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.