My big adventure down under began with teaching at Quilt Symposium, Christchurch

I’m back from a month away and am finally getting back on top of things. I have so much to share from my trip to Christchurch; teaching at Symposium, then traveling through New Zealand for 2 weeks, teaching another class north of Auckland, and then flying to Australia to visit friends in Adelaide and Melbourne before flying home, that I will have to break it up into a series of weekly posts.

On October 1st I flew to Christchurch,  and met up with fellow American teachers Lyric Kinard and Susan Bruebaker Knapp and did a bit of sight seeing.

Christchurch is a beautiful city, originally settled by the english, that suffered a devastating 6.3 earthquake in 2011, following the 2010 7.1 Canterbury quake. Christchurch is still rebuilding and strengthening the many historic masonry structures that were damaged.

There is art and sculpture all around the city.

I love the murals that fill blank walls of the contemporary buildings. This mural of a prehistoric dinosaur/bird skeleton cradling a kiwi chick is wonderful!

The gardens around Christchurch were in full bloom with gorgeous color.

Some flowers I recognized and others I didn’t. The yellow flowers on the branch pictured on the left is a native tree that you often see referenced in art and early textiles.

I loved seeing evidence my ancestral relatives made it to New Zealand too, at the Canterbury Museum in this recreation of the early settlers in Christchurch.

A highlight for me of our day out was our trip to the Art Gallery. I would like to mention that the venues we went to were free to the public with gold coin donation requested. This to me is the mark of a society that values art and knowledge providing it to people at all economic levels. Something I have seen sadly diminishing in the US.


Quilt Symposium 2017

My friend, mixed-media textile artist, Alysn Midgelow-Marsden and I on opening night.

Symposium kicked off with a fun opening night event with entertainers held at the Cardboard Cathedral designed pro bono by architect Shigeru Ban and built as a temporary structure for the parishioners of the Christchurch cathedral that suffered so much damage in the earthquake.

Quilt symposium was held on the beautiful campus of St Andrews college, a private co-ed elementary and secondary school, that was on school break. What a treat it was to teach all my classes in a science lab with multiple sinks around the room and metal tables.

For the sake of time and space, I’m going to post fewer photos of student work than usual, but I think you’ll get a sense of the wonderful work that was produced and the fun time we had.

Painting imagery with textile paint -2 days

Andrea McClare quilted her class sample the week after symposium and posted this photo.

Margaret McKerras also sent me photos of her quilted class samples of a poppy and the New Zealand native kakapo bird. 

Tea and Ephemera


Paint and Print-a-palooza


Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

I can’t help but love this class, not only because of the concept of making prayer flags, but also because we cover a lot of different techniques all while creating half a dozen or more separate compositions.

There was a nice turn out of the Pan Pacific SAQA members at symposium.


.Threads of Resistance down under

Lyric Kinard, me, Susan Bruebaker Knapp, and Jane Dunnewald.

One of the funny things we realized was that almost half of our Threads of Resistance organizing team was teaching at symposium. I think at some point, it crossed all our minds that we might have issues coming back into the country, lol, but luckily they managed to let all of us back in. Although I have to say, I’ve never seen so few people going through customs on re-entry in all the trips I’ve taken abroad.

The day after symposium ended, Phil arrived and we celebrated his first trip over the pacific by going to a restaurant called Cooking with Gas that my parents highly recommended from the trip they made to Christchurch last year.
OMG, this was the most delicious meal!!! Lamb cooked two ways with roquette (arugala) and orange crepes (flambé)

If I get back to Christchurch, I will definitely be going back!.
And so the adventure begins… stay tuned.  🙂

I’d love to spark your creativity at one of these upcoming events:

January 10-14, 2018 Craft Napa
Blessings in the Wind: mixed-media prayer flags
Tea, Thremofax and Ephemera
Blooming Inspiration
Painting Imagery with Textile Paints

Focus on Fiber Florida 2018
April 2-10 Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Blessings in the Wind: mixed media prayer flags
Blooming Inspiration

May 4-6 Nadelweldt, Karlsruhe, Germany
Exhibition and workshops

August 14-18, 2018 Woodland Ridge Retreat, WI
5 – day Paint and Print-a-palooza retreat

October 19-21 Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY
Tea and Ephemera and Blessings in the wind: mixed-media prayer flags

Keep creating, Judy

IMG_5538Judy is an artist, explorer, image wrangler, knowledge seeker, instructor, speaker, creative alchemist, and purveyor of inspiration, helping others channel creativity on a daily basis.

6 Responses to “My big adventure down under began with teaching at Quilt Symposium, Christchurch”

  1. Paula White says:

    Are you going to be at the Chicago International Quilt Festival 2018?

  2. Nora Koerber says:

    I just think you’re the cat’s meow, Judy. What wonderful, beautiful things you cross the planet and teach others! It’s really lovely, the work you and your students do. Hurrah!

  3. Shirley Stevenson says:

    Thanks for sharing Judy! I look forward to your posts. It brings back happy memories from the past when I taught in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s.

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