Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Opal Fever Workshop with Sue Dennis

Opal Fever is one of the fantastic workshops that we have on offer at Quilting in the Highlands with award winning quilter Sue Dennis. This workshop is on the 30th and 31st July and is suitable for all skill levels. If you have ever wanted to learn more about how to create an art quilt Sue will guide you through the steps to create this stunning quilt. For more information CLICK HERE or go to www.berrimapatchwork.com.au/quilting

Australia’s National gemstone, the opal, captures the imagination with mysterious depths of colour. This is your chance to make a small quilt featuring this colourful stone which has been used by Sue in a number of her award winning quilts. In this workshop you will be using oil sticks, angelina fibres and appliqué you will be guided in the creation of your unique gemstones. Students choose 1 of 2 designs supplied by the Sue. More information about this workshop and Garden Trellis the workshop Sue will be teaching on 28th Saturday and 29th Sunday July go to www.berrimapatchwork.com.au/quilting
Sue on her website writes  "Australian opals fascinate me with their special properties of beautiful shifting light & vivid colour which is unique to each one. Opals are made of silica & have formed in underground water. Many people get “opal fever” in their search for this illusive treasure which is Australia’s national gemstone."

More about Sue Dennis
Since she began quilting in 1990, Sue has exhibited in Australia and internationally in invitational, juried
and touring exhibitions. Her designs are heavily influenced by the dramatic Australian landscape, having lived and travelled widely throughout the continent. 
Sue has a distinct style of art quilting and is recognized for her original work that incorporates numerous surface design techniques and stitches. She is drawn to colour and the textural possibilities of the quilted surface. Sue has been awarded any prizes for her distinct, original art quilts. She has been invited to exhibit in international & group exhibitions throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, Great Britain, Europe, South Africa, Taiwan & the Middle East. Her prize winning work is represented in public and private collections. “What Would You Take?” was the winner of Australian Quilts in Public Places 2001 and was acquired by the Immigration Museum, Melbourne.
Sue works in the quilting industry as a tutor, judge and curator, is frequently published and is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Ozquilt Network, The Quilters’ Guild of NSW, Queensland Quilters and Sunnybank Quilters.
At the International Quilt Show in Houston in 2011 Sue had  her own exhibition called Destination Texas.
“Australian quilter Sue Dennis presents a personal view of a small corner of rural Texas. During a three-week artist residency on a farm with inspirational surroundings, she created printed and rubbed fabric designs, and these form the backbone of this unique exhibition.”

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