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Where I live.

This is the last week of the Easter school holidays and that marks the end of summer.  Sometimes the weather can be cold and wet at this time of year but this year it is fine and warm, with a bit of a breeze blowing, but not really hot and humid anymore.  But it is time to get a blanket out of the cupboard to put on the bed.

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This year the island is packed with holiday makers and day trippers.  All the clothes lines have swimmers and towels drying and people are celebrating with family.

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All the BBQ's and tables are taken.

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The ferrys and barges are packed.  (I'm glad I got a parking space on the mainland.)

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My own family went away this Easter so it has been a bit lonely.

Another summer is over.

A reel of blue sewing cotton.

That is what Sharon Jewel started with.

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She had bought this to repair her husbands shirts.

She then bought some homespun fabric and cut it up in pieces measuring 300X300mm.

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Over a period of about 2 years Sharon filled over 100 pieces of fabric with embroidered images.  These originated for random images and thoughts, that arose over time and outside the deliberate processes of thought.  She then drew these images and words onto her fabric with a pencil and proceeded to stitch them with her blue thread.

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Sharon has used simple stitches to express complex ideas, some of which seem disjointed.

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But all hang together as a train of thought.

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I asked her if she found the process 'meditative' but she hadn't thought about that, only getting the idea onto the fabric.  But she said it was something that she could put in her pocket and take anywhere and just stitch.

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When asked how she removed her pencil markings she replied that if they were not covered with stitching she washed the fabric in soap and water and then ironed it.

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Sharon doesn't come to embroidery with all the trappings what we, who have embroidered for years and have absorbed the 'rules' of embroidery that we were told must be adhered to.  She just stitches what she thinks and feels.

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Yet there is a cohesion to this body of work. 

It isn't beautifully mounted in frames, but is like random thoughts pinned to the wall.

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This exhibition is something one wouldn't expect to see in embroidery but that makes it even more special.

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A lot going on where I live.

I live in the Redland's Shire of Queensland.  This was, until the last 10 to 20 years a very rural area.  There is rich red soil, perfect for growing all kinds of foods, but fruit, and in particular, strawberries, have been the favoured crops. 


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This has always been a hot spot for koala, but urban sprawl has seen the suburbs extend right out to the bay, removing habitat, farms and native animals.  The Bay Islands, where I live, is a small microcosm of what used to be, but even that is being eroded.

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At the moment they are re-directing aircraft from Brisbane out over the bay which the birds are finding hard to handle.  From September to April this is home to migratory birds, some come from Siberia.

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But on the up side, there are a lot more services than there used to be.  Our local council hosts two galleries, one in Cleveland and the other at Capalaba and at the moment both have excellent exhibitions.

Cleveland - This exhibition is from the Bendigo Art Gallery and it blew me away.

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Capalaba - Sharon is a local artist from the Russell Island.

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to be continued:


Where I live

It is a beautiful day today.

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But it has been a hard few weeks.  We lost three of our residents who I counted as friends.  One was a young man in his 40's who had new twins under 1 year of age.  Another a middle aged man who I often talked with.  I knew he was depressed, but not that he would take his own life.  The third was my neighbour, Ian, who was in his 70's.  He had had a heart condition from his early 30's but just kept going.  I had been cooking his meals for him since his last hospital visit and on this beautiful day we scattered his ashes into the sea.

When his family came for his memorial they brought me these beautiful flowers as a thank you.

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There was no need, he was a friend.

My resident Frog - Mervyn

This year has started off so wet.  I am not complaining as there are many places that are wetter than here but the weather has encouraged the tree frogs.

Don't leave the screen door open or they will hop straight in.  Seems that the weather is a little wet even for them.  One tree frog has had to be evicted so many times that I have now given him a name.  He is such a pest that I decided to paint a water-colour of him so that when the dry returns I can remember him. 

So this is Mervyn.

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