Monday, December 30, 2013

unwrapping fabric bundles

The wrapping of these fabric bundles occurred throughout the month of November. As each bundle formed it was placed into a hanging basket and the rest was left to time and the sun. I've previously dyed fabrics using rusty objects and have also explored how onions skins and beetroot color fabric but was quite taken with the idea of extending it to utilize items and foliage from ones immediate surrounds ie our garden. The inspiration for these bundles has come from the book "Eco Colour" by India Flint and in particular the chapter on solar dyeing. 1. detail shot of fabric number four 2. cactus cloth - peach leaves, rusty items, vinegar 3. PFD kona cotton - fallen macadamia leaves, coffee, vinegar, rusty wheel 4. PFD Kona Cotton - geranium leaves, coffee, rusty coil, rusty bolts, vinegar 5. PFD Kona Cotton - fallen bamboo foliage, rusty items, coffee, vinegar 6. detail shot of the cactus cloth (this piece was only outside for a little over a week). The first bundle was unwrapped on Christmas day, what a wonderful treat. There's still a couple more bundles to unwrap and of course I've made up a couple of new ones which I'm looking at unwrapping around Australia Day (end of January)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

it's a wrap

desserts are made, milk and cookies are out for Santa and I've almost finished the wrapping
firstly made the wrapping paper by re-purposing several magazine pages 
 stitching butchers paper then decorating with nylon rope & a piece of ribbon
 stitch was used in place of glue and also used as decoration
Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

UAB Exhibition: Drawn to Place

Dropped my pieces off this morning. Looking forward to opening night!!
Come along - opening night this Friday 6th December 2013 6-9pm
Exhibition: Drawn to Place by UAB (Urban Art Binge)
 exhibition continues until the 10th December as follows
Saturday 7th, Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th December

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tassie Trip - homes & gardens


Holding the camera to the window of the mini bus and clicking is a really fun way to work, heavily relies on pot luck and full of surprises. This is the method I used as we zoomed along, it's no fuss and lots of fun. While I do enjoy the digital SLR it is also fun to have a camera that one is not so precious about, it fits in the pencil case and can be operated one handed. The old homes and accompanying gardens especially in and around the Hobart area are delightful and we captured a few through the lens and we also paused in a few spots to sketch - a perfect balance.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

caramelised onions & onion skin dyeing





This morning I made up a patch of caramelized onions and instead of throwing the brown onion skins out I popped them into a saucepan (one that is designated to art & craft tasks) along with a couple of pieces of PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric, bicarbonate soda and a good splash of balsamic vinegar. I brought it all to the boil and let it bubble away while I cooked the caramelized onions. For the caramelized onions: I put olive oil into a fry pan, added sliced onions (about 6 large), a splash of balsamic vinegar and let the onions soften. At that stage I added the sugar (I usually use palm sugar) and I also added a hand full of cranberries. I reduced the heat and let everything cook slowly until the onions were nicely caramelized this took about an hour. The 6 large onions gave me a 250ml jar of caramelized onions which I keep in the fridge and use over the next 1-2 weeks. The Fabrics: the top piece of fabric I removed from the liquid after an hour of gentle boiling and rinsed it with hot water so it's a little lighter than the bottom piece which I left in the liquid for 3-4 hours.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

powerhouse farmers markets


As we head into summer here in the Southern Hemisphere the selection of summer fruits is wonderful - a great time to re-stock the homemade preserves. Last weekend we enjoyed an early morning visit to the Farmers Markets at the Powerhouse in New Farm. I firstly grabbed a couple of photos of the Powerhouse Building and then took in the wonderful selection of summer fruits available. The raspberries and strawberries were too good to leave behind as were the nectarines and peaches. The kilo of berries became 4 jars of Berry Conserve with a little bit left in the pot. That little bit went perfectly into the center of a sponge cake - yum. The markets at the Powerhouse are held on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tassie Sketching Adventure

 Incredible views, lots of inspiration
 even 1270metres above sea-level mother nature astounds
 the cold wind didn't stop our enthusiasm to sketch
 time for the ink to dry
here we all are, on top of Mount Wellington
What a treat to have a full week of sketching, photographing & discovering our island state - Tasmania. A state so full of preserved heritage, beautiful scenery and delicious produce. The sketching trip was organized by UAB (Urban Art Binge) and we enjoyed five sketch filled days based in Hobart. A mini bus was hired which enabled us to day trip down to the Port Arthur area, Royal Botanical Gardens and up to Mount Wellington. Following the five days two of us hired a car and stayed on a few more days before flying out of Launceston.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

it's like china

Taking a moment to enjoy the simple things, I noticed the bud forming yesterday and it bloomed overnight. The flower is so delicate and fine it reminds me of precious china. A very striking flower that usually only lasts one maybe two days at most.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

just because...

 it draws us in to play and discover
 surround us everywhere, everyday
has many layers
 intrigues us to explore the unknown / the forbidden
inspires us to keep on going even when it hasn't yet worked - to keep discovering
currently enjoying exploring, altering & layering various images from my image library
expanding on a stories / making new stories
inspiration everywhere, everyday
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