Archive for December, 2010


December 13, 2010

Been feeling like sketching a lot lately so been playing around with some whimsical images. Here’s a couple I’ve done recently.

Whimsy 1

Whimsy 2

Trying to get looser in my style of drawing which can be more diagrammatic than I want fo my artwork. The weekend away at Newfarm really gave me a bit of head space to start playing around. Still having a major block when drawing anything alive. Think I’m going to have to use cartoon like images to get over that.


Fabulous Fibres Opening Night

December 13, 2010

The rain held off and we had a great opening night at Fabulous Fibres 2010. Here’s a few pictures of the action.

Opening Night

Opening night at Graydon

Lots of people can for a look and to have a chat with the Textile Art Group members. The exhibition is on til Dec 19, 2010 and the gallery is at 29 Merthyr Rd, Newfarm, QLD.  Opening hours are 10- 6pm Mon – Sunday so lots of time to come in and have a look. The work on exhibition is a wide variety of textile works from quilting, felting through to my more scuptural pieces. And I’m very happy to say that my piece “Regeneration” was sold on opening night.

Central piece: Regeneration by Susan Pietsch

Now I just hope my photo’s of it are good enough!! The lace section make the most wonderful shadows on the wall and the new owner is planning to hang it off the wall to get the maximum effect of the shadows. There is still lots of other quailty pieces on offer so I recommend wandering down to Newfarm for a squiz and a coffee at one of the excellent cafes nearby.

Magiclay Altered Journal

December 3, 2010

Check out the latest issue of Embellish Magazine for my feature on Magiclay in Issue 4. I created a Altered Journal as part of the article and I thought you might like to see how it turned out. Here is the finished cover…

Final Journal Cover

If you would like to purchase some Magiclay to play with check out my website at Essential Textile Art. To give you a clue how I started this is what the book started out like..

What I started with!

Magiclay Basics for Textile Art

December 3, 2010

Magiclay is great to use for a variety of modelling needs. It can also be stitched (by machine OR hand), painted, impressed with stamps to give texture…..the uses are endless. It air dries in 24 hours and is very lightweight. Attach to cardboard and stamp the surface for a textured journal cover or impress with texture sheets to create fossil fragments for textile art. Create brooches with paint and stitch… the list is goes on!  Here is the basics for creating some buttons.

Step 1 - knead Magiclay

Step 1 – place some waxed paper or other protection on the table. Knead out Magiclay to about 2-4mm thicknes using your hands.

Step 2: Roll to flatten Magiclay

Step 2: Using a piece of waxed paper or baking paper for protection, roll out Magiclay. Its very sticky when fresh so you may need to use a dusting of talcum powder to help reduce this.

Step 3: A layer of talcum powder

Step 3: a thin layer of talcum powder over the surface helps release the texture plates etc. Pearl Ex powder is a great alternative to colour as you go.

Step 4: Press the texture plate INTO the Magiclay

Step 4: take your favourite texture or rubbing plate and impress into the magiclay.

Step 5: cutting out shapes

 Step 5: cut out shapes with cookie cutters. These make great fancy buttons.

Step 6: Make holes

Step 6: Make holes in your buttons for the traditional look however you don’t need to make holes if you don’t want to. You can stitch through Magiclay with ordinary sewing needles. Now allow your pieces to dry for 24 hours.

Step 7: Paint!

Step 7: When Magiclay is throughly dry, paint the buttons with whatever paint you like.

To store the unused Magiclay, wrap in clingwrap and place in a ziplock bag. Make sure you wrap any unused Magiclay when you are not using it. The clay is air drying so we want to stop the air getting to it!

If you would like to purchase some to play with go to my website Essential Textile Art.