Friday, September 26, 2008

New Postcard


This is another September TIF piece. I've used some of the leftover bits from the last one ironed onto vilene in a log cabin design, then stitched with automatic patterns & some free machine stitching.

This week has been a bit interrupted because it's the 6 month point in my walking programme and I had to be reassessed and measured etc. Tuesday I had to go into the city for that so thought I'd make a day of it and do some shopping too. On Wednesday I had to go to Challenge Stadium to do fitness testing to see if I've improved. I get the results next week.
Today I've had quite a productive day though, did a good walk, then some preparation for Fibres West which is in a weeks time. It's a week long retreat at Bunbury where I'm doing the Complex Cloth workshop with Jane Dunnewold. The preparation involved testing my black fabrics to see if they are suitable to bleach (they all worked) and also I taped one of my old silkscreens with silver duct tape to seal it. I'm going to do a test print to make sure the tape is the right kind after it's had time to cure. Also did some tests using heat transfer dyes on some new fabrics I recently bought. I wasn't sure if they were all polyesters but they worked well.

Tomorrow it's Innovative Stitches meeting day. We're going to make upper body casts by wrapping each other in brown paper tape which is cut up the back to remove when its dry, should be fun! This is for one of the projects we're doing for our next exhibition. The theme is The Seven Deadly Sins. The body casts may provide evidence of some sins, greed or sloth perhaps?
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Friday, September 19, 2008

September TIF

This is where I'm at with the TIF challenge. I may cut it into strips and reassemble but I'm leaving it for now. I know it's not a great photo, a bit washed out & I didn't notice the thread accross it until I saw it on the computer screen. The colours for Sept are not ones I would have put together, although I liked the Sharon's photo that was the source for them. The fabrics are mostly commercial synthetics bonded to vileen then free machine embroidered. It's big enough for 4 postcards, but not sure what I'll do with it yet.

Above & Below: some of the wildflowers we saw on the drive home. These are everlastings which are a papery daisy flower in yellow, pink & white. They last a long time after picking. They are around Mullewa and the Coalseam conservation area.

We saw the one below on the Mullewa wildflower walk. It contrasts nicely with the red stony ground.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wildflowers

Here are pics of some of the Kalbarri wildflowers we saw on our trip. Above is salt bush & below is lambs' wool bush which is lovely & woolly. I don't know the names of the bottom 2 but I like the seed pods of the 3rd one. I think the last one is a Melaleuca.



I'm finally getting back to work after some unavoidable distractions, today it's a bit wet and cold so I've been indoors working on my TIF challenge for September.
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Award

Thanks for the awards Jean! There were 2 but I had trouble posting the pic. I'm not going to nominate 5 blogs to receive the award so I'll just say that all the blogs I read regularly deserve an award and leave it at that.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Kalbarri holiday

I'm just back from a week in Kalbarri, a little town at the mouth of the Murchison river about 600 km. north of Perth. We had a lovely relaxing break with warm sunny weather while Perth was cool and rainy. These are some of my touristy pics. The top 2 show some of the rugged coastline there.


Above & below: a section of the river gorges about 35km inland from Kalbarri. There are some spectacular rock formations, the one below is called nature's window. I took lots of closeups too, I'll post some later as well as some wildflower pics. The wildflowers were fantastic. Kalbarri has a large national park which is well known for the huge variety of native flora as well as the scenery.

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Another Bag


This will be the last bag for a while, I have enough to take to the gallery, so I'll be able to switch back to dying & printing. Although I have a few non art things to attend to first.

Thanks to everyone who's commented on my blog, I try to answer people by email or by leaving a comment on their blog but sometimes that's not possible or I may have forgotten.
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