PATTERN PLAY

I took an introductory textile class earlier this year and absolutely loved it! The only disappointment was that I didn't discover it sooner as I would love to have explored surface and textile design further during my studies. As well as pattern and surface design I got to experiment with various dyeing techniques, thermoplastics, felting and embroidery. One of the assignments involved using an urban environment as inspiration for a series of patterns. I chose the Sydney Opera House for my urban environment, you might recall some of the photos I posted a while back from a tour I took of this iconic building. These photos were the basis of my design.

The shape of the Opera House  is easily recognisable, but I wanted my design to be contemporary and evoke a sense of the opera house without being a cliché. By looking closely and from different angles I noticed the patterns in the tiles,  so I combined these triangular, diamond and chevron shapes with arcs. The colours are inspired by dusk over the harbour and the  silhouettes created as the sun sets. I'm quite happy with the results and might try printing them digitally on to fabric.

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ON THE HOUSE!

ownourhouse Do you remember my post, roughly 12 months ago, about the Sydney Opera House? Well last year was a big year for this beautiful building, which also celebrated it's 40th birthday. Last month, I too celebrated a birthday. If you follow me on twitter you may have noticed that one of the gifts I received was a tile on one of the largest sails of the Sydney Opera House! I didn't receive an actual tile but in purchasing a virtual tile, my husband and became Housemates. The funds raised via this project will go towards maintaining and renewing this iconic building for the next 40 years. If you too would like to support the Sydney Opera House, or see who else is a housemate, you can visit the Own Our House website or see frequently asked questions here. We could be housemates together!

ENTER EXXOPOLIS

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Attention Sydneysiders! You only have a few days left to experience Exxopolis, the giant inflatable sculpture that has been occupying the Sydney Opera House forecourt for the last few weeks. The Architects of Air have created another fantasy world of light and wonder that you can explore. Having seen one of their luminariums a couple of years ago, I knew it would be worth another visit. So if you haven't seen Exxopolis yet January 27th is the last day, don't miss out! And if you want to save a few bucks, book your tickets the day before.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

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Vivid Sydney has come and gone for another year. Did any of you get along to any of the events that were part of this year's festival? I only managed to see a handful of the installations and projections this year, as the night I decided to go the rest of Sydney turned up as well! It was so crowded that it was difficult to move around and I only managed to photograph a small section of the huge light display. Even though this was a bit of a let down, the lights themselves did not disappoint, I only wish I could have seen more. Next year (fingers crossed) I will be more organised!

OPERA HOUSE AWE

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I have been living in Sydney for almost three years. And last week I finally attended my first event at the Sydney Opera House. As part of the 2013 Sydney Festival the Opera House screened Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, accompanied with a live soundtrack performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmic Choir. And it was amazing! I can't believe it has taken me so long to see a show here! So I thought I would share these photos I took during an earlier tour of the Opera House. I had stood on the steps many times and it was only because I had family visiting from interstate that I ventured inside this beautiful building. You can read more about it's history here. It truly is worth further exploration.