Thursday, April 10, 2014

A little Twelve by Twelve at AQC

Congratulations to the Australasian Quilt Convention as it celebrates its 10th anniversary in Melbourne this week.  The Twelves have many special memories from AQC.   The world premiere of the Theme Series was at AQC 2010.  Remember this?!


And works by Terry (Cacao y Canela), Diane (Blowin' in the Wind) and Brenda (Dreamlines #3) made cameo appearances on the program cover:
 

Colourplay was on exhibition at AQC 2013 with works by Helen, Kirsty, Terri and Nikki on the program cover: 


At AQC 2014, you can purchase our book Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge from Can Do books:
View Brenda's work The X Factor, a finalist in the AQC 2014 Challenge - Ten:
And see Deborah's work Indigo Garden in the Living Colour! exhibition curated by Brenda:

Brenda is presenting a curator floor talk, daily at 1.30pm at AQC 2014.  All welcome! (And, if you can't make it in person, check out the Living Colour! gallery and Living Colour! Catalogue .)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Buy a Plank Auction Website Now live

I am excited to announce my latest project, the Buy a Plank Quilt Auction which is an auction of art quilts to benefit a clinic in The Gambia.

It began when I made this huge quilt called No 1 African Fabric Shop to amuse my friend Magie Relph the wonder of the real African Fabric Shop. Long story short it was far too big to keep so we took a rotary cutter to it and chopped it up into planks.
Over twenty artists paid for a piece of my quilt and have turned it into their own piece of art. those works are now all for sale on the Buy a Plank Website. It is a sealed bid auction and will end on April 27th at 5pm UK time which coincides with the end of the British Quilts and Stitch Village show at which all the quilts will be displayed.

This is my piece for the auction.
Hunter's Shirt

and a couple of my personal favourites:

The Price of Help by Judi Mendelsohn


One Plank Makes Many Huts by Alison Livesley




So, please, come over and have a look at the art and put a bid in!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Living Colour Exhibition

Thank you to everyone that entered the Living Colour!  travelling textile art exhibition.  I (Brenda) received over 170 entries from all around the world - amazing!  The exhibition will premiere at the Australasian Quilt Convention (10-13 April 2014) and continue on tour until October 2015.  In the meantime, every other day, I will be posting a detail shot on the Living Colour blog at A Glimpse of Living Colour.  The detail shots can also be viewed in the Preview Gallery that will be updated weekly. Today's glimpse is a collage work by a Twelve - Deborah Boschert.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Life after 20/12


Leave My Land Alone
my last 20/12 series quilt
After the 20/12 series finished and my fellow Twelves decided not to do another group challenge right away, I confess I felt a little bereft. The great thing about the Twelves is that we were a cohesive group and all of us were there right to the end. So embarking on a 'solo' career was a little daunting and I wandered a little trying to find an identity as an artist that was not so inextricably bound up with being a Twelve.

I think I am getting there and part of that has been dusting the cobwebs off my Helen Conway Design website and moving my rejuvenated blog over there. If you want to update your links and follow my blog at www.helenconwaydesign.com I'd love to see you over there.

Looking forward, Diane Perin Hock and I are starting a duo project  with a reveal at the end of this month (watch this space for details). Personally I have been working on two series. One  of maps of a township in South Africa Called Joe Slovo and one about Brick Lane in London which is part of a body of work on the theme of Transition with a newly formed group called Etcetera (Web site under construction - watch this space again!) It has been good to build relationships in the flesh with quilters I can actually meet and eat cake with.
Brick Lane
I have a bad tendency to make a quilt and move on and not to recognise that the art is lasting, as is its effects on people. Today I had a lovely reminder of that when a UK quilter commented on a SAQA UK Yahoo group about the quilt she had made for the SAQA Trunk Show. She said that I had given her the motivation to make her current quilts because of the way I highlighted social issues in my Twelve by Twelve quilts. I certainly didn't make them with a view of influencing anyone else but I am delighted that the Twelve by Twelve project continues to inspire in a way none of us thought possible when we started out.

I say that not to brag but to encourage you. Whatever stage you think your art is at, put it out there and you will be surprised how the ripples of inspiration spread. By giving me that compliment the SAQA member entirely unknowingly validated some of the conclusions I had come to in my journal recently about where I want my place in the quilting community to be. So, whether you be a newly art quilter or a long established master, please contribute to the online discussions and lets all keep making each other surer and more confident artists.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer!



No need to actually lace up your tennis shoes for this virtual race. 

It's as easy as donating directly to the ACS through Fiberart For A Cause
beginning January 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. Central
For each $1 you donate, we will be 1 meter closer to the finish line.
$5000 donated = We all reach the 5K Finish Line

Donate here.
Fantastic prizes 
from our very generous sponsors as we reach 1K ($1000 raised), 2K ($2000 raised), etc. with a Grand Prize Package when we reach our 5K goal.

12x12 artist Deborah Boschert is included in the 4K level of prizes. She's donated a copy of the Twelve by Twelve book and a copy of her dvd Contemporary Fabric Collage.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Twelve by Twelve Wordle

I created a Wordle for our blog. Looks like Karen was prominently featured, followed my Kirsty.





Monday, December 23, 2013

Two Twelves go to Washington

What does an Australian Twelve do when she finds herself in Washington DC?  She contacts her closest Twelve, Kristin in Charlottesville-VA, and plans are made for an art excursion.  We started out at the National Portrait Gallery with an introductory/highlights tour with a docent who also happened to be an artist.  Amongst other things, we learned about Gilbert Stuart's habit of not finishing paintings (although he did manage a handsome portrait of the first President); admired the energy of Elaine de Kooning's portrait of Kennedy; heard the reason why the portrait of George W Bush is cut off at the ankles; and marvelled at the shimmery grid treatment of Bill Clinton by Chuck Close.  
Then it was time to refuel at the Capitol Brewing Company before viewing the "Workt by Hand" exhibition of quilts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts which conveniently opened a day or two earlier.  We emerged with a new appreciation of the potential of satin, taffeta and silk brocades!  
Thank you Kristin for making the long journey to meet up with me, especially at such a busy time of the year.  I hope they saved some holiday tamales for you back home.  My Twelve count for 2013 is officially five (Kirsty, Terry, Gerrie, Karen and Kristin) but we toast all of the Twelves.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Colourplay at Carrefour Européen du Patchwork

Twelve by Twelve is happy to join Carrefour Européen du Patchwork in celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014. Brenda and Françoise will meet up in Alsace, France and all 144 Colourplay works will be on display in from 18-21 September. In addition, Brenda is curating a special exhibit of Australian quilts and will be teaching two one-day classes - Serendipity Circles and Stacks of Improvisation. We look forward to meeting some of our European readers.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

SAQA Benefit Auction 2013 at the International Quilt Festival

The 2013 SAQA Benefit Auction continues with the final tranche open for in-person bidding at the International Quilt Festival, Houston in Houston from 28 October to 3 November (with online bidding available on 28 and 29 October) . This is a great opportunity to purchase quality textile art and support SAQA’s exhibition programs. You can view the quilts in this tranche at page a and  page b of the SAQA website including these works donated by some of the Twelves in their distinctive styles.

Deborah's work Rocks, Rivers and Rooftops incorporates many of her favorite motifs and techniques: the houses, the hand embroidery, handwriting as surface design, a painted stenciled twig and the arch over the top of the suggested landscape.  You can read the surprising back story  to this piece on Deborah's blog and learn some of these techniques yourself in Deborah's new online workshop called Branches, Buds and Blossoms Fabric Collage.

In her work Awareness, Karen stitched a piece of fabric with wool felt underneath to shrink it up for texture.  After bleaching, she overdyed it a very pale blue, which took away the cream color.  Raised circles, created with buttons, adds extra interest.
Terri's Kitty Rides Back features a portait and two kitties in stencilled fabrics made from her very own stencil designs.
If you happen to be attending the International Quilt Festival, Houston in person, be sure to check out the following exhibits that also features works by some of the Twelves:
  • An Exquisite Moment  features works by Deborah Boschert, Gerrie Congdon, Diane Perin Hock and Karen Rips.  There is also An Exquisite Moment Catalogue available for sale;
  •  Tactile Architecture and What's for Dinner special exhibits feature works by Deborah Boschert..

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Twelve by Twelve Bingo !

Today is an momentous day in Twelve by Twelve history.  Let the record show that on 19 October 2013 (New Zealand time), Karen completed a real life game of Twelve by Twelve in that she is the first Twelve to have met every other member of the group.  BINGO!
For her part, Kirsty doubled her Twelve count in just one day!  Here is the smiling duo in Christchurch, New Zealand:
Just this week, Kirsty relocated from Townsville, Australia to Christchurch to join her husband Peter who is working on earthquake reconstruction projects.   The timing was serendipitous as Karen and her husband Ted are currently exploring New Zealand.  Both Kirsty and Karen have limited internet access but, via Facebook, Kirsty reports:
We have had the BEST day with Karen and Ted! I adore them both. They are funny, loving and gracious.

We're feeling the love. Congratulations on making Twelve by Twelve history!

PS:  If you look carefully, you can see Peter and Ted (with the cap) reflected in the background of the photo.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

At the Art Gallery

As part of our Saturday walkabout, we popped into the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. Karen and Ted returned a couple of days later and look what they discovered in the gallery book store!
Our book Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge is available from a range of suppliers including Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Check out your favourite store.

Friday, October 11, 2013

2x12 in Sydney

 
A sparkling spring Sydney day. How wonderful to be able to show Karen and Ted a little of the city, or a lot.  (They might have sore feet after the walking tour through the city, the Botanic Gardens, the Rocks and the Harbour Bridge and back to the hotel.). Thank you for coming to visit.  Come back soon!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Deborah's Workshop

Hi, it's Deborah Boschert. Just a quick note to say that I'm offering a new online workshop called Branches, Buds and Blossoms Fabric Collage. The workshop sample includes all the techniques from the workshop... fabric selection, composition, surface design, stencil, hand embroidery, embellishments.... so much fun stuff!


You can read all the details and registration info here

Two of the quilts from my 12x12 collections also are good examples of the style and techniques covered in the workshop.

Here's Pink Pencil Experiment. It's so fun to look back at these quilts. I really love this one... maybe even more than I did when I first created it.


This is "In Light Of" from the gray challenge of the ColorPlay Series. The white bare tree shape was created with a freezer paper stencil. It's very similar to the tree from the workshop sample.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Colorplay is Coming to Europe in 2014!

The internet is a wonderful medium but viewing textiles in real life gives enhanced texture, colour and dimension. Thus one of our goals is to share our collaborative art quilt project in the cloth with the community of each Twelve.

So far the Colorplay Series has been exhibited in the United States, England, Australia and New Zealand and we are excited to announce that the exhibition continues on tour to Europe.  You can view all 144 Colorplay quilts at :

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Colorplay at AQS Quilt Week Des Moines: 2-5 October 2013

AQS QuiltWeek® – Des Moines 2013 is the largest AQS event ever!  It will feature 1,674 quilts at the Iowa Events Center from 2-5 October and we are very honoured that 144 of the quilts are from our Colorplay Series.  This will be the last opportunity to view Colorplay in North America.  Come along!