Monday, 22 April 2013
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Pasta dough: 200g of Italian OO flour, 2 large eggs, pinch of salt. Knead. Rest. Roll.
Tomato Sauce: Finely chopped onion, tinned chopped tomatoes, garlic, pinch of sugar. Cook, then simmer, lastly add dash of olive oil and torn basil leaves.
Stuffing: ricotta, finely chopped beef + smoked sausage, parsley, mozzarella, mushrooms, egg - mix together and place on pasta sheet by the teaspoon. Cover. Cut. Cook 15 mins in boiling, salted water. Sprinkle with Parmesan and rosemary flowers - serve.
Saturday, 20 April 2013
I had the privilege of visiting the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Maine last year. It was the 50th anniversary of the publication of "The Silent Spring". The sounds of the Atlantic ocean crashing onto the muddy marshland, the smell of pine underfoot and wandering through soft, dappled light are memories that will be with me forever. Friends, Tom and Susan from New Hampshire shared this wonderful place and helped out while I took a rubbing of a memorial plaque. The refuge covers approximately 50 miles of the Maine coastline. The vegetation, wetlands and forest are unique, especially for an Australian visitor. As the transition from rubbing to quilt begins, I am playing with different fabrics, each printed with foliage from many places of refuge I've visited - and I hope to do the memory of this wonderful place justice.
Friday, 19 April 2013
My first experience of breaking down a screen print was during a "play day" with Ankie King a few years ago. I had been printing from a lino cut and Ankie invited me to load the lino cut with dyed print paste and place it directly onto the silk screen. Once the screen had dried for several hours we "pulled" clean manutex over the dried paint and created an abstract version of the lino print. As the clear manutex being pulled across the screen started to break down the dried dyes, it took up the blue dye and this added another element to the subsequent prints. I really liked the unpredictable outcome and the way one lino cut could be used in so many different ways. Long after the prints had been set, I rubbed them with gold Shiva, using the original lino cut to pick highlights and add movement to the prints. I've started to stitch them ... and I'm still using that lino cut.
Judith Baker Montano's range of thread and ribbon from Treenway Silks. It's good to be back with a needle in my hand.