The Newcastle Herald published a special tribute to the "storm troopers" - emergency services and volunteers who are still working day and night to try to put communities back together. I know that this localised disaster seems insignificant next to the earthquake in Nepal, but here are the numbers which make it real for those who are suffering in our own community. These are some of the storm statistics as published:
- 7 fatalities
- 90 rescues
- 250,000 calls to Ausgrid (electricity)
- 5200 calls to Sate Emergency Services in one day
- 3409 Triple 0 calls in nine hours in one day
- 100+ school closed
- 11 metre waves recorded
- 45,000 bottles of water delivered
- 100,000 phone lines down
- 41,500 insurance claims
- $295 million estimated damage
We were very fortunate and had electricity, phone and wi fi facilities throughout, with only minor damage to our garden, so we were in a good position to offer friends and neighbours "charging" facilities. It turned into such a social time, with friends dropping in for a chat and sharing a meal while waiting for electronic devices to be charged or washing to be done. Perhaps it shouldn't take a disaster for such friendly get-togethers to happen?
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
How does your garden grow with crayons? With a little bit of imagination and lots of stitches!Why does your garden grow with crayons? Because that was the challenge of the monthly assignment of my creative embroidery course. It was a surprise to open my package and discover a packet of twelve coloured crayons, some white cotton fabric and lots of coloured stranded embroidery cotton. The task was to create a stitched garden, after colouring the fabric with crayons. I have always loved the impressionist Monet gardens, so I approached this task happily.... until I realised how long it takes to fill a space with stitches!
|Crayon applied to cotton fabric with texture ( rubber stamp under the fabric) |
- Empress Wu Designs 2015
|Stitching the "distant" spaces first|
- French knots, Lazy Daisy stitch, fly stitch, straight stitch.
Empress Wu Designs 2015
|Detail 1 - Crayon Garden - Empress Wu Designs 2015|
(French knots, fly stitch, straight stitch, lazy daisy stitch)
|Detail 2 - Crayon Garden - Empress Wu Designs 2015|
(French knots and straight stitch)
|Detail 3 - Crayon Garden - Empress Wu Designs 2015|
( woven roses, straight stitch, Cretan stitch, double knot stitch, lazy daisy stitch)
| Detail 4 - Crayon Garden - Empress Wu Designs 2015|
|Detail 5- Crayon Garden - Empress Wu Designs 2015|
|Crayon Garden - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
Sunday, April 12, 2015
|Close up of fabric owl - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs 2015.|
I am excited by the opportunity to create life from these flat pieces of cloth, working with their weave to mould shapes, fraying their edges to form feathered breasts, creating stiffened tail feathers from something that was limp. That final placing of the eye and a new life is born...The Animal Kingdom is the inspiration behind all my work. I am fascinated by its rituals and language, a world of mystery and secrets on which we can but speculate. My fabric bird sculptures are a celebration of textures, patterns, colours and forms that delight me in nature.
|Abigail Brown with workshop participants' birds|
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop with Abigail at Timeless Textiles, Newcastle ( NSW Australia) and created a simple bird on the first day under Abigail's guidance.
|Green bird - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|Basic bird in progress - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs. 2015|
|Early stages of owl in progress - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|Sample of feathers, and various fabric feathers - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015.|
|Some close ups - Owl by Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|'Owl in garden' by Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|Happy Birthday Owl - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|Owl in new home with a previously created owl woman (circa 2009) Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
And as a post script.... many thanks to Anne Kempton from Timeless Textiles who organises fabulous artists like Abigail Brown to visit Newcastle to inspire many like myself to create....
|Anne Kempton, Timeless Textiles with her little owl created in the Abigail Brown workshop, March 2015.|
Thursday, April 2, 2015
|Bilby Totem - art doll|
|Buy Australian to support an endangered Australian.|