Tuesday, August 16, 2016
This year I entered a piece in the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Benefit Auction of Art Quilts (not that I consider myself an Art Quilter but rather a player) - in the Oceania Collection
36 people from Oceania took part - the auction begins on September 16th and there were over 430 quilts submitted.
A full list of all participant artists can be found here on the SAQA Oceania blog
My work is always personal and relates to things which matter to me so I have done a lot of work on this theme in many other textiley ways. I do not have working details of how I made this particular piece but this is the general idea.
I bond sections of newspaper to fusible webbing - taking the bits which appeal and including text. Then I bond this to scrim and soak it and rub the back of the newspaper off to leave me with a new fabric. I spray colour over the top and on this particular one above I have twin needled over the surface for a background.
On this particular one I have created this new 'fabric' and then coloured it with mica and dye spray and printed a screen over the surface of the boab tree and machine stitched.
This one has the features of above but I have layered chiffon scarves over the top, twin needle stitched over the surface and zapped it with a heat gun. I have stamped letters onto a newspaper surface bonded to kunin felt, carved them out and hand stitched them back onto the surface. The piece for the SAQA Benefit auction is very similar to this.
This is one of the ways that I enjoy working and I hope someone when bidding at the auction is intrigued as well. Everyone who loves colour should visit the north west of Western Australia if they can.
Don't forget to check the next posting in this Blog Hop by Catherine McDonald on 19th August
Sunday, August 14, 2016
On the boat - it is am amazing sensation. Didn't think that much of the town- full of tourists but we enjoyed the experience and glad we went.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
And just so you know we were there, Ian spotted this in downtown Toronto.
Alison Cole was also teaching - in the next classroom actually - I am always amazed at the work she does - so productive and so fabulous. I popped into check how hard at work they were. And we appeared to have been shopping at the same shop back in Australia.
Some of the work - we played with silk fibres, prefelts, sari ribbon, paper napkins and lots more.
There is always room for paper napkins - they are so versatile for creating layers
those mapkins can be added in tiny sections or wherever.
Friday, August 12, 2016
In May we went to Toronto where I was teaching at the Canadian Embroidery conference. It's a long way from Perth so we flew via Auckland (spent the day relaxing in the Koru Club where they actually had chaise type lounges for those of us who arrive at 5.30am can have a wee nap). We stayed one night in San Fransisco to make the flight less painful not far from the airport. We spent our day at Burlinghame rather than rush around. Found a lovely shopping street on a lovely day weatherwise.
First stop trying to find coffee but did a decent walk up and down
Found the cigar shop with all these great boxes outside and after I took this photo someone came along and bought most of them
at the end of our day back at the top waiting for the bus.
We were staying at the Westin and walked along the bay both nights first to a Mexican restaurant and the second night to a Thai restaurant which served Mexican food. Figure that out. But for Ian it was aeroplane heaven as we could see across to the airport and watch the flight path - planes coming in at the rate of knots and loads lining up to go out. I love the colours my phone managed to capture.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
At the show this year we had three wonderful guests near us - one was Michelle Mischkulnig with her gorgeous work - visit her website to see lots of glorious things - http://chelletextiles.com.au/
And our third guest was the o so creative Jacinta Leishman - messy - yes - but so many wonderful things happening. It is always lovely to catch up with Jacinta and I know lots of people loved seeing her at work. i just want to know where my box full of stencils has gone to.....
There were other guests around the venue but these were the three close to us and therefore close to my heart.
Monday, August 08, 2016
2016 - well it could be any earlier number but this year once again we attended the WA Craft Show. Many weeks of preparing - ordering new goodies - topping up stock - packaging - thinking - planning etc. Then on the Monday we go get the van if it is available early and on Tuesday we load it - well Ian does all the hard work - I just stack boxes and pack boxes and all of that stuff. This year we have a lovely new stand for our Cottage Garden threads and 3 lovely new stands for the different Eleganza weights. you probably cannot imagine how much easier that is making my life. Because we don't have a shop we don't usually have stands mostly becasue we don't have room. Our 4 giant stencil stands only come out for this show.
Then on Wednesday (after I had been for a hair cut) we drove the van to the showgrounds and with Oliver's help and 2 trolleys. unloaded everything in 2 hours. That was our best ever unload. SO we spent extra time with Ian making up all of the stands and I was able to stock the stencil stands before we left. That is rather a large task and a boring one so it was good to get it out of the way.
On Thursday it is set up day officially but we could never manage it in one day. Remember there are but two of us and apparently we are actually mere mortals. To add to the day I had pulled a muscle in my back a couple of days earlier and Ian had done something to his foot which was very painful so we were able to whinge to each other. There is nothing like dropping a tiny spool of thread on the floor and spending time wondering how to retrieve it. It's a big stand and we try to make it as good as we can.
There are all of those stencils - we sure have plenty.
People ask all the time why we do not do any shows on the eastern seaboard. I am trying to show by this that it is one awful lot of work and for a week before basically our mail order stops and for a week afterwards (from today) the shop is closed for personal shoppers. It takes me the entire week to get everything back into order - to count - to reorder and all of that boring stuff. We just cannot do any other shows. I will take my magic suitcase when I go away or we will trade if I am teaching etc but sorry folks that is it. There are only the two of us. I am on a mission to get into my studui every day to play.
Was the show good? Of course. What went well so I can learn .
Textile Art Supplies
We sold heaps of ArtFoamies - Opulent Paints - Sun Dyes
Lots of all of the fibres but especially hand dyed silk laps - these are so fabulous and you can lift layers off to work in water soluble or spin or layer for scarves and add to felting etc etc
Loads of hand dyed flimsies (prefelts ) - of course -but also lots of felted wool stacks and velvet etc etc
Everything but lots of Cottage Garden floss - Eleganza - Painters Threads - Jacinta's silks etc
Muchness of Victory rayon and also Spagetti and The Bottom Line
Load of our needles in their special own containers and buttons and braids
So very happy and I have lots of new ideas to play with. Many people asking for on line and hands on workshops. We shall see.
Then when the show was over we packed it all back into the van and drove it home and unpacked - not without our fabulous and tireless works - Grey and Marion - Kazuko - Jaslyn and Oliver. All done in a couple of hours and it rained as soon as the van doors closed and stayed that way until we opened then. Then it started again the minute we finished. Must have been our day. Topped our evening off with a visit to Three Coins for a fabbo dinner.
today I have boxes and stacks all through the house and will soon start my next phase of work.
Hope you are having a great week too! Thanks to everyone who came to the show.
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Beauden worked his magic