Thursday, April 22, 2010


Saw a great DVD last night of Coco Chanel by Anne Fontaine starring Audrey Taurou, just beautiful viewing.  It is subtitled and so captivating I couldn't figure my knitting to do it while watching.  I must be getting old!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two for the price of one

Things I've just finished.  The brief was for red and grey blankets in a tartan for Anzac (which is this Sunday) but another order got in the way so they will now be in Pauanesia for Matariki (Maori New Year for my overseas guests).  I'm very pleased with them; wove nicely, fulled well and fun to weave.

One scarf is for a friend's Mum's friend but its not worth putting on a warp for one scarf so she can have a choice of bright red or ruby red - doesn't show up very well in the photo.

That's all the orders filled and can now concentrate on exhibition work. 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Panic attack

Woke this morning having a panic attack about the lack of anything getting done or finished for exhibition and the house looking like a tip.  Decided I wasn't getting anywhere lying in bed worrying so got up and with cup of tea to hand did the two baskets of ironing while watching the sun rise over the Pacific.  What's not to enjoy?

Have now drawn up a calendar for myself to July 2, Opening at Inspirit.  I have 5 and 1/2 weeks till Tauranga opening and about 11 weeks till Inspirit.  Some Inspirit work must be framed/mounted by 1 June for photographing for advertising.  Have made a big decision to name the Inspirit exhibition "Low Tide" having gone from a working title of "water", its talking to me.  I also need to take time off to go to Auckland to see my kids so 5 1/2 weeks will be reduced.

One reason for the panic this morning was that some time ago I opened my mouth (wide) and gave a speal about exhibition versus sale of work and how only ones best work should be submitted for exhibition and how it was better to have a few really well made pieces than a room full of mediocre things etc.  I don't feel I have given my best to Tauranga yet but there is still time.

Monday, April 5, 2010


It is so hard not being able to show the weaving I'm doing for the exhibitions.  Yes there is an "s" on the end of the noun.  As announced in the latest Creative Fibre Magazine (produced by New Zealand Creative Fibre Society) I'm guest exhibitor at the Tauranga Creative Fibre Annual Exhibition at the end of May, my own exhibition opening on 2 July at Inspirit, combining with a group of weavers from the Waikato to exhibit in Te Awamutu in November and the work for the Professional Weavers Network exhibition has to be ready by March 2011.  I keep asking, why has it all happened in the same year, spread it out, why not! 

At Inspirit I'm sharing with a painter from Tauranga, Colleen Dewhurst, who does bright Pacific-y style work.  Not so keen on the religious pieces but love the ladies and fish.

I better get on with it!