Eucalyptus Melliodora

Brisbane with Sue and Ali.

I had a great day yesterday in Brisbane! I haven't been since I was about 11, but luckily I had my trusty guides Sue and Ali to help me - and they both also joined me at the launch of the Queensland Regional Art Awards. b8f4142cfe790c56f00ae0335d892e2a

So after getting on a place at ridiculous O'clock I got into Brisbane super early and headed straight into town to the Galleries on Southbank. I had a good wander around the Queensland Art Gallery, there is a definite mix there and I had a few favourite pieces.

As you walk in, you pass a wall then you're hit by this amazing work by Michael Sailstorfer, Wolken (Clouds) 2010. It really does feel like you're standing under a foreboding  thunderstorm, although it's actually made from truck inner tubes. On the far wall you can see the shiny star shape which is Epistrophy VI, 2012, by Timo Nasseri.

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Epistrophy VI refers to symbols used in Islamic and Persian architecture, and it's composed of mirrored panels cut back into a wall - It's incredibly 3D and appears at first like a precious gem or crystal out from the wall until you get close to it.

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Further into the Gallery I found a small room with a special exhibition of art commissioned following WWI. There were a few standout pieces, and I loved that in the middle of the room there were a selection of handmade commemorative lace doilies. It's a shame that they were unable to find out the owners or creators of the pieces.

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After lunch we headed over to the GOMA, it seemed to have a bit less work but one room was filled with Japanese pieces. I think this was my favourite piece all day, Woods III, 1991-92 by Shigeo Toya. He's used a chainsaw to carve delicate patterns into the wooden columns, I think there were 30 in all and they had to be seen to be believed.

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This little girl in pink had a great time weaving between them. Sue and I both agreed it reminded us of being under a pier, with all the knarly, barnacled wood.

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We all loved this piece, it's two deer on top of each other, then covered with a clear resin. It's a bit confronting, as you can guess he's had to chop up and sew together the two taxidermy animals, but you can't see any joins and it's distorted so you don't realise it's two together straight away. You can actually see the fur through the larger spheres. The antlers were absolutely beautiful, jewel-like and delicate.

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These ceramics are by Sara Tse, I like them because she has taken everyday items of clothing and dipped them in porcelain. The porcelain penetrates the fibres and forms an imprint as the original garment is destroyed during the firing process. I've seen work before in ceramics which has been created to mimic everyday objects, but I like how she has used the properties of fabric to create them, not just tried to duplicate them.

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Ok, last photo - this was possibly my favourite piece from the QRAA exhibition, Breathe Life, 2014, by Kelly-Dee Knight. It's paper, cut into delicate shapes which resemble lungs as well as native flora. She's used pins to create depth, and having cut paper myself with an x-acto for the paper collages I can appreciate how much work has gone into this one. It reminded me a lot of Meredith Woolnough's work, she uses pins, native flora and white frames as well, and it's obviously a good combo as it looks brilliant with both paper and embroidered works.

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I crashed Sue's date with her husband Bob after the exhibition and we watched Colin Firth find his fight-scene mojo in Kingsman before I headed home on my very late flight.  Thanks so much to Ali and Sue for your company and support yesterday, it really meant a lot.

Bark quilts again.

I'm taking a short break from all the people quilts to head back into the bark quilts this week. I'm going to be making three big versions of Eucalyptus Melliodora for a project due early next year and I'm warming up with one that will be for me and our new house (we're building up here in Cairns). It's a bit of a novelty to be making something just for us, although I'm sure I'll end up submitting it into something since I seem to keep running out of quilts to send away. I'm sending off Eucalyptus Melliodora again next week for judging so I'm just about all out - everything is away! Mum normally 'stores' them for me on her walls and she's a bit blue about them all gone so she's pinned strips onto the completed panels of the Anzac Quilts and hung then instead.

The new bark quilt will be big, 60 x 180cm, and I haven't worked out which creepy crawlies to use yet, maybe another spider? If you have any good looking bugs in your garden I'm happy to take suggestions (and your photos!)

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Here's a close up of the plan sketch (the little sketch is 10 x 30cm which gives you some idea of how big the sections will be.)

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Photos from Buda Contemporary Textiles

My lovely mother in law was kind enough to drive out to the buda exhibition today and she took some pics for me. I've never seen a quilt hung in front of a window before but it doesn't look too bad!

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And the label close up:

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She said she really enjoyed seeing the work there, she's used to seeing mostly quilts so it was nice for her to be able to see some other kinds of textile works.

I'm having a few days break from the quilts over the long weekend, and James has been bugging me to do a little piece on paper for his ship so I've been playing around with ideas and might have something to show for it tomorrow!