Time to play

December 10, 2008 at 10:52 am 2 comments

My last day at uni for this year was a graduate research conference last Saturday (hurrah, more time to play). By chance there also happened to be a bounenki market at the Nicholas Building in the city. I bought these luscious fabrics from Kimono House. The mauve is for Claudia, who said “But it’s christmas not easter!”

eThe conference was excellent with some very interesting and creative presenters (and great food). All the presenters were PhD students giving final or interim presentations of their research. Phillipa Robinson looked at Musical culture. Her fascinating powerpoint showed all the places in the world she had visited for her research and she illustrated the musical cultures of the world with a thread art metaphor. Another enthralling speaker was Fatemah vafaeinejad, an artist who peppered her presentation with persian philosophy on the creative/life process such as:

*’do to know’ instead of ‘know how to do’

*in the creative process nothing is fully resolved

*accept and welcome the unknown, search for the hidden layers.

I also popped in to the Skepsi on Swanston Gallery to have a look at this exhibition on my way to the train station. Absolutely beautiful, and some interesting ceramics too.



A few days ago, Claudia received these two wonderful ATC’s from Doreen and Ebony. They are just sensational and Ebony’s displays the most wonderful design skill, caught from her creative grandmother.

e1Thank you Ebony and Doreen.

Our xmas break up for Embroiderer’s Guild was Monday and was a great get together. I met Gillian, who I had discovered on the stitchin fingers network and we’re all excited about the start up next year of our Creative Fibre Art Group (aren’t we Pauleen!!! I’ve just noticed what we could shorten that to!!!) The core group who have been meeting all year will get together in January to plan for our first meeting in February.

Last night I attended the xmas meeting of the Bellarine Mac Users Group (BMUG), a friendly sharing group dedicated to mac computers. I was lucky enough to win the door prize, a Japanese wrap gown (just out of the washing machine).


Just as good was the wrapping the gown came in.

japanese-wrappingThankyou so much to Jurgen who donated the prizes.

Now I’m off to play: Xmas cards and postcards incorporating this

e2a copyright free Silent Night printed onto a printable fabric sheet (100% cotton) and sprayed with moonshadow mist and radiant shimmering mist.

I’m also planning on starting Maggie Grey‘s lesson one from her Textile Translations book (I am a little behind but hope to catch up over the holidays) inspired by this book I borrowed from the library. 


Entry filed under: ATC's, Embroiderer's Guild.

Valedictory Dinner ‘Tis the season to be jolly

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. susan shepard  |  December 18, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Wow, your post is loaded with great stuff! I love the Japanese fabric, especially the one with cherry blossoms. I have a fondness for Japanese fabrics and paper prints myself. I like the idea of using the sheet music to Silent Night for Christmas cards–how appropriate! I sent store-bought ones this year. I guess you can’t do everything at once, although I have tried it.

  • 2. sharon young  |  December 20, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Love the fabrics, Jo, and the conference sounded very excithing, I liked the extract you posted, very thought provoking.


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