I have finally taken the plunge to start a blog. It will be peripatetic as my life is. I travel, to teach and curate exhibitions of contemporary quilts which I occasionally take to Europe. I spend chunks of my life travelling with exhibitions loaded into my suitcase and two sets of clothes- can't fit more than that!When I come home again I need to regroup, so I often start by making things which are manageable in a day- hence the bookcovers, and I trawl through the books that offer inspiration- to get going again- and as I have a family I need to do some cooking too!
In a sense little seems to have changed, my life is still peripatetic, I still curate exhibitions that travel in my suitcase, my wardrobe has not increased a great deal ( though I have promised myself to make some more clothes from the fabric I make, i still buy too many books- for example last night we visited Art Nimes and who could leave behind this hand printed treasure by Veronique Agostini??
it so makes me want to make hand printed books!!
But much has changed; I no longer have a home as such, though I have many places to stay. I am no longer married,at the moment my children are not living with me, though that will change when i return to Australia. I have written three more books, and am working on another book proposal, I am still trying to hang in there is a textile artist, but there are times when I am wondering why on earth I do this. I am still writing my blog after nearly 6 years, and many of you have travelled the highs and lows with me and have sent me messages of encouragement.For that I am so very grateful- they have been like rays of sunshine in what seemed at times to be a situation without resolution or answer.
But..... I am still making textiles and quilts and can't really imagine doing anything else.
People asked what the African painting technique- it is like yes the technique is indeed like making paste papers except you do it with base extender and textile inks. I have been making a few for use in the future.
And my favourite motif is still the pomegranate. This one fell off the tree in the heavy thunderstorm we had here last night. But now it is apero time with good friends and by that i include all of you too- sante! There is much to look forward to!