Yeats celebrated his half birthday at the weekend, coinciding with Easter. Since his birth i have found creative solace in cooking, with little time for anything else. When i was pregnant i envisioned myself quilting all day! In between playing/boobing/sleeping/eating/reading/ tummy time/bum time/outside time and waking through the night, there doesn't seem to be time to stitch, print or make.
Below is my niece scooping up easter eggs in the big family egg hunt.
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fibre & textile works from 20 Western Australia artists + 20 Japanese artists
at the Western Australian Museum – Perth
12 November 2011 – 31 Jan 2012
EXHIBITION CURATORS: Moira Doropoulos_Anne Farren_Keiko Kawashima_Trish Little
In their memory, 2011, Louise Snook
Materials - Garments from deceased estates, cotton thread, beads.
During my early twenties I lived in Tokyo for a year, teaching English. My Japanese flat mate, Yuko and I shared a tiny apartment with a comparatively huge ceremonious shrine in memory of her dead parents. Persimmons played a significant role in the Buddhist ritualistic offerings placed in front of the shrine. In Buddhist philosophy the persimmon is said to symbolize transformation. The young persimmon tree produces acid and bitter fruit, but the fruit becomes sweet as the tree matures. Thus the analogy is that man might be basically ignorant but with age that ignorance is transformed into wisdom and compassion.
Claire Brooks held this class at the Fremantle Arts Centre, during our one day together we disassembled vintage and unworn jewellery. Then we reconstructed our own custom necklace by adding in buttons, charms, fabric and beads. Heres what i made... the secret in all this was the 'jump rings' - the joining circles, and a pair of pointy nose pliers.
Thank you to all my beautiful women friends who celebrated my baby shower. Everyone stitched a love heart to hang on this mobile for the babies room. It was a such a fabulous afternoon. XXX
Over three days, students from six schools made oversized tassels, bunting and fabric lengths to celebrate and acknowledge why trees are so important. This co-incided with the Wild Flower Spring Festival, arbor specialists would decorate the two chosen trees each afternoon with the students work.
The next evening, during a freak storm one of the ancient trees fell down! Apparently it suffered Tuart tree root rot. The two trees we had decorated were subsequently felled in fear of public safety (both being Tuarts)!
Is there an expression for such a bizarre occurrence? A vigil, a premonition, memento mori? O
The festival that celebrated the art works made during the artist in residence program was a huge success. Although it was postponed by a week due to stormy weather. I'll post images shortly, but here are a few leading up to the finale.
Year 7's stitching a map of the now demolished old school using fabrics that were naturally dyed with plant matter.
Pre primary cushions based on the everlasting native flower using hand made felt for the petals.
Year 4's hand felted wall hanging, making a map of the new play ground with stitched pre-felts prior to felting.
Continuing with last years 'home ground' festival theme AWESOME ran free workshops at the GLADES Spring Festival held at the Serpentine - Jarrahdale YMCA Rec Centre. The parents really got into constructing the little houses, that were stuffed with wadding. XL