Rank #1: The NZ Quilt Show - Interview with Diane Anderson
Diane Anderson is a New Zealand quilter who lives in beautiful Bream Bay, north of Auckland. I first met Diane in person at a workshop with Jeanette DeNicolis Meyer and instantly warmed to her friendly, calm demeanour. Diane is also a sought-after marriage celebrant, keen gardener, and likes to hike with friends in her spare time. Diane is a mother of two children, a beloved retriever called Stella and a cat called Lola. She will celebrate 40 years of marriage to Tony this year.
Diane specialises in hand work, including hand appliqué and Amish style hand-quilting. I had a great chat with Diane about where she learnt her style of quilting, about her thoughts on keeping the skill and art alive and her top tips and ideas for learning and enjoying hand-quilting.
May 21 2017
Rank #2: The NZ Quilt Show - Interview with Clare Smith
Clare Smith is a textile artist living and working in Tawa, a suburb of the capital city, Wellington. Clare began teaching adult education classes in surface design, applique and Japanese bookmaking at the beginning of 1998, and has now taught at many NZ quilt symposiums, all over New Zealand and internationally including the UK and South Africa. Clare is a talented fabric dyer, including the art of indigo dyeing, she is also widely skilled in other facets of textile arts including machine quilting, applique, pojagi, sashiko, costume design, and pretty much anything else she turns her hand to.
May 14 2017
Rank #3: Charlotte Yde, Sharon Bradley and Lynda Brocklehurst on The NZ Quilt Show Podcast
This podcast episode continues my National Quilt Symposium theme with several shorter interviews conducted amongst the hustle and bustle of symposium itself. Enjoy!
Charlotte Yde is a talented textile artist from Denmark who made the long trip to New Zealand to teach at the National Quilt Symposium 2017. Charlotte is a delightful woman who generously shared with me the process of making her quilt, 'Life Cycle - Albatross', that was hanging in the tutor's exhibition.
Sharon Bradley from Waitomo SewWorms spoke to me about her merchant stand at Symposium and about her new fusible appliqué product developed by herself called Fusamat.
Lynda Brocklehurst was the winner of the postcard challenge. We discuss what the postcard challenge was all about, what the story behind Lynda's postcard was and we also have a thoughtful discussion about some of the other postcards that were on display.
To learn more, head over to my blog www.theslightlymadquiltlady.blogspot.com to find show notes for all my podcast episodes.
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Nov 05 2017
Rank #4: Donna Ward Best in Show Winner on The NZ Quilt Show Podcast
Donna Ward was the Best in Show winner at symposium with her quilt 'Fly'. Donna owns Donna's Quilt Studio in Hamilton with her daughter Ashleigh (who you will hear mentioned in the podcast), and she is a delight to talk to. Her excitement at winning was infectious and you can hear the huge smiles we were wearing as we talked!
Oct 29 2017
Rank #5: Interview with Brenda Gael Smith on The New Zealand Quilt Show
Brenda Gael Smith is an award winning artist who designs and creates contemporary textile art in her home studio in Copacabana, NSW Australia. Born in New Zealand, she made her first traditional quilt in 1984, but it took until the turn of the century before Brenda returned to quiltmaking, which has since developed into a compelling and rewarding avocation.
Brenda is also an experienced curator, having curated and managed several themed textile art exhibitions that have travelled internationally to great acclaim. Brenda also teaches, judges, writes and exhibits her own work widely.
I got to speak to Brenda in person at the Christchurch Quilt Symposium where Brenda was teaching, lecturing, accompanying the exhibition ‘A Matter of Time’ (one of her curated travelling textile art exhibitions) and last, but definitely not least, was the chief judge for the symposium exhibition.
You can find show notes for this episode at www.theslightlymadquiltlady.blogspot.com
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Oct 23 2017
Rank #6: Gloria Loughman on The NZ Quilt Show Podcast
Gloria Loughman is a quilt artist who lives in Victoria, Australia. She began patchwork about 30 years ago during recovery from chemotherapy for breast cancer. Gloria studied for a Diploma in Art in 1996 and then began to make her large colour and light filled landscape quilts that she is most well known for.
Gloria has won many awards, including the Rajah teaching award in 2009, and the most prestigious Australian National award for her quilt ‘Kimberley Mystique’ in 2003. Gloria is a trained secondary teacher and has taught her art quilting classes for many years. She travels to teach extensively, with more than 20 countries under her belt.
Gloria is also the author of four art quilting books (the most recent on architecture and house facades has just been released), she has a Craftsy class, has had many solo exhibitions and will be teaching at the NZ National Quilt Symposium in October.
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Sep 30 2017
Rank #7: Shirley Mooney on The New Zealand Quilt Show Podcast
Shirley Mooney has been quilting and creating for more than twenty years. She is adventurous, experimental and prolific – her personal motto (and name of her blog) being ‘don’t wait to create’!
Shirley has a profound love of colour and texture and this is evident when you see her many quilts featuring fabric manipulation either with 3D piecing or fabric weaving, her innovative use of bold striped fabrics, or her eye-catching kaleidoscope blocks.
Not only a quilt maker, Shirley also knits, crochets, garment sews, felts and lately has taken up weaving. She is also a well-known teacher and is constantly evolving new classes for her students – she is full of energy and loves to inspire and motivate. Shirley believes there is a masterpiece inside everyone!
For images and show notes head over to www.theslightlymadquiltlady.blogspot.com
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Sep 03 2017
Rank #8: Interview with Artist Lisa Call - The New Zealand Quilt Show Podcast
Lisa Call is a talented textile artist, teacher, life coach and businesswoman. Born in Arizona in the United States and spending much of her recent life in Denver, Colorado, Lisa then packed up her belongings and moved to New Zealand in 2015 for a new adventure.
Lisa, a former software engineer, is a self-taught artist whose work has been exhibited and published widely and resides in public and private collections around the world. Lisa’s award-winning textile paintings are abstract, using her rich hand dyed fabrics and intense machine stitching to create bold geometric works. She cites her love of colour, repetition and pattern; geological forms and human-made structures such as fences and stone walls as her inspiration sources for her work.
Lisa will be teaching one of the five-day master classes at the NZ National Quilting Symposium in October 2017, the topic being ‘Working in a Series’.
Visit www.theslightlymadquiltlady.blogspot.com for more show notes for this podcast.
Aug 27 2017
Rank #9: Quilt Symposium Exhibition Convenor Maria Rohs on The New Zealand Quilt Show
I contacted Maria Rohs, the exhibition convenor of the NZ National Quilt Symposium happening in Christchurch in October 2017, and she was happy to come on the show and give us a rundown of how the exhibition is shaping up and the work that she and her committee and been doing up until now.
Maria and her team have been working incredibly hard getting the venues organised, the judges sorted, and the categories prepared. But it didn't stop there! The entries flowed in, then the jurying had to happen. Once quilts were accepted they began to arrive and needed sorting. Professional photography needed to be done and soon the official judging will happen. Then, in next to no time, the exhibition will need to be hung, prizes awarded and then after a flurry of viewing days and it will all be over!
Maria and I discuss how the online entry system worked, who the judges are, how the jurying and judging processes will work and how she will feel once the exhibition is finally up. We talk about the venues and all the complementary exhibitions that will happen at the same time.
Thank you to everyone who supports this podcast and helps me tell the stories of our quiltmakers, artists and professionals. If you would like to support me, head over to iTunes and leave a five star review, leave a donation here on my podbean hosting site, or consider advertising your business by sponsoring an episode. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers!
Aug 12 2017
Rank #10: Bridget Macfarlane on the Capital Quilters 12 x 12 Exhibition - The NZ Quilt Show
I reached out to Bridget Macfarlane, quilter from Wellington, and asked her to give me an insight into the Capital Quilters 12 x 12 exhibition currently running at the Hutt Arts Society until the 13th August.
I first met Bridget on Instagram and enjoyed seeing her modern quilting style and interactions with other Wellington quilters.
Check out the show notes for photos of the quilts in the exhibition that we discuss www.theslightlymadquiltlady.blogspot.com
If you'd like to see more quilts or learn more about Capital Quilters, head over to their blog http://capitalquilters.blogspot.co.nz
And you can visit Bridget at her Instagram feed https://www.instagram.com/bridgetmacfarlane/
Thanks for taking the time to chat to me Bridget!
Aug 05 2017