One door closes ……….

Well as the saying goes as one door closes another opens and I am feeling that is very true right now.  The property where the gallery is has had an offer on it and very suddenly my lease has come to an end.  The gallery will be closing at 4pm on Saturday May 3rd – however –

on Sunday May 4th Folios and Fibre will be at the Stirling Street Arts Centre Autumn Fair

My work will continue to be available through

The Courthouse Gallery,  Art Geo Complex, Busselton

LOFT, Bridgetown

Eshe, Stephen Street, Bunbury

and two new venues

Shackleton Gallery, O’Connor and

Margaret River Silk Road, Harmans Mill Road, Margaret River.

I will also be selling online and anyone passing through will be very welcome to visit my studio at home – phone first to check I am there!




Quilters are such friendly people

Whilst we were at The Nunnery we met a group of quilters who were staying for the Australasian Quilt Convention. Val and I would meet and chat with the ladies at breakfast most mornings. In the afternoon and evenings we shared information about the best eating places/fabric shops to go to, we had “Show and Tell” of our purchases, stitch and chat sessions with lots of sharing, laughter and fellowship.  The ladies were from The Dalmeny Quilters and Val and I were honoured to be “temporary members” of their generous group.

Dalmeny Quilters raffle Quilt 2013

Dalmeny Quilters raffle Quilt 2013

Street Art

Bunbury has recently added some street art on a couple of walls around the city – it has nothing on Melbourne though.  Wandering the streets of Fitzroy and looking down the little alleyways and streets is a treasure trove.  Lets  hope that Bunbury continues with making the city more interesting and colourful.

Street Art Fitzroy

Street Art Fitzroy


An interesting installation of shoes slung overhead!


Street Art Fitzroy

Subtraction Cutting

The reason for visiting Melbourne this time was to attend a workshop on Prof. Julian Roberts technique of subtraction cutting in garment construction.  This workshop was the second held in Melbourne at Beautiful Silks and was well worth the trip.

Julian’s philosophies of sharing and parity of roles in the fashion industry are so refreshing.  He likes purchasers of his garments to know how the garment was made, commenting that often the purchaser of an item of clothing is not really aware that a real person has been involved in its construction.

Julian’s way of working is innovative and so very exciting I can’t wait until I have some time to experiment and explore his techniques further.

Prof Julian Roberts - demonstrating subtraction cutting at Beautiful Silks

Prof Julian Roberts – demonstrating subtraction cutting at Beautiful Silks Jo's dress  made in the workshop - stunning!
Jo’s dress made in the workshop – stunning!

My dress - made using Julian's techniques

My dress – made using Julian’s techniques

Favourite haunts

On my first visit to Melbourne I discovered Morris and Son – a beautiful yarn store – quite by accident and have managed to find it on each subsequent visit.  My memory doesn’t always serve me well and it takes a couple of tries to find it – but persistence pays off.

The store stocks a vast array of interesting yarns and the ladies that work there are all knowledgeable and friendly – but one of the best things about visiting is seeing some of the finished articles.

Last year I posted a picture of their yarn bombed bicycle on my Facebook page – it has lots of new additions this year and is such fun to spot all the different elements.

Morris and Sons yarn bombed bicycle

Morris and Sons yarn bombed bicycle


having fun spotting all the flowers and critters – there is a mouse on the bike pedal!

Eating out in Melbourne

I have not found a bad place to eat out in Melbourne yet.  Each visit I discover more places – you are spoilt for choice and have to learn to ignore the front of house spruikers who try and get you in to their restaurants – they are quite confronting for new visitors who are just not used to that sort of pressure.

We walked to most places from our accommodation in Fitzroy – there is so much choice from the pub just two doors down from the Nunnery – where we had a very nice steak one evening, to the little italian restaurant  ( Marios in Brunswick Street) where we had a beautiful pasta with chicken livers and bacon – yummmm!

I had to share my favourite patisserie with Val – we had coffee and cake at Laurent one morning –


– walked into Lygon Street one evening and chose one of the few restaurants with a queue outside (Italian again)


Prawns and Pasta

Prawns and Pasta

I had to have an Aperol Spritz – felt like I was back in Italy!

Then across the street to Brunetti – where the choice is just too hard ……….


And last but not least – a return visit to Naked for Satan for that fantastic view of  a rainy city at night and spectacular food – and not a bad drop of beer.

Mushroom parfait at Naked for Satan

Mushroom parfait at Naked for Satan

Australian Tapestry Workshop

My friend and travelling companion on this trip made only one request whilst in Melbourne – to visit the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne.  We booked a guided tour of the workshop and made sure we arrived in plenty of time.  The ATW is housed in a very beautiful old building that has had many past uses and is ideally suited to its current occupants – there is plenty of space for the huge tapestry weaving looms which has wonderful natural light – a dye studio – workshop and office space.

The wonderful building housing the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne

The wonderful building housing the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne


Inside the Australian Tapestry Workshop – huge looms and loads of natural light

Our tour gave a basic insight into the extensive preparation and design for a tapestry, how the tapestries are woven, and their market.  Fascinating to learn a little of this wonderful textile art, and even better to learn that it is wholly Australian – the ATW uses Australian Merino wool that it dyes specifically for each project.

At the moment there is an exhibition of the Dovecot tapestry woven in the UK using all natural coloured wool – the video shows the hills the sheep live on and the Dovecot tapestry weavers and there are pictures of the individual sheep wearing the fleeces used for the tapestry.

It was so interesting – I would urge anyone to visit if they are in the area.