Life is for the birds

Back to bird art…. just a little playtime after the serious business of making tetraspinners

Squat little oystercatcher… trying out a new (to me) embroidery pellon/batting under the single layer cotton background…. not entirely happy with the result, the stitching has pulled in I think in spite of hooping it to stitch, maybe the cotton shrank when I washed out the watersoluble stabiliser… hard to know. Note to self: wash all new materials and fabrics to find out if they shrink, and how much, and to remember to preshrink them before adding stitch….  Actually this bird is on a slight 3/4 angle anyway, but still, he looks squished up more than the original drawing I did….

Watch for more to come! I have to do some fish as well, so there are busy days ahead for me. Keeps me out of mischief while I wait for the tetraspinner fabric to show up…



Beachside Cottage – the bach

The  beachside cottage where we spent all our childhood summers – still there, somewhat dilapidated now… an artifact indeed! Here are a few photos of the 1″ :12″ scale model I built from fabrics and core board for a 2012 Reddy Arts Textile group exhibition entitled Three piece suite. Our brief was to construct a wall hanging, a three dimensional piece and a third piece of our own choosing. This was my 3D contribution – a trip down memory lane. If you can find your way through my archives there are somewhere a few more photos of the in progress shots. These give a few views to the interior as it was when I was little. I have also included a few 6″ square textile morsels of various views of the surrounding beaches of Ngunguru, New Zealand.

May into June

Somehow I have missed doing any posts in May – maybe that is because I had a quick trip to NZ to celebrate aged parent’s 95th birthday……

Happy Birthday Mac!


we had a great day, and tripped around later in the week………

At Ocean Beach, Bream head


Have started working again on my miniature: The Bach, just a few finishing touches that I had put on hold in order to complete my other two pieces. I can at long last see some light at the end of this particular creative tunnel! Hooray!


The bach main kitchen, showing original sink bench and zip
The old hand pump for all our drinking water – an ingenious set up to fill the zip as required for dishwashing and tea making…….
Main upstairs bedroom in the early days – kapok mattresses and wire wove beds doubled as “settees” during the day
Beds for the boys out in the garage. the girls had the “dungeons”. Scene of many a midnight feast!!

And that is enough for now! Come and see it on display from July 12th 2012 at the Redcliffe Art Gallery, along with it’s self, unfolded, and The View…