Friday, October 02, 2009

Travelers' Blanket Blue

The time has flown- where has it gone ?? We are still finalising the Carvanserai book- I know it needed to have been done at least a week ago but we had a few tech problems and photo problems- and now I will have to find someone in Melbourne who will digitally print so that at least it can be presented in the folio.We have also been in Melbourne for 4 days as my eldest daughter was doing a folio preparation course, and I wanted to show our French exchange student some of Melbourne's sights. I think many of the sights are over priced and the focus of everything  is to shop for rather kitsch tourist goods, which are often just bits of trashy plastic and  fake furry animals produced offshore- surely they can do better than this?

We also went to the Dali exhibition which had  rave reports but I have to say i was rather disappointed. Yes i did enjoy seeing some of the earlier work but much of the later work was not there. They did show some of the film projects he was involved with but as I had two young teenage girls with me I wasn't sure of the suitability ( the first movie with Luis Bunuel , Un Chien Andalou,has what is  still considered one of the most gruesome opening scenes ever) and  it wasn't as if you could get a glimpse- the exhibition was packed to the rafters with visitors- it briefly crossed my mind that if there was some kind of emergency the end result could be a disaster- you could barely move. And I have to admit by being spoilt- seeing Cap Reus and Cadaques and the Dali Theatre in Figueres two years ago- and on a different but much  less high art note....




I have been working like the blazers trying to finish the blue travelers' blanket, it's a long  slow process with such dense hand stitching- I still have quilting to go- but the end is in sight and I still have  some  squares to embroider.The quilt will be for sale when I finish it- so if you are interested email me. It is entirley hand stitched- layers of musling with hand dyed bump ( heavyweight flannel) as the batting ( it measures 35 inches wide x 56 inches long- 90cm wide x  145 cm long)



This travelers' blanket  like its predecessor is a form of  visual and haptic storytelling. It is of a traveller in search of new cloth and fibres and new inspirations, collecting snippets and scraps for  reuse and  refabricating  into another whole, which is like an aide de memoire, one which can be seen and which can be touched. Little moments of time captured in stitch with leftovers form all kinds of older and other projects , given a different meaning . The cloth has all been hand dyed and printed.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am very interested in your travellers blanket. I love your work. I am a quilter myself but do not have the talents you show.

Arashi said...

Beautiful, almodt iconic. it has a a presence and it glows

arashi

Karen said...

Travelers Blanket is a feast for the eyes! Such joy in the hand worked stitches. Beautiful!

jude said...

beautiful

Clare W said...

Just beautiful - I'm just about to put some orange pumpkins on indigo! xx

Corryna Janssen said...

It is so beautiful! Who wouldn't want to wrap the blancket around the shoulders...

Jan said...

This is totally gorgeous. I wish I could afford to purchase it. someone will.

sharon young said...

Beautiful piece, it reminds me of the Bengalese Kantha cloths, I love your beautiful running stitches.

Nina said...

i recently buy some blanket racks for my traveler blanket however they are not as cute as your pattern. I would love to have them In my sort of blanket collection :)

condo_consult_downtown said...

nice post.love to buy second one.