I wish you a very happy new year . May 2013 be a very special time for us all.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Christmas colours at our place - in the hallway ...
and in the garden .....
and in my art ...
|doll created for a friend|
and even on my desk ....
|USB Christmas tree|
Merry Christmas to my wonderful family and friends - I hope you enjoy the peace and joy of Christmas with all the people who are special to you.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|Gundaroo NSW : Sally Paskins Store|
I really like Clayhouse pottery ... I think there is an appealing simplicity and a trendy cleanness about the shapes and patterns in a "happy" colour range.
Clayhouse is very much at home in Sally Paskins Store, a slab hut, built in 1886 with kauri floors, newspaper "wall paper " from the period, and a brick chimney .
Sarah ('Sally') Paskins ( who died in 1892) was an interesting character who was renowned for keeping a cockatoo on the counter in the shop. These days, Leanne doesn't have a cockatoo, but her silent guard dogs ( sculptures) are a talking point. While this photo depicts Leanne as rather serious, she is a very friendly, personable, talented and obliging artist. I enjoyed chatting and learning a little about the history of the building and the area. Thanks, Leanne!
I love the little egg cups I bought at Clayhouse, and have some creative plans for them. In the meantime, they have happily settled in with my egg cup collection.
PS Also recommend the Cork Street Cafe and Grazing Restaurant - great food!
Monday, November 26, 2012
|Tilda "bugs" /Christmas beetles from Spring Ideas book|
The bugs from the Spring Ideas book are my favourites ( image above) and they will be great gifts for my daughter and daughter-in-law, as I give them a handmade ornament for their Christmas trees each year . Tilda has also become a bit of a craze with some of the cloth doll makers in my Hello Dollies group. Here are a couple of gorgeous Tilda dolls made by a friend, Vicki Leeke of Victori Dolls.
|Tilda dolls by Vicki Leeke|
"Tilda is most known for the whimsical, comical and naive characters in the form of animals and dolls. Tilda's world is without a doubt a feminine one, and the most recognisable features are the faces, with two dots for eyes and rosy cheeks."
I certainly did not or would not change the Tilda style, but I added an Australian twist to the gingerbread men I made from the Crafting Christmas Gifts book. The fabric for these little gingerbread men was hand dyed with brown onion skins and syzygium leaves. The syzygium is better known here as Lilly Pilly - an evergreen Australian tree which has glossy dark green leaves and small edible berries or fruits, mostly used to make jam. I thought the dye recipe of onion skins and syzygium turned the calico into a good gingerbread fabric.
|Gingerbread Men, pattern from Tilda Crafting Christmas Gifts Book|
Sunday, November 18, 2012
"But I can't draw ... " often bemoaned and heard when trying to create a pattern or an original design for textile art! Recently I had the opportunity to work with some Design teachers, and I shared some ideas for encouraging students to explore creative design using everyday art materials. Both of these ideas start from using your name and are great little exercises when you feel your creativity needs a little stimulation... The resulting designs could be used to create embroidery, quilting, art journals, screen prints, mono prints, digital prints ... wherever your imagination takes you.
Idea No 1 : Your name ... Your initials ( image above)
Materials : permanent marker, cleansing alcohol, some textured surfaces and pastels or coloured pencils.
Step 1. Draw some lines with a permanent marker on a piece of cotton fabric. The lines could be straight or wavy....
Step 2 . In between the lines, write your initials...... Big, small, first name, family name, nickname, the right way up, upside down, any which way but fill the space.
Step 3 . Spray with a little cleansing alcohol and let the marks run.
Step 4: Heat set with an iron
Step 5. Place the fabric over some textured surfaces ( these could be purchased texture sheets, some found textures, like bubble wrap, ribbed plastic, or rubber bands stretched over cardboard)
Step 6: Make some rubbings with crayon, pastel or coloured pencils.
Step 7 : Reset with heat ( iron) to ensure colours are permanent.
( Note: If non-permanent markers are used, the colours can be made to "run" with a spray of water)
This works really well with a group of creative participants - any age.
Materials : long piece of paper ( I use a roll of cheap brown paper), pastels or crayons, cardboard frame cutouts, tracing paper.
Step 1. Roll out a long piece of paper the length of a table or several desks or small tables pushed together. You and a friend take a place side by side facing the paper.
Step 2: Pick one person's name in the group . This could be done randomly by number, by age, by hair colour, whatever.... so in this case we chose Susan.... the first letter /sound is "S"
Step 3 : Brainstorm and write up every suggestion of descriptive words starting with "S" .... for example, swirly, snakey, sunny, sluggish, slimey, starry,
Step 4 ; Each person chooses a word from the list, but doesn't tell the person beside him/her.
Step 5: Give a time limit ( no more than 5 minutes) and each person is encouraged to use the pastels or crayons to make some shapes or patterns which interpret the word he/she has chosen.
Step 6: As each person has drawn on the paper directly in front of him/her, there will be a blank space between each person's drawings. Then together try to fill in that space to integrate the two/ drawings into one large art work , as in the image above. For example, the lines with circles and zig zags in the centre of the pattern pictured above were drawn to integrate the swirls on the lift and the snakey patterns on the right.
Step 7: Using the cut out frames, try out different arrangements anywhere on the large art work to choose a favourite design. It might be part of the combined section, or your own, or your partner's.
Hope you can use or adapt these ideas to create something amazing!
PS Many thanks to Gail for sharing her photos from the design workshop.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
and the Dianella droppingtheir bright purple berries ....
but some are still in full bloom like the purple melaleuca....
I want the Australian Christmas bush, with just a few buds opening now, to slow down so it will be beautiful for Christmas....
and this year, I planted a hydrangea cutting, and its first flowers appeared this week peerless pink ...
These are made with cardboard cut outs of trees pasted to card, over an overlay of " ground" from decorative paper, and buttons sewn at the end of the branches to represent leaves or buds.
I gave them exotic names, too, for example Middle Earth tree ... Cherry Blossom tree... I had so much fun making these.....
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Step 1. After reading the instructions, mix up the soda ash solution ( with supervision) and place the clothes/fabric to be dyed into the solution.
Step 4: Tie the garment with rubber bands in various places ... I would have liked a few more ties, but who would argue with the creative instrincts of a four year old?
I also used some coloured pencils on the body section, and acrylic paint on the exposed seam edge.
Thanks, organisers of the Contemporary Craft Retreat - I loved using my prizes!