Kurri Kurri Retreat for textile artists

May 31, 2011

Unpacked from attending a workshop by Jan Clark during the NCEATA retreat at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley region, here are a few samples to show you.

Acrylic paints (Jo Sonja’s were the ones I used) to capture the colours of my choice.   My theme was based on the beautiful flower from a ground cover I discovered at my retreat home base – as can be seen on my earlier post.  

Time will tell, how these pieces are incorporated into an art quilt for the wall.



BOTANICAL SONGS workshop by Jan Clark

May 29, 2011

Time with a tutor, Jan Clark, was stimulating and relaxing – a great combiniation in my book!  

Often workshops are high pressure and rushed – not so at Jan’s “Botanical Songs” workshop.   Dont get me wrong, it wasnt a hazy lazy time.  

Wandering the surrounding gardens I found this beautiful ground flower for my art specimen.

Working with dedication and application,  I learnt not only useful techniques but also ways to think about design and composition in my pieces.   

We also spent time experimenting with transfer dyes – great fun with happy results on polyester fabrics. 

Here’s a photo of another application we used.  Stay tuned as more will follow shortly.


May 26, 2011

  • Experimentation with Polysol transfer dyes on paper, then transfer onto polyester fabrics, has created these two pieces. 
  • Of course many more have been made and perhaps more photos will be posted on this site in the near future.  
  • I must say, this process is quite addictive.   However I am trying to be more methodical about this – rather than continuing an ad hoc approach to see what happens. 
  • Maybe now I need to start creating pieces from these baseline pieces so you can see what actually happens to them.   It has been fun.


May 11, 2011

This quilt for the wall was a creation based upon what I learnt from Gloria Loughman, and then embellished in my own way. 

Quiltcamp at Kurrajong was a 3-day sojourn where I attended Gloria’s “Lighting the landscape” class.   My piece is based on a photograph taken during the Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola in South Australia.

After placing tiles onto the background, fabric pieces were carefully chosen to depict light and shade of the mountain ranges.   The grass tree was a combination of fused fabric and thread work (machine stitches) to depict the leaves.   Hard to see in this photo is the head of the grass tree with its multi-coloured beads, stitched one bead at a time for durability.

This was such a feast,  a whole quilt to play around with intense colour.

Trees with no leaves

May 2, 2011

 The change of season is changing the shape of a tree by our front gate.  This very old tree is embedded on the footpath verge and I love its shade on hot summer days.   Now winter brings its shedding and soon its skeleton will only be visible.  

At Australian Quilt Convention I purchased a bunch of stencil templates including a favourite of mine – tree theme.  Using molding paste and fabric I created this small piece as an experiment.  

 Now I am wondering what do I do with it??  Any suggestions are welcome.  Perhaps this could be a collaborative piece…..so come on – show how brave you are and offer some helpful advice.