Friday, July 12, 2019

"Here comes the sun" for Tag Tuesday

At Tag Tuesday  design team member, Michele is celebrating the summer sun in the northern hemisphere. Here in Australia, the winter sun is milder  but still shines brightly on clear crisp days.  Lately we have been experiencing quite grey days with heavy cloud cover, but the sun seems to peek out from behind for at least some of the day - my inspiration for this tag. 

My tag for this theme is paper collaged and then stitched by machine. The papers include magazine pages, prints of my own photos, gelli plate prints and mono prints with wax . I stitch paper collages with a very old Bernina Nova ( free form stitching with the feed dogs lowered) 

I am also including in this post some of the collaged envelopes I made for #The100 Day Project  - these envelopes were based on scenes or experiences I had while out walking each day for 100 days, so it is no surprise that  sunshine and sunsets were featured. 

All 100 collaged envelopes can be seen  on my Instagram  or Facebook 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Wings and Red Cheeks

I have missed Tag Tuesday...  When the theme chosen by Sandie was "Wings" , I thought I could add to one of my series as well as practise my machine stitching skills for #The 100 Day Project which seems to be monopolising my time currently. For my "wings" tags, I created two on the theme of butterflies. Both are free motion stitched on my trusty Bernina sewing machine . I then applied "heat and bond", a double sided fabric adhesive and cut around the stitched "portraits". The cut outs were then applied to prepared tags made from cardboard,  covered with  book text and painted with white gesso. The red cheeks are coloured with Inktense pencil. 

Here are the first two in the Red Cheeks series ... and they fit the "wings" theme too. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Old Buildings - stitched collage

During my journey with #The 100 Day Project ,  I featured mostly stitched collages of  my observations of "nature". I have been trying to walk every day around my neighbourhood or wherever I am and notice some of the things I usually take no notice of. The exceptions have been if I have been doing something different or if I am walking around the city. I am drawn to heritage buildings and enjoy interpreting them in this way - paper and cloth stitched in a collaged fashion on a used envelope. Here are the results of a few. 
Today I will be completing Day 59 of 100. If you would like to see more of what I have done, the photos of other envelopes can be found on a few different social media sites - Instagram  or Facebook 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Folded Fabric Books at Studio CC

I am very happy to be included in the 2019 workshop program at Studio CC. There are still places available for this creative workshop -   Now only  one day : 22 June 2019. 
 Please go to the Studio CC website  for registration information . 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in my world and to all those who fulfil of the role of mother.... blessed are you who love unconditionally, protect and nurture the young and vulnerable. Enjoy and celebrate today... 

Image : "Masked Owl Protector" - art doll: Wilma Simmons 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Brooching the Subject #3 - Winners!

And the winners are .... Congratulations to all the artists who participated in this competition - every brooch is very special . Special Congratulations to the winners.
Thanks to Jen Florey who had the difficult but happy job of choosing winners from such a fine selection of beautiful miniature art works.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Red Cheeks - Stitched Faces

With my sewing machine threaded up with black thread and the feed dogs down, prepared for free machine stitching for another project, it was not a hard decision to stitch a couple of "faces " for Tag Tuesday where one of the team's designers, Michele  has chosen "Faces" as the current theme. 
These are free stitched  on a Bernina sewing machine - nothing fancy, just lower the feed dogs and add the spring loaded darning foot... I don't design before hand and just use the machine to sketch, hence these faces are in no way symmetrical or beautiful. I like the spontaneity of these and they take me only about 15 minutes to complete. I then cut out the embroidery and adhere it to a prepared cardboard tag. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Which envelope is yours? Days 13-20 #The100DayProject.

If you sent me a letter (or a bill) by post recently, then one of these envelopes could be yours.... for #The100DayProject, I started on 2 April to create a collage on a used envelope each day. The theme for the collage is inspired by a daily walk , so the project is a double challenge for me - to take a walk and to create a small piece of art every day until 10 July.
Here are the results of Days 13-20...

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Anything Industrial?

Anything Industrial is the theme for the current Tag Tuesday, with fantastic tags as inspiration by Tag Tuesday designer, Sandie. Not sure if I have gone a bit off the mark with this interpretation, but my tag depicts "remembering".... remembering what a place was like before it became a technology park and industrial centre.  I am sure there are many places you revisit, and remember perhaps a more rural scene from childhood, far from the current high rise, industrial  and high technology cityscape.  As a feature of this collage, I included a person  riding  a bicycle to add to the theme, as it  has been said, 
 "A bicycle is an industrial revolution in an individual’s life ..." 
(F.K. Day, Founder of World Bicycle Relief, 2012 ) 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Envelopes #The100DayProject Days 9-12

Days 9-12 of #The100Day Project . I stitched collages created from paper, fabric and used envelopes as a "journal" of my daily walks for 100 days.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Days 6,7,8 of #The100DayProject 2019

For #The100Day Project,  for 100 days, I am creating stitched fabric and paper collages on used envelopes. The theme relates to what I see or what I gather on my daily walks for 100 days.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Did you send me a letter? #The100DayProject

This year, I decided to participate in The 100 Day Project - I signed up before my life suddenly got a bit busy, but I am determined to continue with it. It is an online art project which attracts thousands of people worldwide every year to create art of some sort every day for 100 days. This started on 2 April  so it's early days...

Each participant can decide what he/she would like to create. I had a pile of used envelopes which I saved for an unknown project, so thought this was the perfect opportunity to use them and all the little bits of torn paper, fabric scraps and ephemera I have been keeping.

My 100 day project is to create collages on used envelopes.  Did you send me a letter? You may find your envelope as one of the 100 collages. These stitched collages will be inspired by my daily walks in my neighbourhood, so it is also a 100 day challenge to walk each day, even if it only for 15-20 minutes.   Here are the first five days... 

I hope you will follow along with me for the next 95 days. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Birds, Nests and Eggs - Tag Tuesday

 Bird's Nest - fabric art tag : Wilma Simmons 

Today is 1 April - just the day for carrying on with the creative  silliness I started last fortnight for Tag Tuesday
The coordinator of Tag Tuesday, Valerie nominated the theme "Birds, Nests and Eggs". Using a fabric print from Loralie Designs and a fabric print of a magpie from  "Taking Flight" by Kennard & Kennard, I appliqued and stitched this fabric tag to suit the theme.  
I have used this idea before some years ago for an art doll ...a bird making a nest from "hair" from a woman's head. I think it is interesting how ideas remain with you for some time, and this one still come to the surface every now and then. 
"Unravelling" - wrapped art doll : Wilma Simmons 

I am really  having fun working with the prints of colourful "Loralie" women and now have a small series of appliqued art tags. 
Mushroom #2 - fabric art tag : Wilma Simmons 

Mushroom #1 - fabric art tag : Wilma Simmons 

Whiskers- fabric art tag : Wilma Simmons 


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Fearless Flowers - a community at project.

For International Women’s Day 2020, the Fearless Flowers Project is raising funds for research into Ovarian Cancer. Every year in Australia, 1600 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and 1000 die. Hunter (NSW) researchers are involved in cutting edge work to improve this mortality rate but they need our financial support. 

In Newcastle (NSW, Australia) an group of artists meets every Wednesday at the fibre art gallery, Timeless Textiles in Hunter Street, Newcastle East. The Wednesday Group  will be making fibre/textile flowers and they will bloom and be sold amongst the Norfolk pines outside the gallery on 8 March 2020 . 

 Timeless Textiles and the Wednesday group's previous International Women's Day Projects raising funds for various local  and overseas causes have been: 

  • Spreading Wings 
  • Prayer Flags for Peace 
  • Stitch-a-thon for White Ribbon 
  • Letting Go
  • Flying Free 
  • Out of the Wood 

In the past few years, through the sales of  our art, we  have donated over $50,000  to support  women's refuges, anti-violence programs, tertiary education for disadvantaged women.  This year, 2019, we have just donated $3,000 to Our Backyard, a car to home project which offers homeless individuals and families a safe parking space, kitchen and bathroom as well as offering support to transition to more permanent accommodation. 

Please join  our new and current project and make some fearless flowers to raise much needed funds for medical research - Wednesdays at Timeless Textiles, 90 Hunter Street Newcastle , 10.30am - 12.30pm or send some of your own fearless flowers to us to help us improve the life expectancy of women suffering from Ovarian Cancer. For more information, contact  Anne or Wilma via the Timeless Textiles website