Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dye work

Above: some of the experimental pieces from last week, all done with procion MX dyes on cotton Most are hand painted with thin or thickened dyes, sometimes both together. One is block printed. The lines are done with thick dye squeezed from a bottle with a small nozzle.

These 4 were dyed in the same container in layers. Unfortunately I'm using old dyes and the second colour, a blue, didn't work. The dark blue on the left is actually black, it looks lighter in the pic.

Today I went to see the exhibition 'Textile Treasures' by the Designing Women Group and was most impressed - some fabulous work and very well presented at the Atwell Gallery in Alfred Cove. It's on until next weekend.
While in that area, I went to the Art Shed in Myaree and bought lots of sponge brushes, rollers etc. I hadn't been there before, but they have quite a lot at reasonable prices. I also bought a couple of new feet for my very old sewing machine because they were on special.

I keep forgetting to welcome the people who have registered as followers of my blog - so welcome! I'm very pleased to have visitors and comments. Thanks all.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

More bookcovers

Today I took 9 of these to the gallery. The butterfly & heart ones I had done a while ago but the other 3 with the ATCs are new. The fabrics were made using dye, paint, block print, and stitch. I always have a pile of various fabric pieces that I've done which come in handy for this type of project.
I've been busy in the studio too this week, brushing up on my dyeing techniques and experimenting with dye printing & painting. I'm teaching a workshop in January so I need to work out exactly what I'm doing, what supplies I'll need to order and do a teaching plan.
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Friday, November 07, 2008

Covered notebooks & bag

Just finished these but I'll be doing a few more as the gallery shop where I sell some of my work has asked me for more things suitable for Christmas gifts. They are quite quick to make, I used some ATCs left over from a swap and some of my printed fabric pieces. the tulip one is lino block printed and the smaller one is a mono print.

The fabric for this little bag was woven by Renee, my eldest daughter who's in Japan, but I had the job of making it up into a bag. It was her present for younger sister Kathleen's birthday recently. My birthday was 4 days later so we all went out for a lovely lunch at the Darlington Estate Winery to celebrate. Great food and a beautiful setting in the hills. Below you can see the lining with zip pocket.

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