Archive for October, 2008

Australian Artist’s Directory

This is a copy of the e-mail I received from Regional Arts Australia for those who are interested. It looks promising for lifting the profile of artists.


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Released:  Friday 3 October, 2008.





artpost, an interactive website and short video series for TV broadcast, which showcases artists working in regional and remote parts of the country, was launched last night.


Peter Garrett, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, launched artpost at the Art at the Heart Conference, in Alice Springs.  


The centrepiece of, is a digital interactive arts map of Australia where you can watch artists at work in their studio – from Toowoomba to Lightning Ridge, from Broome to Strahan.


The site provides the tools for students, teachers, art lovers and artists to create short videos about who they are and their work, for inclusion on the digital map.  In five easy steps, a video can be created and uploaded directly to what will become a living art gallery of all corners of Australia. These videos will also be broadcast on ABC1 and ABC2.

ABC is seeding the map by making twenty five videos to kick off the initiative and to encourage others to follow- the intention is that twenty five videos will become fifty, fifty will become five hundred and so on until the digital map is coloured in with pockets of creative communities.


Kim Dalton, Director of ABC TV said “artpost, through its online platform and its digital broadcast, can provide artists with significant national exposure, providing opportunities to reach new audiences and to expand and develop into new markets.”


artpost is a partnership between ABC and Regional Arts Australia, the national body which supports, promotes and advocates for the arts across regional Australia.


Regional Arts Australia’s president, Suzie Haslehurst, said “artpost is a groundbreaking partnership. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the rich arts landscape in regional Australia to be broadcast to the world. Artists’ stories and their work will now be there for everyone to see, either on the web or on ABC TV,” Ms Haslehurst said.


artpost has the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.

For further information contact: Lesna Thomas, Head of ABC TV Publicity P: 02 8333 3845 / M: 0407 287 320 or 

Sorry, the media release wouldn’t copy because I don’t have some plug-in. The above should give you enough info if you’re interested.


October 15, 2008 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

Thank God it’s Monday

Only because I don’t have to go to work today!

It has been a very busy four days with the exhibition, especially for many of the members who were there every day. Claudia had a wonderful time wearing the white gloves and talking to visitors about the Junior Embroidery group exhibit. She also scored well at the close of the exhibition as the ladies gave her lots of leftovers from the gift shop. She now has a bag full of little bears and xmas stockings to give her friends and cousins for presents.

One of the lovely ladies who organises the Junior embroidery sessions was profiled at the exhibition. Her breadth of work is fascinating and her current obsession, Japanese silk embroidery, is meticulous and stunningly beautiful. Claudia kept going back to look at her little embroidered garden.




Our textile group had a lovely display of the boxes, clutch bags and Pauleen’s gorgeous scumble bag.














And here are two of our wonderfully talented textile group. Jenny was sitting stitching and Pauleen is standing in front of her botanical exhibit. I should have taken a close up of her leaf as it was such a beautifully fine piece of 3D embroidery.










Pauleen is presently taking names, and is overwhelmed by the great interest, for the establishment of a textile group within the Geelong Embroiderer’s Guild. We have interest from established artists, graduates of the Box Hill textile course and many other very talented textilers who have been creating a wide range of interesting pieces. We will be meeting once a month from February 2009, once we find a spare spot in the hall bookings. If you are interested, drop me an e-mail.


October 13, 2008 at 8:56 am 3 comments

Embroiderer’s Guild Exhibition

Just a quick post as it’s been a busy weekend. Thursday morning all the items were dropped off to the hall for the exhibition. Friday morning the exhibition was officially opened by the Governor of Victoria’s wife, Mrs de Krester (Actually I think she might be Dr) who admitted to having a drawer full of UFO’s. She is the patron of the Embroiderer’s Guild of Victoria. Friday night Claudia and I went to Junior Embroidery group, then Probus club held a lovely function at the exhibition to raise funds for charity, with a guest speaker from the Geelong Botanical Gardens. A special feature of the exhibition was a botanical display, where embroiderer’s guild members interpreted botanical illustrations from the gardens.

Claudia and I were supposed to be ‘on duty’ Saturday afternoon, but I found out at the last minute that I had a full day at Melbourne Uni. We will go in this afternoon. Claudia is very excited as Pauleen told her she could be a white gloves person and show the items to people.

These are the items I entered, I ran out of time for my final piece so that will have to wait for the next bi-ennial exhibition!

The box is a piece our textile group decided to do Based on Janet Edmonds book, so there was a great variety in our display (must remember to take some photos this afternoon). Mine is called ‘I am Woman’. The base fabric is a sandwich of hand painted cotton, pelmet vilene and kunin felt. The silhouettes are bayeux stitch, the windows are daphne paper (quite appropriate to the subject I felt) and the hands dangling are a sandwich of organza and glitter fabric with words from the sheer heaven stitched on. This was great fun to make. One of our members, Beryl,  loved them so much she made three. I think this will be Claudia’s summer holiday project as she wants one.

Mostly machine stitching, the sky is inspired by Van Gough’s ‘Starry nights’. This one is called ‘Endangered’

And I finally dyed some hand spun wool to finish off ‘Lilliana’. She was almost finished during an on-line Joggles class with Barbara Schoenoff. 

Claudia finished her pincushion:

and had great fun making some of Annette Emms‘ fairy shoes:









These were made using her sunprint fabric, some angelina, machined cord, hand dyed silk thread, beads and sequins.


October 12, 2008 at 11:44 am 2 comments


October 2008

Notebook Project