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The Shimmer Effect

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

SAQA juror Pat Forster selected one of my works,“The Shimmer Effect”, for an online exhibition, Geometric Expressions, which opens on the SAQA website on January 3rd next. I’ll post that link here when it’s available.

I never show a completed work on my blog or website until it’s been exhibited, ie published somewhere, so for now here’s a close detail shot of the surface texture, along with my statement about it: “A square symbolises balance, solidity and stability.  Hand stitching over concentric squares in gentle neutral colours calmed my unease at current disorder and chaos in the world.  Metallic threads in my work signify value or importance, here referencing tradition and hope.

Close detail, “The Shimmer Effect, 2022. Each square is ~6cm.

I posted about it while making this quilt as it was such a long project. It’s about 1m square, with each concentric square unit being 6cm, with a total of 121 squares of fused nylon organza strips oversewn by hand in metallic thread. The fabric itself has a subtle glittery texture.

2011 SAQA Auction Quilt

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

This 12″ square textile, just completed but as yet untitled,  is my offering for this year’s SAQA Benefit Auction  At this link you can see some of the early submissions to this year’s auction list, and find full details of how you can particpate and acquire a fine small art quilt for your textile or quilt collection  (I suggest mine of course! )

The Auction will run online from September 12th to October 2nd.

This piece fits in with the Timetracks series, and yet I think I may have another title in mind, but am thinking it over.  No rush.

Beaded Flapper Dresses

Friday, October 8th, 2010

While in Perth recently I was taken along to the WA Historical Society in Nedlands, where the display at the time was of 1920’s era beaded evening gowns,  collectively known as ‘flapper’ dresses.  I had my camera with me, of course, and was delighted with the display of beautifully preserved and conserved garments on display.  I don’t know when that display comes down but if you are in Perth you might inquire – it is well worth going to see if it is still up.I should have blogged this at the time, but time and will did not come together in a busy visit back to our home city. 

Enjoy these – and I will put up a couple more some time.  Every display I have seen there has been interesting, so keep an eye on what’s going on there.  Worth popping in if you are visiting Perth .

Looking Back

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Planning my next work, I am keen to re-visit sheer fabric but of course don’t want to copy what anyone else is doing. While I am mulling over ideas and their relevance to what I am doing, it can be helpful to look to back to be reminded about something that was on my mind a while back.

UL and LR are works I did in 2004. They followed a workshop late in 2003 with Chungie Lee who taught a class on Korean Pojagi I attended at fibersWest in W.Australia. She of course showed us how fabrics are pieced in the several traditional ways, and these works were done with folded over seaming, the name of which I forget, but it is rather like double lap felled seams. On reflection I now understand one of the reasons I did not continue with this development, which is that this is too much pojagi and not enough Alison. I am now sure I don’t want to continue with the rigid seaming, but I am very interested in ‘sheers’ per se, and am thinking of ways to incorporate them into my current themes. For one thing, sheers can be used to give the illusion of something misty, the passage of time, or perhaps a sense of distance. If I am clever enough to do that.

UR is a close up of one of the squares in the work below it, and LL has actually no sheer fabric at all, it’s a detail of Ebb & Flow 2, and part of where my thinking is just now. I love the basic geometric shapes, squares and triangles which predominate in traditional quilt designs, and well, I can feel some triangles coming on. And some sheers. And some glitter.

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Anatomy of a Commission – Quilted, Trimmed

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

The quilting is all done, which took a bit of fiddling around – the pearlescent thread would not work without incessant breaking, perhaps it is old thread – but despite all the known remedies I applied, it was just not going to work, so, further sampling revealed a fine soft gold thread would work up nicely here, and so that is what I did, about 1/2 inch separated gently undulating, parallel, lines of machine quilting on this soft gold over the whole quilt.

All this took time in addition to the actual quilting, but the result is always worth the effort of fiddling with samples. This pic shows the work trimmed to 24in. x 36in. and ready for the binding….. which proved not to be the cut and dried issue I felt it was a few days ago.

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