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Monday, 25 September 2017

Finishing lines

I have been in Rotterdam, supporting my incredible sister and her partner as they represented Australia in the amateur team at the World Triathlon Finals.

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They both crossed the finish line in very respectable times,  and were still up for a big celebration in the evening.

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Lots of stitching inpiration in the photos of the pontoon where the swimming leg started

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and also from the food stalls  in the superb Markthal.

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And in the mesmerising,multiple escalators

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All of that dedication and training pushed me to my own finishing line, the binding on Kaleidoscope, started in December 2012.

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I evidently don’t finish enough quilts, as i ha forgotten how to join the two binding ends together seamlessly. This video, from Heirloom Creations, is the simplest explanation I have every found, a boon for those like me who find the upside-down, back to front instructions of others completely confusing.

 Twenty feet of binding to hand stitch down now, the last part of my quilting and piecing triathlon on this quilt.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sculpture by the sea

One year I hope to visit “Sculpture by the Sea” in Australia. Until then, I make do with seeing sculpture in weathered shapes at British beaches

Cramond causeway, weathered U-boat defences, reminiscent of the cardinal sculptures by Giacomo Manzu.

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Or with less sinister features

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With a stretch of the imagination, beginning to resemble the Venus of Willendorf

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Ogmore beach, wooden groynes weathered in to anthropomorphic shapes

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These shapes are percolating through my mind as I have forgotten to bring any sketching or stitching materials on holiday.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Edinburgh, Dovecot Studio, Daughters of Penelope

A fab’ few days in Edinburgh, with a highlight as ever being a visit to the Dovecot Studios. The light was shining down on to the studio floor, making the colours glow

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Work in progress in the studio

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Surrounding the walls of the viewing floor, an exhibition about tapestry as architectural commissions. One of my favourite artists, Victoria Crowe, has just completed a commission, in conjunction with Dovecot for the Leatherseller’s Company. Seeing the artist's  sketches, initial work-ups, weaver’s ( NaomiRobertson ) workups, the full working process, samples of weaving techniques is marvellous.  The heraldic blue, yellow and red are both historical and contemporary.

Downstairs, a superb exhibition called Daughters of Penelope. So many wonderful things to see here, on until January 2018.

A rug that was made to move within a dance performance

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Monotone weaving

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Ash seeds woven in to a textile

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A recording of spinning songs that, from the comments in the exhibition notebook, divided the opinions of the attendees. I loved it and was intrigued by the circular notation of the singing. Great embroidery potential there.

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Friday, 4 August 2017

July journal, seedhead

The journal July is the first of three on the theme of seeds.  Stencilled fabric, then experimenting with different weights of threads.

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Finished

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