Wednesday, June 13, 2012

the post SIT post

 how to sum up another SIT
events change & form us
they contribute to who we are
how we respond is all our choice
see last year at SIT i lost something sentimentally precious
but i gained so much more

i was always going back again
so this was
celebrated in red white & blue
in the ACT
started with spending some time with extended family
treasured snippets of conversations
spending time with people is always the greatest treasure!
but i also had the treat of visiting the National Library
with a favourite lilarian of mine
& a tour of our
Australian "Treasures"
 awe struck with the awesome
colour & design
of Lenord French's stained glass windows
(these ones are vertical so no lying on your back like at the NGV!)
their design remains relevant today 
as the day they were created
chunky honest raw materials
light & colour
perfect rays of sunshine to make the colours dance!
so this was my preface to the 
2012 chapter of SIT
met up with new & known friends & then ...
friday afternoon was a lovely chance for a shopping expedition
there was fabric ... & then there was clay
mostly hand thrown
& seriously i was quite taken with the spectrum of colour achieved
as consistent glazes, especially in the red hues are difficult to achieve
 lovely to visit
but so sad they are looking off shore
for skilled crafts people
is our 1st world really losing touch with
the tactile that much ?
we need to make sure that we share our 
skill set & knowledge of the handmade
whether it is craft or art or somewhere on the spectrum in-between!
share it .... its more valuable to humanity
than the 1st world would give it credit!
(yes Karen - i noted your raised questioning eyebrow & silently noted it!
nope ... not in a position to go back to the wheel ... 
not the chapter i'm up to but thankyou for all your encouragement!.... xx)
 so shopping
i went looking for a simple ceramic piece that spoke to me
...i brought home a stunning red bowl
its lovely ... it will be treasured
(you can spy this piece in a pic below!)
ended the afternoon with the begining of an evening!
had a wonderful time perusing such an amazing collection
of works by australian makers ...
thankyou to Julie & Rachel
for hosting us
bubbles & macrons for all!
hanging out with karen, anna, sheridan, megan & gillian
so many other crafty chicks too ... bron, cas, judy, becky, amy, hillary ...
was a heap of fun
thanks for taking this pic Rachel ... evidence i was there!
 saturday morning was a take yourself off to 
at the national convention centre
wonderful event filled with quality craftmanship!
might have spent some money on a few items ... hmm
 yes - i know blue is usually not my colour ...
but this enamel number had my name all over it!
a treasure found to return to my usual life with
afterwards we all met up to chat & create
show bag of amazing goodies from the sponsors
then there was more shopping to be had
so i may have come home with more fabric!
& some other crafty 'necessities'!!
& then there was famous SIT swaps as well
i made some of the zakka sewing kits
which i hope the girls' loved because i missed seeing them un-wrap  their parcels ...
... had to race off to the 2nd swap i was in! so i came home with 10 lovely gifts ...
 a wonderful day & I really enjoyed seeing people i met last year in Sydney
& meeting new faces ... especially the very lovely Maryanne & Caroline
you are an inspiration ladies!
we sewed & knitted & laughed & chatted 
well into the evening
 yes bron ... i will always thankyou!
here she is working on her giant 'hexi' quilt ...
i love this ... she may need to lock her windows 
or i may steal it away in the dark of night!
  cas ... working on her first ever knitting project!
the lovely Danielle
a resident of the ACT
met her over lunch & loving her quilt
made from one of Sarah Fielke's designs ...
 ... &Lily  too ... but alas i have no pic of her
red & white christmas quilt ...

 back to the YHA to sleep
well ... until 1.45am when the fire alarm went off!
sunday i joined in the fabric stenciling workshop
organised by sheridan ... thanks sheridan!
(in fact she organised the whole event again ! - thanks sheridan you are a gem!)
she went over to the US earlier this year
& was such a lucky lady to be involved in a stencil workshop with Lotta herself!
so she shared some of the inspiration ... we all had fun & created
 (Cas - i pinched your pics ... as I was in them xx)
 ... i came up with a few designs 
... finished with stenciling some flying ducks 
... heading north of course!
 and sew ... another wonderful time away at SIT
memories & snippets in our lives to treasure
.... oh & I shared with as many creative people as I could 
all about my
"FULL CIRCLE" Project 
.... didn't hear about it
haven't heard about it ...
well stay tuned .... very very soon!

(oh ... & i've changed about how i display my favourite blogs 
... now i have a list of Aussies & the other of Internationals!)


Cas said...

great splurge on a great weekend :) your company during my first SIT was appreciated. fab roomy, fab bison lover, fab shopper, fab conversationalist, just fab :)ooh & cant wait to get my teeth into my 'circle'

Katherine said...

I love reading your blog posts! This seemed like a great time away! My eyes DO struggle with the teeny writing bits though!

Becky said...

It is such a great weekend, I can't wait 'til next year when we get to do it again :) I may have to pinch some of your photos too. x

Maryanne said...

What a lovely weekend we all had at SIT - I only wish it was a week!!! It was so lovely to meet you and hear about your studio planning and your Full Circle Project.
I am hoping this week to work on my Full Circle - only in the thinking phase at this stage I must admit, but as soon as I have got something to show, I will pop it up on our blog.I hope it all goes fantastically well.
With Love, Maryanne

Lily Mulholland said...

Great post Wendy! Lovely to spend some time crafting with you. Watch out for my Full Circle project!

Lily Mulholland said...

Great post Wendy! Lovely to spend some time crafting with you. Watch out for my Full Circle project!