Sunday, October 6, 2019

October Collage Challenge #2 - realism to abstract

Continuing  the series of collages for my October challenge...
Collage #65 was taken from a photo taken in Kritipur in Nepal at a temple. I was immediately attracted by the splash of orange-red colour of the tikka on the statue in the image. I cropped the photo to make that the focal point and intensified the colour to give me some more defined shapes to abstract. Here is the result with torn paper and small scraps of cotton fabric which happened to be similar to the colour. 

This is a short  ( 4 minutes) video of an artist  creating an abstract design from realistic drawing . I think it shows a great way of creating lines in an abstract design. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

October Collage Challenge #1 - The Beginning

I love a monthly challenge which requires a daily art practice for a few weeks. Recently, I completed #The 100 Day Project. I enjoyed it but I'm not ready to tackle such a long distance activity again yet. Last month, I attempted #29 Faces, and am still completing them (only a few more to go). There are lots of really great challenges for October advertised on social media , but I thought, "Why not set my own challenge and then I own it completely!"  Thinking of the most relaxing creative activity, I have set myself at least 20 torn paper and fabric collages for October.  I am also trying to make "abstract" interpretations of things I see while walking in my neighbourhood or as in some of these,  something experienced whilst on a recent trip to Nepal. I must emphasise that these are very loose interpretations and are not meant to look in the least like the photos of the real scene. 

Inspired by a gymea lily .... I really love this plant, and enjoy photographing it and manipulating the images. This collage  is another interpretation, taken from the sepia image with a colour focus. 

Sunsets and sunrises are great subjects for collages and while I have taken liberal licence with the blues , hopefully you can see how the photo of this soft sunset informed the  lines of the collaged pieces.  

 Another interpretation of the rich culture of Kathmandu ... I chose the colours and some simplification of the shapes rather than try to include much detail or form. 

Looking in my box of  "walk treasures" , I extracted some of the shapes of gumnuts and repeated them in a simpler outline form in this collage. While there were no oranges and yellows in my view, that's what I thought of rummaging through these sticks, leaves and seedpods. 

 I hope you can now appreciate the way I begin the process of creating these collages with torn paper and fabric and a little stitching. Watch this space please for more of these and more explanation as we proceed throughout October. 

Note: I will be teaching a short collage workshop at Charlestown Library on 4 February 2020. Bookings  at the library 02 4921 0792

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Newcastle China Week

 It's great to celebrate your heritage right where you live ... 

Newcastle China week 2019 showcased  a 2-day program consisting of a Wine and Tourism Business Forum on Friday 6th September and a free Cultural Festival on Saturday 7th September.

The Cultural Festival took place in the beautiful bush campus in Callaghan at the University of Newcastle, only about five minutes from where I live. 

It's a  celebration of  the contemporary and traditional Chinese culture, food, art, lion and dragon dances with interactive displays, food markets, wine tasting and demonstrations. The food offerings were many and varied from traditional Chinese snacks to all sorts of Asian and fusion inspired treats, as well as ubiquitous festival food like fairy floss! 

The Festival aims to celebrate cultural diversity and inclusiveness while offering a fun-filled day to engage with students and welcome the community to the campus.

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 )