The Ongoing Adventures of the Itinerant Artist…
In this series of presentations I have brought together a range of subjects that excite, puzzle, challenge, scare and amuse me and affect my work. Full of exciting visual images and thought-provoking ideas, these lectures are designed to inform, engage and amuse at whatever your level of quiltmaking.
Add vitality and energy to your work with eccentric circles. Used symbolically in all cultures, circles are a strong design element and focal point. Discover what happens when you move from perfect whole circles to the unexpected excitement of eccentric circles. Learn to use them confidently by fusing, appliquéing, piecing, or stitching them to add movement and direction to your work. Working with a variety of spirals, helixes, and other broken circles, you will learn how to add a new graphic quality by stitching or overlapping eccentric circles to make an individual free-wheeling composition. You may choose to work by hand or machine or both.
5 - 8 July 2022
Bring the magic of French painter Henri Matisse into your quilts as you work with large areas of joyful color and sensuous line. After discovering the variety of this celebrated artist's work, students will make a few paper cut-outs before starting a large color-filled composition. Emphasis will be on the use of large areas of pure color, curvilinear line, pattern and clear shapes, all exciting ideas to piece, appliqué or fuse in fabric. This is an ideal approach to simplifying design as well as responding to color, line and shape.
"What I dream of is an art of balance, purity and serenity, devoid of all troubling subject matter..." Henri Matisse.
22 - 26 August 2022
Looking In & Looking Out
Explore the exciting possibilities of windows and doors as you design and let the light into your quilt! Do what other artists have done over the centuries and use windows and doors to open your eyes to another view. Using these shapes and the spaces they define, discover the vitality of positive and negative design and simple geometric forms to create your own unique quilt based on the openings and closings in the buildings and structures around us.
25 - 29 July 2022
Over the Moon
The moon with its phases and movement across our skies has always had a special place in our hearts and lives. This class offers an opportunity to celebrate its varying shapes, light and mystery as the basis for making a rich and exciting quilt top.
2 February, 16 February, 2 March, 16 March, 23 March
The Thinking Eye
This class offers an in-depth investigation and discovery into the artistry and magic of extraordinary artist Paul Klee, whose legacy changed how we see and practise art and design.
28 March to 1 April