Thursday, September 24, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
This is my tag for the current theme at Tag Tuesday - Book Print. I like using text as a background for tags and today, I reduced one of my recent line drawings and printed it on a small book page .... as you can see, the book's chapter is entitled "Of Holy Living and Dying ( from The Book of Books) . I thought this was appropriate as this 'Covid man' drawing depicts Nature happily thriving while man appears to be "unravelling " at the edges of body and mind...
|Original drawing - Wilma Simmons |
|Silk screen print on fabric : Wilma Simmons|
|Silk screen print on paper : Wilma Simmons |
And here are some other tags on book print backgrounds - these are free motion stitched "Nature" portraits done earlier in the year.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Background: Seam are a contemporary textile collective based in Bath, England. We are emerging and established embroiderers, printers, knitters, weavers, dyers, fashion designers, eco-designers, makers, artists…
…who want to make textiles that are irresistible, and find their way onto your body, into your house and onto your walls. We share a commitment to pushing the boundaries of our craft and making high quality objects realised in the hands and thoughts of the maker. We hope to make a sustainable living from textiles, work locally and bring textiles into contemporary focus This month, all textile artists are enouraged to share their love of textiles and respond to 30 different textile prompts for on Instagram during September. You can respond to as many of the prompts as you wish, this could be only a few or it may be all of them - with the hashtag #SeptTextileLove
Here is my first week of #SeptTextileLove
Days 1 & 2 - Introduction
Current Project -stitched collages , especially portraits.
Day 3: Tools -
Bernina sewing machine and hand stitching needles , pins and scissors.- I often wonder what I would do without these, then remember that when we were in Papua New Guinea, women showed me how to make a needle and a cutter from found metal waste
Day 4 Inspiration -
I am inspired to create with simple materials by my interest in social justice, women’s issues and personal family and local history and places . My most memorable work is an installation of 193 ‘dolls’ made from sticks, giving voice to the girls of the Newcastle Industrial School (1867-1871) - the first government ‘welfare’ institution in NSW
In one of my recent works , a stole for ‘an upcoming exhibition ,’ Stole the Show’ - I hope these colours help to tell the story of regrowth and regeneration
Day 7 : Inside/Outside
Most of my work starts outside, but inside , the next part of the process happens - the editing of photos and the thinking , writing and the stitching ‘Red Grevillea’ is an example
Day 8 : Pattern
The traditional art of temari (stitched thread wrapped balls) is an engaging journey of discovery and experimentation involving embroidering the endless pattern variations with attention to design , colour and symbolism
Please contact me if you have any questions or add comments below.
For my #SeptTextile Love posts, follow https://www.instagram.com/empress.wu.designs/ and to look at others also posting about textile art this month, follow the hastag.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Friday, August 7, 2020
Wattle timber is highly regarded for contemporary furniture. Indigenous Australians also used wattles routinely for making utensils such as digging sticks and barbs, weapons (clubs, shields, boomerangs, spear throwers, spear shafts and heads), and for musical instruments like clap sticks. Almost every part of the plant was used in some way.... Acacia gums were used as glues to make and repair tools and spear throwers, and to waterproof fish, mussel and water rat traps. String and rope, head decorations and sandals were made from the inner bark of some species. While we marvel at our contemporary discoveries of eco-dyeing, Aborigines obtained fibre dyes from Acacia roots centuries ago.
Not only useful to human beings, wattles and animals often enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship. The brightly coloured and sweet smelling flowers attract bird and butterfly pollinators. Black cockatoos love the seeds and often feed on insects and grubs under the bark of wattle trees. Possums too feed on insects attracted by the blossoms as well as the gum from the trees. Many species of possum also like to make their homes in dense areas of wattle.
With its many uses - and I have touched on only a few here in this post , wattle can be appreciated for its benefits to human and animals. However, there's more to wattle than just the practical - it has a special place in most Australian's hearts ...
"To many Australians the wattle stands for home, country, kindred, sunshine and love - every instinct that the heart most deeply enshrines." The Sydney Morning Herald, 1910
Monday, July 27, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
Margaritas sound like an exotic use for limes, but as a non-drinker, I have been looking for other delicious ways to use an excess of limes.
One of the most obvious ways was to make some marmalade. One kilogram of limes made a tester jar and 10 other jars. Not only does it taste good on toast, it will make a good glaze for ham and in other sauces.
To celebrate limes more indulgently, I also made individual lime cheesecakes ( although the recipe calls them pies) - two batches of these didn't last long.
And with the rest .... just a slice of lime in water because
Limes are a good source of magnesium and potassium.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Meaning of A Rose by Any Other Name
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The third of these tags is an "abstract" of some pigeon feathers on the underside of their wings. It is free form stitched collage d cotton paper. The pigeons which frequent our garden are crested and look very fashionable as if they are wearing little hats, and although their outside feathers are essentially grey, there are beautiful jewel tones on their wings when they are flying.