Tuesday 24 September 2019

Deborah Halpern

Last month the Waverley Art Quilters were studying Australian artist Deborah Halpern. Deb was born in 1957 and is a sculptor, print maker and painter. She designs colourful, whimsical, mosaic work and the shapes are usually outlined in black.

When I was researching Deborah Halpern, I was surprised that I had seen her work in the city for years but never made the time to find out what they were or who made them. I also found that her parents were part of the founding group of Potters Cottage in Warrandyte, the suburb next to mine! Potters Cottage began as a Pottery studio and then they added a gallery and finally a restaurant as well. I have been to that restaurant a number of times over the years! Potters Cottage is now a wedding venue.

If you click on her name you can see some of her work. I used to see Angel outside the art gallery in Melbourne for years and it has since been restored and is across the road from the art gallery at Birrarung Marr. I am going into the city in a couple of weeks and so I will make sure to visit the sculpture.

I was making my quilt inspired by Deb Halpern just before Showcase because it was my only window of free time. I drew up a funny face on some paper, found some bright fabrics that I had bought last year and madly cut and fused without trying to over-think the process.

It's pretty out there and wild for me! I have actually called it Showcase 2019 because that was how I was feeling in the weeks before Showcase. Even my hair is in shock (and a different colour), but notice that I am still smiling!!

It's a bit of fun but the wonderful thing about our Art Quilters group is how we are learning about all these wonderful artists that I wouldn't take the time to research otherwise.

A couple of months ago I did a small art quilt inspired by our group's study of Yayoi Kasuma, but I was never quite happy with my result. You can see the blog post here.

original Kasuma

Anyway, I was adding the binding and on the spur of the moment I added some white dots and I loved having more contrast and am much happier with it now.

Kasuma Finished

Bye for now,

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Wyndham Patchworkers Quilt - In

It was a beautiful sunny, spring day last Saturday as I drove to Werribee to be guest speaker at the Wyndham Patchworkers Quilt-In. The event was a great success and the organisers should be congratulated. The venue was only two years old and it was booked out with 150 people attending. Disappointingly, some people had to be turned away as they had not booked in ahead of time. I have been to many Quilt Ins and gatherings but never to one that was booked out before.

Some of the attendees

We all received a tote bag with a magazine, zippered fabric pouch and a eucalyptus washing liquid sample.

Tote bag

Crazy Quilts were the theme of the event and they had a 16" x 16" challenge, I forgot to take photos of them, but they'd done a great job. The room was decorated with quilts and morning and afternoon tea was provided and they had a raffle with over 30 prizes. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.

There were shops in attendance and of course I made a purchase.


My talk went very well, because it was a crazy patchwork theme I brought most of my Crazy Quilts to show as well as the quilts in my Coral Reef series.

I had run out of business cards and so had just ordered some cards from Moo Cards for the first time.
I only ordered 50 to start with to see how they turned out and they came in this lovely little holder.

Moo Business cards
 You could have 5 different pictures on the back with my website and email details on the front.

Moo Cards

I chose 4 different coral reef scenes and 1 contemporary design.

They were very popular and I only have 16 left so I'll have to order some more. The most popular one was the one on the left with the Clown Fish and the 2nd most popular one was the contemporary quilt on the right. I found that very interesting.

That was my last speaking event for the year and with all the quilt shows over, I have the time free to make some more quilts and I am getting excited about having time to myself at last. It's been a busy year.

Bye for now,

Friday 13 September 2019

Art Quilt Australia 2019

Last week I made the drive down to Geelong for the opening night of Art Quilt Australia 2019. I am a relatively new member of Oz Quilts and was thrilled to be juried into the exhibition with my contemporary quilt Coral Tragedy.

Coral Tragedy by Linda Steele
It's a different style for me but I have been experimenting with contemporary quilts for about 12 months now and I am enjoying the challenge.

As usual with these events, I get to catch up with other artists that I have met before as well as meeting new ones. Sometimes it is really good to put faces to names at last. I felt quite honoured to be amongst some really big names in the art quilt world!

There were two awards because also showing was the Wool Quilt Award.

Neroli Henderson was thrilled to win the Art Quilt Award and I managed to get a photo of her with her quilt.

Neroli Henderson with Whitewash

I got to catch up with Sue Reid again, I met her for the first time earlier this year at the SAQA exhibition in Canberra and again at One Step Further in July.  So now it is the 3rd time that I have met up with her this year!

Sue Reid with And the Wheels go Round no. 4

I was given a lovely catalogue showing all the quilts in the exhibition.

Inside there is a full photo and detail photo of each quilt. Here is the page about my quilt. The quilt on the right is by Pat Forster.

Inside the catalogue

Here is a detail photo of my quilt.

Coral Tragedy detail
I love the way that the quilting shows up on the plain fabrics.

If you go the Art Quilt Australia website you can see photos of all the winners. As usual I was too busy talking to take many photos. I really should go back and have a closer look at the quilts. It really is a fabulous exhibition.

The exhibition is held at the Geelong Wool Museum.
26 Moorabool Street,
Victoria Australia

The exhibition will be on until 15th December 2019.
Bye for now,

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Wyndham Patchworkers Quilt-In 2019

Wyndham Patchworkers have invited me to be the guest speaker at their Quilt- In this year.
They are having a Crazy Quilt theme and challenge and so I will be sure to bring all of my crazy quilts to show.

Here is the flyer they have made to advertise the event.

I hope they get a good crowd and I would love to have some people who read my blog to come because I don't do many teaching or guest speaking jobs these days.

Apparently they have a lovely venue and I am looking forward to meeting them all.

 Date: 14th September
Venue: Chirnsides By the River
             220 Watton Street, Werribee, Victoria
Time: 10am to 3.30pm
Cost: $10 including morning and afternoon tea.

Here is a photo of one of the crazy quilts I will show.

A Time for all Seasons by Linda Steele.

Bye for now,