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Thirtieth Anniversary of Kingston Heirloom Quilters 1979-2009
On Thursday November 5, 2009 at 1pm, the Kingston Heirloom Quilters celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a talk from Kingstonian, Pamela Allen, at St. John's Anglican Church followed by refreshments and a mini quilt show. About 50 members and their friends joined us for a delightful afternoon. The following week, Pamela gave a three day workshop, "Think like an Artist". Below are pictures taken at both events.Pamela's Talk
Pamela brought a variety of her art quilts which span her 20+ years of quiltmaking; an evolution from fine arts to paper collage to fibre collage. And she has never looked back, with about 100 entries in exhibitions and shows in the past 8 years. Pamela is energetic, enthusiastic, certainly whimsical, socially conscious, and a collector of an incredible range of embellishments for her quilts. "Anything I can drill a hole in is fair game". She starts each project with a blank "canvas" and lets the quilt grow. Her subjects often reflect her life experiences, or make satirical comment, using her artist's perspective in bold use of colour and composition. She has perfected the technical aspects of quiltmaking (with such aids as a 360 degree laser level!) and focuses her energy on the creative aspects. Her work is evolving; there is less emphasis on embellishment and more subtle use of colour now. We are indeed fortunate to have Pamela offer us her 3 day workshop "Think Like an Artist", an approach which is will surely benefit us and a most appropriate way to start us on our next 30 years!
Pamela told us stories from her life through her quilts. We caught her enthusiasm, her passion for life and for quilting. We laughed and laughed. How often have you seen garters in a quilt? (Note the buttons down the front of Grandma's dress below.) How about curlers? Say, do you hate vacuuming? Pamela takes all her loves and hates into her quilts. That quilt was called "Snake Charmer"! Look carefully and you can see the curlers along the left side of her dress. What else can you say but what Simone did when she thanked Pamela: "WOW!"
To see more pictures from the talk click here.
To see more of Pamela's quilts, be sure to visit her web page at http://pamelart.homestead.com/titlepage.html
The Mini-Quilt Show
To see more pictures, click here.
The "Think Like an Artist" Workshop
Mary Catherine Robb
The three days I spent with Pamela was a wonderful experience for me. It took the whole three days for the creative juices to get it all together but I found that maybe I am an artist of one kind or another.
Pamela kept us busy thinking and working at all times; it was very fast paced! It was also very refreshing; I didn't have to measure anything and I could work with whatever fabric was available. However I have come home with a few more UFO's and now I can't throw anything out anymore, including broken watches (I had just thrown out one, before the 'Pamela' experience). I would love to do another work shop with Pamela, soon!
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