Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ta Dum- 1000th Blog Post!

I can scarcely believe that i have done a 1000  blogposts! This is what i wrote on my very first blogpost:

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!

13 comments:

Karen M said...

Congratulations on the 1000th post. Its been very interesting and inspiring watching you get there.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post. I too love the pomegranite -to eat and draw

Jeannie said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! Thank you for sharing your creativity, life, and travels. I have enjoyed the journey. Thanks for explaining about the painting technique - beautiful.

Vicki W said...

Congratulations! I always find your blog very inspiring.

Elisabeth in France said...

Congratulations on your 1000th blog post! I admire your tenacity and of course, I love your work. But you know that, don't you ?
All the best!

Sally Westcott said...

I am really enjoying sharing your journey! The highs and the lows are what make our lives so interesting!

Hugz

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad that I found your blog. Such beautiful work and I have a lot to catch up on.

Joei Rhode Island said...

WOW! I had not stopped to think about how long I have been reading your blog but not 6 years! More like 4. Life takes us on all sorts of twists and turns...but you have remained true to your calling. Thank you for all your inspiration.

Robbie said...

Congrats on hitting a 1000!! I look forward to another 1000 reads from you!

Monique 78 said...

Congratulations! 1000 posts, I'm impressed. Thanks for sharing and being true and generous.
Your work and classes are inspiring.
Waiting for the next 1000 posts !

Fiona Wright said...

looking good , you seem in a good space, congratulations on the blog- always a good read :)

Bluejanem said...

Congratulations on your 1000'th post ... hope we get to read the next 1000 - always full of inspiration and interest. Thankyou for taking us on your journey. :]

Elaine said...

Dijanne, Your blog is an amazing gift and a treasure trove of inspiration - not just your work, but YOU are inspiring in every way. Thank you for every single post, and for being so generous in sharing your work.

Elaine