Call for Textile Art for Judging Exercise


Textile artists sometimes remark that quilt show judges don’t “get” textile art and that technical, quilt police rules are applied inappropriately. The Quilters’ Guild of NSW is seeking to address such concerns as part of its Judging Education Pilot Program. Australian-based textile artists are invited to submit their artwork for consideration to be used in… Read More →

Living Colour Special at Pearl Beach: 7 July 2015


After an extended outing at the Nautilus Arts Centre in Port Lincoln, South Australia, the Living Colour exhibit is on its way back to me before winging its way to the United States for AQS QuiltWeeks in Grand Rapids, Chattanooga and Des Moines.  In response to popular demand, in the small window between engagements, I… Read More →

Sue de Vanny Artist Website

Sue de Vanny Artist Website

Sue de Vanny is an Australian mixed media artist based in Melbourne, Victoria. It’s been great fun to work with Sue to set up a website to showcase her paintings and textile art and to highlight her upcoming workshops.  Check it out and say hello on her newspage too! The artwork featured below won viewers’… Read More →

Workshop Spotlight: Lines of Beauty


I am pleased to announce a new workshop – Lines of Beauty: Explore the expressive qualities of finely pieced lines. This workshop includes a series of design exercises, covering both improvisational and intentional freeform machine piecing techniques, with a view to completing two or more small (12x12in) compositions and building skills and confidence for larger… Read More →

a matter of time (and money)


Presenting an international touring exhibition involves all kinds of expenses including shipping, printing, packaging, hanging equipment and catering.  Following their fantastic support of Beneath the Southern Sky and Living Colour!,  Brother International Australia have pledged financial sponsorship for my next curatorial project – a matter of time. THANK YOU to Brother International Australia for this… Read More →

Dreaming in Colour at the Sydney Quilt Show

Last year I wrote about  The Process of Creating Dreaming in Colour.  While this artwork was not selected for the contest I originally made it for, it’s taken on its own happy path.  I am delighted to report that it was awarded third prize in the Small/Wall Quilt (Professional) category at the Sydney Quilt Show… Read More →

My 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction Donation


After playing around with some ideas on my iPad using the Doodle Buddy app, I decided to convert this design in to a 12x12in textile work for the 2015 SAQA Benefit auction: As can often happen when you are only loosely following a design idea, but the work has to end up a particular size,… Read More →

My Queens Birthday Anniversary


I consider myself a relative newcomer to quilting and textile art so it comes as a shock to realise that it is actually 30 years since I made my first quilt in the summer of 1984/1985 (read more about the seersucker extravaganza).  Admittedly, there was then a fifteen year hiatus as I completed my university… Read More →

Getting a Feeling for Felt


For me, one of the highlights of the European Patchwork Meeting 2014 was getting to meet Inger Johanne Rasmussen and experiencing her monumental felt and wool works (see video below).  It really opened my eyes to the beauty of felt and just how elegant it can be. Usually I work with cotton fabrics. These small… Read More →

Living Colour at Port Lincoln 8-25 June 2015


Living Colour! tours next to the Nautilus Arts Centre in Port Lincoln, South Australia from 8-25 June 2015.  This will be the last outing in Australia before the exhibit travels to the United States.  Please share with any of your friends that might be able to visit the exhibition.