Monday, 22 September 2014

Exhibiting at the Pirongia artfair

This week is going to be a busy one for me but really exciting.  On Saturday I am going to be exhibiting in the Pirongia art fair. I am so excited and nervous all at the same time.  This fair is one of the biggest in New Zealand and very well attended by people from all over the country.  I will be selling my art work and art pouches on Saturday in the memorial hall. 

Pirongia Annual Art and craft fair

This unmissable occasion is held each year in September on the first Saturday of the school holidays. In side the hall original art work is for sale. and out on the street genuine New Zealand made crafts and products are sold at this Craft Day. 
Catherine Parkinson will be exhibiting and selling her textile art work in the Pirongia hall on Saturday 27th September. Come along to see her work.

If you are in the area or passing through come and have a look.  It is a great place to pick up original unique pieces of NZ art work and craft work for Christmas presents.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Catherine Parkinson website launch today

Today is the day!!!!

Lime infused with a little bit of NZ

The day has arrived,  today is the launch of my brand new web page

come and visit me at 

If you want to purchase any art work please send me a message from the contacts page. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Web site live tomorrow

Just 1 day to go until my web site goes live !!!!

Come and have a look at my 
new web page 
after 6am NZST 

Friday 19th September

Please keep coming back to my web page as I will adding new work to my site regularly.  

Hot Chocolate

Dimensions:  18’ x 18”   46 x46 cm (with frame)    
Technique: Painted whole cloth quilt, machine quilted
Materials: Cotton fabric, textile inks, oil paint sticks

I have a beautiful new gallery full of beautiful art work.  You can find it all at 

I am looking forward to seeing you there  xx

p.s. Would you leave me a comment her at my site to let me know what you think of it.

Monday, 15 September 2014

My web page launch

I have some exciting news !!

You are invited to opening of 
my new web page on

Friday 19th September 

Catherine Parkinson
Textile artist


By Catherine Parkinson
Dimensions:  51 x 48 cm
Te Awamutu
New Zealand

©2013 Catherine Parkinson all rights reserved

I have an exciting new gallery and everything is for sale!

I am looking forward to seeing you there

Catherine xxx

Around the world blog hop

My quilting friend and art group buddy Rona has invited

me to join the Around the World Blog Hop. 

 I am so excited to be part of this blog hop. It is so interesting to read what other people are up to with their quilting and other projects. If you want to to catch up with all the other posts in this blog hop follow the blog trail back through Rona's post.  There are some great posts that are well worth reading !!!!

1.  What am I working on?

At the moment I have a lot of different projects on the go. I generally work on a few projects at once.  It keeps my busy brain more stimulated (that's the theory)

First of all I am building my web page and I am preparing to launch that this week.  It is looking amazing and I am so excited to have it published. 

I am also preparing for the upcoming Pirongia art fair and the Waitomo art society exhibition where I have been invited to be the guest artist for the show. So I have been building up a portfolio of work for these shows.

Lots of yummy quilts 

Almost all ready for my shows

All uploaded and ready for my web page launch this week

I have been experimenting with a new technique combining a scrap applique and painting technique. 

You can read about this technique here  These 2 quilts use this technique.

Floral Sea

Floral rust

 'In his image is a quilt' is a quilt  I have on the go at them moment.  It also uses this scrap appliqué technique.  This quilt is of Adam and eve.  The clothes are made using the scrappy appliqué technique and the faces are painted.  

In his image

A close up of in his image

Another quilt I have just finished is ‘Caught reading”  This is a picture of my daughter Kelsey when she was caught reading instead of doing her homework. I have painted white fabric and then machine quilted all the details into her face. 

Caught reading
15" x 15"
38 x 38 cm

I am also making original art pouches of different sizes. they are really fun a quick to make.  You can learn how to make them here with my tutorial.

This little pouch is made from a machine quilted practice cloth and you can learn how to make it here

Some more little pouches

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I work very differently from a lot of quilters.   I am not a traditional quilter. I work in a contemporary abstract and pictorial style.  I use a variety of surface design techniques, different mediums  and materials.  I love to experiment with different mediums, media and textures.  My favourite surface design technique is painting.  I really enjoy bring boring old white fabric to life with textile inks. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I couldn’t live without being creative it is like the air I breathe.  I have to make things and I always have done.  As a child I was obsessed with touching fur, velvet, soft materials.  I loved to cook and make birthday cakes.  I made my siblings soft toys, made my own clothes and furnishings.  I have always loved to create.  I have great satisfaction in making things. I really love Seeing the finished product but I mostly love the process of making art.  I love being so immersed in my work and that the world just dissapears for a time.

"a musician must make music, 

an artist must paint, 

a poet must write

if he is ultimately

at peace with himself.

What one can be, one must be."

Abraham Maslow

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I have so many projects buzzing through my head that I will never have enough time to create them all.  When an idea settles I sometimes begin by sketching the idea with permanent black ink pen and water colour paints and acrylic paints.

Some of my art journal pages that are upcoming ideas for quilts

Sometimes I just play and experiment with different textures, mediums and ideas. Sometimes I take a photograph that I work from.  This is the process I worked with for caught reading The first picture is the original sketch.

Painting on fabric

The beginning of the quilting

The face quilted

The whole picture quilted and metallic paint stick added for more colour and depth.

Carol Brungar is following on from me next Monday. She is an amazing and very talented textile artist from the beautiful Levin in New Zealand.  I am honoured that she is following me on this blog hop.  I love her beautiful work.  You will find her  blog here. She will be posting next Monday 22nd September and I am really excited to see how she works with textiles.

I am going to leave you today with this quilt called "Floating" that is the beginning of a new series of work.  


Dimensions: 20 x  19”  51 x  48cm
Technique: Painted whole cloth quilt, machine quilted
Materials: Cotton fabric, textile inks, oil paint sticks


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