Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Inspiration - Beneath the Southern Sky Traveling Exhibit

If you enjoy art quilts, you'll definitely want to spend some time looking over the traveling exhibit, Beneath the Southern Sky.  This group of thirty is a diverse collection of work by fiber artists from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US.  It's a broad theme and is interpreted in many ways, both in subject matter and styles.

Go to the exhibit website, under artist listing, and you'll find links to many of the artists' websites, blogs, and on-line galleries.  Under exhibition program, there's a list of venues the exhibit will be traveling to for the rest of this year and into 2013.  In a couple of weeks it'll be in Melbourne (October 25th - 28th), followed by Adelaide, Queanbeyan, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Paducah, Kentucky, and East Gosford, back in Australia. 

Helen Godden, Beneath the Southern Sky.

Clicking on individual quilts in the gallery brings up the artist, a brief statement about the piece, and information on how it was created.  Australian artist Helen Godden's work, Beneath the Southern Sky, was inspired by a camping trip in the Northern Territory.  She does fantastically at conveying the feelings of vast sky and deep earth!

Debra De Lorenzo, Antipodean Adventure.

 New Zealand artist Debra De Lorenzo uses shibori dyeing techniques in Antipodean Adventure, her piece about Antarctica.  It really does convey the cold, iciness well. 

June Buxton, A Wilfu, Lavish Land.
June Buxton's work, A Wilful Lavish Land, uses weaving, felting, and embroidery to show her love of her Australian landscapes.  It was inspired by Dorothea Mackellar's poem My Country.

These are just snippets of three fiber pieces and their artists' inspirations - be sure to look over the rest.  Each has a wonderful story!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

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