Tuesday 28 May 2024

Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show

 The Waverley Patchworkers Quilt Show is on again this weekend. I don't run this event anymore but I do understand all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make it a success.

The raffle quilt is absolutely gorgeous this year. Unfortunately, I took this photo at one of our meetings where the lighting is not the best, but it is magnificent.

Waverley Raffle Quilt 2024

The quilt will be on display during the show and tickets are $2 each, all the money raised goes to a charity.

Here are a couple of detail photos.

As well as all the beautiful quilts, there will be a display of the Waverley Art Quilters work.

The Show is held on Saturday and Sunday, the 1st and 2nd of June 2024.
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 9am to 4pm.

The show is held at the Mulgrave Community Centre.
355 Wellington Road,
Melbourne. Victoria

There will be quilt displays, shops, a cafe and demonstrations.

I will be helping set up on the Friday and will be at the show all day on Sunday.

Hope you can come.

Bye for now,

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Annemieke Mein Exhibition

 Two friends and I travelled down to Sale, in Victoria to view the latest Annemieke Mien exhibition. It was a three hour drive, so we decided to stay overnight, so it was not such a demanding travel day.

It was worth the trip, it was a retrospective of all her work from the 1970's to today. There was work that I had never seen before and it was displayed beautifully. The gallery is a stylish, modern building and the display took over the entire gallery, there were many rooms of her work.

Her most well known work took up one of the walls as you went in.

Freedom by Annemieke Mein (1986)

There was also a room showing her early work, you can see how she started and how her ideas had progressed.

Starlings (1978)

I loved the way she has kept meticulous sketches and samples for her work. They were all on display too. Below are an example of her progress with baby birds.


She can even make a fly seem compelling.

There were many display cases like in the photo above showing the drawings, fabrics and threads.

I decided to take a lot of close up photos because there are many pictures of her entire pieces but I am interested in seeing the detail.

Of course, I had to take a photo of one of her fish. The date says 1993 - 2021, apparently during Covid Annemieke decided to finish some work that she had put aside.

Queen Snapper (1993 - 2021)

Here are some of the other photos that I took.

They even brought her furniture and items from her studio and set it up in the gallery.

Annemieke Mein has just celebrated her 80th birthday but she is still working. Her latest work features labels, apparently she put the call out for people to send her clothing labels.

Here is a close up photo showing the labels. Isn't she clever?

It was a very inspiring exhibition.

Bye for now,


Tuesday 14 May 2024

100 Day Project

 Have you heard of the 100 day project? I have heard about it for the last few years but never participated because I am always so busy. But, guess what? I will always be too busy.

This year, I read that you only need to do something for 15 minutes a day to participate. I have wanted to try watercolour for ages and have dabbled a little but found it very difficult.

I had recently bought a book called Creative Abstract Watercolor by Kate Rebecca Leach. I set up some paints and some paper and made the commitment to paint for 15 minutes a day and follow all the projects in the book. 

Creative Abstract Watercolor

I was hopeless at first, I didn't know how much water to have on my brush or how much paint I was supposed to use but I persevered and I started to get the hang of it. I didn't give up, I kept reminding myself that I am a beginner.

Not only did I keep going, I really started to enjoy it.

Here are some of the pages that I have done. Don't be too hard on me, I am a beginner who is teaching herself.

I have finished all the projects in the book and now have bought an online course called Sketching for Watercolour. I am loving it so far and some days I spend much longer than 15 minutes. 

One of the things that I am enjoying about it is that it is such an easy clean up compared to acrylic painting. I love painting in a compact sketchbook.

I started this adventure on the 1st March and so I suppose the 100 days will finish in June.

It is quite amazing how you can improve by just trying for 15 minutes a day. You have no idea how bad I was in that first week.

I love learning a new skill too, it's supposed to be good for us!

Bye for now,