The perfect model, Samera loves the feel of silk!

April 30, 2013

One year ago I attended a 1-day workshop by Sydney artist Pam de Groote – shortly before I moved from city to country.   So this meant I have only just returned to dyeing silk fabric with my newly purchased Landscape Dyes.

The glorious autumn weather is perfect for experimenting in my wet-room – it is not too cold there at the moment and a big tidy up motivated me to action.

This is my first day of experimentation on silk scarves.   There was such an enjoyable activity – so come back soon as there will be more to come!

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“Milk in time”

April 22, 2013

This is my interpretation of “Every Single Day”, showcasing the dairy industry with its daily milking.  It is 15 inch square & is produced for my entry into Latitude challenge, of Every Single Day.

The large bottle is constructed with hand-dyed and printed cotton fabric – the foliage is my attempt to bring in the green clover diet of dairy cows, whilst depicting a milk bottle.

The “shapes” whether they be construed as cow pats (poo) or the shapes on black and white dairy cows were fused cotton shapes in colours that I love.   I selected colours of nature and the country.

My three cows were stitched by machine and hand in black thread.

The white yarn was couched in the shapes of udders, which is also mirrored in the upper part of the piece.

I would love to hear your comments, particularly what catches your eye, and perhaps what doesn’t work so well for you.

To see all the Latitude Quilts entries, please go to their website.

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Latitude Quilts – second theme; Every Single Day!

April 20, 2013

The second challenge for our group “Latitude Quilts” was based on the theme Every Single Day.

Now that topic brought up lots of ideas – for us all from various latitudes around the world – and living in Dungog I selected the dairy industry.   Seeing cows at our back paddock I reflected on every single day when farmers milk their cows, morning and evening, morning and evening, ……

Here is a taste of my “motivator” for this piece.   Please come back soon to see how I translated this idea into my piece, Milk In Time.

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