Archive for April, 2009

Inchies Plus

April 29, 2009

Finally found the camera cable and so was able to extract the image of the inchies that I did at 2QAQ on last Saturday. These are inchie plus sizes i.e. 1 1/2 inches square. I’m going to make the middle one into a brooch I think.

A Rosy Inchie Plus Trio

A Rosy Inchie Plus Trio

The middle one has a mosaic tile on it – its red and sparkly so you can tile your whole bathroom in one inch red sparkly tiles!! Used the mesh grid its set on to attach to the hand dyes baby wipes behind which are backed by felt. Dyeing baby wipes you say? I use them to mop up after packing my dyes and so I end up with lovely colourful fabric to play with. The flowers are simply cheap foam shapes attached with a little bead.

I’ve just finished a paper casting tutorial over on my website Essential Textile Art so drop by if you’re interested in this great technique. It’s a good way to extend the use of that stamp or texture sheet collection.

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More inchies and mayhem

April 27, 2009

Been so busy last week I couldn’t get around to posting. Firstly on Tuesday I did a design exercise with the Reddy Art Quilters which I’m part of.  The photos of great compositional cut-up exercise will appear in due course on the Reddy Art Quilters Blog . In the meantime there are some great pictures of our other activities there.

Wednesday was workshop day and a lovely group of ladies joined me to learn all about paintstiks and how to use them in various ways. We started with the easiest technique of rubbings and then moved onto blending and mixing etc. A great time was had by all. I’m looking forward to the next one, a mixed media play day with lutradur, tyvek, angelina and paperclay, more details at the Workshop site. All workshops are held in Brisbane, Australia.

Thursday was the ATADSA market day and I did a little demo of painting with a roller. Another busy day as the ladies took the opportunity to see a selection of stuff from my business Essential Textile Art. Next big day out is the Textile Art Festival in Brisbane at the Convention centre, Southbank  May 29 – 31. Its going to be a huge weekend as there is an exhibition of quilts at the West End, Handspinners and Weavers have their open day on Sunday May 31 and other things going on.

Saturday was ANZAC Day here in Australia (see the ABC’s website  for a great intoduction to what ANZAC day is all about). In the afternoon I went to 2QAQ and had a play with making inchies. Unfortunately I can’t find the camera cable to upload what I did so I’ll post all the images later.

This week its heads down and tail up to get some artwork finished and out the door. My textiles club at my daughter’s school starts tomorrow too so that another new venue for me. I’m hoping my little group are going to love the project I’ve got lined up for them.

From ugly to inchie

April 13, 2009

Given the challenge of transforming an ugly piece of fabric I did the usual gesso and paint number on it. I forgot to take a picture first but here is the painted version…

Painted Fabric

Painted Fabric

Then I remembered that I was going to give a demo of beaded button hole edging and whipped stitch edging so I needed something to edge. Also at this moment the memory of 2QAQ’s interest in inchies this month popped into my head. So I backed the fabric with felt to give it a bit more substance and chopped up some inchies from it to use for my demo…

Wholly Inchies

Wholly Inchies

And thus “Wholly Inchies” were born!

In the meantime I popped down to the Ipswich Art Gallery with my daughter as they have a children’s gallery as its school holidays here at the moment. We had a lot of fun making some wheeled objects from the collection of stuff on offer. I couldn’t resist picking up a few bits for myself so…

Where are we going? series!

Where are we going? series!

The “Where are we going?” series was born as I’m sure a few people will be saying that as they play with making inchies at the next 2QAQ meeting! The gold bead represent that golden nugget we’re always pursuing – be it success, fame, money, whatever.

In the meantime Barbara M has finished her first page in my swapbook. Here is her piece…

Barbara's page in my "Texture" book

Barbara's page in my "Texture" book

So I’m working away on my next page for my book. Going to add a little texture to my painted fabric and see what comes about!

Swap Books, Cartouche and a little bubble!

April 6, 2009

Had fun this week getting a few things out the door. My entry into ATASDA’s Cartouche exhibition went Friday so it better make it to Sydney by Thursday. Here’s the finished result:

The finished entry

The finished entry

Took heaps of photos as I may not see it again. Its all sparkly with metallic paint and silk fabric so it wasn’t that easy to get a shot of it. After that moved onto my swap book project with Barbara M from Adelaide. The progress so far is:

Barbara's Cover

Barbara's CoverMy Page in her book

I was trying hard to keep to her colours. Had to put a wash over my page to tone it down. Its going to be a process of slowing getting myself there. Barbara is trying out a different product on each of the pages she is doing to have a play with different mediums and materials.
My Page in Barbara's book

My Page in Barbara's book

Another group I belong to is doing a swapbook too. My cover for this is made out of stuff I had piled on my sewing table – all the offcuts from various things. Thus I have decided to call my book “fragments” and each person will be encouraged to use fragments from past projects to create their page and then write a little note on the back to say what the materials were from. Here’s the cover:
Fragments

Fragments

As usual its sparkly! Also reflects the colours I’m into at present – coppers, greens, black. I think this swapbook group is going to be very interesting!
Lastly I was well pleased with a little experiment I did for an upcoming piece on an old shipwreck. Got stuck into the puff paste and a bit of lutradur to produce…
Rust and ruin!

Rust and ruin!

Painted the background fabric for the art “quilt” and will now go forth and paste it. Love the texture of the rusting metal of the ship so that’s the base and over that will go a bit of machine embroidery. Think I am pushing the group’s definition of art “quilt” as I’m not that quilty really but I do have 3 layers and yes, some stitching will hold those 3 layers together!
Have a great week and a lovely Easter everyone. Looks like its going to rain heaps for us here in Brisbane. A traditional Easter downpour!

Paperclay fun

April 1, 2009

Popped back to Adelaide on the weekend so I’m now chasing my tail to catch up with everything. Been playing with a bit of paperclay. I love this stuff – air dries and you can stitch through it. Here’s a small sample of some of the bling I’ve been creating…

Paperclay Bling

Paperclay Bling

It paints up really, is very light and easy to manage. Here’s a few of the unpainted shapes. I think I created about three dozen!!

Unpainted Bling

Unpainted Bling

Its all to go on a little piece I’m creating for ATASDA but I’m coming down to the wire on the dead line as I’ve only got till April 9 to get it in. The full piece is currently like this…

A little textile..

A little textile..

Its a work in progress which must progress a bit faster. I was checking out the placement of all the little pieces for this shot.  Also its handy having a copy of where everything is meant to go. OK, back to stitching. Have a great week everyone!