vital signs

I have bravely entered our regional (Queensland ) art awards. The Cushion that I entered has evolved as does a lot of my work…. and while I am stitching away, the pieces remind me of our rivers, fires and renewal…… here is a snap shot


The theme of this years award is “vital signs” so here it is at the Flying Arts Website my last name begins with T so I am at the bottom of the page “Elements of a New Beginning “



friends of the botanic gardens

the friends of the botanic gardens had a conference here on the Gold Coast and they kindly asked me to have an exhibition at the venue.  I had the pleasure of meeting many   lovely souls… young and old and I have invitations to Cranbourne , Canberra and the Grampians to name a few.


to be featured @ the ekka

A couple of posts ago I had mentioned that I had been invited to contribute to the  RNA Brisbane Exhibition’s Agricultural Pavilion – Gardens Platform  Horti-Couture
Wearing your Garden catwalk parade at the Ekka ( Brisbane’s Show / Agricultural Fair )

Well I have ….. and the first parade is on at lunchtime Saturday 9th then Wednesday 13th then again on Saturday 16th.

I have made a dress from a deconstructed wool polo ( a skill well taught by India Flint and the Shape Shifter workshop), a pinafore from a man’s shirt and wool leggings with a linen skirt. I do hope that Bettina can send me some photos of the models… but here is a sneak preview

some paper and test fabrics

I had to drive up to Brisbane to pick up my stock from the Botanique Bazaar @ the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens this on a Sunday, with my girl is a pleasure… we stop off at the fabric store and have coffee and cake too. The fabric store was having a sale so it was a worth while stop off, came away with a wool/cashmere blend, silk canvas and some of my favorite wool/ silk blend.

Early in August I have been invited to have a display at The Friends of the Botanic Gardens Association symposium being held at the Mecure Resort at the Gold Coast. Thus the extra paper work for cards and frames.

workshop @ beechmont

We had a great  day @ Beechmont on Sunday the weather was kind and Bertha boiled up some wonderful cloth and paper.

The group was diverse which is always a joy as everyone was happy to go with their intuition, and let their creative juices flow. The seed has been sown for a two to three day workshop for a bit more extension on what has already been learned so I will keep you posted on the details.

Then this morning a dash to Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens to deliver stock for this weeks Botanique Bazaar @ the Richard Randell Studio from Teusday15/07/14 to Sunday 20/17/14 and a  big thanks to Bettina Palmer for running this event. While I was there Bettina asked me to supply 3 outfits for the Fashion Parade’s at the Brisbane Ekka ( Queensland’s  largest agricultural show / fair )



testing paper

I am running a workshop this weekend and wanted to see which paper to work with, the students are going to make a little artist book, using the sandwich method as taught by Elizabeth Bunsen. Now I will stitch the paper and silk with the dyed thread and have it for display. More play to come, I have just found some rusty chicken wire to sandwich with leaves and paper !