Apologies in advance for the late posting but as any of you who know what has been happening in the lead up to and during September, I could be forgiven for having some time out and stopping to smell a rose or two. Life on the home-front and in the studio have been so busy these past months in preparation for all things textile and stitching in Clunes.
The textile art exhibition ‘A Textile Palette’, the Quiltessentially Clunes Stitching Retreat and the inaugural Clunes Village Quilt Hanging were a combined effort, respectively hosted during September and each event a huge success.
As you would be aware many hours of creating, planning, preparing and curating events like these is an immense undertaking and and requires clear minds in tiring circumstances, positive attitudes in adverse situations, creativity when creative blockages happen and a huge amount of support and sponsorship from the local community to run seamlessly with aplomb.
Along with these three events the region experienced the wettest spring since recording began in Victoria, the Creswick Creek threatened to flood at different times throughout the month, including the weekend of the stitching retreat, launch of the exhibition and quilt hanging. Good spirits and flexibility were needed as venues were changed at last minute and quilts were transferred from one place to another. All needed to appear as if everything was running to plan. An international film crew (HBO) were in the village for two weeks filming sections to the series ‘The Leftovers’ so the town was truly abuzz with activity and seasonal influences.
All in all, albeit challenging at times, all three events were a resounding success and the feedback incredibly positive for those who attended and visited Clunes. A personal thanks to the following people who without their support and attention to detail I may have ended up ‘worse for wear’
- My partner Phillip – (For all the meals you force me to ‘sit down’ and eat, practical help and the odd ‘telling off’!! Without your daily patience and support my love, I just couldn’t do anything)
- My daughters Nasci and Gabrielle – (for your endless encouragement and support throughout the year)
- The Clunes Community – (for your enthusiasm, interest, intrigue, participation, ideas, attendance and positive and/or constructive feedback)
- The studio ladies – Jacqui M, Vicki B, Maureen T, Sujeeva H, Leanne W, Teresa G, Sylvia R, Christine H, Kathryn H, Al H, Ros D, Barbara CS, Jeannie K, (for assistance with everything, Im truly indebted to you amazing people who support me so much)
- Wesley College – Principal Tim and Admin Officer Linda N (for the arrangement and generous use of the Weavery for the quilt hanging)
- Hepburn Shire – Bree M (for assistance with event advertising and hire of the Town Hall and Warehouse)
- BeckWorth Wines – Jane and Paul L (for your professionalism attending to the liquor requirements at Keeble’s and Gallery5)
- Brett (for the beautiful floral arrangements)
- Keeble’s Country House – Shelley and Peter (for your warm hospitality and welcome to retreat participants)
- Jen Bray and the Clune’s Dance Troupe – (for the fabulous and fun filled opening night dance performance at Keeble’s Country House)
- The Gallery Wine Bar – Linda and Neil N (for hosting the evening drinks and nibbles)
- The School of Mines – Ken C (For the generous use of the School of mines Building for the quilt hanging)
- Jane C – (for your assistance with troubleshooting kitchen issues at the Town Hall kitchen)
- Ian Baker – ( for your kind donation and effort to decorate the Town Hall with your lovely antiques)
- To my students and textile working friends – ( for your efforts to present your creativity to the public for the textile art exhibits)
- To the quilters – (for your exciting array of work and talented donations of quilts for the Clunes Village Quilt Hanging)
- Gallery5 – Annie and Rob G (for your efforts in preparing the space and assistance in curating ‘A Textile Palette’ and your attention to detail hanging each piece so carefully)
- The Ballarat Ukulele Affair – (for the fantastic and groovy music ‘with a difference’ you provided for the textile art exhibition opening)
- Catering – Jane F (for your vibrant personality and humour and extraordinary flair with food during the retreat)
Last but by no means least, to Rae T and Judy N my friends and business partners a big thank you for all that you have done to help promote my beautiful home town of Clunes, advertise the 2016 event/s on your journeys and who bring ‘Quilting Wisdom’ to Quiltessentially Clunes.
My warmest regards and gratitude to each and every one of you.