The Comfort of Stitch, by Lee-Ann Newton

Remember this fabulous quilt from the Taupo Quilt Symposium that I featured here on 31 July, well I was thrilled today to be contacted by Lee-Ann thanking me for featuring her quilt on my blog and she kindly gave me this link to share. It shows the original quilt and progress images. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the read. Thanks Lee-Ann.

The Comfort of Stitch - Lee-Ann Newton

The Comfort of Stitch – Lee-Ann Newton


More exhibitions at Taupo

Other exhibitions in conjunction with the  Taupo Symposium 2013 were held at the Taupo Museum.

Aotearoa Quilters 12″ x 12″ Challenge ‘Red’ featured in the foyer.

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Red Challenge

Red Challenge

There were 127 entries and the winner was Sonya Prchal with ‘Gerbra’, showing detail of a gerbra bloom with heavy thread painting. This is the same artist that won with the Schnauzer dog in my last post.

Detail of Gerbra Sonya Prchal

Detail of Gerbra Sonya Prchal

One of my favourite exhibitions was ’37 Sketches: Small Quilt Studies’ by Gwen Marston of Michigan. Gwen is a professional fiber artist, author, and teacher.  She has taught nationally and internationally for over thirty years and has written 26 books. Over the 30 years of experimenting with small quilts as a way to explore various aspects of quilt making she has a pile of over 440  small quilts.

In 2010 she began a new series called ‘Small Studies’ and this exhibition is a result of exploring new techniques, abstract design, colour and composition possibilities. She has also written a book ’37 Sketches : Small Quilt Studies’  where she explains her process for making these small studies using her liberated, improvisational methods, and discusses how the experience of making this series of sketches was like taking a crash course in design.

Gwen MarstonAnother favourite exhibition was ‘My Place’ by Fibres Unlimited, a group that was formed with the aim of encouraging individual expression through their use of an extensive range of fibres.

My Place

Barbara McQuarries work ‘Deep in the Hills’ references the Pike River Mining Disaster in 2010. A simple but powerful work showed 29 crosses of rusted fabric on a stark black back ground. You could not help but pause and remember the miners and their families.

'Deep in the Hills' Barbara McQuarrie

‘Deep in the Hills’ Barbara McQuarrie

Another stunning work was ‘Red Crater’ by Coralie Skinner, the dyed and woven harakeke was inspired by the amazing colours in the red crater on Mt Tongariro.

Red Crater Coralie Skinner

Red Crater Coralie Skinner

This was a  strong exhibition that showed a variety of techniques, excellent workmanship and complimented the other exhibitions well.