Down Under, continued.

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Uncategorized, Workshops and Classes | 1 comment

I am so late telling you all about Australia, the wonder of it, this is week two. For two days I stayed in a small cottage near the sea in a town called Stockton, and walked and swam twice a day.


Notice the sign? Never seen that before at the beach.


Cozy room, perfect for one!


I traveled from where I was in Stockton to Newcastle by ferry and foot, passing flocks of emerald lorikeets and cockatoos. IMG_2680 After two glorious and healing days by the sea, I moved to Newcastle, to the zen and beautiful home of Anne Kempton. She is the owner of Timeless Textiles, a small and beautiful textile art gallery and shop two hours north of Sydney on the coast. She is a energetic and creative wonder who I hope to know for the rest of my days. IMG_0335 She grows veggies and is a masterful cook. IMG_0334 She is a knitter extraordinaire. IMG_0336 I had a day to explore before my workshop started, so I wandered galleries and shops. It started raining as I was walking without a raincoat or umbrella. A chocolate shop suddenly appeared, with a seat available near a window. The best drink and the perfect time. Thinking of you, Orly Avineri, and our journal day about these experiences.

IMG_2681 While I was sitting there, a young mother walked by, wearing a shirt that said “GIVE A SHIT” in large letters. She was pushing a stroller and guiding a toddler along the sidewalk. I did not have my journal, but I did have a pen and a brochure. I added this to my journal later.Give a shit Class started the next day. Image 2 We worked in an old school full of charm. IMG_0337   Anne made us lunch every day. And tea, by the way, which in Australia means lovely sweets and tea at about 10 am. Some places again at 4. And again at 9, when the name of it changes to “supper.” In any case, there was never a crumb left. I might have licked some plates. IMG_0349 My Stencil Sister (we work for the same company, Artistcellar) Jane Davenport came in all her bountiful cheeriness. Here she is, on the right, with Anne. Anne is not smoking, btw.IMG_0340 Jane made a map of where she lives, a small seaside town hours north of Newcastle. IMG_0353 We worked with a gelatin plate printing fabrics and deli paper with stencils. We painted art tissue and used all three for the materials for our maps. Then we added stitching, beads and other elements to the surface. I was so, so happy with the maps. I think you will be too.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thank you to all of you!   IMG_0369

One Comment

  1. what an absolute treat it was to have Jill come and spend time in Newcastle with me..I am very much looking forward to having you back here like a boomerang,returning again and again Anne

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