Living Colour Artists at Sydney Quilt Show 2015

The Sydney Quilt Show opens today and continues until Sunday, 21 June 2015. Prizes were awarded to Living Colour artists:

Congratulations also to Neroli Henderson on her two awards for her artwork Coco:  Judges Choice:Cathy Jack Coupland and Third Prize:Pictorial Quilt (Open)

View all the prize winning quilts in the Sydney Quilt Show 2015 Prize Winners Gallery.

Living Colour! in New Zealand

Living Colour! tours to New Zealand in January 2015 to two gallery venues:

  • Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand in conjunction with Quilt Symposium Manawatu, 15-21 January 2015; and
  • Northart Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: Wednesday 28 January (opening 6pm) – 11 February 2015.  Gallery hours: 10am – 4pm daily (closed Friday 6 February).

Come along to the curator floor talks at 12.30-1pm Tuesday, 20 January 2015 (Palmerston North) and 6pm and Wednesday 28 January (Auckland) when some of the local artists will also be in attendance.  There are five New Zealand-based artists participating in the exhibition and their work is featured on this invitation:

LivingColourNorthArt600Left-Right: Charlotte Scott, Anne Jolly, Mathea Daunheimer, Alison Laurence, Annie White

Colour catalogues will be available at the two floor talks and directly from the curator Brenda Gael Smith during Quilt Symposium Manawatu for NZ$22/A$20.  Pre-order online today to be assured of a copy!

Living Colour Catalogues

2014 SAQA Benefit Auction

The annual benefit auction is the signature fundraising event for Studio Art Quilt Associates. Your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach. The 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction commences on 14 September and includes the following works by the curator and Living Colour artists (click to enlarge).

Nightfall - Deborah Boschert Lurking - Betty Busby

Artists: Deborah Boschert and Betty Busby

Hawaii Breeze - Sue Dennis  Ding Bay Seaweed - Mathea Daunheimer
Artists:  Sue Dennis and Mathea Daunheimer

Green Fields - Dianne Firth Kangaroo Paws - Susan Mathews

Artists:  Dianne Firth and Susan Mathews

Moonlight - Charlotte Scott Neptune's Necklace #1 - Brenda Gael Smith
Artists: Charlotte Scott and Brenda Gael Smith

Studio Art Quilt Associates offers many exciting exhibition opportunities for its members. If you’ve been thinking about joining SAQA, add the discount code “BGS” to the application form and you will receive a 10% discount on the membership fee.

Dianne Firth at National Library: 31 August

Living Colour artist  Dianne Firth is speaking at the National Library of Australia on 31 August at 2pm. Here are the full details:

Layers by Design: Landscape and Quilts Dr Dianne Firth has two threads to the needle of her career. She is a landscape architect, teacher, writer and a quilter of renown. Her love of landscape has often inspired her choice of subject and the way she makes her quilts. Sunday 31 August, 2 pm Conference Room, $15 (includes afternoon tea)

Booking details are here or for more information go here

In association with the Australian Women’s Archives Project

Green Fields by Dianne Firth


Australia Quilts Exhibition: 18-21 September Alsace, France

Carrefour Européen du Patchwork/ European Patchwork Meeting celebrates its 20th anniversary in Alsace, France from 18-21 September 2014. Australia is guest country of honour from outside Europe.

Australia Quilts is an invitational exhibition curated by Brenda Gael Smith to showcase the diversity of Australian quiltmaking and textile art – both traditional and contemporary.  The exhibit includes works by the following Living Colour! artists:

Brenda is accompanying the exhibition and will conduct curator floor talks.  If you can’t make it to Alsace, you can view the online gallery at Australia Quilts: Exceptional Quilts from the Great Southern Land.

Australia Quilts: Exceptional Quilts from the Great Southern Land

Living Colour Spotlight on New Zealand #2

Living Colour! will be a special exhibit at Quilt Symposium Manawatu 16-21 January 2015) .  But wait, there’s more!

Curator, Brenda Gael Smith is giving a lunchtime presentation (Saturday, 17 January 12.15-1pm) Adventures & Inspiration from the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge and there will be an opportunity to view some of Brenda’s quilts “in the cloth” And Living Colour artist Betty Busby (USA)  is giving a lunchtime lecture An Artistic Journey (Sunday 18 January ).

But wait, there’s more!  Brenda, Betty are both teaching at Symposium along with another Living Colour artist Caroline Sharkey .  Here’s the workshshop line up:

Full Circle  Stacks#1Brenda:




Caroline Sharkey - DetailCaroline:


Now you have time to decide what classes and lectures you would like to take before returning your choices by 15 August 2014 to ensure you get allocations based on your registration number. After this date the classes will be allocated on the date received basis, depending on vacancies. See the Quilt Symposium Manawatu website for more information.

Quilt Symposium Manawatu 2015

Living Colour Spotlight on New Zealand #1

NZQuilterFive New Zealand-based artists are represented in the Living Colour! exhibition:

Mathea and Anne’s textile works are featured in Issue 88 of New  Zealand Quilter, a fantastic magazine that showcases and reviews New Zealand quiltmaking with a small but thoughtful selection of projects.

Issue 88 also highlights the blog and podcasts of Charlotte Scott including this blog post:  Summer Dragonfly- the process of creating a Living Colour quilt.

ultimateguidecoverBy the way, Anne Jolly previously had work selected for the travelling exhibition Beneath the Southern SkyIsolation, Anne’s striking felted work depicting the southern high country, caught the eye of author Linda Seward and is included in her latest book The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting (affiliate link).  Congratulations Anne!


Creating Colourful New Zealand

Mathea Daunheimer shares how she created her textile work Colourful New Zealand:

2014 Brother Quilting Contest

Brother International Australia has generously provided financial support for Living Colour! touring expenses.  They also offer quilters the opportunity to participate in the 14th Brother International Quilting Contest.  The theme is “Eco” and they are calling for 70x70cm quilts. Entries close on 30 September. Check out the Australian entry form. If you live in another country in the Asia Pacific, contact your local Brother International representative to see if an equivalent entry form is available.
Brother Quilting Contest 2014 Entry Form
Living Colour artist Julie Harding was the winner of the Australian component of 2013 Brother Quilting Contest for her work Habitat. She also received an Outstanding Performance Award in the overall contest.  (The overall winner was another Australian, Dale Robson.)  You can read more about how Julie created her work in Issue #67 of Quilters Companion magazine that went on sale this week.  You can’t miss the magazine cover -that colourful quilt design is by curator Brenda Gael Smith.

Habitat by Julie Harding   Quilters Companion Issue 67
You can view all of the 2013 Brother Quilting Contest Finalists online.