Archive for April, 2008

April TIF Update

April 17, 2008

Change, positive & negative..hmmm… What I decided to do was take a different stance on the idea of change – how a design can change before you eyes depending on whether you’re looking at the positive or negative space of the design. So to start with I had a play with some shiva (markel) paintsticks and a frezzer paper stencil.
April TIF in black 

Here is two versions, one on black and one on blue. The black version works better for two reasons: I did an undercoat of white before colouring thus getting better coverage and secondly black gives better contrast. Now the positive/negative thing: depending if you concentrate on the plain background or the multi-coloured areas, the design elements alter. It takes a bit of mental gymnastics and I’ve realised I needed more equal areas of multi-colour and background to really get the mind confused about what to focus on!

Its fun playing with this sort of thing. I choose spirals because for me they represent change. Next step I think is to quilt it down and perhaps add some other embellishment. See what happens next week – it may change completely!


Ballarat Fibres

April 9, 2008

Ballarat Fibre Forum was really hectic for me. May have something to do with trading from 7.30am in the morning and between classes. Had a lot of fun over the week and thought I’ll share a few pictures of what happened. Here is some of the artwork going on around the campus as we all went about our business:





Flowers in the courtyard – all crochet on sticks. Very pretty.





Some student’s work – floating in the trees at the end of the week. Caught one artist with her fish but forgot to get her name!

What did I do? I did Carol Cypher’s hand felted jewellery all week and we had a ball. Here is Carol (on right)and me:





and what I got up to during the week:

Hand felted jewellery is a bit more work than I expected but we had a lot of fun making it. There were a couple of stressful moments getting the technique right but Carol was excellent at coming to the rescue. If you’re thinking about making hand felted jewellery than having a class with Carol is an excellent way to go.

On other classes, I have to say the felt hat class with Judit Pocs was stunning and I’ve watched her DVD 3 times since getting home. If you have a chance and are into hats & felt then you MUST do her class.

Had a chance to chat to Jan Beany  and she was very nice to meet. The end disply of all the work was inspirational as usual. Its amazing the standard of work out there. So many talented people.

Still recovering so will post my latest TIF Challenge piece later in the month.