Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wellington Modern Quilt Guild

Modern quilt meeting Wellington

A meeting for people interested in starting a Modern quilt group will be held on thursday18th April from 7pm. Venue is Nancy's embroidery shop, Thornton quay , Wellington.

We will discuss whether to make a permanent group or keep it informal and largely online.

Discussion topic - colour prediction, designers and colour. (Or how to make your quilt look modern!)


Monday, March 11, 2013

Cairo Tentmakers

A few weeks ago I posted about the Cairo Tentmakers. They made $24, 500 towards getting the documentary made. So if you donated that is great. If you click on the link for Cairo Tentmakers you can find out more about the street, the type of applique they do and about the documentary project. You can also pre-order a dvd. It is also possible to see edited parts of the documentary and see the men stitching - so fast!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I'm not a student any more!

For the last two years I have been a student. In 2011 I was a Costume Construction student and I loved it. Then last year I did the Graduate Diploma in Applied art at Whitireia Polytechnic at the same time as working their part-time. This year I signed up for a Post Graduate Diploma in Design and after 2 weeks I dropped out. So in the weeks since I last posted a message on this blog I have attended full time lectures with a group of masters and PGDip students, and in the middle somewhere I drove to Auckland twice. Once to drop my son and his drum-kit off for the start of his university year, and back again 3 weeks later to pick him up when he found he couldn't play the drums this year because he needs to rest his arms for longer (he has OOS or RSI).

So now I am reassessing what I want to do. I love teaching so I am going to revamp my workshop list. I'm going to explore what I think 'Modern Quilts' are and a group of us are going to start a Modern Quilts group in Wellington. I'm going to make more fabric badges for sale (currently for sale at Minerva gallery in Wellington), and try and find some white fabric to dye because I feel like dyeing a whole load of fabric.
I'm also in the process of redecorating my son's bedroom - I was going to take over part of the room for a design wall - how was I to know he would come home so soon!

So I hope to post more messages as I reassess what I want to do.

I am also hoping to travel to Japan again and am thinking of taking a small group with me - let me know if you are interested - the kind of person who might be interested would be someone who is fit and likes walking (and textiles of course) but is a bit nervous to travel to Japan for the first time.

In the meantime, here are some pictures from the last few weeks

 This is part of a very long 'shoe fence' on the back road between Wanganui and Waitomo. There are all sorts of shoes so if you ever lose a jandal (thong/flip-flop) go there and find another or leave your odd vandal on the fence.

 This is one of three old cars in the garage underneath a student flat in Auckland. from the outside you would never know that they are in there.

Tourist information office at Matamata
Sunset over Lake Taupo

Hobbit holes at Hobbiton