I’m so excited!


“Dear Rita – Thank you very much for entering the Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2015. We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a finalist in the competition. We invite you to submit your work ‘ Wheels of Time ‘ between Monday 30th September and Friday 23rd October 2015 to Narryna Heritage Museum.”

Can’t wait!





eco dyes from a heritage garden

some of this week’s eco dyeing, using prunings from the garden of oakdene, a heritage property across the road from my gallery

steamfest in tasmania

husband, daughter and i spent an enjoyable (if very hot) few hours at the annual steamfest event today, in the ‘mural town’ of sheffieldSteamfest 13 - March 2013

husband was keen to see vintage steam engines and vintage cars so we let him go off on his ownSteamfest 18 - March 2013daughter and i alternated between finding shady places to cool off and looking at all the displays, including one by the sheffield spinners

there was even a toy story bouncy castle, but we resisted the temptation to have a go (it was too hot)Steamfest 1 - March 2013a steam train ran regularly, taking passengers who were waiting at the historic railway station (unfortunately i omitted to photograph them)Steamfest 14 - March 2013i learned that tasmanian fine ice creams are absolutely delicious (i had the lemon cheesecake flavour)

we saw a few people in historic costumeSteamfest 17 - March 2013we browsed through a wide variety of market stalls, including a display by the local collectibles club (husband had rejoined us at this stage)

lots of vintage machinery (many in working order) were on show, including this ‘mystery object’, which we thought might be a grain thresher

i couldn’t resist buying a rustic little wooden birdhouse to use as a prop in my gallery, which my daughter ‘carried’ for meSteamfest 19 - March 2013all in all, it was a great day!