Textiles, travel and Teaching

I have little time to add more right now, but hopefully we have internet on safari.

Of course fabric is our passion, and we had a chance today to buy a variety of different types of African textiles.
The first photo shown here is of the woven 'Shukas' worn by the Maasai here in Kenya.
Shúkà is the Maa word for sheets traditionally worn wrapped around the body, one over each shoulder, then a third over the top of them. These are typically red, though with some other colors (e.g.blue) and patterns (e.g. plaid). 

The other fabrics I bought were very heavily waxed printed fabrics with bold heavy patterns.
The fabric is really heavy and has its origins in Indonesia when settled by the Dutch, I have several pieces of this fabric at home, but I wanted to add to my collection.
5 very heavy pieces have found their way into my case.
I'm still researching on how its made.
These are some of the faces I captured during my shopping visit and beyond. Can you tell there is a foundation for creating an African Quilt?

We could hear them in the distance, there was an occasional trumpet from a very small trunk.

We couldn't see them, they were behind the trees.  The  enclosure we stood around had lots of huge baby bottles full of milk unceremoniously piled in an old wheel barrow.

Suddenly from out of the bushes a  line of 14 small elephants appeared gaining pace as they grew closer. There was an urgency in their step, their ears folded back and the feet flew and trunks swung to the rhythm of their gait. 
was a wonderful experience watching the antics of 28 baby elephants.

They rolled in the dirt, the hugged each other and showed feelings for their handlers and their elephant friends. It was a fabulous event.

Its taken a while to add more images, in fact it can take up to 20 minutes to add each section.
Right now I'm on the seas near Belize and the internet signal goes from the ship to a satellite and back down again... it takes a while. They tell me its completely different to the  internet on shore.
I've added five more quilts for you to view today...deliberately, each section is a different genre.
I will try to add more each day.
More photos af outstanding quilts 
To be honest I've not spent too much time visiting the exhibition of quilts. I normally take in the details extensively and work through methodically.
I will have an opportunity later today.
These are some of the photos I took yesterday at the Houston Quilt Show.
I was asked to look for new ideas at Market.

I was most impressed by this light. Its long and thin and is quite unobtrusive, it basically sits above your machine.
It has a bank of LED lights which gives you very good lighting on your machine.
There are two lights here, and I guess the photo doesn't show the thin one just above the machine to its best advantage, but I'm impressed and I want three for my studio

The images below are from Alexander Henry. I love the fabrics and of course the ideas for the grandies.
They come up with the most interesting ideas each year.
These are a collection from the RJR - Artists Collection.
I have so many images to share with you I almost don't know where to begin.
You sent me a number or request on FB and I will endeavor to answer them all over the next week.
Walking into the event today is just wonderful, never lost for words I still find it hard to express the feeling.
I'm doing some daily videos for the Quilt Show and I will tell you all when they are up there and you can walk amongst the quilts with me.
When you walk into the stadium.... this is the sight that greets you, four stories of quilts or so it seems just breathtaking People were just standing under them and looking up in awe.
Red and white provokes such emotion in a quilt and it's fitting that it features as the Ruby Jubilee celebrating 40 years.
Miss Rose, Sister Violet,  a booth from my home town always captures the romantic spirit. Tilly loves this booth and I have bought her clothes from here previously.
Romantic, wistful and just a sheer suitcase of gloriousness.
Cotton and Steel, young edgy and innovative. These are a  young brigade of designers serving the Modern Quilting Genre under the RJR banner. I really like some of their ideas and inevitably it works well for the garment and home decoration industry as well as quilting.
Maybe its because I was bought up in the 50's and 60's that I like the simplicity of the designs in the Modern Quilting Genre. There are so many young designers, I'm wondering how the industry will pan out for them.
Will they still be around in five years, what does the future bring. However, in the mean time I love their work.
Michael Miller always captures my imagination and this year they are featuring a strong Mexican theme. In fact, there are quite a few 'Ethnic' based themes in the fabrics on offer from top designers and distributors.
Before I begin... almost all of my photos are taken with the idea of creating Textile Art.
I guess it doesn't hurt to have a goal in life, Considering I have some 100,000 photos I'm going to be busy for a long time.
When I photograph the buildings I want to create illustrations and  in Rome, I loved the textures and colors of the buildings. 
I love the sun, the rain and the light on the cobblestones and shadows.

In all I took over 2000 photos, I edit them, but keep most of them.
Of course I enjoy capturing people too.
It's rather embarrassing for my friends traveling with me  because I snap people from all angles, BUT, I don't let them subjects see me.

I capture images in a series to tell a story.traveling
Yesterday I took my little point and shoot camera and made this video for my friends and family.
It's not fancy,just little snippets and my thoughts as I walk, but it gives you an idea of the beauty of the city of Strasbourg.

A cameo.

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