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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Spring has sprung


This week we've had very wintery weather but today was better, so this afternoon we went to Araluen, a garden not far from us, to check out the tulips which were impressive.






We unexpectedly ran into DH's brother and sister in law who were taking his Mum to see the tulips.




There were also beautiful magnolias, azaleas, camelias, rhododendrums as well as the native flora.





Yesterday, while picking up my Uncle from his care home to take him for an X ray, I noticed these sculptures outside.


I'm busy for the next couple of weeks getting everthing finished for the Wongan Hills Art and Craft Exhibition 2012 because I'm going to be one of their guest artists this year. It's on Thursday 20th until Sunday 23rd September. The piece I'm working on is 1.4metres long x 40cms wide - all free machine stitching on soluble vilene.