Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vivid 2011

Every Winter the Sydney gets a great festival called Vivid.  The whole idea is for it to be a festival of light and sound and each year they choose a different curator who gets to put their own "stamp" on the festival for the year.

2011 was the 3rd year of the festival, and I've been able to go to it every year so far.  My most favourite thing is the 'light' part of the festival.  Artists from all over the world contribute light installations that are put up around the city that you can go and see for free.
 It's a great way to try and get us Sydneysiders out of our homes in the cold of Winter, especially at this time of year when we've had so much rain.
 Sir Pinkying and I headed to the city to have a look at this years displays.  One of the features of this year was a show called "Firedance" which was basically flames dancing to music.  It was a lot of fun, and was just under the Harbour Bridge.
As you walk around between the various pieces, you have to be sure and look all around because sometimes they are above you!  I really liked this one - gorgeous colours!  I wonder if there is a Kona quilt in there...

The main lighting feature each year is "Lighting the Sails" where the sails of the Opera House are lit with beautiful changing designs.  I was lucky enough to borrow a tripod from a friend which meant much better photos than would have been possible otherwise
Many people don't realise that the Opera House is actually all tiled, and there is actually a very pretty pattern formed by all the tiles, which you can just catch in the photo above.

Sydney is quite a "young" city, so we don't have the same kind of grand buildings as places like London or Paris, but one that we do have is Customs House and this year it featured a great changing display that looked like the building was re-wrapping itself every few seconds, it was just beautiful!
I can't leave you without one last picture of the Opera House in full colour.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Prince Charming in the house

 So I have to admit that I've been sitting on the letter box of late waiting for a package from Hawthorne Threads... well, not so much sitting on the letter box as checking it obsessively every day since I could reasonably expect that my package might arrive.

 Yesterday my package arrived.  The first three are a bit of a mixed bag, two prints from Sugar and Spice (Riley Blake), and one from Theory (Anthology).  The Sugar and Spice is to go with my growing collection of aqua and red fabrics, which I will hopefully get to cut into soon.  The Theory is because I really loved the colour combination and I'm picturing some kind of quilt of Kona Solids in the same colours.
 The main reason for my order was to get some Prince Charming by one of my all time favourite designers Tula Pink.  I did very seriously consider getting fat quarters of the whole range, but decided to focus on the colours that I really loved instead.  First up two colours from the "honey" colour range
Hawthorne Threads is one of those wonderful shops that does fat quarter bundles of some ranges, split into colour stories, so I got the "Coral" colour story in fat quarters
and finally - my absolute favourite - Indigo!  I actually got yards of some of the prints in this colour story, and half yards of all the rest.  LOVE THEM
This is one of those times that I bought fabric with no idea about what I'm going to do with them... but I'm sure it will come to me! :)

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