Saturday, April 28, 2012

product play - tumble dyes

A few weeks ago I purchased some Tumble Dyes and a couple of stencils from Susan Pietsch of  Essential Textile Art while at the ATASDA social day. It was a really nice day we met up at Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland area. We enjoyed a couple of demonstrations and lots of wonderful show n tell by members as part of the show case table. I've been exploring how the dyes work
the dyes come in spray bottles the instructions on the back of the bottles are very clear
But you basically just pick your color, shake the bottle first and then start spraying  
 and of course I went over board with the first piece and used every color and stencil purchased
and didn't allow drying time between overlapping the colors so it became a little murky - but I had a ton of fun creating it. And then I became a bit more focused
using a tree stencil and the carbon colored dye I sprayed the first tree, 
lifted the stencil covered the area with a piece of paper and then sprayed the next tree
using the tree stencil again and laying it onto a piece of light weight Lutradur I sprayed the piece using the carbon colored dye. When the piece was dry I've laid it over a couple of my digital images of our macadamia nut tree that I've printed onto fabric
 This time when I was cleaning up I had a few squares of cotton fabric which I slightly pressed to the top side of the stencils before lifting everything off. I quite like the softer image that results. 
 I've enjoyed using the Tumble Dyes and envisage using them again. 
Susan has a couple of examples of how she's used the Tumble dyes on her blog - here's the link

Sunday, April 22, 2012

enjoying the sunshine

 Love this time of year the nights are cooler but the days are still warm. We all enjoyed a few hours this morning pottering about in the garden.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

bundle project

 Three bundles-nine artists-one collaborative project - we the "Broadstrokes & our honorary members" in collaboration with Tricia Smout have created bundles of stuff as part of Tricia's 12 month artist residency. Three bundles each - one to hang in the residency gardens, one to be hang in our respective gardens and one to be buried in our respective gardens. In June the bundles will have their initial presentation and then again in November, only this time as a piece of finished artwork.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

day trip to Stanthorpe

Popped upto Stanthorpe last Sunday to collect my pieces that had been part of the Stanthorpe Art Festival. We came home with one less piece as it's now part of someone's private collection - very exciting. We've had a couple of trips up there recently and of course my camera has come along. Enjoyed the tourist route on two of the trips which not only gave us the opportunity to drop in and pick up stone fruit, apples, pears and grapes direct from the farmers but also gave me the opportunity to capture a few snaps along the way. 
Stanthorpe is higher above sea level than Brisbane so get colder temperatures
and the wonderful autumn colors which are always very picturesque
do enjoy these short escapes and the opportunity to gather 
more inspiration

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Premiere Showing of the SOTA12 collection

Today was the launch of the premiere showing of the State of the Art Quit 2012 a juror-ed collection of art quilts by 14 artist - Elaine Campbell, Linda Robertus, Sue Dennis, Rosemary McCall, Ros Ward, Tricia Smout, Kathryn Iliff, Felicity Clarke, Lynne Williams, Helen Kidd, Kate Osko, Julie Tasker, Alison George and myself.

The exhibition is at Gallery 159, 159 Payne road, The Gap, Brisbane until Sunday 29th April 2012.
Gallery hours: Saturdays & Sundays 11am to 4pm
Entry is free
come along and enjoy the collection

Sunday, April 8, 2012

small change

 I received the sample of a fabric I've been designing
and made a coin purses with it. The coin purse frame is 3 inches 
The above fabric used and now available through Spoonflower was inspired by papaya halves that I had taken photos of as part of my weekly photo project and then modified the colors
and I had a small piece of the stenciled fabric I created a couple of months back
so now I have a purse to go with my bag
 which I made at the end of last year

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