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Friday, 31 May 2013

Autumn is Here

Well, really it is now officially winter here in Adelaide, South Australia being the 1st June today.

This is what part of my garden is like today on an overcast day, raining all day yesterday and part of the night. Our water tanks (we have many) are all full and overflowing. Does this means I can have a lovely longer shower?  We have rain water connected to the house now so we have soft water not the awful Adelaide water.

The garden looks lovely and I can look out my studio windows and see the leaves changing colour and falling as each day passes.

I am working too not just day dreaming. Am working on four commission quilts using silks - will post some photos later.

Looking out the back door

Part of he front garden

Tree out the back of the house looking towards the studio

The tree outside my studio window

View from my studio window

I love this time of the year - windy, wet and autumn - makes you feel alive!!

Monday, 27 May 2013


On Sunday I opened the above exhibition at the Gawler Community Gallery, Twentythird Street, Gawler South (old railway station). The textile Artists are Liz Collinge and Stephanie Eland, two of our Fibre Artist Network members. The exhibition is on from 23 May - 30 June. Hours Thursday to Sunday 10am - 4pm.
There are four other exhibitions at the same venue so worth a drive to Gawler to visit all the exhibitions. If you go on a Sunday morning you can visit the fair they have in the car park - fruit and veg, and old things for sale etc...

Stephanie Eland and Liz Collinge

Liz, Stephanie and Suzanne Gummow

Suzanne Gummow opening the exhibition

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A Trip to the Adelaide Hills

A great day out today visiting exhibitions (see previous post) - a beautiful sunny day and a joy to see the Hills in autumn - yellows and reds and the river was a lovely spot for lunch.

Lunch by the Murray River in the sunshine

Gum trees by the river

White Cockatoos in the trees by the hundreds

More gums by the river

The Bridge at Murray Bridge - I  love the shape of this bridge(s)

Our transport at Johnston's Winery

An Exhibition Trail

Today we packed a picnic lunch and headed off to Adelaide Hills to visit several exhibitions.

The first being at Murray Bridge Gallery
 Three exhibitions in the one space. What a treat!!!
In the main Gallery was an exhibition of stitched works, Art to Wear and paintings by Cheryl Bridgart  - "Its All About the Journey" - a fabulous exhibition!!! Worth a visit.
In the two smaller Galleries were exhibitions by Adrian Caon - "Obsolescence" - Photography about his impressions about his travels to India. He also had a lovely travel  journal on display.
The last gallery was a photography exhibition by Richard Lyons - "Our Culture Burns Brightly without Cigarettes"
They were all wonderful and very interesting.
19 April - 2 June 2013

Then onto the Hahndorf Academy Gallery to see "Memory Cloth" by Glenys Mann - Australia, Els van Baarle - The Netherlands, Cherilyn Martin - United Kingdom. This was also an interesting exhibition of Textiles. 26 April - 9 June 2013

Then onto Johnston Winery at Oakbank to see "Winter Blues"
- an exhibition of Art to Wear by the "Class Act Collective". It was very varied and interesting - the Winery is really lovely too.
5 May - 2 June 2013.

So if you want a lovely day out visit the exhibitions above in the Adelaide Hills.

A brief snapshot of Cheryl's exhibition - mainly her paintings on view here

A corner of the exhibition "Memory Cloths" - Glenys Mann's work on the right

A small corner of "Winter Blues"

Old part of Johnston's Winery 

Saturday, 4 May 2013

SAlt Exhibition

This morning Pam Holland came to my studio to interview the SAlt group and video us. She also has videoed our exhibition at the AQC  a couple of weeks ago. So watch this space for more news later. 
The exhibition will be packed this week and off to the Perth Quilt Show. So you Perth people - enjoy!!!

The SAlt - South Australian Living Textiles group
From left to right -
Francie Mewett, Judi Bushby, Sarah Bell Smith, Judie Haddrick, Suzanne Gummow