sketches for reflection

January 28, 2014

These little sketches were made during a short holiday around Scone, Nundle, and Moree in NSW.

You may know that since then I have been attending watercolour classes, and at this stage, I must say my previous sketches delight more than my current pieces.  More practice is needed!!

Anyway here are a few of simply lovely holiday-time views of the Ozzie countryside.  Love to hear what you like about them.

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More time painting with procion dyes

January 23, 2014

Summer weather provides the ideal temperature to work in my cool wet-room.

Working with procion MX dyes on cotton fabric, and experimenting with painting, these aprons turned out nicely.

These aprons will come in handy for my friend who cooks absolutely wonderful food at our local cafe, ChillBillies.

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Workshop dyeing fabric & threads with Procion MX

January 15, 2014

Deconstructed screen printed fabric.

Together with my friend Lurline, we have planned a great list of activities for 10 creative ladies here in Dungog.

This list of activities is what we have planned for the day.

Parfait Dyeing for random texture
Snow Dyeing Plastic bag/takeaway container dyeing & thread dyeing
Soy Wax resist technique
Painted dyeing for controlled imagery 
Thickened dyes with syringe
Discharging to remove colour
Demonstration – deconstructed screen printing

I wait with great anticipation  to see what creative marks arise from their hands and minds!  Going to be a fun day.

Soy wax resist was applied to dyed fabric


Silky summer

January 14, 2014
An overdye using teal and blue tipped the vibrancy scale on this scarfe.

An overdye using teal and blue tipped the vibrancy scale on this scarfe.

The heat of an Ozzie summer is perfect for dyeing.  Especially when dyeing with Procion MX as batching responds to the hot temperature.

I find my wet-room, which is in the understory of our home, offers a  meditative retreat from the daily tasks.  

 

This looks better in real life.  I quite like it now it has been toned down with Teal dye.

This looks better in real life. I quite like it now it has been toned down with Teal dye.

On overview brought this rather dark scarfe to life, by adding yellow and kangaroo paw in the second dye batch.

On overview brought this rather dark scarfe to life, by adding yellow and kangaroo paw in the second dye batch.


Textile Artists visit Timeless Textiles

January 9, 2014

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Today my group, the Daughters on Dowling, visited the wonderful textile art gallery at Hamilton (Newcastle).  What inspirational and delightful creativity we were exposed to.   Our spirits were lifted, and our purses were lighter due to purchases we just could not resist.

The exhibition “Layered” comprised pieces made by members of NCEATA and is on for another few weeks.   Absolutely wonderful pieces of artistic work of the highest quality.   A great spectrum of creativity & vibrancy.   I highly recommend visiting Timeless Textiles in Hamilton, Newcastle – you wont be disappointed and your hearts may be singing like ours were as we departed the shop door.


Working in my wet room

January 7, 2014

Summer heat is well and truly here at Dungog – 38 degrees outside but under the house in my wet room it is cooler.  A great time to play with dyes on silk and here are a few scarves to show how lovely the Landscape dyes work.   By stepping just outside my wet room this is the view I see every day.   With a good rain the golden hills turn luscious green and wallabies come to graze in the back paddock.

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Activity of 2013!

January 1, 2014

IMG_1954With the end of one year, comes the beginning of new art-life. WordPress helps this feeling along by sending a personalised annual report on my blog’s progress. Here’s their sweet summary.

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it”.