Friday, September 6, 2013

Gwen Marston in Sydney - July 2013

Gwen Marston's classes in Sydney in July were a sell out, and the opportunity to hear her talk about her quilts during an evening lecture, and to see them up very close was a bonus.

If you missed these events, you can see a little of what the excitement was about from this post, and this one by Melinda Smith of Quiltsmith (who hosted one series of classes), and Erica Spinks's series of three posts, titled 'My Life as a Groupie - parts 1, 2 and 3', sharing her experience as a Gwen Marston fan and student at Creative Dabbling.

The images are fabulous, but seeing the quilts right up close, 'in the cloth' revealed much more of their visual and tactile qualities - their 'glow'. Gwen finished her lecture with a comment that people sometimes look at her improvisational piecing and think that anyone could make them in 'five minutes' ... but as she so emphatically said, 'you just can't!'.  If you ever have the chance to see Gwen's quilts, or to take a class with her - don't hesitate, just take it.

Fairholme members - we have a number of Gwen Marston's books in our library, including some recent additions.

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