Feeling (Not So) Neutral


My main sewing machine is taking a well-earned break with the technician. Rather than digging out the back up machine(s), I decided to take this opportunity to prepare for some forthcoming projects. My stash is running low on neutrals, especially lighter values so I booked the Laundry King’s workshop for some dyeing time:When I saw […]

Festive Stars

Following yesterday’s post about Lisa Walton’s e-book Fun & Easy Surface Design Techniques, here’s a photo of the cards I made using my stencilled fabric. I traced around a biscuit cutter to get my star shapes.  While I was at it, I made some lime shortbread for my neighbours (see recipe below.)  Follow me @brendagaelsmith […]

Creative Journeys: Fun & Easy Textile Surface Design Techniques by Lisa Walton

Creative Journey Book #1

Creative Journeys: Book 1 Modern technology offers textile artists many ways to share their passion and knowledge -blogs; videos; digital slideshows; online workshops;podcasts; e-zines and more. Lisa Walton of Dyed & Gone to Heaven has embraced technology and published a new e-book available through Amazon – Creative Journeys Book 1: Fun & Easy Surface Design […]

Dreaming in Colour in Grenfell

Dreaming in Colour exhibition by brenda Garl Smith

When artwork goes on tour without you, it takes on a dream-like quality.  You wonder if it really happened!  I am very grateful to Councillor Carly Brown, volunteer coordinator at  Grenfell Art Gallery who sent me some photos of Dreaming in Colour and Living Colour (see photos) both currently on exhibition. The double exhibition continues […]

Textile Art at Home

Brenda Gael Smith Contemporary Textile Art

Back in March 2009, I delivered two of my textile works to a new home.  The collector, a former work colleague, purchased Grass and Hot Cross Blocks for her sons (both then under 10). Today she sent me these two photos of the works on display in their home.  I love that she has introduced […]

Miss E and her Quilt


You may recall the Churn Dash quilt I was making. Here it is, ready and waiting for the arrival of the new little one in the family: And here is Miss E with her quilt: And speaking of gorgeous nieces, here is Miss S unfurling her quilt last Christmas:

Focus on Quilt Photos

As a curator and exhibition administrator, I often (constantly!) see poor images that detract from the impression of the applicant’s artwork.  As I reported in my post The Living Colour Selection Process: Approximately 30% of entries were let down by their presentation including: poor lighting; excessive cropping so I could not see the edges of […]

Scrap Queen Odyssey, Auckland: January 2015

Scrap Queen Odyseey Auckland

It’s confirmed! I will be teaching a two day workshop with Auckland Quilt Guild on 24-25 January 2015. Join me for Scrap Queen Odyssey, an adventurous journey designed to realise the potential of your quilting scrap bag no matter what shape or size your scraps are.  This workshop explores a variety of techniques including foundation […]

Storing and Conserving Textiles


One of the highlights of attending the Ozquilt Network conference in Adelaide last month was the opportunity to visit ArtLab Australia.  The 50 minute tour included a range of projects such as painting restoration, gilding, photographic and paper works and marble scupture repairs but our primary focus was textiles conservation. Principal Textile Conservator, Kristin Phillips […]

Emerging from the Fog

Copacabana Sea Mist

Yesterday, Copacabana was shrouded in sea mist.  Very reminiscent of San Francisco, only the air and water temperatures were much warmer.  This photo shows it starting to burn off. And for the past few days, the Serendipity Studio, has been covered by a technological fog – the kind that hovers around setting up a new […]