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Monday, 28 July 2014

Fabric Printing

Below are some photos of work done in my class for the fabric printing unit. If you like what you see maybe you need to join our class next year at Marden Senior College, Adelaide, South Australia.

All work below was done by Ginny James
Well done, Ginny!!!

(sorry not all in sharp focus)

Drawing for a Riso (screen printing)

Complex Cloth - two or more methods of printing - mono and Riso

Complex Cloth - mono printing and and multi stamps

Complex Cloth -  stencils, lino  and ??? Can you guess???

What techniques are 'emplyed' here??

Friday, 18 July 2014

My Melons???? And Fruit in the Garden

Our citrus are doing fine in the garden at the moment 

My melons- grapefruit that are a gaint size - now what to do with them?

Grapefruit and mandarians by the galore - notice the size difference 

One of our smal orange trees - loaded already - great fresh orange juice every morning

My curry tree

Spinach, silverbeet, beetroot and leeks - made a wonderful spinach quiche 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Holiday down south

Last week my husband and I went on a caravan holiday down south of Adelaide. We visited Robe, Millicient, Beachport, Mount Gambier and Cape Jaffa - most on the coast - fishing places and the other towns are inland a bit. It was very cold but I got loads of reading and sleeping done and a good relax. Went to all the Art Galleries and op shops of course.
My camera was playing up so I only have a couple of photos to post.

I am rugged up ready to go out of the warm into the cold

My husband Ken also rugged up at Beachport 

A "scultpure" outside a cafe at Beachport

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Dare to Differ Talk

On Thursday 3rd July I gave a talk at the Quilters' Guild of SA about the history of "Dare to Differ" a contemporary quilt exhibition held in Adelaide every two years which I conven.
Below is the 'speech' that I gave on the night.

Amazing concepts
Wonderful skill and imagination
Exciting, inspiring, witty
Great stuff
These were some of the comments recorded about the Guild’s first “Dare to Differ” held at Megaw and Hogg in June, 1994 as part of the celebration of the tenth year of the Quilters’ Guild of SA Inc.
“Dare to Differ” was the idea of a small group of Guild members interested in promoting and exhibiting contemporary quilt in our state, South Australia. The model for this was the New South Wales Quilters’ Guild juried exhibition held at the Manly Art Gallery, which has become a prestigious showcase for contemporary art quilting nation-wide. The exhibition was open to all quiltmakers of the Quilters’ Guild of SA and attracted a pleasing response from city and country members. The quilts displayed showed a great variety of interests and techniques.
Committee members were Barbara Hutton, Neta Lewis, Gennie Quinn, Pat Hagan, Deb Nichol, Lyn Uppill, and Quenby Sinclair. Many of these names you will recognize.
 It was then decided to hold this event biannually.

The aims of Dare to Differ were (and still are):
To educate the public about contemporary quilts
To raise the awareness of the value of textiles in Visual Arts
To showcase Contemporary Australian Quilts makers
And to encourage SA Quilt makers to be further innovative and daring

The next exhibition was held at the David Jones Gallery in the Adelaide.
In 1997 we saw a move to Prospect Gallery. The theme was “Over the Top”. The title was to steer people away from the traditional quilt and extend their horizons, leaning more to the visual arts.  In 1999 the theme was “99 Not Out” and at this time the committee extended the participation to quilters across Australia. This was to showcase the breath and width of what was happening in the contemporary quilt scene throughout Australia. This also gave the South Australian audience an opportunity to see this wonderful broad showcase of contemporary quilts.
In 2001 it was decided that the theme would be dropped and the exhibition title was to remain as
“Dare to Differ”. This is as it is still today.
The exhibition continued at Prospect Gallery for a few more years and then was moved to Gallery M where it has continued until now. This is a larger venue and has showcased the quilts
So this next year 2015 will be its 21st year.

Over the years many SA quiltmakers have exhibited: Alvena Hall has been in every show, I was in the very first show and have been in most of the exhibitions since, Julie Haddrick has been in many and many other SA quilters have joined the participants from every other state in Australia throughout the years. The quality and number of works has grown throughout the years and I feel that it is an excellent show and encourage all to enter in for the 2015 show. The Dare to Differ – 2015 will be the 21st year so lets make it the best yet!!

I have been convenor for many of those years (I think about 15) and now feel it is time to pass the role onto to other people so I am resigning from my role after the 2015 Dare to Differ and wish to ask for those who would like to see this exhibition continue to see me about how they could be involved.

So if you wish to be involved in the next "Dare to Differ - 2015" contact me through my email:

Below are photos from the night

Myself, talking with a quilt of mine that was in DAre to Differ many years ago

Julie Haddrick talking about fher quilts shown above

Myself presenting my speech with a slideshow of previous exhibitions and quilts

This quilt was made by Jenny Greenwell (pictured here) in the very first DAre to Differ in 1995

Quilts displayed and view of slideshow on the night