freeform heart

i was invited to contribute a freeform crochet heart and/or flowers by prudence mapstone, who is a renowned crochet artist

prudence is taking the display of contributions from around the world with her to all the craft fairs in australian cities, including hobart at the end of this month

this is my attempt!

Rita Summers Takes Grand Prize!

Postmarkd Art has featured my ‘agatha’s wardrobe’ art prize win on their blog – thanks so much to Franki and everyone!

Postmark'd Art

Each year, Blarney Books and Art in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia hosts a major competition and exhibition of art made from books.  Rita Summers, who was the only Tasmanian entrant this year, submitted Agatha’s Wardrobe, a mixed media artwork incorporating pages from an 1835 publication entitled Agatha’s Husband.

Rita Summers, Agatha's Wardrobe, 2013Rita’s entry, described by the judges as a ‘very subtle and emotional piece’, was awarded the grand prize of $1,500.  Blarney Books and Art have also purchased Rita’s winning entry for their permanent collection.

Art is a way of life for Rita, as can be seen from her original poem, included with her entry: 

art is like breathing to me

life and thoughts impressed on paper, cloth, the air

fleeting sounds and images

captured before they escape forever

Rita explains, ‘I like to push the boundaries in my art to create my own original style.   My qualifications and background focus…

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purple and green

finished a purple scarf in my currently favourite queen anne’s lace patternqueen anne's lace scarf 4b - rita summers 2013

the yarn is panda ‘fiesta’, and has silver threads as highlightsqueen anne's lace scarf 4a - rita summers 2013

i’m now working on a green scarf in the same patternqueen anne's lace scarf 5a - rita summers 2013

it is a unique hand dyed tasmanian alpaca that i found in the alpaca shoppe in deloraine

this is a finer and more delicate-looking scarf than the others i’ve made so far

it’s been interesting seeing how different the same pattern looks when made in different colours and yarns …

 

invited

i’ve been invited to make some of these for an event organised by ilk cafe and gallery at rosevears, tasmania

will have to start stitching, as most of these have sold …

bird key hangers

and heart brooches

2013 grand prize winner

woke up to some fantastic news this morning

my agatha’s wardrobe mixed media art is the 2013 grand prize winner of the biblio art award in victoria

not only do i win $1,500 but the sponsors are purchasing it for their permanent collection

still can’t quite believe it … shocked and a bit teary …

agatha's wardrobe a  - rita summers 2013