A little taste of Shibori

September 23, 2010

Barbara Schey, a Shibori guru, acquainted me with the craft of Shibori at a one-day Taster workshop conducted by ATASDA NSW at Epping.

I left home with very little knowledge of Shibori, knowing it had something to do with string and tying things up in bundles! Well, was I in for a surprize. There are so many techniques involved in Shibori applications, and my day concentrated mainly on discharge techniques.

Look at these, my very first samples, using discharge methods on cotton voile and silk organza fabrics.
This weekend I’m off to local hardware and plumbing stores to acquire “tools of the trade” for Shibori experimenting in my own backyard.

Apologies for the double images – my blogging skills don’t match up to even my new Shibori skills.


Textile Art for hanging around (wall)

September 15, 2010

Again my love of the Flinders Ranges has been expressed in yet another wall quilt. Created with cotton fabric I rusted with things collected from the council cleanup (lots of fun looking), then more fabrics were stamped and painted with Jo Sonja acrylic paints (dilluted with textile medium) I am very happy with the outcome. You will see that monoprinting techniques were used to create textural images that reflect the essence of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.

Beads were also applied, along with hand stitch using some of my “precious” yarns bought on a whim.

Again I was interested to view the tonal qualities of these colours, by playing with Photoshop to create a black and white image.

I have been reflecting a lot on the degree of time I spend on the computer – something I find too frustrating for words, but relief is in sight – as plans are underway to make more time and space available for my textile art experiences. So, you can hope to see more of my work in the near future. I am looking forward to sharing with my wider community in this way, so please do drop me a comment every now and again, will you?

Textile Art – new pieces are on the scene!

September 15, 2010

“Natures Forces” was created on cotton cloth using Jo Sonja’s acrylic paints, then stitched by machine, embellished further with hand stitching. This time I did not dilute the paints and so the high pigmentation gives an intensity I really like for this particular image.

Curious to view the values I included a black and white image of the same piece.

“Natures Forces” has been entered into the “Brush With Art” exhibition in South Australia.

More pieces are coming to my blog….so please come back and revisit soon. You will see more of my entries into the Brush With Art exhibition.

Screen Printing using improvisational techniques

September 9, 2010

Last week at a terrific workshop by Marie-Therese Wisniowski from New South Wales, our tutor showed this masterpiece sample to whet our appetite and give us “girls” something to aim towards.
What makes this fabric so appealing is the complexity of movement created by many layers of screen printed images.
My sample from the workshop looks “OK” but not good enough (yet) to proudly exhibit this on my blog….maybe in good time it will be worthy of showing.

As you can see, Marie-Therese really enjoyed tutoring our group. It was such a well paced workshop and sooooooooooo much fun too. By the way, the workshop was arranged by ATASDA (a not for profit organisation run purely by volunteers) – and you can view their details via my blog.

You may like to Google .. Marie-Therese Wisniowski’s new blog .. to read lots of exciting information about art-cloth and her Art Quill organisation.

Come back in a few days when I will have posted pictures of my latest creations which are soon to be mailed to a gallery.