Sunday, 11 November 2012

Houston International Quilt Festival, Pam Holland, Day 2

I was very excited to see that Pam Holland from Australia was giving a talk at the Houston International Festival.  I've followered her blog for some time and find her sense of colour and design to be very inspiring.  Her talk was on the Creative Journey and combined a slide presentation along with her speaking.
 Afterwards she shared with us some of her quilts, unfortunately we ran out of time and did not get a chance to ask her about specific quilts.  The one she is holding is based on a photograph she took of a woman in South Africa on a recent trip. She often travels 10 months a year and only was on the road for 5 this year.  In fact when she finished her lecture she was offically on vacation.
 I love the ecclectic colours she used when thread painting this rhinocerus.
 I couldn't get a full picture of this piece, but you can see she has quilted the three ladies and dog separately and applied them to a fine mesh.  If you go to her blog you can see more pictures here.
I love how she used the bright fabrics in this Frida Kahlo.                                                                       
 This one has some wonderful images from Chicago.
 Another portrait of Frida Kahlo she made. She has another blog she is posting on right now while in the middle east that can be found here.
Day two at the show and I was drawn to this quilt and was surprised that it was another Terry Aske quilt.  This one is called Inside the Tipi and was inspired by a photograph her sister took.
 Inside the Desert by Sheila Frampton Cooper, monoprinted, painted, discharged and free motion quilted,
 Window#1 by Patricia Gould, whole cloth painted, discharged and free motion quilted.
 Lazy Afternoon by Michelle Jackson inspired by a photograph taken in Madrid New Mexico.
 Lovely detail shot.
 Rainy Day San Francisco, October 25th, 2010, Sally Wright, inspired by her own photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge.
 Reminds me of November rains in Vancouver.
 Portland Welcome by Betty Daggett, inspired by a photograph taken by Robert Reynolds of the Portland airport.
 I like how she couched threads to define the lines.
 Tree, by Kathy York, an original design.
 I like the combination of hand quilting along with free motion machine quilting in the tree and around the base.  The buildings are dancing around this lovely tree.
Tutti Fruitti Village by Susan Bleiweiss, inspired by a digital sketch on her iPad and using hand dyed fabrics including the black.
 Detail of village.
 Show your colours; stand out from the crowd, Kirsten Virrea, original design inspired by wanting to do an African quilt.  Note the Sun God quilted into the upper right hand corner.
 Zebra detail.
 It's all in my head by Beth Porter Johnson, a visual display of what goes on in her head as she works on an art quilt.  The tags below have favourite art quotes and tips from like minded friends on how to get out.
Crime Scene Investigation, Pauline Salzman, original design, the facts are the facts and nothing but the facts. Someone else did the damage.
Innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
They are too cute to do anything bad...just ask them.
Cleaning the veggies by Cheryl Costley original design.
It seems all she does is clean veggies.
Silk by Hollis Chatelaine, Superior Threads Award of Excellence.
Original design based on a friends trip to Thailand to learn how to spin and weave silk.
The women depicted are some of the experts she learned from.
Pineapple Plantation, Mariko Tomizawa, designed by Kathy Nakajima.  An earthquake happened as she was making the quake, she was evacuated and took this along and was glad to be able to finish it.
Yo Yo detail incorner.
Applique detail in top corner.
Natural Wonders Katherine MacNeil an original design of a fantasy image using 123 different fabrics.
Shell detail.
Mountain detail
Rocks and water.
Synergy, Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek, a detail photograph of a poppy they took.  Hand painted on silk by the artist Karen Sistek and machine quilted by Nancy Sterett Martin.
More to come.

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