Friday, November 29, 2019

What about the Advent Blog?


Every year, every day during Advent, I post on my blog .... I have had a series about crazy Christmas trees, an expose about Christmas cake, Christmas firsts and a Christmas alphabet which have been the most popular in the last few years. This year I won;t have access to art materials until 9 December so the bad news is the advent blog WON'T begin until 9 December and the good news is that it WILL begin on 9 December.... watch out for some Christmas envelopes!  
Watch this space! 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fearless Flowers Support Funding Fairness for Ovarian Cancer Research



Since 9 May this year, the Wednesday Group - Fearless Flowers has been busily creating beautiful hand made textile flowers to thank donors who support the Pink Meets Teal campaign for ovarian cancer research in Australia, and advocacy for funding fairness and equity for ovarian cancer research and treatment advancement.  

We have received excellent media coverage on television, radio and in print and electronic media 

 From the ABC News 8 June 2019...
 The Fearless Flowers project, launched a month ago, is already gathering momentum, with national and international artists making a commitment to get on board.
Newcastle's Timeless Textiles gallery, Australia's only commercial textiles gallery, is home to the community art group, which is driving the national campaign.
Situated at the historic Newcastle Lock-Up building, in the former women's exercise yard, members of the group are working industriously every Wednesday.
Coordinator Wilma Simmons said the handmade flowers, made by members, would be sold on International Women's Day in 2020, to support ovarian cancer research at the Hunter Medical Research Institute via Pink Meets Teal.
"We have received flowers from international artists and we are hoping that people will gather in their own communities — get a small group of friends — and perhaps create flowers for Fearless Flowers as well," Ms Simmons said.

At the launch of Fearless Flowers in Newcastle on May 8, Ms Simmons said the group was motivated by a desire to give back to the community.
"We think, as a group, we're very fortunate," she said.
"Most of us have had very successful careers in the past and we also think that we need to give back to our community as well."
 Here is more of the ABC news video coverage of Fearless Flowers. 


We are often asked what an individual can do to help .... 
1. Come along to the Wednesday group at Timeless Textiles and create a flower (s)  - any week, 10.30am - 12.30pm 
2. Make a flower at home and either give it to someone who will donate to #Pink Meets Teal or send the flower to us. ( Timeless Textiles, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle East NSW 2300 
3. Gather a group of friends and make some flowers together and hold you own fundraising and donate the proceeds to #Pink Meets Teal. 
4. Think of other innovative and creative fundraising events you can conduct in your own community. 
5. Sign the Petition  for funding fairness for ovarian cancer research. 


Friday, November 1, 2019

Flashback Friday- Wednesday's children & others

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Here is flashback to a couple of  years ago - one of the most popular posts and one of my favourites... I hope you enjoy reading it again. I am soon to re photograph these dolls for a publication, so it was timely to republish this post. 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wednesday's Children and Others.


STITCHED UP is now in its third week of exhibition and breaking all records of visitors - such an overwhelming response - so it is inevitable that a few people have had their photos taken with Wednesday's children,  the stick doll installation.... First of all, Ben, a member of the amazing installation team at The Lock-Up. Thanks for taking such care installing 'the girls' - the digital laser level worked wonders and did I hear you talking to a few them? 
Ben from the  installation team The Lock-Up 

Wednesday's children up on the wall. 

Then, of course , my own family - not all positive critiques, but you can't win them all! 






 Many of my friends have been really supportive.... they have even visited a few times. Here are some of my Rotary friends on the opening night.

Members of the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland - Clarice, Cia, Sandy, Wilma, Christine 
 Unexpected visitors even dropped by last weekend - the Treasure Hunter team from ABC 1233 Radio. On Saturday mornings, teams in the studio and on the road, solve cryptic clues to find special red envelopes hidden at various locations in and around Newcastle... Guess where one of the red envelopes was?
Anne Kempton, Co-Curator, Stitched Up, ABC Treasure Hunters, Jessi England,  Director, The Lock Up

Wednesday's children provide a good backdrop for photos and many visitors have taken the opportunity to have their photos taken in front of them. The installation may be broken up after this exhibition, so don't miss out on your  photo opportunity.... the exhibition is open until 6 August. 2017.