Sunday, 20 June 2010

Round Robin and lunch

Today, Sunday I had a wonderful day out with Patsy, Jacky, Dot and Julia. We all met at this divine little cafe called 'The Bunyip Kitchen and Vineyard'. It's a huge shed that has been converted into a shop and cafe, ooozing with atmosphere. The owners travel overseas and bring back fabulous treasures to sell in their shop. They've just returned from France with some lovely wares.
It was wet and cold today so we sat around their newly installed fire place and had the most delicious lunch. Their cherry cheesecake is to die for.
The five of us are having our own round robin with altered books. Mine is a book on Africa so I decided that my pages would follow that theme.
Below are the pages I've completed, it's now passed on to Patsy to weave her magic as only she can.

This is the inside cover. I wanted to make it appear like water with lots of rushes and weeds.

This page uses some of my hand carved stamps, papers and fabrics.

Again more of my hand carved stamps, lots and fabric and stitching. I drew in the giraffe and then faded it out slightly.

This page has gum leaves stitched to a band of painted watercolour paper, with more hand painting and fabrics.

Finally this page had lots of lions sitting on the branches of a tree. I've kept three of the faces of the lions, (two are well hidden) and then I've created my own versions of the trees with collage and paint.

We always have show and tell when we get together and these are some of the wonderful things we had to look at.

Jacky has been taking Jude Hill's online workshop creating a 'slow cloth', it's amazing. We were all so impressed and inspired to create our own.

This is a stunningly beautiful piece of Dot's art, there's so much work and detail in all of Dot's work. Stitching, beads, sequins, buttons, felting and in such fabulous colour combinations, just amazing.

Everyone gathered around to discuss this magnificent piece of Patsy's art. Her work is amazing and comes straight from the heart, she's one of a kind.

This is the piece they were looking at. All of the detail is in pen and ink over watercolour paint. My photo definitely doesn't do it justice, it's magnificent.

This is Patsy with another fabulous piece. We keep trying to talk her into starting a blog so that she can share her work with everyone, we're slowly convincing her.

This wonderful triptych of three beautiful collage canvases is Julia's work and guess what. I was the very lucky recipient of these fabulous works of art. They are absolutely gorgeous. 

I was very lucky and received a gorgeous hand knitted scarf from Dot, a beautiful brooch from Jacky, one she'd purchased from the amazing Jacky at Dog Daisy Chains. I also purchased a beautiful piece from her recently. I will have the photos on my next blog post.  Patsy, Julia and Jacky also gave me some beautiful fabrics. It was a really, magical day had by all.


Jan said...

What a great time that must have been! I can almost hear the laughter. What a fabulous collection of art right there. Your friend Patsy is doing some wonderfully detailed work, I had to double click and get a close look at her drawing. I could see how she incorporated the painting below into what she decided to draw. I wish I had gotten in on Jude Hill's class. Your African journal is looking good too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful afternoon with us. I like the new look of your blog too.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Your lunch out looks wonderful...I would have been happy to have had the table nearby and just plain enjoy the fun. All the work is exciting...I clicked to enlarge and spent a good deal of time amazed at the creativity of you and your friends! A day to treasure!

Judy Wise said...

So many beautiful pieces to look at! But oh, the Africa pages are the ones that send me. All that texture and such great color. The seed pod stamps repeating really caught my eye. Excellent!


Oh wow a feast for the eyes Ro. I love the girls' work and lucky you to take home all those goodies! Your pages are very inspiring indeed. I love the way you've kept bits and pieces from the original book and reworked things with your paints and stamps and fabrics. Brilliant!
Have a great week Ro xo

ps. It's so nice to "see" Jacky and Dot and, yes, I deffo think Patsy should start a blog so that we can see MORE!

Heather said...

Sounds like a great day all round. Your pages shout 'Africa' and are wonderful. You all produce amazing pieces of art and I just love that triptych.

Corrine said...

What a wonderful time you've had. I really must get back to the altered books as well. Gorgeous work you are all doing, and I hope we can see more of Patsy's work very soon.
I have some exciting news on my blog too. We are hoping to bring Nina Bagley back down under next year.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it might have been a birthday too, with those lovely gifts? Ifit was, then belated greetings. Love everyone's work, what a clever bunch.

Elizabeth said...

Well I gather that this was a bit of a birthday gathering for you as well??!!! What fun you all had with some of my veryf avorite poeple with you atthe top of the list!!!! your Africa book is amazing so far! Have I told you about my brohter who lives in Tanzania and teaches pwermaculture gardening to the local people. he has developed this system so they can produce large quantities of super nutritious foods in their kitchen gardens with their own tools and seeds and feed themselves and have senought to share and sell, then they can take their HIV meds that require a healthy diet. He has had some amazing expereinces in Africa and is really trying hard to change that part of the world. Afric a is an amazing place!!! He is the one who brought me the glass beads some of which I shared with you!!! He just spent his birthday May21- trekking to the Gorilla reserves in rowanda along with a private guide. He has some amazing photos posted on his Face Book page, his name is peter Jensen. I am sure that your books will be delightful and each a treasure!!!! Big hugs to you my friend!!!!!

JP said...

you look like you had agreat time with great friends and great art

Jen Crossley said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Ro what fun to have such talented ladies all in one place at the same time very inspiring Im sure

deb said...

Ro, what a fantastic day you all had, beautiful art, great food and a talented group of friends to share it all with.
What more could ask for?

ArtPropelled said...

Of course I'm so drawn to your African pages and thrilled to see Jacky's slow cloth progressing so beautifully. What a lovely day you had!

Robyn said...

Wow what an awesome day!

thanks for sharing all this magical creativity... it's inspiring.

Jacky said...

What a wonderful post Ro...and what a wonderful day it was too! Might have been grey and miserable outside, but we were warm and cosy inside.
How lucky I am to have such wonderful art friends to share a lazy Sunday.

Jacky xox

Deborah said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Your Africa book looks gorgeous!

Dot said...

It was such a special day wasn't it Ro? So nice to spend time with art friends. Loved seeing your altered book up close and look forward to working in it. And love your theme too!
Thanks for sharing the photo of Patsy's art too. Was blown away by it.
Am still recovering from all that luscious food!

Julie said...

Beautiful pages Ro and what a wonderful lunch date. Your friends' work is stunning and it's lovely to see Dot enjoying herself with you all. I wish I could have been there :o)

Julia said...

Hi Ro,
Yes, a lunch and get together I will always remember.
I like your post, and hope you didnt mind me borrowing a few pics to make a collage of it all. I had to add your pic from your blog so you were included as well...
I am glad you like the collages....xx...Julia

Anonymous said...

Oh how totally fabulous. And how wonderful to have art friends to share yummy food and hearty laughter with.

Nic Hohn said...

How wonderful to see all those smiling creative warmed my heart!

jackie said...

What a lovely get together, I'm jealous. I do like the background to your blog.

Sophie Munns said...

Hello Ro!
I just found my way here and started reading your wonderful post and oohing and ahhing over it all...
I have a very cheeky request...that you and your friends maybe take a look, if interested, in the call out to bloggers for a postcard of seeds ( Residency project Homage to the Seed i am doing at Brisbane Botanic Gardens) that you read about over at my blogs.

I thought it would be wonderful to have something to exhibit that you have done...time permitting of course!
best wishes,

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

Hello Ro it's late and I'm eating yogurt going through my favorite blogs. I have not visited for a long while and wanted to stop and say hello!

Visiting your blog is an inspiration!

Love what you have done with your book very african influenced stunning! I love all the work beautiful!

night night!

rivergardenstudio said...

I love reading about all your new projects and the round robin with your wonderful friends... And I love the pages you did in your African themed book, especially the colors and the stamping... happy summertime to you... roxanne