Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Printing with dye

The week before Chrismas was quite productive - I had some mixed up Procion dyes that I wanted to use so spent 3 days printing with some good results. The 2 pics are on the print table, before curing and washing out but I have since done that. Top is a breakdown print and below, a thermofax print. I did lots more - will post pics soon.

We had a lovely Christmas spent with family - not too hot this year thankfully, although we're expecting some hot days now. Just came back from a great barbeque meal at our daughters' new place. It was very pleasant sitting out doors this evening.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas goodies & swaps

Exciting mail today from another of Judy's generous blog giveaways - thanks so much Judy!

Not much happening here in the way of art lately but I went to Trudi Pollard's exhibition opening at Genesis in the Hills last Saturday. Some great work on show and I bought one of her framed pieces. Its only on until Sunday so hurry if you want to see it. She uses a lot of natural dyes from local plants and hand stitching - beautiful!
This week also, I saw another textile exhibition which is well worth a visit in Perth at the WA museum - it's called Prefix and features several of Perth's more well known textile artists as well as some Japanese artists. It has been shown in Japan too. Upstairs there is also a display of Noongar dolls.

I made 2 Christmas decorations for swaps at group meetings but forgot to photograph them. Above is the one I received from Juliet at Designing Women's Christmas lunch. 

This is a section of the cool fabric I received from Glenda in the Aus/NZ art quilt Yahoo group swap - she did a roller print from her outdoor table to get the pattern. A scan of 1 of my pieces is  below. They're both fat quarters but I've only shown the sections that I scanned.

My fabric (below) is a multi layered print using a soy wax stencil, mono printing, thermofax screen, block printing and over dyeing.

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas time.
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