Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Don't catch us out!

That is the name of my entry in the sand, sea and obscenity exhibition which opened yesterday at the arts centre, Port Noarlunga.  I went today to have a look, and of course to see how my entry fitted in. I posted 2 of the postcards recently, but this is the full piece - 
which (I think) looks quite good. I got some encouraging comments while I was there.
The exhibition is well worth a look. Works are in a variety of media - art, glass, sculpture, jewellery etc and my textile piece - all interesting and/or beautiful and/or thought provoking. The theme  is "interpreting the beauty of / exploring the environmental threats to / the gulfs and ocean / south australia".

These are the other postcards - they're all of marine species found around our coast which are subject to bag limits. They're connected by fishing line fittings, and hanging from a telescopic rod.
Gummy shark
Sand crab
Blue Crab
 Western Blue groper
 Giant Crab 
 The ones I posted previously were the Swallow Tail and Rock Lobster
The exhibition is open until 7 December.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

looking at lace and quilts

This week has been about looking, not making or creating.

I visited  the SA Embroiderers Guild  early in the week with friend Deirdre and my cousin Chris to see their current exhibition 'Lace in delicate detail'. It is delicate indeed, intricate and beautiful needle made laces from the 18th century to now. You can check it out at  http://www.embguildsa.org.au/ There was other beautiful embroidery work promoting classes for the members as well. More things to learn in my spare time!
After we had coffee at The Olive Tree Cafe in Thebarton where I loved the recycling touch for my iced coffee, here beside a latte -

Over the last few days it has been our Guild Festival of Quilts. As usual a wonderful display, with lots of variation, colour, inspiring pieces and brilliant workmanship. Congratulations to our Show Committee and to all the winners - especially Rachelle Denenny (Best of Show) and Julie Adamson (Runner up Best of Show). Have a look at the winners at http://www.saquilters.org.au/festival-of-quilts-2014.htm  though the photo of Rachelle's beautiful whole cloth quilt doesn't do it justice. Well done to everyone else who exhibited their work, making for a great exhibition.

... and while driving in the city I couldn't resist taking a photo or two of the beautiful jacarandah trees blooming in many streets. That is a sign of Novemeber - and exam time. Fortunately all that is a long time ago for me now, but there seemed to be some connection, as our exhibition was in the new building which replaced the old Centennial Hall where exams were conducted for many years, and I did sit some uni exams there. Exams were actually being held in another building on the site.

I liked how some of the residents in this street had tied big purple bows on the tree trunks.

From this natural beauty to our back yard. This week we had lots of frothy frog spawn patches in our fish pond.

I turned just one patch over for a close look and photo (then turned it back again).

The fish don't seem to do so well in the pond, but frogs certainly do!