The beauty of Tassie’s Tarkine Wilderness inspired my collage of paint, fabric & stitch.

May 8, 2017


Morning hues

November 29, 2016

Spring time colours has brought subdued colours to our landscape, the early mornings in particular. 

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Springing into Shibori dyeing once thonk my technique is improving.  The movement in this silk piece is gracious.

Attending a whirlwind mini workshop at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery I came home with this tiny paper pod.  Whilst small in size, I gained enough inspiration and knowledge to make larger pieces at home.  They are still drying… will show these to you soon.

 


Designing composition.

November 1, 2016

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It’s time to focus on developing the essence of design in work I am doing with felt, paint & textiles. I am not delving into this totally alone…as I am discussing the merits of my composition  & design with a good artist friend.

From one of my hubby’s photographs taken on a recent helicopter trip for photographers, I produced these sketches.

My aim was to pull in the shapes and lines that attracted my eyes to this composition.

Let’s see where this take some me!

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Textures of the Landscape

August 31, 2016

Living in The Upper Hunter close to the Barrington ranges floods my eyes and mind with a myriad of colours, textures and moods from the landscape.

I feel this piece of work (just finished) is a subconscious effect of being surrounded by the land and its beauty.  My felted wall hanging was made using wool & silk rovings, yarns, and fibres, then embellished with hand stitch.

This is the morning view from our back yard ….. It is never the same, even though it always is!

Today the colours were so so soft, caused by diffused sunlight and a gentle smokey haze due to farmers burning off their land before summer arrives.

 


Hills and Dales

August 6, 2016

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Painting is such a relaxing activity.

These landscapes were painted using my watercolours (professional series) onto pure silk fabric.

Embellished with silk rods and my hand dyed threads.

Finally I ‘drew’ into the framed image using Hand stitch.

Stitching has an equally meditative effect in on my being.


Felt good!

April 8, 2016

Feeling good about the test samples I have hand  felted, it felt right to start a large wall hanging.  Here’s a sneak peak of some of my work before wet-felting and fulling took place.

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Set-up to make the right table height was imperative to avoid neglecting my body.  Laying out five layers of rovings took its toll and I felt the strain on my legs from hours and hours of standing.

Here’s a pic of of my foundation work for this piece.

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It was then topped with coloured wool and silk rovings and yarns to loosely create a landscape image,  based on Dungog’s hills and nature.  The clocked ticked away!

It has been fully wet-felted and is now resting (me too) and drying out so that the next stage ….. stitching, can then be worked.


Working with nature

August 13, 2015

I made fabric postcard with hand-dyed fabrics, and free-wheeling machine stitch to reflect my love of the landscape and its wild fauna growth.

At the moment my mind is focussed on eco-dyeing.  The spontaneity of colour from nature’s leaves is alluring.   The process demands all my patience whilst I wait for the bundle of silk and leaves to batch in the winter sun.   I am told to leave it alone for at least 7 days before its unwrapping.   Mmmm,  its going to be a long 7 days and 7 nights!

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