Enjoyment of fabrics, yarns and stitching has been a constant all my life – starting out as a child making dolls clothes and progressing to my own when a teenager… graduating to real life and making baby clothes and bassinet sheets and blankets. Eventually came patchwork quilts, and more recently the discovery of textile arts and all the possibilities therein… You can follow part of my journey here via the archives, or jump right in and read the pages that interest you.
Today I went back to persevering – for a couple of hours – with the watercolour experience! It’s all pretty horrible. Haha I don’t know, if I get hooked on it, I might improve…. giving it a bash with some free online lessons from Www.ArtTutor.com which I tell myself will help me in my art practice – and even if it doesn’t, I don’t suppose it’ll do any harm!
The main textile work I am currently busy with is a group challenge which was set by the members of our Textile Group (Reddy Arts). I have to run with it, and the criteria are: 60cm square, start with a white fabric, (e.g. a bed sheet) and all commercially purchased prints and hand dyes are forbidden. I am not convinced that challenges are a good thing.
For this I have opted to use a very old painted and stencilled piece made several years ago and which has been languishing in the cupboard ever since… It started way back in the days of experimentation with new techniques… there were so many possibilities, so many to try, and thus we gave ourselves permission to play which resulted in giving everything a go! Until eventually we ran the risk of becoming technique junkies without a clue where to go from there… that is a trap, BEWARE! (I still get sucked in….. viz: the watercolour painting) So this piece of original painted and stencilled (with various texture media – eg glass beads and structure gel – mixed in with acrylic paints) now altered with cutting and reinvented with stitching, both hand and machine, is planned to feature a couple of birds… (Surprise!) but is so far from my usual style of work, I believe it will not be recognisable as mine at all….. but isn’t that what challenges are all about? Exploring new directions?
So onward, I need to go get stitching, painting and whatever!
- Demonstrating at QQS and the Jesus Birds
- Upcoming shows and exhibitions
- One hundred hands
- Wetlands of Queensland
- Art as a full time occupation
- 2016 wrapped – Happy New Year
- Melbourne interlude: art, architecture and nature.. plus some artist links
- Amazing day
- Cyclic Tetrahedron aka Tetraspinner, and other pieces