Friday, May 13, 2011

Black Cockatoos, Pin Cushion Hakea & Fibres West

I usually take a photo of our Pin Cushion Hakea at this time of year - this year it's particularly good. We're having lovely Autumn weather at the moment so have been enjoying the garden while I recover.

Below: So have these magnificent black cockatoos. Hard to get a good photo of them - this is at the top of tall gum trees and there were many more of them than I managed to get in the picture. They are quite large birds - these ones have white tail feathers and there's another type that have bright red feathers under their tails so they look wonderful in flight. They always seem to be having a great time, flying around in big groups, screeching and pruning the trees. Some people complain about the noise and mess they make but I love them.
They are now becoming endangered which is a pity.


Textile retreats like Fibres West are a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with like minded people, learning, working and being inspired and stimulated. Your accommodation is provided as well as good food with no cooking or clearing up involved. You choose 1 workshop from the 10 offered which gives you the chance to work in depth for the week but also to see what other people are doing in the other workshops and attend talks or events most evenings. There are a variety of tutors, some local and some from interstate and overseas.
There are still places available in several of the workshops but you need to get in soon if you are interested. Click on a link or email for more info.

My workshop: Mark Making on Cloth - Extending Dye/Print techniques still has places available.
We will be working with 'deconstructed' or 'breakdown' printing techniques which use Procion dyes and a silkscreen in a very free and spontaneous manner. (an example is shown in my previous post)
Students will explore many exciting methods for creating cloth that is rich in colour and depth including polychomatic screen printing, unusual ways to make stencils and resists (including soy wax) hand painting, block and mono printing, and the use of textile paints, oil sticks and water soluble crayons and pencils.
You really need at least a few days for this workshop so having a week will enable wonderful possibilities for layering of imagery and process.
Events like this do not come along every day!
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2 comments:

Sandy said...

It's good to see you back. Be sure to take it easy and not try to get back to doing things too quickly.

Emma said...

Well, I'd just love to do that workshop but it's my son just flying back from NZ with a few weeks in Oz, not me! One day, hope it goes well. Meanwhile relax in the garden, a perfect place to give yourself permission top get well.

I WILL be taking photos of some experiments with my beautiful screen, thanks so much for making it!