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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Lest We Forget - 100 Years, 100 Quilts

Below is my entry "Red Poppy" into this exhibition


Lest We Forget: What Does This Mean to You?

Specially created for AQC in 2015 is this display of small challenge quilts, commemorating one of Australia’s most defining times and in tribute to all those affected by conflicts over the years.
For the ‘Lest We Forget Quilt Challenge – 100 Years, 100 Quilts’ quiltmakers from across Australia and New Zealand were invited to contribute to this exhibition of mini-quilts. The quilts they have created will now be hung together as a mosaic, premiering at AQC and then touring at the Craft & Quilt Fairs.
Many quiltmakers have added a dedication to the reverse of their quilt, and the stories behind each piece are touching and heartfelt.


Detail of "Red Poppy"


During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers' folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. The poppy soon became widely accepted throughout the allied nations as the flower of remembrance to be worn on Armistice Day. The Australian Returned Soldiers first sold poppies for Armistice Day in 1921.
My grandfather being one of them.

Come to AQC and enjoy this wonderful exhibition

Monday, 23 March 2015

Ice Dyeing

Below are some photos of one of my students dyeing fabric using the ice texhinque. Her name is Janine Clark and she is studying under the Visual Arts Certificate 4 - Textiles course at Marden Senior College in Adelaide. It was fasinating to watch her all masked up and the results were very interesting. The results are very different to other dye techniques and this was her first attempt - wonder what she will do with the next lot?

Janine masked up as she is using powdered dye - OHS

Ice and dye - now we wait for the results

Close up of the ice and dye powder

Ice and the dye - then wait till it melts and ???

The results - Pink fabric Ice Dyed

Try for youself and see what happens.


Monday, 16 March 2015

Flowers

These are some photos that I took on my trip to Millicent last week.
Will need to store them for later inspiration for my textile future works.
I am always looking and storing information for those future projects.








Friday, 13 March 2015

Creating New Fabric Workshop

Below is the next step (none completed) the motifs that the students will add to their backgrounds done on day one. These are not finished so they will fabulous when done. A great workshop. Thanks to the students who were great and seemed to enjoy the class.  







Thursday, 12 March 2015

Creating New Fabric Workshop

Below are some of the backgrounds that the students produced in the workshop - these are raw edged strip piecing and quilted.


Myself (left) advising a student about the work to be done





Above are some of the backgrounds for their works
They are great

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Creating New Fabric Workshop 
   at Millicent, South Australia

Below is the flyer the Geltwood Festival produced for the workshop.



Students working in the class

Julie working away with her project

Maxine creating a new fabric and flower

Reviewing the background fabric the students had completed

More about the class and the work produced in future blogs

Tuesday, 10 March 2015


It has been but I wish to share photos of the great night 

The Geltwood Festival Opening
Friday 6 March, 6:30 - 8:30pm
The Millicent Gallery, Civic & Arts Centre

All welcome!  Drinks and canapes provided.  No RSVP required.

The Geltwood Festival will be officially opened by Wattle Range Council Mayor, Peter Gandolfi and will feature a guest speaker. This is me, Suzanne Gummow.

In conjunction with the opening, attendees will be provided with an exclusive first look at "SAlt The Fabric Trail, Journeys of Five Textile Artists" exhibition in the Millicent Gallery.

The Main Exhibition - SAlt The Fabric Trail - Journeys of Five Textile Artists
Friday 6 - 23 March 2015
The Millicent Gallery, Civic & Arts Centre

The exhibition is a collection of fabric artworks that explore elements of the theme 'journeys' and encompasses various fabric techniques and ideas through contemporary and traditional media.  A group of five textile artists, from emerging to established practitioners, joined to explore, experiment and to challenge themselves to collaborate, critique, affirm and help consolidate individual modes of expression.


It was a great night - loads of people and much interest in the exhibition - it is a beautiful gallery indeed.
Thanks to the Gallery and its staff.


Opening night

Suzanne Gummow (me) setting up the exhibition

Above and below - part of the exhibition


Visitors viewing the exhibition