My self-guided Monthly Art Project for the first half of 2019 is to make a 30x30cm (12x12in) textile sketch that is based on the view from my studio overlooking Copacabana and Allagai Bay. This is the final installment – a mini version of my earlier work Seachange: Whale Tracks celebrating the wonder of whale migration and the patterns of currents in Allagai Bay.
The currents off Copacabana and Allagai Bay are a veritable super highway for humpbacks travelling between the Antarctic and the tropical waters of the Coral Sea to breed and back again. Winter is peak season for viewing whales on their northward journey. My heart lifts as I sight the vapour spray of whales surfacing as they round the headland. Other times I gasp as they breach in a explosive splash or wave their tails and flippers. Occasionally whales linger in the bay to rest.
I have lost count of the parade of whales on the horizon today. Here’s one making a splash.
With a convergence of events and multiple volunteer commitments, I missed my 15 June deadline but it was good to have some stitching time in the Activity Centre at the Sydney Quilt Show.
Here’s the final textile sketch:
View the Allagai collection on my website.
Monthly Art Project: Blooming in 2019!
Beyond the Monthly Art Project
THANK YOU to everyone who has participated in the Monthly Art Project over the past 18 months. The Facebook Group Page is will remain online as a visual record but no new challenges will be posted and no new members will be approved. Artists are welcome to use the framework to pursue a personal monthly art project. The key steps are:
- make a public pledge via your own blog, Facebook, Instagram or other social media;
- define the parameters of your personal Monthly Art Project. When setting your paramaters, consider such matters as medium/materials, theme, size, palette and techniques;
- record your process and results; and
- share online on a designated date.
I also invite textile artists to submit work for my new curatorial project, a travelling textile art exhibition – Vision 2020. Here’s a quick overview:
- Size: 20x20in (50x50cm) – up to 40 works will be selected
- Form: Stitched and layered textile ready for travel
- Title Theme: Vision
- On tour in 2020: including at the Craft & Quilt Fair Adelaide (12-15 March 2020) and the Australasian Quilt Convention (16-19 April 2020)
- Closing date: 10 January 2020 via online entry form
- No entry fee (exhibition fee payable if your work is selected)
- International entries welcome!