Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March Madness

 'Mad as a March Hare" ... so the saying goes - describing the  excitable behaviour of hares in March.
I must admit I am feeling a little "hare-brained" this month with so much happening.
The first big March event was the culmination of 'Spreading Wings' the community art project I coordinated for International Women's Day. The concept was to work collaboratively to create a fibre sculpture in a series of free textile art workshops. Eight workshops were held and over thirty people participated, learning textile art techniques and contributing to the sculpture. The unveiling was held on the eve of International Women's Day. The following photos tell a little of the story...
Sculpture framework -  the beginning... 
Workshop Preparation 
Happy workshop participant 
Busy workshop participants

The "unveiling" : Happy International Women's Day!

Then the next day off to Hervey Bay, Queensland to lead a Wise Woman workshop. What a keen and talented group of doll makers and welcoming hosts,  so it wasn't all work 
Wise Woman workshop in Hervey Bay. 
Wise Women Works in Progress 
Sightseeing in Hervey Bay with my generous host
Postscript: The bird sculpture was named Adelina ( Spanish name meaning 'noble and winged') and was auctioned with the successful bid being announced this week.  The proceeds of the auction will be donated to support the work of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo who is a spiritual leader and teacher of young Buddhist women.  (Learn  more about her life in the biography and film, Cave in the Snow). 
Thanks to all contributors to the project which in turn will help so many more women in less favourable circumstances than ours. 
The project was sponsored by Timeless Textiles and Newcastle City Council with support from the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland, Huntington Estate Wines and LamboArt. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Blue & White Birthday

Today is my mother’s birthday  - Happy Birthday, Mum. Going strong and creative at 88! 
This morning, I uncovered my embroidery which I have been “working on” for a few birthdays now. In the absence of the finished Willow Pattern tablecloth, I created a treasury of beautiful Willow Pattern inspired items I found on Etsy. Hope you and all those who love "blue and white" enjoy it. 
Upcycled Vintage Pottery Necklace - Blue Willow Pattern Painted Ceramic Shard, Swarovski Crystal & Freshwater Pearl Accents
Pair of antique willow pattern coffee cans Burleighware England
blue willow card -  printable file
Vintage Blue Willow Tea Cup & Saucer - Royal Doulton
Antique Victorian Royal Worcester Blue & White Willow Pattern Porcelain Cup
Willow Pattern Flying Ducks Blue and White Digital Collage Sheet Oriental Chinese Asian Pattern Silhouettes Decoupage Kitsch Birds Printable
Blue Willow Pattern Bowls by Royal China, Sebring Ohio, Made in USA - Oriental Pattern, Signed Backstamp - Antique Home Decor or Collection
iphone case -Willow Pattern phone case, iphone 4 case, iphone 5 case, Samsung Galaxy S3 case, iPod Touch 4 case
8.5" x 11" Print of Siamese Cats with Blue Willow Pattern
1920's Wood & Sons Woods Ware Willow Pattern Blue and White Teapot
Blue Song Bird, Print,Modern printmaking, Patterned
blue willow pattern tea cups 7x7 art print
Traditional Blue Willow Pattern  Vintage China Plate Wall Clock
Willow Pattern Pendant,  Sterling Silver,   Handmade Upcycled Jewellery,  Blue and White,   Sea Pottery
Upcycled Womens Shirt Top Blouse Vintage Linen Tea Towel Blue Willow Pattern Large
Tablecloth Willow Pattern Embroidery Blue and White Chinoiserie