2011: What Next?

With so much going on, I am reducing my workshop program this year (and probably in the future). I have several workshops booked (Buderim and Bundaberg and have recently taught in Sydney) but my only workshops in Brisbane will be at the Textile Art Festival in June. I am looking forward to the opportunity to again participate in this fantastic event and delight in how lucky we are to have it here in Brisbane.

The SHEER SILK SERIES of workshops are new and allow students to experiment with Silk Organza, one of my favourite fabrics…so versatile, easy to dye and manipulate. Why not join me for one (or all of the ) three workshops, three hours each day of the festival. Each workshop teaches different ways to transform white and coloured silk organza, creating fantastic colourful and dimensional fabrics, suitable for a range of projects. For more information go to www.textileart.com.au or contact me.

I will also be demonstrating in the Artists at Work area at the Festival, so please stop by and say hello. I’ll have lots of samples of dye processes for attendees to look at…and ask about of course! and will be demonstrating dimensional shaping of fabric techniques, using a steamer. There will also be some interesting samples of VAT DYE discharge, a technique I have been experimenting with.


Earlier this month, I took the opportunity to visit Canberra and see the amazing costumes on display (extended, thank goodness) at the Ballet Russes exhibition. How fantastic…I spent the whole day wandering, listening and looking. It was a visual feast…and I have the catalogue (one of the best I have seen) to help remind me of the fabulous colour & design of the garments..not that it is necessary. I have come away so inspired and very pleased at the foresight of the National Gallery in purchasing the costumes. The work of the conservators was/is truly amazing.

Speaking of travel….I am once again booked to travel with Gabriella Verstraeten and InterAsia to ‘the Stans’ (Uzbekistan & Kyrgystan) later this year and am very excited! But before that, I am taking a quick flight (with Rob) over Lake Eyre…can’t wait to see the expanse of water and with all the rain still happening in the west? north? I expect there will be water filling the Lake for a few months yet…lots more photos for lots more inspiration….

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