Weekly Art Project: Week 12

For my self-guided weekly art project, one of my parameters is the abstract work must be inspired by my surroundings here at Copacabana.  It’s only natural that I turn to the view from my home – the vast Pacific Ocean and expansive skies intersected by a compelling horizon line.  I expect Week 12 Incoming Wave… Read More →

Eastern Rosella

I am back in the studio and back at the sewing machine. It’s time to catch up on Week 11 of my weekly art project. After gray, wintery days in San Francisco, I’m craving some colour so this week’s work is based on the camera-shy eastern rosella. A photo posted by Brenda Gael Smith (@brendagaelsmith)… Read More →

Embellish: Australian Outback Inspiration

My artwork Canberra: Meeting Place features as a project in issue 128 of Embellish magazine celebrating the inspiration of the Australian Outback. Learn how to make your own version using karamatsu (stitched resist) shibori techniques. The magazine goes on sale this week and is available  in both print and digital format from Artwear Publications. Canberra:… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 11

As I am still travelling sans sewing machine, I don’t yet have anything to share for Week 11 of my weekly art project. Instead, I will take this opportunity to talk about some of the tools that I use for this project. First and foremost is my camera. A key parameter for my week art… Read More →

Modern Quilt Show Australia 2016

The Modern Quilt Show Australia 2016 is on this weekend at Glebe Town Hall in Sydney. The winners will be announced at the official opening and preview event on Friday evening and the show is open at from 10 am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. My work Secret Women’s Business: Every Woman Bleeds will… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 10

I am currently in the United States celebrating Thanksgiving with the Laundry King’s family. That means no sewing machine but here’s my piece for Week 10 of my creative project – a curved line version of a tumbleweed from the Copacabana dunes (as distinct from the straight line version in Week 8). View the Copa… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 9

Inspiration for Week 9 of my self-guided weekly art project comes from Bouddi National Park that adjoins the southern end of the beach here at Copacabana. The vegetation in the park ranges from scrubby heathland to expansive stands of gum trees.  My particular favourite is the angophora with its orange-silver trunk and curvy branches. I… Read More →

World Quilt Competition 2016: Australian Prize Winners

30 Australian quilts feature in the World Quilt Competition 2016 and Australia is well-represented in the World Quilt Prize Winners Gallery 2016. Congratulations to: Best of Country Australia: Yvonne Chapman True Blue Mates Honourable Mention Traditional: Jan Frazer Persian Panoply Honourable Mention Innovative: Cathy Jack Coupland Foliata The National Association of Certified Quilt Judges also… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 8

The Copacabana dunes are sprouting tumbleweeds – breezy ballerinas that dance along the beach. My interpretation for week 8 is a straight-line abstraction of a tumbleweed against a blue sky or ocean:   I look forward to seeing YOUR weekly art project.  Maryte Collard joined the project last week and you can too. New participants… Read More →

Jacaranda Blooms

It’s November and that means jacarandas are in full bloom: Before I could make my catch up piece for Week 7 of my weekly art project, I had to dye some purple-blues.  It’s a match! I don’t have any good photos of fallen jacaranda flowers but let me assure you that they create colourful carpet… Read More →