Tuesday, May 2, 2017
For Tag Tuesday's theme FACES , I am revisiting 4 of the 29 tags I drew and painted for the 29 Faces Challenge in February. These are my Bush Babies inspired by the May Gibbs' characters. Earlier this year, I went to an exhibition at the NSW State Library in Sydney, celebrating 100 years since the first publication of May Gibbs' books - children's fantasy stories about the Gumnut babies and friends who live in the Australian bush and this has reignited my interest in Australian literary folklore. My favourite book is still "The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie". The opening plea from May Gibbs is still relevant for our environment today "‘Humans Please be kind to all bush creatures and don’t pull flowers up by the roots’.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Happy Earth Day ... Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. In 2017, the March for Science occurs on Earth day (April 22,) Respect our environment ...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Today, 18 April is World Heritage Day and today, on Tag Tuesday , I am the featured designer , Naturally , I chose the theme Heritage . Hope you will join us and create an art tag and put your own link on the Tag Tuesday site. If you don't want to make a tag, just go to the link and have a look at the tags others create - each fortnight, there are lots of new ideas!
My first tag uses a torn section of one of my photos of a temple dancer carving in the World Heritage complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The background is so far removed from that - it is waxed and painted 'butcher's paper' but I like the aged look it has.
Friday, April 14, 2017
I love this way of decorating eggs for Easter - it is a natural process and we can eat the eggs without too much guilt or damage to our waistlines. All I did today was boil up some brown onion skins /peel. I prepared the eggs by cutting up some nylon stockings and placed a leaf down over the stocking and then the uncooked egg on top. Then I pulled the nylon stocking tight around the leaf and egg, making sure the leaf was placed where I wanted it, and secured the parcel with a rubber band. I put the eggs in the dye bath and slowly brought them to a boil, let them cook for about 10 minutes, and let them cool in the dye bath for at least.an hour. I think the better results came from the heavier, stronger leaves - the upper left is grevillea, and the lower left is rosemary or perhaps you prefer the more delicate prints from the ferns? Happy Easter!
Monday, April 10, 2017
In this ongoing series about the inmates of the Newcastle Industrial School 1867-1871, I have been sharing the progress of my proposed art installation for the "Stitched Up" project and exhibition.
I have previously written about the background story on March 1 and then a couple of weeks later on March 16 about the process.I am using to create 193 stick dolls representing the girls who were at the school during those four years. Please refer to these previous posts to put everything into perspective I am happy to report that since then, I have made more progress. Today, I am sharing more of the process, so that by the end of this series, these posts will serve as a tutorial as well as information about the project. In the last post, I ended with the sticks at the stage pictured below....
|Sticks collected from the bush - covered with aluminium foil, |
two way stretch fabric and then cotton and stitched - adding skirts . Sometimes, I add the skirt after creating a head for the doll, as I like to add clothing to match the 'personality'!
|Sculpting faces with polymer clay - each face is different.- no moulds here!|
|Faces cured in a domestic oven and holes for attachment drilled by hand.|
|Addition of some shading to highlight features|
|Attaching the faces with stitch to the prepared 'bodies' - note the curved needle.|
Sunday, April 9, 2017
If you haven't caught up yet, Tag Tuesday has changed its format as an open blog with links to participants' posts. Here's the Tag Tuesday link to an amazing array of tags, creative ideas on various themes. The current theme is "Things with Wings" ( but no birds!) . Above is my very simple stitched tag on a piece of printed fabric lurking in my stash for a long time, just waiting for this occasion! I used whipped running stitch for the words. I also got out of my stash a bag of beautiful butterfly wings made by Suzy Brewer , thinking they could be inspiration for another tag,... and discovered that someone has lost a wing! In fact, two bodies have lost wings it appears. A mystery yet to be solved.
Friday, March 31, 2017
|'Bird" - stitched collage postcard|
|"Grevillea" folded book ( centre)|
Thursday, March 16, 2017
|Work in Progress - 3 of the 193 for "Stitched Up"- Wilma Simmons|
I have been documenting the progress of my work, so I thought it might be interesting to share some of the early stages of the "stick dolls" ... Here are some of the beginning steps..
|Sticks collected while walking the bushland in my neighbourhood|
|Drying and getting rid of any insects - oven heat 75 degreesC for approx 1-2 hours.|
|Trimmed and cut if necessary|
|Ends sealed with matte sealing solution.|
|Drying - solution goes on white but dries clear.|
|First wrapping - foil to create a body shape|
|Second wrapping - stretch fabric.|
|Third wrapping - fabric strips|
|Some stitching - more stitching and embellishment to come.|
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
There were only 4 entries in this giveaway - a little disappointing for me but good for the four participants. Thank you Michele S, Gamarna, Annie Trish and Narelle for entering . This is how the draw was done. I put the four names on separate pieces of paper and folded them and put them in a jar. My husband Jim who is very trustworthy was given the task of pulling the first name from the jar and then the second....
THE FIRST WINNER IS MICHELE S!
THE SECOND WINNER IS NARELLE!
And because there were so few entries, I have decided to send Annie Trish and Gamarna a consolation prize of two tags each from the same series.
I hope you will all like your prizes. Please contact me with your postal addresses.
|This set goes to Michele S|
|This set goes to Narelle.|
Monday, March 13, 2017
"Always Wear Your Invisible Crown" ...
Tag Tuesday this fortnight is hosted by Michele whose blog is "art from the well". Michele set the theme " Hats and Headgear" I am dedicating these tags to all who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer. I got my inspiration from an event held here in Newcastle, (NSW Australia). The annual event is called "Bald and Beautiful" which is a special day of pampering, laughter and joy for cancer survivors and current sufferers.
All of these tags are made from motifs from a printed fabric, generously given to me by a friend, The backgrounds are from scrap painted paper with a overlay of paper serviette.TAG TUESDAY to see all the tags from participants worldwide.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
2017 IWD event Newcastle
This year, 2017 the focus at Timeless Textiles was again strengthening a community against violence - the One Million Stars to End Violence Project. Thanks to Anne Kempton, gallerist and the Newcastle Star Weave community , today's event was truly a celebration of all that 2017 International Women's Day stands for - "Be Bold for Change " - creating a world of equality, gender parity and peace.
|2017 IWD event Newcastle - Sharon Claydon MP|
|2017 IWD event Newcastle - Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes|
already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
"To me, one million stars represents how monumental the task of ending violence is and that everyone needs to participate to end all forms of violence. Each star represents a person’s commitment to practise light, hope, courage and solidarity and the one million star installation will be a peaceful statement against all forms of violence in our communities."
|Maryann Talia Pau at Timeless Textiles Gallery|
The one million stars will be a shimmering, bright installation at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland as a part of the vision of the Commonwealth Games program to build and support sustainable and peaceful communities worldwide. As leader of this global project, Maryann has been travelling to Commonwealth countries in the lead up to 2018 Games, connecting with communities and teaching weaving workshop with this message of peace. What an inspiration!
|2017 IWD event - some members of the Newcastle Star Weave community.|
Just as inspiring is the Newcastle Star Weave community, a small group of committed people who have been teaching many others over the last year to weave the stars with a target of 10,000 stars to be completed by International Women's Day. The goal was achieved well before today, and these stars will become part of the one million. What a visible reminder that we can all achieve a dream together. Thank you to all involved - the power of each one of you offers hope to the world.
Happy International Women's Day!