Monday, December 22, 2014

Vineyard 28 Quilt Exhibition

Last week hubby and I drove to Bunbury to do some Christmas shopping.  As we got to Harvey I spotted this sign at the side of the road ...
... you can imagine my screeching voice in hubby's ear, and the white knuckle grip on his arm  "STTTOPPPPP".  He had no option but to turn left and take me to Vineyard 28 and see the exhibition.
 Its a lovely winery, about 3 kms down a limestone road off the main highway, in a lovely peaceful setting.

The first thing that greets you is an array of quilts hanging on lines, and displayed on tables, under the verandah.

Inside, holds a wonderful selection of quilts, paintings, and other arts and crafts by local artists.  The winery has a permanent display of quilts and crafts all year round, but this was a particular exhibition they were having.  Apologies for not getting the names of all the artists on display ... why not pop on down and check it out for yourself.
The "Hang Ten" quilt below was stunning.  Created by Yvonne Chapman for the 2014 Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, and chosen as one of the 30 finalists for the "TEN" challenge.
 The detail in the quilt was beautiful with the sequins and beads all glistening in the surf.
The Grandmothers Hexagons quilt was created by Judy Mallet of Australind, WA. 
Judy also made the Hexagon Star Quilt, and the 16 Patch Square Scrap Quilt beneath it.
All the quilts were stunning, and hubby wanted to buy them all! 

We did, however, both fall in love with Yvonne Chapman's painting of the cattle in mist ...
and headed home with it proudly under one arm, and a carton of wine under the other.  A good day's shopping - even if they were all for us.  Who needs Santa?! 

Art a'Peel Christmas Lunch

Last Sunday was Art a'Peel's Christmas lunch wind up.
Lots of yummy food and a lovely way to catch up with everyone, including members who can't always make it to the monthly meetings.
Dixie's new hair colour was a delight and we look forward to seeing what she surprises us with next month.

It was a day of show and tell, sharing the things we've made during the year as well as sharing books to read and inspire us for the year ahead.
Jill R managed to complete her fabric flowers that we made with Elizabeth Morley and created a beautiful necklace with them.
And Jill L shared her gorgeous reindeer and elf dolls that she wonderfully makes.

We had a new member Marie Gallin, join us and share some of her amazing and inspiring textile work.  We're all looking forward to Marie joining our group. 
And we all shared our silver and white secret Santa gifts which all went down a treat and everyone was thrilled and delighted with the surprise gift they received.

We have a break now over the hottest month and regroup in February, looking forward to the year ahead.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pixie Shoes

Art A'peel's Christmas lunch was coming up early December and we were given the task of creating a "secret Santa" present.  The only stipulation was that it had to be in silver and white.
I immediately thought of the lovely pixie shoes designed by Annette Emms and published in the Stitch magazine, issue 70. I'd been wanting to make these for a long time and now seemed the perfect opportunity.
I dithered for about a week or more wondering how to make them "Christmassy", then found the two lovely snowflake embellishments and it all flowed from there on. 
So, with some silver dupion silk, white felt, silver and white beads, scraps of white net and the snowflakes I set about making them.  They only took a couple of days, with some therapeutic hours in the evening hand stitching the beads around the top to resemble snow, and voila they were done!
I loved making them, and was so pleased with the end result that I was a bit loathed to part with them, but I eventually did - with the vow that I will definitely be making some more in the future.
They measure about 12cm in length and about 4cm in height - or, if you're not very good on measurements, they fit in the palm of my hand.
Check out Annette Emms website and blog to see more of her lovely designs.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Elizabeth Morley workshop

I had a brilliant time at this months Art A'peel meeting, it was one of the most enjoyable days I've had in a long time.  We spent a day with Textile Artist Elizabeth Morley at her studio on her property at Coolup, just south of Pinjarra. 
 She and her husband only moved to the new property a year ago and they've worked hard and created a wonderful place to visit.  
Its on 5 acres of land, so there's plenty of parking, and lots of room for groups of students.  Elizabeth gave us a tour of the property, showing us where the chickens are, and the vegetable patch, the dam, the fruit trees ... so much to see, we were happy just wandering around taking it all in for the first hour.
The gardens were beautiful and gave us lots of inspiration for drawing and design

and the wildlife was so cute too.  I fell in love with these little goslings, I just wanted to take them home.
Elizabeth has a HUGE workshop, as you can see below.
It's separate to the house, and within offers views of the gardens and the swimming pool and patio area, where we sat and had our lunch.  I honestly felt like I was away at a resort, it was so relaxing and peaceful in the countryside.
Once inside the studio we were like kids in a sweet shop, there was so much to see.  Elizabeth has displayed all her supplies in glass jars or on shelves around the studio and its a visual delight.

Then of course, there's her textile art - a feast of colour and texture, much of which was influenced by her time in Africa, as seen in her wonderful cape that hangs on the wall, and the indigenous portraits. 

Elizabeth's studio is split into two sections, one half is the workroom where we all had loads of room to set up and work, with samples of her work all around to inspire us, as well as tea/coffee making facilities with home made muffins, all in air conditioned comfort, which was a blessing considering it was a 38 degree day.
There's lots of good lighting and comfortable seating and we had lots of space to spread out and work without cramping each others style. 

We even had four legged friends to keep us company, and help us eat the delicious muffins - not that we needed much help, they were yummy.

The other half is a storage room filled to the brim with colourful fabrics, trims, paints - everything you could want, as well as the ironing boards and a large work surface in the middle where Elizabeth could demonstrate the techniques.  There was so much to see my head was spinning, and we all went home feeling very envious!!

We eventually snapped out of our awestruck dumbness and got down to business, which was learning to make fabric flowers for a  brooch or necklace.  These are some of Elizabeths' work ....

We didn't manage to finish our pieces, but did get lots of flowers and leaves created.

 and Elizabeth showed us how to complete them in our own time.
Not only was Elizabeth a wonderful tutor but a very generous host too, as she cooled us all down with a refreshing bowl of home made mulberry icecream before we all hit the road and headed home.

I went home with a renewed vigour and have already cut out and prepared a jar full of more flowers and leaves to be creative with, and I hope it won't be long before I go back and do another workshop with Elizabeth.
If anyone is interested in workshops, please feel free to contact Elizabeth via the following:

Elizabeth Morley
Textile Artist
P: +61 8 9530 3902
M: +61 415 272 341

and lastly .... a big thank you to Elizabeth from all the Art A'peel ladies.