Felt warm!

February 13, 2017

Our Ozzie summer heat in Dungog  (so many days of 40+ degrees) saw me largely confined indoors during the past sizzling three weeks.

Working in the studio brought about feats of completion. Lots of dyeing on silk,  some Lino printing on paper, and the finale’ of the felted piece shown on the previous entry. Mainly more felting with the Ddition of hand stitch to pull the imagery together.   I think it has reached the finish line and ready to be framed.   Love to hear your comments!

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Felting matters.

January 27, 2017

Why does felting matter to me?  I find it is a wonderful tactile medium to express my love of Australia’s landscape.

Scorching January summer days spent in my home studio had my hands immersed in sumptuous softness of wool and silk fibres.  My attraction to our landscape was put to work – via a process that involves wool fleece, silk, water, soap & lots of friction.

Observing what is occurring to the fibres as they are being handled during rolling is necessary, whilst also being relaxing to the mind.  I am grateful for learning the skill of wet-felting from Newcastle’s felt master, Giselle Penn at a Timeless Textiles workshop.

Over the years my collection of merino fleece has grown. Since moving from city to country my “wool bank” has grown to include Corriedale, Blue Leicester, Alpaca, and other intriguing fibres.

Here is a glimpse of the beginnings of my felted wall art piece.  More work now being done to bring this piece to the finish line.  I’ll be back.

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Escaping the heat

January 17, 2017

Another 40+ celcius day.  Escaping the excessive heat I made time today to settle down with my paints and paper to create a greeting card or three.


A chirpie tale

January 15, 2017

 

Using a resist and paints this bird emerged from within my hands.

This little wren looks like he has had too much Post-Xmas food, all puffed up and so so chubby!

Painted on silk and embellished with fabric, yarn, & beads, I made this little bird on a very hot hot day here in Dungog.   With a few days of 43degrees celcius in the shade all the local birds disappeared from sight, until early evening when tiny blue wrens fluttered through our camellia trees searching for dinner treats.    Such beautiful creatures they are.  My little wren image has become a fabric postcard, allowing a personal hand written message on the back, before it takes flight.


Dungog Dales – 2017

January 5, 2017

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Made to celebrate embracing the year 2017 and living at the beautiful country town of Dungog..                                    My studio looks onto the Cooreei hills which inspired this piece, produced on silk and now framed ready for display.


The learning curve – experimentation with printed dye.

December 21, 2016

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Experimenting with dye on fabric sometimes goes very ugly.  But here I salvaged a small piece that like for its repetition, scale, and movement.  It allows the white negative space to feature and be a floating background for dancing colour.  Unfortunately the whole piece – a silk scarf – turned out rather ugly because too much colour overloaded and unbalanced the whole effect.  Ah, my learning curve continues.


Approaching the botanical

December 14, 2016

The idea of combining natural colours grown from the botanical world with my purchased dyes applied to show a botanical theme is displayed here.  Three scarves with three different approaches have created a harmony of colour and imagery using pigments of the land and the shop!