The 12s on Quilt Festival: Brenda Gael Smith

October 25, 2011, 12:17 pm  Posted by needlearts

Quilt Festival 2011 is nearly upon us! Join us as we talk with some of the authors of Twelve by Twelve about their upcoming trip…

Today’s guest: Brenda Gael Smith

Lorikeet Circus – from the Lorikeet Colorplay Challenge

What Festival is this for you?
This will be my very first International Quilt Festival. Gulp.  I’m starting to think I should have done some proper training for the event.  Perhaps fellow Twelve Nikki, who recently completed her first half marathon, had the right idea!

Where will you be and when?
After 24+ hours in transit from Australia, I hope to make it to the tail end of preview night on Wednesday 2 November.  Then I will be at Festival every day, mostly at the Twelve by Twelve exhibit (look out for the roster on the Twelve by Twelve blog) but also a stint on the SAQA Booth from 3-5pm on Saturday.

What are you most excited about this year?
After collaborating online in the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge for over four years, I am most excited to be joining so many of the Twelves in person.  I’ve met Diane before a couple of times but this will be my first meeting the other American Twelves.  It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

• Pohutakawa Toanga (Pohutukawa Treasure) – my contribution to the Textured Treasures exhibition

On a related note, just how excited are you to see all the quilts together?
Seeing the Theme series quilts for the first time, when the exhibit toured to Australia and New Zealand in 2010, was an extremely moving experience.  I thought my heart would burst.  To be able to share all the quilts from the book along with the new Colorplay series, a total of 288 quilts, with so many people at Festival is a great thrill and honour. I extend a huge thank you to Del Thomas for her kind sponsorship of the Twelve by Twelve exhibit through the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection.

Is there one piece that you’re really excited to see in person?
I want to see everything! I am looking forward to studying each and every quilt from the Colorplay series and renewing my acquaintance with the Theme series.  It is wonderful to be able to view the quilts online but real life presents a whole new dimension in color, texture and detail. I’m also keen to see the exhibits of my Australian compatriots – Destination Texas by Sue Dennis and Textured Treasures presented by Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for Quilting Teachers Award Winner Lisa Walton.

What’s your one must-take item for Festival?
For me, the most important items in my hand luggage will be my camera and iPad combo. That, plus wifi, will set me up for recording and blogging about my first Festival; the people and the quilts.

Read more about Brenda at http://serendipitypatchwork.com.au/blog/. And be sure to enter the giveaway happening over on the Twelve by Twelve blog! http://serendipitypatchwork.com.au/blog/2011/10/17/twelve-by-twelve-book-giveaway/


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