Thursday, 27 December 2012

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Creative New Year

This year I decided to make my 2012 Christmas cards using recycled plastic bags, bits of card and ribbon collected from previous projects.

After last year where I sent most of my Christmas cards after Christmas (whoops! Its the thought that counts)  I promised myself that this year they would all be in the post before Christmas. Most of them were posted a week or two before the big day, although I must admit some of them were posted Christmas eve - just slipping in before my self imposed deadline :)

I was inspired by Attic24's crochet snowflake pattern, and the fun thing is the snowflake on the card also can be re-used as a Christmas tree ornament. If you are interested in making things from recycled plastic, a great tutorial on how to make plastic yarn can be found here.

Thank you for all your wonderful comments and support in 2012.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Creative New Year!


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Summer Shifts

In an effort to reduce my material possessions (literally) I have decided that instead of purchasing clothes, I will make them, using some of my screen printed fabrics.

On this road of creative fun and adventure, I chose a couple of simple dress patterns, which are perfect for our hot summer days, and have simple elegant lines which allow the fabric prints to speak for themselves.

Of course, they always look so much better on the model so I have worked a little photoshop magic to show you my first 'party' dress of the season. The dress pattern is an original from 1963 and is combined with a fabulous screen print by Indigenous artist and friend Ceretha Skinner. (I couldnt resist buying some of her fabric from her recent exhibition at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery).

A few more dresses using my screen printed fabrics are currently under construction, stay tuned to see the results.


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Come To Your Senses exhibition at GRAG

Come to Your Senses is a group exhibition of works that entice the senses, and can be touched, tasted, smelt and heard.

Gathering Landscape, 2012, recycled clay with shino glaze

 “The horizon was a wide circle of blue hills with Lake George as a jewel in the centre. The drought was emptying the lake and reviving anecdotes of early days when it had not existed at all”.
Cockatoos, A Story of Youth and ExodistsMiles Franklin
The Goulburn region is surrounded by spectacular scenery. This region is the setting for a number of Miles Franklins novels, written in the late 19th century about life in rural Australia.
Within the context of Franklin's writing, my work explores majestic and sublime landscapes through the medium of clay form, glaze and decorating techniques.
Gathering Landscapes depict the landscape in drought. Inspired by prehistoric pot making methods of pressing soft clay into reed baskets to reveal the highly textured, negative space left by the weave.
Water Hole alludes to more temperate times and the deeply carved surface of the inside and outside of the vessel, when held against the light create a weave pattern reminiscent of the nets used to catch fish in waterholes and streams.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Screenprinting fun at Megalo

Ive just finished teaching a 6 week block of screen printing on fabric at Megalo. I always enjoy the experience and never ceased to be amazed by the creativity and diversity of images by my students.

Here are some images of them in action and some of the fantastic prints they created.

Gen experimenting with mixing two colours 

Gen's Fantastic Mr Fox image combining paper cut stencil and a photo emulsed screen.

Lisa printing her first photo emulsed screen.

Liz printing her first screen.

Liz's amazing repeat print

Neil creating a back ground colour for his Matisse style prints

Sara experimenting with a three colour watermelon print combining paper cut stencils and photoemulsed stencil.

Sara's watermelon print. Love the colours!

An action shot of Sharon drying her bearded men print combining blocks of colour and linear hand drawings. 

Jacqui's happy accident where she printed the screen in one colour (blue/green) then blocked out areas and reprinted over the top in pink. 

Jacqui's repeat cloud print on a tshirt


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