Saturday, August 28, 2010

Work in progress

This is one of my pieces on the Ten theme for the Designing Women 10 years on exhibition in November. It's wrapped around a canvas, just pinned at the moment and it still needs 10 of something - not sure what yet.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010


This was posted before as a work in progress... I finished it and framed it today. Now I need to find a space to hang it.

Thanks for all the comments, I do appreciate them. Judy asked how I printed with the plastic grid shown in my previous post. It is a little fiddly - I do it in the same way I would do a leaf print. Place the leaf or grid on a piece of scrap paper, ink with a sponge roller, carefully pick it up by the edges, place face down on fabric, cover with a piece of clean scrap paper, hold down while rolling over with a hard rubber brayer, lift paper then carefully lift printed object. It also works well for rubbings. I did one with Crayola fabric crayons but haven't transferred it to fabric yet. I think it would be good for gelatin printing too.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Some time in the studio...

I've had a little time to play with print - here are some of the results. Above is printed from a grid made from fused plastic strips (orange). This idea came from a demo by Liz for Designing Women - doing all sorts of strange things with plastic. I could immediately see many possibilities.
I had used thin plastics in similar ways but not the thicker ones. I'm now collecting rings, milk bottles etc. for more experimentation.

Printed with sliced pool noodles, polystyrene, and grids.

Roller printing on crunched cotton fabric.

Scraped paint over printed with a stamp.
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Monday, August 09, 2010


These lovely & totally unexpected goodies arrived in the post today from Judy in SA. I was so surprised and very touched by her generosity. Thank you Judy! You can see more of her beautiful creations on her blog.
I'd also like to thank everyone who left such caring and supportive comments on my previous post. It's a wonderful thing to feel part of a great online community. I know I haven't got much to complain about really, compared to many others but I'm still finding it hard to be very creative at the moment.

Things have settled down a little - Mum is at home slowly getting stronger, Uncle is in respite care for 2 more weeks and my pain has pretty much gone - not sure when/if I'll be having surgery - the first available appointment with a surgeon so far is December!
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Monday, August 02, 2010

Black on Black

This is a section of a piece that is 15 x 35cms on the theme of Black is Black. Its the 2nd of a series for our Designing Women exhibtion in November. The 1st, posted earlier, was A Whiter Shade of Pale. It actually has touches of red and siver in it but the colour scan I did turned out much too red.

I haven't been doing much art or blogging lately because of some family concerns. My Mother has been in hospital for 2 weeks but is home today and I've recently become Guardian & Administrator for my Uncle who has Alzheimers. He has been in hospital for 3 weeks and we've been trying to organize some respite care for him because it has been so cold here and he won't keep his heater on. Of course they were in different hospitals so there's been a lot of driving - well over 100kms on a typical visiting day.
On top of that I'm going to need surgery for gallstones!
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