Weekly Art Project: Week 31

It’s Week 31 and local bird life again inspired my textile sketch for my self-guided weekly art project. I don’t see king parrots very often but when I do, I usually find them munching on the neighbour’s overgrown weed patch. Here’s a video from a while ago: A post shared by Brenda Gael Smith (@brendagaelsmith)… Read More →

Karkalla: AQC Challenge 2017

Today the Australasian Quilt Convention 2017 opens in Melbourne and I am delighted that my artwork Karkalla features as a finalist in the AQC Challenge Made in Australia: Flora and Fauna. Karkalla aka pig face (carpobrotus rossii) is a succulent coastal groundcover plant native to Australia. From late spring into summer, it forms a vibrant… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 30

It’s week 30 of my self-guided weekly art project and the bird theme continues. This time my attention turned to galahs – pink breasted cockatoos. Galahs like to forage on foot in grassy areas. Our home is hopelessly devoid of anything resembling lawn so we don’t see them in our yard but they do congregate… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 29

This week didn’t quite go as expected and I woke up this morning without any textile sketch in progress or even an idea of what Week 29 would feature. Then I heard the cackling laugh of some kookaburras. A post shared by Brenda Gael Smith (@brendagaelsmith) on Apr 12, 2017 at 12:14am PDT Instantly cheered, … Read More →

Twelve by Twelve Colorplay Book – Available Now!

As a member of the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge, I am excited to announce that we have self-published a book that documents our second series – Colorplay. This is a catalogue-style publication with an introduction by Diane Perin, mosaic images for each of the 12 challenges and images and artist statements for… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 28

Week 28 of my weekly art project considers the intriguing crevasses of a banksia cone. Banksia integrifolia  is endemic to the coast and my studio is surrounded by banksia trees. With the recent warm and wet weather, they have had a growth spurt and I have booked the Laundry King in to trim the tendrils… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 27

For Week 27 of my Weekly Art Project I am revisting a familiar theme. Some of you may recall that I set [rainbow] Lorikeet as the palette for the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Project Colourplay challenge. These bright coloured birds feed on the banksias outside my window studio and entertain me with their antics. They… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Midpoint Review

It’s Wednesday which is reveal day for my Weekly Art Project.  I have my piece for Week 27 completed and ready to share but will save that for tomorrow. Instead, in this midpoint review I will look at the results of my poll, announce the winner of my celebration giveaway, address some questions that have… Read More →

Join me at Festival of Quilts (UK): 10-13 August 2017

I look forward to meeting up with European textile enthusiasts at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham from 10-13 August 2017.  Most of the time, you will find me in the gallery with a matter of time. I will also be giving the following presentations: Driven to Abstraction: Friday 12.30 (45 minutes Lecture) Brenda creates… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: 22 March

I am currently having a wonderful time teaching at Grampians Texture in Halls Gap, western Victoria. The Grampians National Park is very different from my coastal environment and I have been enjoying the different sights, sounds and smells. The forest fragrance after the rain was divine and, after nearly 30 years of living in Australia,… Read More →