Weekly Art Project: Week 43

Before I present my textile sketch for Week 43 of my weekly art project, I would like to share a short story about gymea lilies. The year was 1989, I had moved from New Zealand to Sydney in January to commence my legal career with an international law firm. I was keen to explore my… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 42

After an intense week of meetings, early (pre-4am) starts and trans-Tasman flights, it was good to meet up with my friend Al on the weekend and take a head-clearing coastal walk. We headed to Bouddi National Park which is located to the south of Copacabana. It was a glorious day and we were on the… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 41

Last week, when I was due to post my textile sketch for Week 41 of my Weekly Art Project, I was in New Zealand for the selection of quilts for National Quilt Symposium 2017. Working with Philip Trusttam and Marianne Hargreaves,  we reviewed digital images for 341 quilts across a range of techniques and styles… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 40

Week 40 means I am into the fourth quarter of my weekly art project.  As I prepare for “landing”, it’s time to review my inspiration listing to make sure that I include all of the imagery that I associate with my surroundings. Pelicans are not full time residents at Copacabana but tend to hang out… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 39

Week 39 has been a bit of a blur with preparations for the Sydney Quilt Show 2017 which opens tomorrow Thursday 22 June and continues until Sunday 25 June (see you there Thursday and Sunday!). I knew it would be busy so I managed to make a textile sketch ahead of time inspired by the… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 38

There are more than 170 Banksia species native to Austalia and, for week 38, it’s high time this plant is featured in my weekly art project. Out and about on my daily walk, I found this beauty with russet cones: A post shared by Brenda Gael Smith (@brendagaelsmith) on Jun 9, 2017 at 2:20pm PDT… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 37

It’s been a busy week working on exhibition administration for QuiltNSW and Ozquilt Network so this is what my Week 37 textile sketch looked like earlier today.And here is a work in progress shot later in the morning: This is a fiddly design to piece. Working at the 6x6in scale, I have become fast friends… Read More →

Studio News

Issue #26 of Down Under Textiles magazine is  now on sale. It includes an article where I have gathered my thought and share insights into my Weekly Art Project. The article includes key tips for: setting parameters gathering inspiration designing making record keeping If you missed the profile article, thoughtfully written by Erica Spinks, in… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 36

It’s that time of the year again. There’s a chill in the air, the flannel sheets are on the bed and the migrating whales are starting to appearing on the horizon. I saw my first pod of humpbacks yesterday. I didn’t have my camera to hand but they looked something like this video from the… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 35

Say hello to Mr Cockatoo for Week 35 of my self-guided Weekly Art Project.  These flamboyant characters gather in squawking flocks that patrol the Copacabana neighbourhood (and wreak havoc chewing on cables and gables). Here’s a blurry photo of a couple surveying the surf:Continuing with a focus on shape, I selected the cockatoo crest for… Read More →