Welcome to my blog. Here's where I write about ~

~ my favourite items made by other artists and crafters from all over the world

~ things that inspire me

~ thoughts of the day

~ general ramblings and ... my own creations. enjoy...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Altered Dutch Books Exhibition

Around Mid February this year, the lovely Sue Tilley - Owner of The Drill Hall Studio asked me if I'd like to participate in their 'Going Dutch' Book Exhibition.  Sounded interesting and the chance to be in any exhibition is pretty exciting, so it was a big YES from me..  {With only about 10 days before the start of the exhibition, the pressure was on!}.


My book was called De Bruid Schotland, {Scottish Bride} so I decided to go with the traditional  ... 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue theme - but in Dutch!

It was a great exercise in creativity and determination, but I got the book finished and posted to the exhibition only a couple of days after opening.  Sue had reassured me it would be ok to be late, but I think the urgency of making it in time for the opening was a huge factor in actually getting something done in my world which is mostly made up of house, office, garden and homeschool work!  Thank you for the push Sue! 

Some background ...
Sue had received a huge donation of Dutch books from a lady who had previously tried giving them to the local University, Charity Shop and a few other places who also didn't want them.  Their loss ...

The charter for all participating artists participating, was to choose a book, make sure the spine stayed intact and either create a work of art using the title as inspiration or just make it something Dutch!

The exhibition is no longer on show {and my apologies for not getting this blogpost done sooner, but life does seem to get in the way of my art more than I'd like ...} but here's all the truly amazing creations that I got to exhibit alongside.

If you're interested in any of the books please contact me - deborah@rgkeats.com
Prices range from approx $40 AUD - $130 AUD

Photo credits:
Deborah Keats
Sue Tilley {The Drill Hall Instagram}

~ art is life ~

Saturday, November 5, 2016

McKinlay Mosaic Workshop 2016 ~ Held at The Crafty Old School House

Last weekend I returned to the North Queensland town of  McKinlay to teach another Mosaic workshop for an enthusiastic, talented bunch of ladies (as well as  Zoe, Tom and Dean  who I hope also enjoyed the day.. )

This time I took the LONG way with a beautful bitumen road  ...

... past Kynuna ...

... until Lilly and I arrived at our destination/accommodation - World Famous Crocodile Dundee Pub !!  that's right ... here in McKinlay !! 

It had been 4 years since my very first workshop there !!  ... click here to see the first workshop

Everyone arrived with their ideas and bases to work from so we started by going through the basics of cutting, trimming and then everyone progressed to gluing, arranging and catching up with each other.   Fabulous way to spend a Saturday ...

Behold  ~  the Crafty Old Schoolhouse ... {and note in foreground ... Steel tree from previous workshop with Sue Tilley}

... always a pleasure to come and visit these lovely ladies ...

kids working on their pavers 

artists at work 

coffee and catch up time ...

Lilly wasn't going to miss this class ... she's intent on doing the pot on her own

... loved that everyone made something different

almost ready to grout !

how can anyone not love mosaics ??

Time to grout ... things get messy but everyone's pieces are starting to take shape!!  (photo credit:  Claire)  

Welcome horseshoe ♥


bottom for a lamp shade ♥



♥ paver ♥ 

cool house number !!

abstract platter

black grout made this awesome !  looks like opal to me ♥

paperweight - side 1

paperweight - side 2

Lilly's pot ♥
Claire's piece ♥

shovel ♥  {Bienvenue - French for Welcome}

this one was done on a windmill sail and will be buried in the garden ♥

... tough growing conditions down at McKinlay, but the Desert Roses don't seem to mind ... 

Main Street of McKinlay - see you next time !!  thanks Ladies xx

~  lovely Saturday ~

for details about workshops contact  - deborah@rgkeats.com

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