Monday, July 28, 2014

Pozible launch

I have been talking of writing a book about France since my return in 2010 after nearly a year living in France and the time has come. I have done quite a lot of writing and research and even made a Blurb book to try out my photos and just the idea, but now its come so far, as to try something serious- a beautiful art house style book with an accompanying dvd which will contain videos and pdf text of the techniques used in my work. The book itself will hopefully inspire and make you want to transform journeys into art. The book will contain much of how I think and work and will be in English and French.

I have previously pitched the idea to a well known publisher even going so far as to write a sample chapter etc but it was decided that the market for the idea was limited ( they off course publish a greater number of books than a self publisher would). Anyway every time I go to France I discover more  and it only gets better and it has started to infuse my work.

To create the book  I am working with my daughter Celeste Galtry  who is a final year Visual Communication and design student at RMIT and we are calling ourselves the Musing in Textile team, because if we can get this book funded the intention is to make more books.A friend in france will do the translation. We are excited about working together, and we hope th ebook will be a beautiful object in itself and a little different to what is normally out in the textile market place.

We have offered some really good rewards for the Pozible fundraiser  including the book at discount and some one off experiences and artworks.  You can see the rewards , our idea and video ( and yes I do have an Aussie accent) here We hope you will be excited enough to support this project and of course any pledges will only be paid if we reach the targetted fundraising amount of $20,000.

Already Shirley Goodwin (NZ), Shirley Jacobs ( NL) and Marie-Thérèse Persoon-Klingelhefer (Ger) have my heartfelt thanks in starting things rolling.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Musings in Textile: France

Yes ! It is finally happening getting things together for a Pozible fundraiser so hopefully I can self publish my book Musings in Textile: France, so watch this space for details as I am hoping we will raise enough funds to  self publish and hopefully some of you will see fit to support the project. My daughter  Celeste Galtry will design the book and we started shooting photographs and styling photographs and putting in some serious miles to plan and decide on the style, type layout

Life is going to get hectic, because I have lagged in the writing- lots of ideas, written down but not in order, ideas floating around, but now it's time to pull it all together- it's been three years in the talking and preparing and doing.I have been working in the studio of a friend in Richmond and will continue to have the space until mid August- at least I can have a lot of my things out again

I want my book to be beautiful and full of inspiration and translation of inspiration. There will be a how to dvd in the back to explain techniques I have used but I don't want the how to  images to clutter the book.

so here goes....

And there is still time to join the Travellers' Blanket on-line class- where  you will fabricate and tell stories in fabric of your very own! The class starts on 28 July. Email me if you would like to join!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Time, time , time

I just don't know where the time flies to and I am getting a td frustrated that my  work things seem to be everywhere, and I can't remember which box I packed things in, so it's search and search find one thing but not another.It's frustrating because I have simply said "yes" to every invitation that has come my way and I need to be stitching like a whirlwind- or a dervish perhaps?

Last year came the invitation to submit  work for a special exhibit of the European Patchwork Meeting's 20 th anniversary at Ste Marie aux Mines. All past winners of the concours were invited and many took  up the invitation including moi. The brief was to exhibit the work with which you had won the prize ( I can't because it sold some years ago) and to make a work more reflective of current work. So I made another forest quilt- after saying I would never make another. It took a lot of stitching and a lot of Aurifil thread ( thank you Aurfil! and Victorian Textiles for your continued sponsorship of thread and batting) So here is a forest quilt- the colours are a bit different than the ones I used to make and that added extra challenge as i worried there might not be enough contrast in the dyed fabric- but I am quite pleased with it the thread really works hard!

There is still time to join the Travellers' Blanket On-line class- just email me and I shall send you imformation. The present weather is certainly great for stitching ( it's winter here in Australia! bbrr)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Together the Sentinelles Shine

What can I say?? A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined the project , thank you for putting your heart and soul into the pieces- their atmosphere is palpable and joyous! Everyone who saw them at  The Craft and Quilt Fair at the  Exhibition Centre ( Jeff's shed)  in Melbourne last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were effusive with their compliments for the wonderful work and creativeness of each and every piece!

The new medieval project was also embraced with many people wanting to join or at least to make a panel. I will write more about this project in the upcoming weeks. I have printed some more panels as the ones I had printed for Melbourne sold out. If you would like to buy a panel please email me. The price is $15 Aus plus $3 postage for one panel.I will  make a dedicated page for the Medieval project with information etc. later this week or early next weekend.

It was a busy  week this week gone by- I had to install the sentinelles on Wednesday and on Thursday install the works for CrossXPollination in Colac. This event will run for another  one and half weekends. There is some wonderful work on display!

One of my traveller blanket travellers from the Wrapt in Rocky textile event form two years ago, Glenice dropped by to show me her finished blanket- talk about drool- it's truly wonderful- it simply glows!

And I have had a number of people ask whether I would run the on-line course again. I have an information sheet I can send and the cost is $60 AUS. The course involves the delivery of pdf files with instructions for dyeing and ideas for stitching and stories. Most blankets that have been finished do contain all sorts of stories and that adds to their charm. There is an awful lot of hand stitching, but as I am not an embroiderer the stitches are very simple. I also set up a Facebook group to share progress etc- these blankets are not made in a hurry and part of the joy of them is the process, the  meditative stitch! Email me if you would like to join!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Porte Royal Queen and the Medieval

Next weekend the Sentinelle project will be shown at Showcase in Melbourne at Jeff's Shed. I am looking forward to seeing them altogether again. Again those of you who are a part of the project I ask for a $20 ( or 15 Euros)per person contribution towards the cost of continuing to travel the exhibition- please email me and I will send you details of how you can do this.And thank you to those who already have contributed, it is much appreciated.

My friend Christine Moulin sent me this two page spread from the most recent Magic Patch which shows some of the Sentinelles and one of my Chartres Queens. I am thrilled that the Sentinelles are getting such coverage but there is nothing like experiencing them in the flesh!

You will see that the title of my blog post is Porte Royale Queen. And with that comes a launch really of what I am temporarily calling the Medieval Project. The feedback I have had from all those involved in the Sentinelle project has been so delightful and heart warming and then when I got asked what would the next project be that people can be involved with i was a bit flummoxed. So what to do? As my Sentinelle project involved not only the work of others but also my own work I had to think of a theme I wanted to work with for my own work as well as something which I could incorporate into printed panels.

After visiting the Cluny Museum and the lady and the Unicorn tapestries with Elizabeth Dubbelde and her husband( Berry Patchwork) I realised I had fallen in love with the imagery and the enigmatic symbolism of medieval times, and having studied history at university it allows both scope for creation and research. So my next project will be medieval in flavour. The first panels is one of the Queens  from the Porte Royale at Chartres Cathedral. She has the loveliest face and I wonder at her soft expression in stone ( it is almost Mona Lisa like that little curl/smile of the lips)- I also love the costume she is wearing.It is impossible to see her face straight on unless I hired a cherry picker and i am not sure what the cathedral authorities would think of that, though I would be willing to try it  for the cause of my art :-).

The intention is to make five panels inspired by Medieval times which will be officially launched at the Berry Patchwork Retreat at the end of August 2014 where the Sentinelles will also be shown. I will be there and then the intention is to exhibit the new Medieval panels in 2015( and hopefully more venues) You can off course buy the panels and not be a part of the project but I will call for participants later this year or early next year. By making five different panels but with a cohesive theme I am hoping to give more choice of course and there is nothing to stop you incorporating more than one panel should you be so inclined. I  also won't place restrictions on size however ask that you not create anything too big simply form a travelling logistics point of view.I will also be making a pdf workbook to which you can subscribe with research exercises, imagery and ideas if you like to get your teeth into something more.

Part of the reason  for being inspired by medieval times is of course the wonderful stitching that was done in those times and the sheer delight in decoration. So here is my interpretation of the Chartres Queen- I have tried to use colours from the period but then got a bit carried away. Anyway as I have realised with the sentinelle project there is all sorts of ways that you can let your imagination wander with these and mine is limited!

Below are some of the panels I have for sale. They have been hand printed from a linocut onto hand dyed cotton. The price of each panel is $15AUS plus postage ( which is usually around $3AUS per panel). I have more colours on hand and will be making more panels during the week and will have them available for Showcase in case you would prefer to see them in the flesh.
Email me if you would like to buy a panel or be involved with the project. I have not worked out the detail but  should you wish to exhibit there will be a $20 fee payable closer to exhibition time to cover travel and admin costs. I will work hard to make a new panel soon, just this week is fullon as I have to install the Sentinelles on Wednesday, CrossXPollination on Thursday and mind the Sentinelle exhibition Friday, Saturday and Sunday and do the demount.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Slowly Working

It is hard trying to find a working rhythm when you are not in your own home or studio space- nothing is where it should be and much of my stuff is packed away. I have to dye fabrics to build up a bit of a stash so that my imagination can roam a little. I do dye fabrics specifically for  pieces but sometimes it is good to have some other ideas spark out of the fabric itself or to take you in a slightly different directions.

I made a new linocut as well of the vase of poppies from my previous post and yesterday my daughter Celeste and I played around with photographing the little vase this time with rosehip cuttings from her garden and some herringbone ferns.

The fabric in the background is some fabric that I ice-dyed, the colour is not as vibrant as what I normally dye but then the ice melted very very slowly because the weather was so cold and we. Will i succumb to the craze? hm maybe a little- I like the effect when I actually tied the ice into the fabric- it reminds me a little of outback water holes., and it's circles yet again!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sentinelles at Melbourne Quilt & Craft Fair

It has been a frustrating week without the internet so in the end  I have bought one of those USB sticks- unfortunately they have data limits , but yay I have internet.

The  Sentinelle project will be shown at The Melbourne  Craft & Quilt Fair on  June 26-29  2014. I will be there some of the time but also have a commitment to CrossXPollination which has been in the planning for a year as well.It looks as if it will go to other venues in Australia as well.

I have thought long and hard about asking this as the project started out as a fun thing and I thought it would not take off in the way that it has. But everywhere they have been seen they have raised a "wow" level , beyond  what I was expecting and so the word has gone out that they should be seen in more and more and more places. Judy Newman from Expertise recently contacted me after opening the suitcase containing all the sentinelles-with a wow- these should be seen in other Australian venues. I am happy for this to happen as I am sure most participants will be, but it brings with it the fact there are costs involved. I do try and cover the costs by negotiating with venues as best as I can- but it costs to cross oceans( and they will be shown in france later this year and early 2015). I take them as luggage as I feel that is more secure than post and well it takes space away from my own work as well. There is things like signage( which I will formalise now that other venues are involved), pins for hanging all sorts of incidental costs like tape for adhering signage. I will set up a dedicated Facebook page or blog ( not decided which yet) for all the ladies. So i ask that participants  help contribute to the costs of moving this exhibition around and that it is displayed in the best way possible. Therefore I would be  so grateful to those in the exhibition if you could contribute $20 AUS or 15 Euros ( outside of Australia) towards the ongoing touring of this exhibition.Please let me know if you can.

This was the "Sentinelle" spread that appeared int eh most recent Les Nouvelles Patchwork et creation textiles. I only have a digital copy at present. Please let me know if it is yours and I will  make sure I add your names into this post!

I must admit I am missing all things french already- like this....Australia your cheese is ridiculously expensive!

On my  last day in France I visited Verdun in order to  contemplate a moment of remembering, all those that lost their lives and to hope and send thoughts to the universe to stop carnages of human life ( sometimes this feels like a prayer in vain) I came upon a delightful little Museum devoted to the Romanesque and medieval.The patina of colour on this  Madonna is just delightful and so much brighter than you might anticipate- she dates form the  fourteenth century.

I have been doing a little stitching for my work for Crossing Oceans a touring exhibition curated by Jane Rollason- my theme will be olive trees.I have used the olive tree linocut I made whilst in france and have printed hand dyed fabric and also  printed one which I have appliqued.It is progressing slower than I had hoped as my mother lives in  the half dark in the evening and does not like lights brighter than a candle flame ( or so it seems- or maybe  I am developing sympathy with medieval women)- it's the backdrop for the vase of poppies.

And then there are poppies. Last week when my daughter and I  were out and about in Fitzroy so I could buy some more lino and she some more paper we couldn't resist these poppies.

And  a big thrill - the cover and back of Les Nouvelles Patchwork et Creation textiles- the magazine of France Patchwork with an article about my work and also a how to article. I love that it is one of my favourite subjects at the moment- poppies!The ones on the right I photographed on my last day in France