Pohutukawa Gifts

A strong Kiwiana theme emerged in my recent birthday gifts. Here’s a pohutukawa grouping: a felt needlecase kit from The Embroiderer; a sconce-like wall design comprised of six pieces that challenged my spatial perception skills as I put it together; and a beautiful titanium pohutukawa leaf pendant that fits reassuringly in my hand and is… Read More →

Introducing Maryte Collard

In August 2015 , I signed up as a mentor for SAQA’s new Mentorship Program. Since then I have been working one-on-one with Maryte Collard from Lithuania.  As a developing artist, Maryte set herself three core goals: to create a body of work with a distinctive voice; to identify exhibition opportunities to share her work… Read More →

Snapshots from New Zealand

Back in August 2015, I grabbed some very reasonable airfares that were on sale. Fast forward and we are now celebrating my birthday in New Zealand. Amongst other things, I got to join my two favourite lions (niece and nephew) at the zoo: Walk around my old neighbourhood in Point Chevalier and nearby suburbs: I… Read More →

Call for Entries: Golden Textures 2017

This month I have had two artworks on display in international exhibitions.  Dreamlines #5: Allagai Waves was at the Quilt Expo en Beaujolais and High Country Lupins #3 is showing at Art Quilt Elements 2016 at the Wayne Art Center in Philadelphia until 30 April 2016.  What do these two works have in common?  They… Read More →

Ozquilt Network Exhibition Opportunities

There I was, scrolling through my Facebook feeds when a tiny thumbnail caught my eye. The image looked very familar. I clicked to enlarge and discovered that my artwork is featured on the cover of  issue 23 of Down Under Textiles magazine. What a surprise and thrill! Wild Lupins #2 was made for the QuiltNSW… Read More →

Call for Entries: World Quilt Competition 2016

Share your artwork on the international stage, and let someone else look after logistics, shipping, customs and insurance!  Australian entries for the World Quilt Competition 2016 close on Monday, 16 May 2016. Accepted entries will premiere at the World Quilt New England  (18-20 August 2016) and tour to other Mancuso shows in the United States. Entries… Read More →

Opening of Art Quilt Elements 2016

Today was the official opening of Art Quilt Elements 2016 at the Wayne Art Center in Philadelphia and the exhibition continues until 30 October.  I could not attend myself but my artwork High Country Lupins #3 is on display and many friends were in attendance as part of the Studio Art Quilts Associates* annual conference…. Read More →

Wauchope Zone Get Together: 4-6 May

One of the things I love about teaching is travelling to new places and getting to meet other quilting and textile enthusiasts.  The annual Wauchope Zone Get Together is coming up from 4-6 May and includes: a trunk show presentation by me on Wednesday, 4 May; Strata Various workshop on Thursday, 5 May; and Stacks… Read More →

Happy Easter from the Serendipity Studio

With both of us feeling subdued with head colds, it’s been a low-key Easter weekend here at Copacabana. I did rally to make some hot cross buns in accordance with family tradition.  They turned out even better than usual: I also spent some time in the studio making a small display piece at the invitation… Read More →

a matter of time in Brisbane

My current touring exhibition a matter of time is attractively presented on one long wall at the Stitches & Craft Show, Brisbane.  Come along to my floor talk today, Sunday 20 March, at 12.30pm.  All welcome! I also have colour catalogues for sale. A photo posted by Brenda Gael Smith (@brendagaelsmith) on Mar 15, 2016… Read More →