Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Craft Fair

I have a very busy couple of months coming up. I'm giving a talk and demonstration to the Mornington Patchworkers in October, as well as being the guest artist (really thrilled) at the Stitches and Craft Fair in Caulfield Vic. from the 23rd to the 26th of October.  I'm making lots of things to have on display, I'll also be doing lots of demonstrations. I'll be teaching a two day Fabric Journal workshop at Bright in Vic on the 1st and 2nd of November, here's the link if you would like to register www.sewbright.com.au/sewingpatchworkclassesworkshops.html
The journals the students made in Berry were beautiful.




these are two of four samples that I'm making for the Craft Fair, they are inspired by Jane La Fazio, they have been stitched onto canvas backgrounds.


this is a close up detail of another piece that will be made into a cushion.

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Happy creating.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Berry Retreat

What an amazing time I had teaching in Berry NSW at their art retreat. I taught my two day fabric journal workshop and had some very talented students, their work was fabulous.


the workshop was held in the workroom at the back of Berry Patchwork shop, such a lovely atmosphere and surrounded by the most gorgeous fabrics, I couldn't resist purchasing some.










this is a small selection of each student's work, they were all lovely.


the front of the house where we stayed for a week


the back of the house, it was surrounded by lots of bush and a lovely little creek, kangaroos and wombats for company

There was also an amazing Quilting Show and Exhibition as part of the retreat, the work was stunning, including some fabulous pieces by Caroline Sharkey and Wendy Williams. I didn't have any textile work to hang so I took my paintings and was shocked to see they all sold on the first day, eight in total. Elizabeth Dubbelde organised the whole Retreat, she did a wonderful job, all her efforts made it an extremely successful event and she's one lovely lady too, as is Sue who works in the shop for her, nothing was too much for her.




I've also added a few more paper kits to my Etsy shop

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Another finished painting

I'm heading off to Berry in NSW, to teach my fabric journal workshop, this weekend. They are also holding an exhibition, so I've been working on some new paintings to take. Here's the latest one showing it's progression.






This is the finished painting


I've made up some packs of goodies for the students.

I was teaching a couple of workshops at Art is You Melbourne last week. What a fabulous time we had, I got to meet Seth Apter, Kecia Deveney and Andrea Matus deMeng for the first time (I'd met Michael on quite a few occasions before). Sallianne McClelland who runs Art isYou is amazing, everything runs like clockwork, so well done.


The fabulous Seth and Kecia below, such lovely people.



My lovely group of students in my Beyond Altered Books workshop, they were all so talented in many fields and created some great stamps and pages.

Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments, I'll have photos next week from the Berry Retreat.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Finished painting

I finished my painting today, complete with newsprint sheep. I've really enjoyed this process and hope to do more paintings like this.



Just letting you know there's still time to join me in my Necklace workshop and Beyond Altered Books workshop at Art is You retreat in Melbourne in two weeks time.
This is the FIRST and ONLY time that I'll be teaching this necklace workshop, it's not one of my regular classes.
I won't be teaching the Beyond Altered Books workshop any more either.
If you'd like to join me please check the details here:




the type of necklace we will be making, you can add as many yo yo's as you desire


another page from my Beyond Altered books class

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Catch up soon


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Progress of a painting

I'm working on some collage, mixed media paintings to take with me to Berry in August, for the exhibition that will be held while I'm teaching there. I always forget to take photos of the progress, but this time I remembered. Here are some of the stages. The painting isn't finished yet as I leave it for a few days to go back and see it with fresh eyes. I'm adding sheep and cows to the paddocks. It's also my interpretation of the view from our back deck.



I start by gluing a range of papers to the canvas, then add washes of acrylic paint


I sketch in some of the features with paint


It's starting to take shape


Some of the details have been added.
There's still a way to go but I'll post a photo when it's finished.

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Still making papers

In August I'm teaching at Art is You in Melbourne and the following week I go to teach a fabric journal at The Art Retreat for Berry Patchwork in NSW. I've been busy decorating papers and doodling on the inside of envelopes to make up some more paper kits to sell at the retreats.


some of the papers cut up ready to go in the kits


a range of 'doodles' on envelopes, I add two to every kit.

This is a short post this time, I'm going to try and post more often so they may end up short and sweet. Thanks for visiting and your lovely comments. 
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

New stamps and fabric cards

I've been busy making more stamps and fabric cards for my Etsy shop. I still have more to add and also some spiral bound journals that I'm working on right now. They should be added by the weekend (famous last words).




These are some of the cards, I still have more to add. They also fit perfectly in an IKEA frame.





I'll be adding more stamps too over the weekend

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