A Matter of Time: It’s not too late!

It’s not too late! Entries for  my next touring exhibition, a matter of time,  close on 15 January 2016. Seeking stitched textiles of100x40cm (HxW) exploring the title theme. International entries welcome. No entry fee. (Admin fee is payable if your work is selected.) On tour in 2016 and 2017 with support from Brother International Australia. See www.amatteroftimetextiles.com for the online entry form and other information.


Living Colour at Grand Rapids

Thank you to Monica Johnstone for sending me these photos of the exhibition in a square configuration at AQS Quilt Week Grand Rapids, Michigan: 12-15 August 2015:



I would love to include YOUR artwork in my next travelling exhibition – a matter of time – on tour in 2016/2017.  Entries close 15 January 2016.

Call for Entries - A Matter of Time

On tour in the USA!

As a curator, one of my key tasks is to look after the artworks entrusted to my care.  It is always an act of faith, and a little nerve wracking, to put artworks into the postal system but the Express Post International service offered by Australia Post has again proved to be efficient, economical and reliable.  From Copacabana to Paducah in seven days:
Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 12.15.21 pmLiving Colour! tours next to:


call for entries – a matter of time

Time is a fascinating concept and it’s the theme for my next curatorial project.  Explore the fourth dimension in cloth and submit your work for a travelling exhibition on tour in 2016/2017.  Entries close 15 January 2016.  See a matter of time for more information.

A Matter of Time Call for Entries

Living Colour in Machine Quilting Unlimited

Look out for the colourful July/August 2014 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited that is available in both digital and print formats. This issue includes:

  • an article featuring nine works from the Living Colour! exhibition by the following artists: Betty Busby, Sandy Corry, Sue Dennis, Christine Dowell, Sue Duffy, Susan Mathews, Charlotte Scott, Sarah Ann Smith and Annie White; and
  • an expandedversion of my blog post on how to make a special combined hanging sleeve with hook and loop (aka velcro) casing that is suitable for conventional hanging rod systems and carpet walls

There are also some additional photos in the Web Extras section online.

July/August 2014 Machine Quilting Unlimited

Introducing Living Colour!

In anticipation of the premiere exhibition at the Australasian Quilt Convention this week, 10-13 April 2014, the comprehensive Living Colour online gallery  is now live!  Click the image below to access the gallery:Living Colour! - Celebrating Life Across the Spectrum
For more curatorial insights,  and to view an advance copy of the Living Colour! catalogue, I invite you to join me on one of my floor talks – daily at 1.30pm.  The catalogue is 36 pages in 7x7in (18x18cm) square format.  Each textile work and artist statement is featured on a separate page.  The catalogue is available for sale directly from the curator at a discount.  (See the catalogue page for details. )  Alternatively, you can purchase the Living Colour! catalogue via Blurb.  Either way, check out this online preview!

LIving Colour Catalogue Button


Curatorial Insights and Floor Talks

I hope you have been enjoying the Glimpse of Living Colour previews in the lead up to the exhibition premiere this week.  You may recall that I received 171 entries from 160 textile artists for this exhibition. Many people have asked me how I selected the 32 finalists. This  Living Colour Selection Process post gives you some insights into my curatorial selection process and some takeaway tips.

For more curatorial insights, I invite you to join me on one of my floor talks – daily at 1.30pm at the Australasian Quilt Convention (Melbourne: 10-13 April) and daily at 12.30pm at the Creative Textile Show (Canberra 2-4 May).

Living Colour!

Living Colour Vital Statistics

THANK YOU to all the textile and fibre artists who submitted works for consideration.  I am thrilled to report that Living Colour has attracted both quality and quantity.  I received a 177 entries from 160 artists.  My in-box has been spinning with over 50% of the entries coming in on the last week and 20% on the last day!  I will be sending out notifications shortly.  In the meantime, here are some key statistics.

Entries by Country

Most of the entries came from Australia and New Zealand but other countries were represented.  Here is a breakdown:

  • 107  Australia
  • 20  New Zealand
  • 19 USA & Canada
  • 24 UK & Europe (The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Romania, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland)
  • 3 South America (Uruguay & Chile)
  • 4  Israel

Living Colour Entries By CountryColours

Only a handful of monochromatic works were submitted so this chart looks at the predominant colour.

ColourChartSubject Matter & Design

Colour was not my only criteria.  I was looking for works that addressed the “living” element of the title theme.  This was not always apparent!Living Colour Entries by SubjectThere was a fairly equal weighting of abstract and representational designs.

DesignChartMaterials & Techniques

Materials ChartReviewing the entry data, I was struck by how many artists utilise paints, inks and pencils to enhance their work even if this is not the dominant technique.TechniquesChart