Saturday, July 16, 2016

Odlin Exhibition Lower Hutt New Zealand

We had a fabulous response to our Opening Night of the Cre8 Exhibition at the Hutt Art Centre, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.  Shaun and I flew over with my quilts and textile work and we had a great time catching up with friends at the Night.  Some photos of the Exhibition:

My quilts in the Exhibition based on Reforestation in Africa.  The quilts depict 


Grows to a large forest tree - West Africa. Threatened by habitat loss.
My own Hand dyed and Hand patterned fabric.  Applique, machine embroidery and machine quilting.  
28 in by 16 in.

30 in by 16 in


Tall forest tree - Equatorial Africa.
My own Hand Dyed and Hand Patterned fabric.  Applique, machine embroidery and machine quilting.  


Forest Tree - West Africa 
My own Hand Dyed and Hand Patterned fabric.  Applique, machine embroidery and machine quilting.


Worked on my own hand dyed and hand patterned fabric. 

And the last piece I took over was an Eco Lamb Jacket.  We were each given a used Woollen Lamb Jacket from the South Island (NZ) and challenged to create a textile piece.  These are the works. 

 This  Jacket this is mine.  It is eco dyed using eucalyptus, banksia and other native plants from my friend Ali George's property.

The Exhibition is on until the 24th July.

cheers Rebecca

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Exhibition in New Zealand

I have been busy stitching and quilting for an Exhibition in Lower Hutt New Zealand.  Details are below:

It should be lots of fun.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Slow Stitching - Kantha inspired

I have been busy doing paper and stitch and now cloth and stitch.  I am inspired by a vintage kantha purse I purchased several years ago.  I have dyed my own cloth a flour sack cloth for the diamond shape and kona cotton for the back - all in the same dye lot.

The piece is around 15in by 15in and I used the valdani thread cotton 12 to do the kantha stitching.  I was trying to capture the shadows and waves created by the stitching.

And a close up.

cheers Rebecca

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hawaiian inspired quilt

My daughter and I recently visited Hawaii.  I love the surf and sea and decided to make a small quilt inspired by the surfboards on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.  I used my hand dyes and the hand patterned fabric for the surfboards.  I used machine quilting.

 Bye Rebecca

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fabric Postcards - Chartres

I made some fabric postcards for my NZ swap just before Christmas.  In October we visited Chartres Cathedral near Paris and I took lots of photos of the sculptures.  The Cathedral was magnificent.  I printed a photo onto transfer paper and then hand stitched with silk thread.

 cheers Rebecca

Monday, January 18, 2016

Gelli Print Notebooks

Happy New Year may you have a wonderful 2016!

Just before Christmas I made these Gelli Print notebooks as presents.  They are about A5 size with Italian paper folded inside.

take care Rebecca

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Agnes Martin Exhibition: Tate Modern London

I was fortunate to arrive in London just before the Agnes Martin Exhibiition closed at Tate Modern London last month. It was a brilliant experience to see so many pieces of her work together. Agnes’ work covered examples of her six decades of paintings and drawings. These works were varied, subtle and soothing. The work featured much of her systematic use of grids, symmetry and stripes but the subtlety of the work was entrancing. Agnes is considered one of the pre-eminent painters of abstract art of the twentieth century. Agnes was born in 1912 and lived in the United States she died in 2004. My favourite works were those made in the last few years of her life when she began to work less systematically, her brushwork was more freer and there was a little more colour added. These works reminded me in some ways of modern quiltmaking and I have noticed a number of USA quiltmakers have mentioned the influence Agnes has had on some pieces of their work. I could see that weavers also could be influenced.
The straight lines of work like “Gratitude” 2001, “I love the Whole World” 2000, “Untitled” 2002 are so inspirational. Similarly her triangle piece “untitled#1” 2003 and floating squares and bar in “Untitled”2004 were just amazing. These works were  152.4cm by 152.4cm so quite large works.
To see the photographs of her work I would refer you to the Tate publication”Agnes Martin” 2015, edited by Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell.  See photograph of cover below.