Friday, June 19, 2009

RR fabric done

Last Saturday at the Designing women meeting we had a silk paper workshop given by Judith Pinnell who's written 2 books on the subject and has another ready to go. It was a fun workshop - I've made silk paper several times before but still learnt a few things. The above piece was done in the workshop as well as another one which I'll post next time. You may be able to see a few emu feathers in it.

Finished the Round Robin fabric which was waiting for my attention. (detail below) I thought it could use some contrast and solid areas so I cut 2 freezer paper stencils and ironed them onto silkscreens then printed with thickened Napthols dyes in green and blue with some black added. There were already crosses in the fabric from the flag folding so I decided to use that in my design.
Above: These fabrics were in my studio so I used them as test pieces.

Below: the full piece. It was a dull day today so the colour may be slightly off in the photo. I think the detail is closer. The fabric has to go to one more person before it returns to Linda D in Florida.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

My Round Robin fabric returns

Today my fabric from the Complex Cloth Yahoo Group round robin came in the mail. It was started in January and has been to 4 people after me but I don't think it's finished yet so when I have time, I'll add more. Thanks to those who worked on it. I still have to add my layer to Linda D's piece I've had it for a while but will do it this week and send it back to USA.
I've enjoyed doing the RR, it's quite a challenge, but fun. I'd like to do an Australia & NZ one, perhaps I'll try to get one going later in the year.

Had a good exhibition opening yesterday. A lovely sunny day so it was very pleasant in the gallery couryard and some unexpected friends turned up which was nice. The exhibition looked good, lots of lovely silks in gorgeous colours and I sold some of my bags.

fabric in progress. Procion dyes on cotton, screen printed, stencilled, mono printed over breakdown print.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Bags & Banksia Print

My bags all packed, labeled and delivered today - Hurray!
Now I have to get to work on my piece of Designing Women's entry in the WAFTA exhibition. The print of Banksia leaves on my print table is for the back of it but it needs to be a bit more muted so I'll probably overdye it although I do like it as is.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Exhibition preview

Just a peak at some of my bags for the Head & Shoulders exhibition which opens at The Old Bakery on 8th Gallery on Sunday. It's all about hats, wraps and scarves and shoulder bags. I've concentrated on bags this time - just about finished. Love making the fabric and designing the bags but I wish I had someone else to do the finishing off especially the linings, pockets and zips, these details seem to take much longer than I planned. I'll post more pics after the exhibition has finished (July 12th)

An update on my shoulder/neck problems - nothing showed up in the tests so trying physiotherapy this week. The neck isn't too bad at the moment even after all the sewing I've been doing but my upper arms are a little worse I think.