Archive for March, 2008
I am a bit embarrassed at not having blogged in xxxx days, however it is now Easter and term holidays and I have just finished, tonight, a 1500 word report for my Master of Education studies so I feel justified in taking some time for creative stuff. My report was based on an arts related field trip of our choice so I took daughter number 2 to our local, yearly Arts in the Park event. It was a fun (but very hot) day and she enjoyed being immersed in such a variety of artwork. Her favourite was the art dolls displayed by the Trolley dolly cloth dolls group and she has requested we make a fairy doll just like the one there. I found out it was a Patti Culea Medaris pattern so I have borrowed her books from the library. It will be a good project for us over the holidays. The textile and fibre art displays were wonderful and D2 enjoyed greatly the children’s art marquee activities organised by an Aboriginal cultural group.
The unit I am doing at the moment is called Researching Arts Education and is very interesting, both the content and the interaction with my fellow students. This group encompasses people from a variety of fields and countries, including a music teacher from Taiwan and another from Portugal, performing arts educators, voice teachers, music specialists, community theatre, visual artists, a sound artist and an early childhood arts educator. This makes for very interesting discussion, but the best thing about the class is that we participate in various strategies and activities. My research project is going to relate to drama and literacy. Part of our assessment is to keep a journal so I’m looking forward to making that visual as well as content based.
I read and blog for a fun site called I op therefore I am. When I was doing the Personal Library of Stitches I instigated a discussion about op shops (thrift shops) and the wonderful treasures to be found therein. On a recent visit to find items for my daughter’s cheerleader costume for a party I found these cute, handy little books:
Inside they have clear diagrams illustrating many interesting stitches:
I’m not sure of their age. Any ideas???
Hopefully over the next few days I will have something creative to show
Not a great deal of textile progress this week as I worked three days teaching. This is the postcard piece with a little FME. I thought it would be thick enough to stitch without a hoop but it did become a little puckered so I will use a hoop when I continue. Instead of a pin board in my textile corner I have it attached with magnets to the side of the steel filing cabinet. This gives the distance needed to work out where to stitch next.
This week I have been reading Margaret Rolfe’s Australian Quilt Heritage, a brief but interesting outline of the part quilts have played in Australian history from the Aboriginal Heritage to the end of the 90’s. Margaret was a presenter at last week’s Australasian Quilt Fair in Melbourne with her new book co-written with Judy Hooworth which I think may be called ‘Quilts on the Double’ (that’s what her seminar was called). I didn’t get to this session, too much to see, to much to do!!! The display quilts were sensational and included the Husqvarna Viking International Quilt competition – Imagine that and a display of vintage textiles from Japan.
The other exciting event this week was the inaugural meeting in Torquay of the Textile Group from our local Embroiderer’s Guild. This group stemmed from one of our member’s participation in last year’s TAFTA Forum at Geelong Grammar. At this stage we are a small group of 5 who will meet once a month to try out and share different techniques, working towards some items to exhibit at the annual Embroiderer’s Guild Exhibition in October. We have decided to use the postcard technique to each develop an embroidered box a la Janet Edmonds. For March we will be using some of Dale’s techniques which I tried at the Victorian Embroiderer’s Guild Summer School in Melbourne.