Quilting Continues

June 25th, 2021

I spent a couple of glorious hours in my studio early this morning, with the sunshine streaming in, making it possible to get this good very close detail shot of the quilting I’m doing – and I’m now about half way along that middle section of circles:

While quilting I’m listening to recorded books, as usual. Jane Austen’s Emma finished late yesterday. This morning I was delighting in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer. That man was a skilled observer of people and his writing is a delight. These and more have been part of a collection of classics – many of them books I’d just never read, others like Jane Austen’s works I know almost word for word as I enjoy them for the umpteenth time.

Two Birds With One Stone

June 22nd, 2021

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been enjoying a stitch workshop with English textile artist Gwen Hedley whose art in stitch I’ve admired for a long time. The workshop was around mark making with paint onto fabric, and then stitching across parts of those fabric pieces to blur the boundaries between them.

Painted two pieces of fabric, and selected thread possibilities.
Sections of painted fabric cut and machine basted ready for stitching.
Stitching in process

Very good video and workbook instructions suggested we use our stitching in a scroll fastened around things like old thread spools, with Gwen showing us how to wire the edges to enable a low 3D rippling arrangement. A wall hanging was also suggested. Instead of spools, some people used pieces of drift wood, another used a massive rock crystal and there were other ideas for presenting what we did. ‘Presentations’ is one of my Pinterest collections, and one idea I’ve been meaning to use some time is little fabric ‘boxes’ with inserts of textile art at the back of what is in effect a shadow box, and I felt this was a time to try that.

From some canvas I cut squares 2 1/2″ and removed 1/4″ corner squares, sewing those edges together to create the box – it would have been less fiddly if I’d cut larger squares ­čÖé but, anyway, once I had 4 boxes in place, I cut a small square of printed and stitched work and basted that into one of them. This photo shows all the construction phases I think you need to try this out yourself.

Four little ‘shadow boxes’ basted onto a backing fabric, with one segment of stitchery fastened into place.
  • All kinds of textile art things could form the visual pattern in what is essentially a 3D grid.
  • Various other materials for the grid could be tried; I also tried leather and a really heavy duty plastic sheeting, but neither were successful.
  • Right now I will do more with the bit of canvas I have, knowing also that if I paint or rust it the canvas it will be stiffer.
  • Hand stitch or some kind of tying could be used to hold the walls close together, maybe.
  • Also, the ‘walls’ don’t have to be 1/4″ – that’s just what I did for this sample …

3D Piece Selected For Online Exhibition, Argentina

June 17th, 2021

From Argentina came the news this week that my entry, Black Tetrahedron, was selected into the Centro Argentino Arte Textile, the XXIV Salon of Minitextiles 2021 , and will be among just over over 100 works of artists from over 20 countries. I’m listed as Australian, but I was entering from Uruguay; but no matter – it’s the only entry from either country. The virtual exhibition goes live on Tuesday 29th of June, and I’ll post that link everywhere when it opens, as there’s sure to be a feast of eye candy to enjoy. Mine was not among the winners or special mentions, but I am just really delighted to have been selected. They called for 2D or 3D, up to 20cm in any direction – mine is 18cm every side.

Black Tetrahedron” 2018 18cm x 18cm x 18cm.

Black Tetrahedron is one of several I made in a 3D series a while back. They’re labour intensive and a bit fiddly, but fun to make, and I posted several others here

Browsing With Pinterest, As You Do

June 8th, 2021

Instead of reading the news online, as I normally do ‘over breakfast’, this morning I delved into one of the Pinterest advisories from my overnight email. This image interested me:

Fabric manipulation – texture of circles added to fabric, by Diane Deziel, see link below.

and I followed the link to the YouTube video and watched how Diane Deziel did this, and wow, how inspiring!! At first I thought that to try this I’d need someone to laser cut heaps of circles for me – but not so. As she demonstrated, it’s something any of us could easily do at home.

Though the video showed me how I could cut heaps of the same sized circles at once, I didn’t ­čÖé but instead cut uneven mismatched ovals, and by her method machine stitched them onto heavy duty clear plastic (always with ‘sheer’ in mind) You can just pick out the clear plastic if you look carefully at the photo, and the lines of stitching you can see are edge to edge on the plastic, anyway. It’s all food for further thought.

“Pandemic Pattern” At Quilt National 21

June 6th, 2021

A week ago this year’s Quilt National 21 exhibition opened, and my quilt Pandemic Pattern is at last showing at the Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio, where it will remain through September 3rd. this year:

Pandemic Pattern” 2020. 72cm x 94cm. Hand stitched raw edge applique.

My artist statement reads: “People of every skin colour, all ages, different cultures and many faiths – vast numbers of struggling bodies finally surrender their souls, and are carefully laid side by side in hastily dug graves in hastily cleared fields. Others are stacked in cool storage awaiting cremation. There’s little opportunity to comfort the dying or farewell the dead, and countless burials take place with only the grave diggers in attendance. Ghastly new patterns spread out on the Earth’s surface, reflecting pain and grief that will last long after the graves are overgrown … ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

Pandemic Pattern” detail

The Dairy Barn invited exhibiting artists to record a talk about their work, and I sent one in. With Mike’s help and a few stops and starts, we finally got a reasonable take, we thought. With both of us being novices at this kind of thing, I was amazed how little they chopped out, if any; and how when I was talking about my quilt’s inspiration and technique, they inserted images of it so viewers could see the quilt. Click to view on YouTube

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