Monday, November 24, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Taste of Textiles - Food and Fibre Art

Timeless Textiles - Centre of fibre artisans
Taste of Textiles opening
Taste of Textiles exhibition
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Food meets fibre in Taste of Textiles exhibition

Calling all lovers of food and fibre art!

A new exhibition and book, being launched at Newcastle's Timeless Textiles Gallery in December, celebrates a passion for exotic, seasonal food with the rich textures of fibre arts.
The Taste of Textiles exhibition brings together work from 20 fibre artists from around the world to display their passion for textile art, cooking and growing food. It will appeal to everyone with a love of food and a flair for the creative.
The contributing artists have represented a variety of vivid produce in their works, including the humble potato, mushy mulberries, beetroot, saffron and rose petals. Each has created a visual narrative based on, and inspired by, their love for that particular produce.
Inspired by the artists' passion, much-loved local cook Bev Whitehead has created and tested exquisite recipes to mirror the artworks. These include lemon myrtle spelt sables, chilli jelly, fig affogato, pomegranate with rosewater jelly, cardamom labneh and Persian Fairy Floss.
These stunning recipes, alongside images of the both the final dishes and the artwork that inspired them, beautifully captured by local photographer Garrick Muntz, will be produced in a limited edition (200 copies) boxed set, and will be available for sale at the exhibition opening.
Artists contributing to Taste of Textiles include Nicola Henley, Marjolein Dallinga, Polly Stirling, Jill Berry, Sylvia Watt, Glenys Mann, Judy Hooworth and Meredith Woolnough to name a few.
Opening: by Janet De Boer at 2pm, Saturday, 13 December. Come and join us for a fabulous celebration of the artists and food lovers that inspire us. Sample the recipes and purchase this unusual Taste of Textiles boxed set in time for Christmas.
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Gourd Art

Last week, I rediscovered a few gourds "drying" in our garage... In fact, I was searching for them after doing a doll making workshop where we transformed gourds into doll bodies, with the addition of polymer clay and apoxie sculpt.  I have researched a little to identify the gourds I have - they seem closest to the water jug shape gourds.
The gourds we used in the workshop were Chinese bottle gourds. 

my gourd doll - a flower child /hippy fiddler? 
Workshop dolls - Christmas sprite by Jane Lambert , and my doll 
Flower doll also completed in the workshop by Lee Hennequin 
Balloon seller - gourd art doll by tutor, Janice Laurent 
Working with gourds made me very curious about the history and cultivation of gourds. A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae or the fruit of the two genera of "calabash tree" . The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without. Likely one of the earliest domesticated types of plants, subspecies of the bottle gourd have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC (found in Peruvian archaeological sites dating from 13,000 to 11,000 BC and Thailand sites from 11,000 to 6,000 BC.[5) ]  

Gourds continued to be used throughout history, in almost every culture throughout the world. European contact in North America found extensive gourd use, including the use of bottle gourds as birdhouses to attract purple martins, which provided bug control for agriculture. Almost every culture had musical instruments made of gourds, including drums, stringed instruments common to Africa and wind instruments, including the nose flutes of the Pacific.[10] Gourds have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film and food. (From Wikipedia). There are many wonderful gourd artists worldwide  One of my favourites is John Hernandez,whose gourds are beatifully  painted, highly polished and embellished  with sewn pine needles.  I also admire the work of Serena Kovalsky  whose gourds are organic sculptures ... here is a video of some of her amazing work.