Sunday, February 26, 2012

piece by piece

A few of the leftover strips from a quilt top I started recently using some of my Spoonflower fabrics
placing the leftover strips onto a piece of steam a seam
even decided to do something with the tiny tiny pieces
 I enjoyed pottering along with this, certainly wasn't a quick process but enjoyed remembering where I had taken each of the photos that is featured on the fabrics. These pieces will now be incorporated into a bigger piece.

Monday, February 20, 2012

rubbing texture



We the Broadstrokes had a wonderful time on Saturday rubbing our way around Cleveland with our honorary member - Sue Dennis. Cleveland is a bay-side town in the Redlands district and our wonderful Kate had visited the area during the week to scope it out for textures. So armed with fabrics and oil sticks we went on a rubbing adventure around Cleveland and Raby Bay.

finished heat-setting the pieces this morning

shooting texture

Captured a few inspirational shots as well while we rubbed our way around Cleveland on Saturday
 Even spotted a forgotten object to add to my forgotten/overlooked series
A very inspiring day

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

playtime - oops practice time

 
 The macro lens for my Nikon arrived yesterday in time for Valentines Day. Started to play with some shots of bits n pieces within the studio. Looking forward to the practice/playtime that lays ahead.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stanthorpe Art Festival 2012

Black Muscat Grapes, snippet of Happy Happy Days, New Season Apples
I was over the moon when the letter arrived from the Stanthorpe Art Festival committee letting me know that my submitted pieces have been accepted to be exhibited as part of the Stanthorpe Art Festival 2012 a biannual event.

 The selected works will be on display at the Stanthorpe Art Gallery
Saturday 25th February 2012 to Monday 9th April 2012.
Gallery opening hours are Tues to Fri 10am - 4pm
Sat & Sun 10am - 1pm.

Yesterday dad and I enjoyed a day trip out to Stanthorpe to drop the pieces off. And of course you can't visit the Granite Belt without stopping at one of the outlets selling the locally grown produce. At the moment there was a wonderful selection of stone fruits, apples and black muscat grapes. On the way home we called into the The Swich Contemporary Art Space at Ipswich to see Salvage: journey of a textile artist by very talented Ipswich artist Annamaria Mays.  Annamaria's exhibition is on until the 18th February at The Swich Comtemporary Art Space, 191 Brisbane Street, Ipswich QLD 4305.

Exhibition continues until 18th February 2012 at the The Swich Contemporary Art Space, 191 Brisbane Street, Ipswich QLD 4305.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

going nutty

Currently working on a textile piece inspired by the Macadamia Nut Tree that's in our backyard. I had previously taken a few photos of the leaves and had them printed onto a length of fabric by Spoonflower. But I also wanted to do something with the nuts. I like the shape, layers and textures of the nuts, especially the interior of the fallen/forgotten nuts slowly decaying. Firstly I took photos and then created a couple of sketches. Through further adaptions and explorations of the sketches a symbol evolved which has been used to make up a stencil from freezer paper. Using 'Shiva Sticks' I stenciled the fabric (the same technique that I used when making up the fabric for my bag)  
As I work on the pieces I lay them into the basic layout, the layout alters several times throughout the process. Once I decide on the layout I then prepare it for stitching and quilting. 
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