Monday, 31 December 2012

Best wishes for 2013

The WMBM (world's-most-beautiful-man) and I want to wish you and yours all the very best for the coming year - wherever you are and whatever comes your way. This year has been full of superlatives and the odd expletive for us -  we're looking to the future for the magic to continue. Little sister has a great number of wisdoms including this gem  "Be kind. Contribute."  May your kindnesses and contributions be many in 2013.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Quilting, printing and Suzy Buhle

Quilting time - the last few days of the holidays are being spent catching up on some unfinished  machine quilting projects, planning another and more printmaking in the shed. Hand burnishing is the new sport for toning arms. Who needs a gym? Later, a visit to Suzy Buhle's art studio in Aratula - always good for the soul and I came back fully recharged and ready for ... tomorrow.

Friday, 28 December 2012

In the studio and having fun

Having some fun on Boxing Day printmaking with Sue (little sister). We played, inked up, tried this, printed that, experimented, created some more and got completely exhausted. My idea of heaven - spending an afternoon in the studio with someone you love.

Rolling in it
Sue's visual diary

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Wood block print - a recycled game

This piece of pink silky oak got repurposed into a printing block. Before launching onto fabric, it is being tested on cartridge paper.  Gentle rubbing, a brayer and then the third was burnished with a soup spoon. The ghost print in the top left corner was a pleasant surprise. Then it was time to empty the brayer across the cutting board, add some depth and shadows and create the final print. And last but not least, the splash of red ... just because. 

Printmaking journal

Printmaking is occupying my thoughts for the next 10 weeks or so and for starters, I needed to make a visual diary. Found some tough board and covered it in the fabrics I made in Sue Dennis' Leaf it Alone workshop earlier in the year - printed weed leaf, coriander and wattle seed pods. Then came the drilling of the holes and screwing in of the posts - and voila - one A3 sized record of my printmaking fun.  Can't wait to work on more textiles ... so many ideas, so many years required to do it all.