They are all run by seemingly tireless, organised, usually small, personal teams, and without these people, noone would benefit. So a massive thank you to Wendy and Andy who are 'Koala Convention' and their crew for inviting me and for providing seamless support. I wish them well for their new venue at Airlie Beach. The venue sounds wonderful and I look forward to being a tutor again in a year or two.
I last posted on Tuesday. Wednesday was a day off for all and a bus trip to Eumundi market and Montville town. I took the bull by the horns and spent, and spent, and spent! It was hard!! Especially finding an amazing treasure trove of a shop in Montville called Matoomba. I think the owner was a kindred spirit and I could have stayed longer and spent more given the opportunity, if you are travelling near Brisbane, I recommend a visit. It was also great that the sun decided to shine after a few cold days here.
|Sunshine at Eumundi market|
|Near the ladies shower!|
|Building front in the Mall - just stunning!|
|View from the South bank towards the city centre|
|Every city needs a wheel these days!|
|Strolling through the bougainvillea archways past the museums, galleries, bars, swimming pool, temporary kids ice rink, food courts ...|
|A still of a haunting video 'Siva in Motion' by Shigeyuki Kihara|
|Line + Form Gallery|
The time away from home also gave me an additional bonus - I finally feel that I am underway with new work explorations for my solo exhibition in the UK at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in October and November this year. I have done a little stitching, sketching and made notes. Fingers crossed that these translate into action next week when I am back in the studio.
My final course at Koala was 'Time for Tea' - basically playing with teabags, gel medium, printing, image transfer, embossing, burning (of course) and a little stitching thrown in for good measure. Everyone left with a stack of exploratory surfaces and some were worked into, a few were even complete.
Here goes with a few of the images:
|A light hearted contribution from Enid|
|Enid's collection all together|
|Michelle 3, all stitched and beaded.|
|Vicki's collection ready to mount in the album she was making under the tuition of Jane Nicholas.|
|Great work, and well on it's way to completion by Leonie.|
|Detail - Leonie|
|Another fabulously flamboyant work by Aiga (returning after the Crown Jewels course). Just a few more beads and all done.|
|Detail of Aiga's work|
|Another delicate piece making use of her extensive collection of lace, beads and sequins from Kerry (also returning after the Crown Jewels course)|
|More detail of Kerry's piece|
|I often seem to have camera shy students, so Kerry and Aiga were forced to pose for me today!|
I am just wondering (hoping) whether the cleaning and ironing fairies might have been in before I get back. Fingers crossed.
Thank you again for everyone involved in the Convention. Safe journeys.