Thursday, April 26, 2012

Quilt retreat coming up

Our guild is going on retreat this weekend. We have a couple of tutors (more details on that later) and I've organised some entertainment for the evenings. Here's a clue as to what we are going to get up to.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hundertwasser's toilets

On the way back from Kaikohe, we stopped in at Kawakawa to have a look at the toilets by Hundertwasser. I love his paintings.

Shop across the road from the toilets
I don't know if this lamp is his design too but it's lovely.

This seat is amazing too (don't know who did this either). I'm thinking that a collection of photographs of mosaiced municipal furniture of New Zealand would be a good idea. I already have the mosaic table and chair in Onehunga. There is a bench in Te Atatu Peninsula. I wonder how many more there are!

Screen printing and other stuff

Becky and I took a little trip up north to see Monika and play in her art room. We had a lot of fun!

My prints are the little pink flowers. I will post a better picture once I've done something with them.
Our prints making a mess of the lovely clean floor.

Monika's mum did a positive and negative print of her tree

A sample Monika made up

More samples using simple techniques

More samples - Fancy photo techniques to make wonderful screens
I tried out some sun printing. This is so easy and very effective. I liked the way the weed came out. I'm definitely going to try this again.

We also had a go at the painting technique I've been using to make my small quilts.
Monika's hibiscus flower
Thanks for a wonderful time Monika. :-)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mel and Bec write a book

I still haven't touched a sewing machine since the beginning of February! After moving house, my Mum has had surgery (appendicitis) and I've been staying with her. So let's have a look at what my very clever daughter Melanie has been up to with her equally clever friend Bec.

They have just submitted a children's book for publication. Bec wrote it and Mel illustrated it. I wish them great success!

PS I stole that image from Melanie's blog without her permission. Naughty me! I've got a lot to say about copyright with all the pinterest and C&T publishing debacle going on. More on that later.