Saturday, 2 July 2016
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Visited theTweed Gallery which houses much of Margaret Olley's home, exactly as it was when she passed her mortal coil. An exercise in creative thinking and developing a response to that environment followed, with 5 hours or so of observation and discussion. Lots of refreshments at the Gallery Cafe too. I was fascinated by the curtain fabric, the patterns on rugs, cushions and chairs. At some point the experience became sensory overload - thankfully images provide the opportunity to revisit the space. A wonderful day with my tribe.
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Friday, 22 April 2016
Thursday, 24 March 2016
A great four days running mini workshops in collage and stitch at the Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show. Using our hand dyed and printed fabrics as a base, we created cords, motifs, thread skeins and paper prints for exercises in design, colour, contrast and scale - sharing laughter and creative fun! Thanks everyone!
Monday, 14 March 2016
Sunday, 13 March 2016
Glorious sunshine and a perfect day to use sun dyes. Today is basic - wet cloth, paint like there's no one watching with a foam brush in each hand and musical accompaniment of your choosing. Scatter found objects over the wet surface. Wait until the cloth is dry then remove objects - heat set and wash as per instructions.
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Getting into the rythm of printmaking - a quick exercise is to get out the student acrylics and the gel or glass plate and play on a roll of brown paper. Several metres later and there are heaps of ideas popping around - crumple and recrumple to change the structure of the paper, fuse to a felt background and stitch, cut out pieces at random and applique or fuse to other pieces, cut into strips then weave before fusing to another background and stitch. Overprint. If you dont like a section - overprint with another design. If nothing else, unique wrapping paper for 2016.
Fabric trimmings make great cord - roll one length as tight as possible without it buckling and hand to a trusty assistant to hold while a second piece is similarly rolled. Place the two pieces together, ends together and without either piece unravelling, before rolling them together in the opposite direction. Roll tightly then let the newly made cord relax. Knot each end. Uses include: couching and adding texture, creating shapes such as spirals, use zigzag stitch to couch rows of cord to a background and frame / mount on a canvas, edge pages of a stitched journal, join to make length suitable for crochet or knotted shapes .... endless possibilities for repurposing what would have otherwise been rubbish. Short pieces? Tie together to make lengths suitable for rolling. Organic. Simple. Beautiful.
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Sunday, 21 February 2016
Plastic store bags and wrappings can be reused to add texture and interest to journal pages. Once fused between sheets of non stick baking paper, cut to shape, then stitch using the pogo or darning foot - feed dogs down and zero foot pressure.
Containers with lids and handles make great dye pots, while a large square of lint free cotton from Hawaii makes a wonderful cheese draining material. The collected whey is protein rich and frozen until a litre or two can be defrosted and used to soak cotton pfd fabrics. They are then dried thoroughly (no rinsing) and stored until an eco dyeing day using materials gathered from around the studio. And the cheese? Enjoyed with an adult beverage and toasted pita bread sometime later this evening.