Teaching Philosophy

I feel successful when I teach people:

- to see what they look at!

- that it is ok to be different!

- to open a whole new world of creativity for them....

- that there is a solution for every problem (mostly with a quick-unpick!)

- that it is a joy to be creative......

The Creative Mind Plays with the Object it Loves -
Carl Jung

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Another festival..

I am extremely sorry for being so quiet, but our broadband data cap was hacked into and our access to the internet limited...

I find it a good thing to constantly evaluate my work as I am extremely critical of my efforts...    With the progress which I made with Avian Grace (bird quilt) and Cape Peninsula - Floral Kingdom, I decided to revisit the animal kingdom for an improved version of Woodville made in 1998.    I really loved the layout of Avian Grace and actually designed an animal version of it before I started work on the 2002 Cape Peninsula quilt, but left the designs untouched for maybe, one day.....  

In 2004 I decided that it was time to make this quilt, partly because of time restraints as I was nearing the end of my term of office as SAQG President and I really did not have time to wonder off in my creative space to design something fresh....  It made good sense to tackle the new version of the animal quilt as all the mental preparation was done, I could just dive in with cutting and stitching...    I really loved working on this quilt and I was so satisfied with the blocks as I completed it, BUT I got stuck with the Zebra block....   The river scene with reflections was just so difficult and soon I could not thing straight....    I  unpicked it so many times....    My idea was to create a scene with zebra drinking water at the river with their reflections in the water....   

I made mirror image zebras which worked very well, but somehow I could not get the water right....    I layered chiffon fabric and organzas over the zebra images, but stupidly, had too many layers of fabric over the zebras .....    I was in a total panic and the clock was ticking.....   In the end I just gave up and finished the quilt, but was immensely disappointed with this section.....!    I again spent lots of thought on the quilting designs.   I found footprint images of the different animals depicted in the quilt in a field guide which I used  as quilt designs and combined it with some geometric quilting and very fine stipple quilting.   I free motion embroidered the spots on the leopard and the stripes of the zebras without using a presser foot on the sewing machine.....     For the lions I made little wigs of unraveled fabric for the manes, the elephant ears were made using 3-D techniques with Italian quilting....   The trees and bushes were made using the needlelace technique on wash-away substance.
Spots, Stripes, Ivory and Afro - Bush Style 2004
Part of Exhibition of South African Quilts at 10th European Patchwork Meeting, Val d'Argent, France
I actually love this quilt and somehow don't really notice the failed attempt of the reflections in the water.....    I subsequently tried a similar setting in a smaller quilt and got it right....
Zebra's - Donkeys in Striped PJ's 2008

This small quilt was kindly taken to England by my friend Wendy Singer and exhibited at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK in 2007.

Next time, setting up my dream studio .....


  1. Ek het nou hierdie kommentaar-storie reggekry! Ek geniet jou stories so baie, ek weet net nie hoe jy dit regkry om alles so te onthou nie.
    Sien uit na die deel oor die droomateljee.

    1. Ha-ha, ek dink ek het 'n geheue soos 'n olifant...! Het ook al die jare rekords + foto's gehou wat natuurlik baie help en natuurlik CV bygehou omdat ek klasgee....!