Saturday, December 22, 2012

Freeform pieced quilt

I finished piecing this quilt today. It's a mixture of scraps of my own printed/dyed fabrics and some commercial quilt fabrics. The only ones I bought were some of the dark border fabrics. Now I'll put it away while I decide how to quilt it but at least it's not in pieces on my studio floor - must get a design wall.
I enjoy this way of working - inspired by Rayna Gillmans book: Create you own free-form quilts.

Hope everyone has a happy and peaceful Christmas time.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prints and more

Some of my demo pieces from the heat transfer workshop - above was a fairly random arrangement of torn painted papers and resists (fern leaves & yarn) which were heat transferred onto delustred satin - came out surprisingly well!

In this sample, a lace doyley was used as the resist. The paper (right) was painted, glad wrap was placed over the wet dye and left to dry - a watercolour technique with gives the patterning shown.

Right: from a crayon rubbing, painted with dye with some block prints added - transferred onto panne velvet.
  The print above was made with packing cardboard rolled into a cylinder, cut into 2 then taped together (below). The woodgrain look block was made from a polystyrene tray scored with a biro and the triangles are sticky back, fun foam shapes stuck onto foam core board. They are all printed with opaque white textile printing ink on cotton fabric.
'Floating Leaves' isn't new but I had to photograph it this week. It is now on its way to a new home in the US. It is also done with heat transfer dyes on synthetic fabrics, collaged and free motion machine stitched.

Silk chiffon scarf below, pole wrapped and painted with Setasilk then steamed.
I received a lovely package in the mail from my Japanese friend Reiko. She is a quilter and she makes the most wonderful little gifts from silk fabrics. Aren't they beautiful? Thank you so much Reiko!

Monday, December 03, 2012

In the studio & in print

I'm teaching a workshop in heat transfer dyeing this week so I needed to check my mixed up dyes were still OK. They last a long time - several years if kept in a dark place, but I still need to make sure, so I painted lots of papers and cut them up before transferring on to fabric with my heat press - result on polyester satin above. This is a long piece, about 30 x 150cms.

A few printed/stencilled cotton fabric pieces - dye and paint.

This week I received the latest issue of the online colour journal 'Ask the Color Queens' It features 5 different textile artists who have answered a series of questions about how they use colour in their work with examples, photos and colour pallettes. I'm 1 of the artist featured which was a great honour as Beverley Gilbert and Margie Dieb do a wonderful job with this and the other artists are fantastic. There is a small charge for this issue but there are also free past issues available. Click on the link to find out more.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Some exhibition photos

Top: The White Challenge pieces looked good in the central area under a skylight - my 2 are on the right. 'Skeleton Leaves' (right) was sold on the opening night. I'll have to decide what to do with my    other piece, 'Lace Circles' now.

My Machine Embroidered Vessel
with turned Jarrah base (made by DH)
another view

'Fallen Log'
Free machine embroidery, hand printed cotton & silk, wadding, mounted onto a canvas.
Red Challenge pieces - 'Spikey Heart' is mine, in the centre and 'Breakthrough' below.
I'll post some more general photos on the DW blog tomorrow.
The exhibition is now closed but I think everyone felt it was successful. Visitors were very enthusiastic and spent a lot of time looking at everything, although sales could have been better. Our exhibition committee and others did a fantastic job of organising everything.

Monday, November 05, 2012

A little peek at my work for the exhibition

I've finished my 6 pieces for Dimensions at last. I would have like to do more but am happy with the work I did get done. I'm looking forward to the opening on Friday to see what everyone else has come up with.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Our Exhibition Opens 9th November!

I should be busy working on my pieces for Dimensions but am recovering from having 3 teeth out yesterday. I'll have to get back to work soon - still have lots to do. At our last meeting some great work appeared for the exhibition so I'm sure it will be worth a visit.

On Friday, we went to see Side Show by Innovatives Stitches an Embroiderers Guild group I was a member of a few years ago. They did a great job - a lot of fabulous work on a fun theme.

These pics were taken at Kings Park last week - we took my parents to see the wildflowers which were lovely although it is a little late to see them at their best - we had a nice day out though.

The huge boab tree was transplanted from the north of WA - brought down by truck. I hope it survives as we have a totally different climate here.
Below: Marigolds around the eternal flame at the war memorial.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Workshop fabrics

Here are my fabrics from the workshop with Kerr Grabowski, batched and washed out.

The above fabric I actually did later at home. It's another layer over a previous piece that washed out too pale. I love it now. It uses the same paper stencils as the much bigger fabric below.

I think I will discharge a leaf design on the dark green rectangles - I seem to be going through a green and orange phase - below is more me!

Thanks for your comments Dorothy - I haven't been able to reply personally so will do so here.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Last week...

The above piece was done with heat transfer dyes on a bright yellow polyester, linen look fabric. Not my usual colours but I really like it. I also painted lots of other papers to transfer later. The painted papers last indefinitely as long as they're stored away from light.

The workshop with Kerr Grabowski last Wednesday and Thursday was great. I've been using the de-constructed printing process for a couple of years now, learnt from books, DVDs and my own experimentation but there were some new things as well as lots of inspiration and fun. Kerr is a warm and entertaining tutor and a very talented artist. I really enjoyed her mark making and design skills, she draws everyday and it shows in her work.

Most of my fabrics done in the workshop are still batching because I continued working on them at home except the piece below which was printed with 2 screens made with a mix of paraffin and bees wax using 2 methods that were new to me. I'll post more pics when my fabrics are finished.

Last weekend I had to take some photos of red gum/Marri trees so I went for a walk in the bush ajoining our property - here are some of the photos. Below: Clematis creeper.

Kangaroo paws:

Marri or red gum tree
Eucalyptus Calophylla which is native to this area.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Wongan Hills trip

This silk scarf was done last year but I hadn't photographed it before. It's crepe d'chine, breakdown printed with Procion dyes. The texture object used to make the screen was the rubber doormat outside my studio door.
The silk/cotton scarf below, has been on my blog when in progress - it's another breakdown print with the addition of 2 thermofax screens.
Next week I'm looking forward to doing a 2 day workshop with Kerr Grabowski who developed the deconstructed screen printing process. I have 2 of her DVDs which are excellent. I'm sometimes disappointed with DVDs but would highly recommend both of these.

The following pics are from our trip to Wongan Hills, 190 kms north east of Perth, last weekend. We wanted to see the exhibition as well as the wilflowers. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind to us - it was rainy and blowing a gale which made it very difficult to take photos.

I've also recently put a new post on the Designing Women blog - click on the link to see it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Our back garden

My lace panel is sent to Wongan Hills for the exhibition there - I'll take some pics of the finished piece when it returns but I thought I'd show our back garden today as it's not looking too bad now.
Some of our Xanthorrhoeas (grass trees) have grown spears - below. These are native and were here before our house was built.

Our veggie garden - above: parsley and broad beans, below: beetroot and chard.

Our chooks (as we call them in Australia) The ones behind the picket fence belong to the neighbours.
Mint in the foreground too.

Yesterday I finally got to see Stitched and Bound a contemporary quilt exhibtion at Heathcote Gallery. Well worth seeing but it finishes this weekend. Lots of  people I know are in it - I didn't submit an entry this year but I intend to next time. The catalogue (below) features Jan Campbell's quilt entitled The Flood Plain.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

What I've been working on...

My lace hanging is done - here it's shown on the Romeo water soluble plastic ready to be free machine embroidered. The circles were made first and stitched to Romeo to hold them in place. Then the areas in between the circles were embroidered in a marathon effort yesterday (finshed at 11.30pm) and the whole piece was put into the bathtub to dissolve away the plastic base.
I haven't been keeping up as well with blogging lately because I've been so busy - with work, also with family and other stuff. I had to have another BCC skin cancer cut out from the top of my head too. I looked like an alien for a few days when my forehead, and then face swelled up! Stitches out next week.
Today 1st daughter came up and we went to see a local garden that was open as part of the open garden programe - pics below.