Selection for Australia Wide Five

As a curator, I understand the challenges in planning and administering an exhibition especially a touring exhibition covering multiple venues.  That’s why I value the exhibition opportunities offered by Ozquilt Network Inc, Australia’s organisation for art quilters. Neptune’s Necklace #2 (40x40cm) is back from its 10-stop tour with Australia Wide Four and last week I… Read More →

Out and About: Mount Penang Gardens

Combine a glorious day with family visiting from overseas and it was time to go exploring. After discharging our civic duty and voting in the federal election (complete with sausage sizzle), we headed to the newly opened Gosford Classic Car Museum and then onto Mount Penang Gardens. The gardens are set in 8 hectares and are divided into… Read More →

Textiles at the Ashmolean Museum

This post comes from a damp and gray England where the Laundry King, his sister and her husband and I are spending the holidays.  Our home exchange house is situated near St Albans to the north of London and makes a great base for day trips.  Our first excursion was to Bletchley Park, the central… Read More →

Unsuspected Possibilities: Blanket Stories by Marie Watt

While I was in Santa Fe, I viewed the Unsuspected Possibilities exhibition at SITE gallery. This project is a collaboration between three artists. My attention was firmly on the monumental installation comprised of 11 blanket works by Marie Watt.  The installation is “configured to evoke a partial longhouse, a form of architecture built by the… Read More →

1000 Quilt Inspirations

1000 Quilt Inspirations: Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts (affiliate link) is a new book by Dr Sandra Sider (independent curator and former president of Studio Art Quilt Associates) and published by Quarry Books. This is not a how to book but a 320 page visual reference of patterns, colour and… Read More →

A Garden Day

On my last day in New Zealand, I took an excursion to the Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa with my mother and grandmother – three generations of first born daughters.  The rose gardens were a little past their prime but still full of colour.  Appropriately, this floribunda variety is called My Mum: And there were… Read More →

Lupine Inspiration

I have been making lupine-inspired works since 2010 when I made Lupins for the Twelve by Twelve Colourplay challenge: PurpleYellow.  The series has developed with ever increasing complexity: My goal is to now work on a larger scale.  This part of my work for the biennial exhibition Golden Textures  is approximately 80x70cm (HxW) but there’s… Read More →

Patterns and Textures

Here are some patterns and textures that have caught my eye in England. I especially like the window shadowplay on the mound of apple bins:

Call for Entry: Concrete and Grasslands

For my recent birthday, I received this  book In the City- Drawings by Nigel Peake (affliate link).  It is full of drawings exploring the lines, patterns, shapes, textures and rhythms of the city.  You can see some sample pages on Nigel Peake’s website.  Plenty of inspiration for Studio Art Quilt Associates’ call for entry for… Read More →


A magical way to start the day: