Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Edges of Australia. A Road Well Travelled

I have just had a few days in Sydney working with ATASDA. New South Wales  I stayed in Frenchs Forest area overlooking Sydney and the coast in the distance.

I went to the Manley Art Gallery and Museum and saw a wonderful exhibition 'War Time Quilts' which included an example of Wagga patchwork, a quilt made from butcher's cloth. Wagga quilts or rugs, using men's old but strong fabric,  suiting samples or swatches were common in regional Australia in the first half of the 20th century. An example of the Australian practice of reusing materials, or 'making do', when resources are scarce this piece carries the printed text on the cloth.
(Read more Powerhouse Museum collection)

I also managed to get to meet with friends at the Gosford Regional Gallery which had a wonderful exhibition of Ikebana in the community gallery which led you in to the wonderful Japanese Commemorative Garden.  I particularly liked the installation work of Ruth Feeney in the Emerging 2015 competition exhibition.

The reflections in the window were stunning:

A contrast to the Ku Ring Gai Wildflower Garden off the Mona Vale Road.

My Romany Grandmother was a Cunningham so this seems highly appropriate in the garden

Finally, I am delighted on be included in an article on Textileartists. I travel frequently and this would not be possible without the friendship and interest from the textile world, so a BIG THANKYOU TO YOU ALL

International Working: A Road Well Travelled

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