Monday, November 18, 2013

A Busy Week

1200 post on my blog is looming. If each were a page that is a pretty thick book, and there I have been dragging the chain, the last week has been pretty busy!

 First a friend from New Zealand, Clare Smith came and stayed a few days, so we went to see things on in Geelong and caught up on a couple of years of creative efforts and family things. We went to see the delightful Robert Ingpen exhibition on at Salt in Queenscliffe- paintings that accompany the launch of his new book Looking for Clancy- inspired by the iconic A.B Banjo Patterson poem Clancy of the Overflow. There was even a painting of the Conargo pub- an iconic pub close to where I used to live in Jerilderie and attended on a number of occasions ;-).

We also saw a wonderful exhibition  entitled Banks Florilegium- The Australian Botanical Prints at the Deakin Waterfront Campus. It's a fascinating  exhibition of lithographs made some hundred years after James Cook's journey of discovery to Australia, and Joseph Banks was the botanist on the Cook journey. He collected an amazing amount of botanical specimens and made many drawings himself. the lithographs were made from those specimens but some time after the journey- almost a hundred years in fact.The exhibition is on in an anteroom of the Alfred Deakin Library at the Waterfront campus. One or two complaints, not well advertised, yet a wonderful little exhibition, badly signed for finding within the maze of the Waterfront Campus, no exhibition documentation or catalogue available, but nonetheless I encourage you to go and see it, especially if you are coming to Geelong to see the quilts this weekend.Some images from the exhibition- aren't they gorgeous and yes Australia sometimes has very subtle and soft colours!

Then  a meal with Alison Holt, a marvellous embroiderer form the UK who is visiting Australia on a teaching trip. I had hoped to take her along the Great Ocean Road but as it happened daughte rnumber one was moving house and I had to help her move, so that chewed up  a day as Melbourne is a large city if you have to drive across it!

Saturday was my middle daughters 21st which we had in my shed which is on my block of land down in Gellibrand (  sadly it has still not sold, so  send a note to the universe for me please). We had a fun night and she has passed a milestone. My daughters Celeste and Siena on Siena's 21st.

But the major thing chewing up my time is the Geelong Patchworkers and Quilters Guild Biennial Exhibition, which opens on Thursday night at 6,30 pm and then will be open  from 10.00am until 4.30 pm for 22,23,24 November at the Deakin Waterfront Campus. You enter through the Gheringhap Street entrance. It is a members exhibition but we have some pretty talented quilters in our group of both the more art oriented type and traditional. However the focus of this exhibition has been the work made by  all of our hands and  a special exhibit called Envisioning Geelong- I kind of thought it up intended to make for it, but have run out of time with everything that has gone on, and in the end did come up with an idea after brainstorming with Clare, but just felt I couldn't bring it to fruition ( and I must admit a bit of food poisoning didn't help). I don't think I can make something in a day! But watch our for a silly photo in the Geelong Echo on Wednesday.If you are in the area please come along and please come and say hello , I shall be wearing a decorated ( if I get time) green glove on my chest! Actually there will be a few of us wearing decorated green gloves on our chest.


Clare Smith said...

It's good to be busy!
Shame I won't see the exhibition but need to be back for my exhibition at Objectspace in Auckland. You didn't mention the print exhibition at Geelong gallery , I liked that the best. Clare

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