Thursday, 17 April 2014

ContextART 2014 in the Blue Mountains

A five day workshop with Hilary Peterson at this week's Contextart Forum was part of my Queensland Regional Arts Award prize. It has been an wonderful, exhausting and stimulating few days - learning more about natural dyes and being with seven like minded artists ... experimenting with silks, wool, linen and various papers.  Thank you Hilary, Janet de Boer,  TAFTA and Flying Arts Alliance Inc for this incredible experience.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Record rain

We had a rather large rain event which resulted in us getting a mention on the ABC news - but more importantly, it washed away much of the bank on the opposite side of our almost-ready-to-open new bridge. We're not giving up just yet .... bring on Friday and the bitumen!

Adventures in the copper

A magic day spent using the copper over a small fire where I steamed various packages - and they now rest in the studio waiting to be opened when I'm back from the Blue Mountains.... if I can wait that long! Lots of experimentation - with lots of choices from the hundreds if not thousands of plants in the gardens.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Remember that shower scene?

It seems so long ago that I took a selfie in the shower - printing a series of fabrics that have been  incorporated into a free range log cabin quilt - unbelievable freedom and able to use a number of hand dyes, printed and reworked aubergines and deep rubines - contrasted against black and white mono-prints from a wonderful day with Ankie King. Loved thread drawing and stitching  using  Aurifil threads - from SAQA Signature Thread range.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

And then it rained ...

Decided to come home from Brisbane a day early yesterday - and it turned out to be a good decision. The Cunningham Highway had been cut in a few places and paddock after paddock looked like the muddy detritus from 2012 floods. Cattle up to their udders and underarms (?) in muddy flowing water. Another group on tippy-hooves in the far corner of yet another paddock.  It is an eerie experience to drive along a highway with floodwater lapping at either side of the bitumen. We had  170 mm  (about 6 1/2 inches) of rain overnight after months of absolutely nothing. Home again through the Pastoral Company paddocks - I stopped off at the bridge on the way to see all the trees that are still coming downstream - nothing can take away from the beautiful new Villis bridge, or the old one which was retrieved from the river bed and now re-purposed at a neighbour's place as a gully crossing ... I guess everybody benefits.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Dye catchers

 I was gifted some dye catchers by Sue Dennis a few weeks ago - interesting textile that feels like suede without the nap - perhaps chamois is a better description. Sue used them when dyeing fabrics - they've captured her dyeing life quite well. I started stitching, then printing. layering, cutting and stamping - followed by more stitching. I think the "wrong" side" is far more interesting than the "right side" on so many levels. This is an experimental piece - while I ponder the next iteration. Thank you Sue.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

There's colour in them layers

Had a great weekend at the Boonah Guides quilt show with Mel Forrest - and spent a lot of time talking about One of Many  featured in the latest issue of Down Under Textiles.  Layers of a different kind this afternoon as we missed a storm heading out to the coast and Brisbane. Great light show!