saw the title it made sense. Very clever.
I used to think I would make one of these quilts one day but I think I’ll leave it to the experts! Go see some of the other winners.