Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Missed July and almost August

Wow I can't believe how bad I've been neglecting my blog. I just seem to manage to keep up on my Facebook Page. I've been demonstrating at the Craft Fair in Western Australia and also teaching a two day Fabric Journal workshop for Dale Rollerson from the Thread Studio. Now I'm getting ready to go and teach at Noosa and Gympie in Queensland. I love being so busy especially when it's doing something I thoroughly enjoy.

I made and sold quite a few bags at the Craft Fair

some of the students in my fabric journal workshop.

these beautiful pages were made by one of the students ready to go into the covers

I also had some of my paintings and collage canvases on display

I've since been experimenting with leaves, printing on the Gelli® plate.
I'm teaching a printing and journal workshop in Noosa next week, then a fabric journal workshop in Gympie, it should be fun, and hopefully I'll have a few days in-between the workshops to sit in the sun and check out the beach.

I've also added some more paper packs to my Etsy shop

Thank you for dropping by.
I'll try not to miss posting in September.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Adding to my Etsy

I've been busy creating more paper packs and hand carved stamps to put into my Etsy shop. I've also been re-organising my studio and having a clean out. 

I found this great little book in Typo, a shop that sells note books, pens and a whole range of arty stationery. I've been drawing something everyday and it's great fun. The paper isn't special, but it takes pen, pencils and water colour without bleeding through to the other side, the pages feel great when they're finished.

this is the view I was sketching, winter this year has produced some beautiful days.

caught in the act, on location

my much used box of water colours

Thanks again for dropping by and your lovely comments. Two posts this month, things are improving.

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Time Flies

I can't believe I missed posting in May, it's June already, half of the year has almost gone. I taught a two day journal workshop from home and had a lovely group of students at Artified attend my Gelli plate printing workshop. That's where part of the month went. I've spent all of this week home trying to catch up on some projects. Following are some of the things I've been doing.

a fabric wall hanging made from my hand dyed fabrics and Liberty prints

this is still progressing

all hand stitched furnishing fabric scraps, this is one side of a bag

this is the other side, they were inspired by the work of French textile artist 
de Segolaine Schweitzer

some stamped, collage and stitched cards above and below

the Gelli printing workshop

I was very proud to have some of my sketchbook and journal pages printed in this lovely book too.

Thanks for visiting and your lovely comments, I really do hope to post again shortly (famous last words)

Catch up soon

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Teaching, teaching and more teaching.

I know where the time has gone this past month. I went up to Berry in NSW and taught a wonderful group of ladies my fabric journal workshop and the circles on canvases. I came home and taught two painted paper collage workshops from home, and then went off to Ballarat for a week to teach more lovely students how to dye fabrics, threads and buttons and then turn these into a journal that was all hand stitched. The following week I taught for four days at the Australian Quilting Convention in Melbourne with another fabulous group of students. I'm now home working on some textile work for an exhibition in May. I feel so lucky to be doing something I really love.

some of the lovely circles made by the Berry students

these were the collages from one of the workshops at home

some of the beautiful dyed fabrics and journals created by the Ballarat students

the circles created by the students at AQC

two of the bags made at AQC, I had 20 students all together and missed getting photos of their bags and fabric journals. It's always a rush at the end.

Thanks for dropping by I really will try to post more often. I seem to post more regularly on my Facebook Page, it's much quicker than writing a blog post, but I'll try to catch up.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Latest work

Life is just one big whirl wind at present. I'm getting ready to teach in Berry next week, then Fibre Arts Australia at Easter followed by teaching at AQC at the end of that week. I have so many projects on the go that it's hard to know where to start. I'm loving every minute of it though. It's wonderful to finally be doing something I love for a living.

I've been painting lots of papers and collaging them  on to canvases.

this one has a painted background, not collage

this canvas is all collaged, I also collage around the sides of the canvases

my art quilt is almost finished, I keep adding things but time is running out, so I need to complete the backing and binding.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to post again very soon.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Fabric houses

I'm teaching at AQC in Melbourne in April and the tutors have been asked to exhibit samples of their textile work. Most of mine are in journal form, so I decided to make an art quilt using one of my paintings for reference. It's taking quite a while to do, but I'm really enjoying the process.

I still have lots more stitching to add as well as details to the houses and more people

a detail showing two of the people.

it wouldn't be mine without the sheep

my studio helpers, I can't believe how quickly Monty's growing, he's bigger than Charlie now.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by and for your lovely comments.
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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happy New Year

We've just returned from a lovely week on a boat on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes, here in Victoria. There were seven of us on board made up of family and friends. A lovely time was had by all. The weather was delightful, lots of sunshine, although one day it was very windy so we made an escape from the lakes into one of the many rivers, where it was more sheltered. Some spent time fishing, others read books, my husband took photos and worked on writing his book. I did lots of sketching and stitching. Great company, food and wine. Very relaxing.

there are lakes, rivers, islands and villages scattered around the area.

some of my sketching

this is an art quilt I have to have made by April, it's all hand stitched using my hand dyed and commercial fabrics, there's still a long way to go. I decided to use my house paintings as a guide.

Wishing you all a very HAPPY and CREATIVE 2015
thanks for dropping by.