This is the photo that I received from Pat Findlay of Winnipeg Manitoba and from which I drew inspiration for my saw whet owl quilt entitled Looking In, Looking Out. See previous post for more details.
I have been part of Team Canada for the World Wide Whispers Project. In a nutshell it’s a bit like the child’s birthday party game where the leader starts by whispering a sentence in the ear of the next participant and then it continues around the room, evolving and changing from the original sentence. Kim Caskey, the Team Canada leader produced the first quilt inspired by a photograph by Lesley Zwaal of Edmonton Alberta. Artists from each province and territory of Canada (13) were sent a photograph showing only the most recent wall quilt and given a one month time frame to create a 18 by 24 inch wall quilt inspired by that photograph. I was the New Brunswick representative and created the third Quilt in the series. It has been a long 13 months when we were not allowed to reveal our involvement and saw only a photo of the quilt that inspired our piece. Finally on January 6, 2019 Kim sent us a wonderful power point presentation showing us all the quilts, artist statements and more.
Also involved in their own World Wide Whispers were teams from Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, USA.
The Canadian collection will be shipped to Scotland where it will hang, along with the other 4 teams, at the Scotland Guild’s AGM event in Glasgow in March. Following that, they will travel to The Netherlands for a show in April. The most exciting part is that all quilts from the 5 teams will be displayed at The Birmingham UK Quilt festival in August 2019.
Looking In Looking Out is my piece. In a separate post I will show my inspiration piece by Pat Findlay.
Yesterday I finished my spotlight auction piece. I had sun printed a piece using metallic paints in blue and copper. I used metallic threads in copper and blue to quilt the leaves .
FAN will be holding a craft sale Saturday December 15, 2018 at Knights of Columbus building 170 Regent Street (near Boyce Market) from 9 am-2:30 pm.
There will be weaving, felting, thread paintings, eco printing and much more. I will have thread paintings, bookmarks, cards etc.
I just returned from a lovely trip to the UK where I did some touring, spent some time with my daughter, Lisa, who lives in Portsmouth and also had the opportunity to meet a number of quilters and embroiderers. I delivered slide/trunk presentations to the Portsmouth and District Embroiders Guild, the Southampton Quilters Guild and the Roundabout Quilters in Basinstoke. I also met with quilters from the Norfolk Quilters. I am happy to say that there was interest in having me teach on my next trip to the UK. My husband joined me for the last week of my 23 day visit and we enjoyed day trips by train from a lovely inn in Thetford.
Today I finished a thread painting of the Keswick River in autumn which was commissioned this summer. My process is to paint the background and then enhance the detail by adding texture using the needle on my sewing machine like a paint brush.
The first photo shows the scene as I finished the painting and the second reveals the finished piece before it goes to the framer for stretching, matting and framing.
There is an extensive interview with Susan Lilley about my work on http://saqaatlanticcanada.blogspot.com posted on August 7, 2018.
Last night was the opening of my solo exhibition which featured thread paintings and wall quilts at the Charlotte Glencross Gallery, Charlotte St. Arts Centre Fredericton NB. The exhibition runs until Oct. 9. The Arts Cente is open 8:30 am -9 pm.
There will be an official opening at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton NB Canada on Friday Aug. 3 from 5-7 pm . There will be wood fired pizza and refreshments. All are invited.
Until mid to late September you can listen to a podcast of the interview which took place during my Fredericton Arts Alliance Artist in Residence at the Casemates. I was interviewed about being a fibre artist by Mark Kilfoil of CHSR FM radio in Fredericton NB. To go to the interview cut and past the link below .