Saturday, 7 May 2011

Ballarat and Beyond

Fibrearts Ballarat - that wonderful Easter Textile Forum that runs for almost a week in Ballarat NSW.  I was teaching the ' Connecting Art to Stitch' class and it included a bound sketchbook.  The students were terrific as usual and it was so good to meet women from all over Australia.  We had such fun.
Here are some of their finished pieces.  Very inspirational.  We workded with painted papers, created collages based on our theme, sometimes inspired by modern artist's work, then stitched them together in a mixed media way (fabric that included papers and embellishment).  Image transfer was included and also a little play with disperse transfer dyes.  They also finished a bound book which included more of their drawings and paintings and collage composition as a starting point for future work.  Here is a view of the final work on show and some detailed photos of only some of the wonderful work done.  My thanks to the ladies for allowing me to show their work and I am sorry I couldn't include everyone's pieces.
Our final presentation on the last day of class. 
Lake Wendouree in Ballarat was dry after many years of drought when I was there 3 years ago, but now it looked so different with water, plants and wildlife.  It was really quite beautiful.
On to Melbourne for a couple of days then a weeks break on the Great Ocean Road.  More to come
Stay tuned.  Thanks for reading.


  1. Your collages are beautiful! I have two books from you but haven´t been on your course yet. Last month I saw in Prague Patchwork Meeting your quilt "Meltdown" and I was excited from it! I´m looking forward to see your new quilt at Festival of Quilts in August (or maybe sometime in Prague again. :-)
    Romana Černá

  2. Hello Sandra,

    Kaylene here I have some wonderful photos of the lake with the reeds and black swans, if you would like them I am only too glad to share.


  3. Hi Sandra,
    Just found your blog and how good it that. Your photographs are so great