Time to gear up for extraTexture group of artists

June 29, 2011

As one of the seven Sydney fibre artists planning our inaugural textile & fibre art exhibition, a lot of activity has been taking place – and time is marching on.

Our exhibition – “Fusion” – is to be held during the weekend 30 and 31 July 2011.    Address:  Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling St Balmain;  it is a stone’s throw from the Balmain market held every Saturday.   There is plenty of on-street parking not too far away from the Watch House.

The lovely venue is the historic Balmain Watch House – an authentic very old gaol with, thankfully,  a few mod cons!

There is to be such a variety of items to view and for sale.

Here is a snippet to whet your desire to come along.   Anytime from 10am to 3.30pm we will be there to welcome you.

More details are available on our website :  http://extratexture-textileart.webs.com/


A bag for all seasons!

June 15, 2011

Deluges of rain didn’t stop me attending a 2-day ATASDA workshop by Helen MacRitchie – making a bag for all seasons!   I learnt so much about construction techniques, how to insert those magic magnetic clasps and metal feet underneath to minimize wear and tear on the bag.   My bag has a spring-loaded frame to allow full view of the interior, once it has been opened.   An internal zip (how zippy is that) and an internal pocket with its own pen holder too, I might add!    Helen demonstrated how talented she is, both with design and the technicalities involved to make a bag that is beautiful and functional.  

Looking at the bags in this photo, mine is the greeny/blue one made with purchased batik fabric.  

So inspired was I, that I came home and made an additional bag from Helen’s same pattern – a different version without an internal frame.   One of them will be a gift for a special occasion.  Now to decide, which one to give away!!