World Quilt Competition 2017 Australian Finalists

Congratulations to the 32 Australian finalists in the World Quilt Competition 2017. That’s a record! Accepted entries will premiere at the World Quilt New England (17-19 August) and tour to Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Pacific International Quilt Festival and World Quilt Florida. Yvonne Chapman Petal Davies Sue de Vanny Jessica Dobson (2) Pat Forster Jan… 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 →

Discount Tickets for Festival of Quilts (UK) 2017

Join me 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 and I would love to catch up with you there. I will also be giving the following presentations: Driven to Abstraction: Friday 12.30 (45 minutes lecture)… 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 →

Weekly Art Project: Week 34

Black swans are the subject of my textile sketch for week 34 of my Weekly Art Project. I find perverse pleasure to live in country that is home to a creature once thought to be impossible. Here’s a photo of one of these beautiful birds cruising on the lagoon at Copacabana: A post shared by… Read More →

Weekly Art Project: Week 33

Week 33 of my weekly art project finds me back in the water. I’ve been enjoying some autumn swims and seeing the blue groper (achoerodus viridis) lurking by the rocks. Blue groper come in wonderful colours and majestic elongated oval form. This a photo that Richard Ling shares under a creative commons licence on Flickr:… Read More →