Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Greetings

I've been putting it off as long as possible but now I really have to get ready for Christmas. It's our turn to have DH's side of the family at our place in the evening, which is a lot of people. Lunch will be at our daughter's home with my parents and our other daughter will be home from Japan too which will be wonderful as I haven't seen her since I went to Japan in April.

I've been doing some work lately, the above fabric is one I've shown before but it looks a lot different now - I think its finished. It is mostly printed and painted with Procion dyes and some discharge with a little fabric paint as well.

Above: I received these beautiful decorations made by Juliet at our Designing Women Christmas breakup lunch. We make a decoration to swap each year - the one I made is below - it went to Liz.

Best wishes for a very happy Christmas to those who celebrate it and hope everyone has a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I'm in print!

Above: the last covered sketchbook for the year.
Below: Embellish (a newish Australian textile magazine) asked me to to write an article on how I did the fringe on my scarf which won 2nd prize in a competition they ran earlier this year. Well, Fabulous Fringes & Embellished Edgings is published so I'm now in print! The fringe below is the one I used to photograph the steps of making it and the magazine cover is below that. It is great to have a new Australian magazine promoting textiles, artists and related businesses.

Some more exciting news - I've been invited to be a tutor at next year's Fibres West, a week long retreat held at Bunbury every 3 years. I went to the 2008 one as a student and very much enjoyed the experience and the workshop I did with Jane Dunnewold so it will be quite a thrill to be a tutor this time. My workshop is entitled Mark-Making on Cloth - Extending Dye/Print Techniques. For more info on that and the other great workshops on offer, visit the Fibres West website.
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Sunday, December 05, 2010

More covered journals & exhibtion pics

Left: Journal fabric hand painted with procion dyes & stitched. Right: fabric scraps bonded to background with fibres and metal leaf flakes trapped under a layer of organza then stitched. The flower is appliqued on top.

Above: opened out journal made from dyed fabric pieces with stitching and an ATC on the front.

Designing Women's A Whiter Shade of Pale challenge works in our exhibtion - below is mine, Flourish, which sold. This is the only photo I have of it finished.

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