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

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mad as a March Hare

As it is March, I've been thinking of the saying "Mad as a March hare", so I decided on the " Hares and Rabbits" theme for my turn to design for Tag Tuesday this fortnight. Ever wondered how the saying came about?  

Hares have long been thought to behave excitedly in March, which is their mating season. Lewis Carroll is among many who have used this idea in stories - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
"The March Hare ... as this is May, it won't be raving mad - at least not so mad as it was in March."
More recently this behaviour has been questioned and it is now thought that hares behave oddly - boxing, jumping etc. - throughout their breeding season, which extends over several months.
Be that as it may, hares, especially March hares, have that reputation, which will surely stay with them.

I  prepared three tags and  had lots of fun making these tags. The first (photograph above)  is a fabric collage made by using iron -on double sided adhesive webbing on the fabric and then overstitching the appliqued pieces. The print is one from Loralie Designs fabrics and I added the rabbit ears, nose and whiskers. I thought the "dotty" fabric just added to the madness!
The second has a more classic feel to it, a tribute to Lewis Carroll.  The feature is a cut out white rabbit from Graphics 45 "Halloween in Wonderland" paper. The background is a page of text, with a cut out photocopy of Alice from my own childhood volume of the Illustrated Alice in Wonderland, now about 60 years old. This has been layered with a photo of grass I took and printed onto vellum.

The third tag is a very simple layered one, but I think it is rather sweet. A paper napkin/serviette layered over the top of text with gel medium, and then a clip art image pasted over the top, with a leaf cut from the same napkin/serviette over the top, and then the stamped message.

I hope you enjoy creating your own 'hare and rabbit" inspired tags  perhaps in preparation for Easter and join in the fun  at Tag Tuesday... Best wishes, Wilma"

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Apron Project 2019

The Apron Project 2019 - The theme is "Her Strength is Her Superpower" 

 I created a "Strong" apron for the project. It features a photo transfer from one of my original life drawings with free form machine stitching. 
 All the artists' aprons are donated to raise funds for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter  - crisis accommodation for women suffering the effects of domestic violence.  Please check out the auction website - there are truly amazing aprons created by some amazing artists. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Another Favourite Stamp for Tag Tuesday

Art Tags "Invisble Crown " #4-#6 : Wilma Simmons 

Here's my other "favourite" stamp for the Tag Tuesday challenge - "always wear your invisible crown" ... I have used it before, and loved the result of small tags created with the stamp and a  British postage stamp depicting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in a stylised format.  The challenge this time around was to create  with 'brown".  Previously I used the stamp to create a set of "pink" tags.

Art Tags "Invisible Crown " #1-#3 : Wilma Simmons 


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A Favourite Stamp for Tag Tuesday

Art tags - "Caged" series : Wilma Simmons 
For Tag Tuesday this fortnight, the challenge is to use a favourite stamp. I don't own a lot of stamps, but I think this open bird cage is one of my favourites which I had not used very much. So here was a good opportunity.... I used a magazine page to stamp on . It already had the blocks of blue and leaves printed on it. I also collaged a few extra leaves, and stamped the cage. I then collaged over the top pictures of birds from the magazine - really very simple! 
Pop over to TAG TUESDAY  to see the fantastic tags designed by Tag Tuesday team member, Joan  and all the other art tag contributions to this challenge. 

Caged #1 

Caged #2 

Caged #3

Friday, March 1, 2019

Online Art Auction - Unique Art supporting Community Programs for the Homeless

Out of the Wood Auction

Out of the Wood is the focus for 2019 yearly fundraiser that The Wednesday Group at Timeless Textiles has been working on for the last year. This group meets each Wednesday between 10.30 am -12.20pm and each year work's on a project for International Women's Day.
Out of the Wood is raising funds to support women, especially older women, who are homeless and living in their cars.
The Wednesday Group and contributing artists from around the world have been creating mixed media artworks using recycled timber and fibres, using textile art techniques. The timber is recycled hardwood from Newcastle homes and donated by Round2timbers.

Here are just a few of the 118 art works for sale.... 
Assemblage - Margaret Adams 

Weaving - Trudi Nisbet 

Her House 2 - Linda Swinfield

Russian Caravan - Wilma Simmons 

Woodland Character - Bobbi Oliver 

Leaves - Suzie Parkes 

Leaves - Suzie Parkes 

Flower Power 1 - Wendy Anderson