Saturday, 8 September 2018

We've been so quiet...

Nothing from us for ages - you must have wondered where we were!

Our group was very scattered last year, with people coming and going, travelling, family commitments and so on. We decided not to meet at all for six months but we're meeting again and still making.

We have some lovely things to show you... so keep an eye out for future posts.

Meanwhile, here are some highlights of the nine years we met. Enjoy!

Foil experiment - Nola (2008)

Our very first day's activity:

Bring an object from nature, a picture and some theme words you might like to explore.
Don't get too hung up on this, we're not considering finished work, just to begin a design process.

Bring a sketchbook, and whatever other materials suit your way of working. This can be drawing materials, but also include magazine photos for collaging, yarns and fabrics for texture, stamps, camera, basically whatever materials interest you as part of the design process.

Bring some fabric scraps, yarns, ribbons, paper, etc - anything you might like to work with. It's assumed that resources will be shared, so don't bring your treasures!

I thought we might work through some short exercises on our object, picture and theme words. You can combine them or focus on one thing or several. You can use another person's object as the focus instead of your own. Really, it's whatever interests you on the day.

We experimented with puff paints, transparency transfers, painting fusible web, making fabric and Tyvek beads, foiling, making silk paper, simple printing and monoprinting.
Sunprinting - Beverley (2009)
We melted things with soldering irons, sunprinted with different media, made collages, learnt differnet types of book binding, and carved stamps.

We made charms for our friend Norma, and inserts for coffee mugs. We tried working with polymer clay and dyeing orizomegami. Helen taught us rug canvas work.

We grafitti'd fabric...
Huge piece of fabric with grafitti (2009)

and then divided it up and did things with it.
Prue's cushion

Helen's book cover


Nola's bag

Carol with bag in progress

That was one of our most fun activities! We did it again as an ATASDA Christmas Party activity later the same year and both times we made really distinctive fabric.

We dyed various kinds of silk, we practised our drawing and gradually our own skills and interests began to come to the fore.
Tricia's dyeing

Helen's rug canvas stitching and book making

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sad news

The news took the long way round to reach Oz but we're sad to hear our friend Jan Bass from the US died late last year.

Jan came into our group as a summer visitor back in 2009 and after several summer visits, she spent time with us from late 2012-2014, before returning to the States. She was good company, a warm, sometimes wry, observer of life always with just the right phrase, as well as a talented textile artist, from whom we learnt heaps.

She blogged under fibreartgoddess but sadly, her blog and her amazing talent are no more.

Our thoughts go out to Len and the family.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

And a few more postcards, of course!

Only a few this time, because we have all been so busy, travelling and generally out of sync.

Here's one by Helen, made with couched yarn and snippets with a fabric overlay and beading.
 This photo really doesn't do justice to the richness of the colours!

This one is a rare knitted postcard, from Yvonne.

 She threaded extra yarn in the knitting and couched in to the background.

This one is a beautiful stitched patterns of subtle colours, from Maz.

It's all hand stitched, of course - Maz's favourite!

More postcards, we hope, next month. Meanwhile, we're busy choosing our favourites to display, with other ATASDA postcards and some magic boxes, in the display cabinets at the Epping Creative Centre, Stanley Rd, Epping, New South Wales in December 2016-January 2017.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Other things we're doing...

Helen has been making another book. The theme of this one is Lemon, Lime and Orange.

 Gorgeous colours, aren't they?

Helen also brought along a challenge piece she's been making for another group. It involved food dyes, lace, thread couching, beads and found objects.

She thinks it may be another postcard.

She was also working on another canvas work embroidery, which is intended to be a purse, when it grows up.
It's going to be a beautiful purse, isn't it?

Yvonne was knitting a boy's jersey for her little grandson.
It's a very modern looking style isn't it?

Carol has also been knitting, in her case a cowl scarf (sorry, no photo!) She was also making flowers, which are prototypes for a journal cover she plans to make.

Last of all, Maz has been travelling the world and here's what she brought back for each of us!
Yep, there's lace and buttons and unusual fabrics. I wonder what these will become?

Next, our latest postcards..

Saturday, 6 August 2016


Here are some of our latest images on the Habitations theme.

Maz has been researching landscape design - outdoor human habitations. 

Maz isn't sure if this is taking her anywhere she wants to go. We'll see what happens next.

Nola was drawing this month, in an effort to improve her drawing skills. She decided to draw a house she lived in years ago, in Samoa.

She says she's not really happy with the shadows but it was good drawing practice!

Helen is continuing with her storybook but she didn't have pages to show last month. We'll be seeing more Habitation work on Monday....

Saturday, 9 July 2016

At sixes and sevens

Things really have been in a muddle here at Fibrecircle! We missed three meetings in the last three months due to clashes with public holidays. Even when we did meet, only a few of us could make it., because of travel and other commitments. Things should be way better from now on.

Of course we've still been making things, even though we haven't been getting together so much.

The first thing we made was a collaborative work for the ATASDA façade exhibition at the Palm House at the Sydney Botanic Garden. As we like to make postcards, we decided to make a work  inspired by those old-fashioned postcard booklets showing the highlights of a particular pace or region. Our fictional town of Fibriccerre is somewhere in the Mediterranean and has everything - a castle, galleries, fancy houses, a café, the beach... everything anyone could want. 

Helen has been making things for her group to show at the Embroiderers' Guild State Exhibition later this year. First, she needed to make a lollipop...

And then a church....

The exhibition will be held Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2016 at the Concord West Masonic Hall, Concord Rd, Concord West. It shows works from individual members plus works from their groups, like Helen's group. There will also be a display of botanical-related works by members, to support a display by a botanical artist who interprets some of her works in stitches. It's going to be an interesting exhibition!

We've also been learning new stuff. Helen made a book in a recent class. This is the cover...
 .. and these are some of the pages inside.

Did you know what a quincunx is? Well, now you do!

Yvonne also made two books, in a class with Peter Stanford at the Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild Summer School.

Cindy is continuing her online class with Linda and Laura Kemshall.  This time, she was printing with her printer onto tracing paper and adding stamping and other media.


Nola has been drawing a lot lately and what she's been drawing is... bags.

I guess we'll hear more about this in due course...

We meet again next week - see you then!

Friday, 25 March 2016

More Habitation

It's always interesting to see how each of us approaches a theme.

Yvonne brought alone some drawings she had made for our collaborative work for the Façade exhibition. They fitted very nicely with our theme.
She was focusing on castles and forts, which are also a kind of human habitation.

Maz likes to define first and then do a lot of research on specific things that take her interest. This month, she was still in her defining stage. She found lots of words about habitations..
... and definitions.

Then she started to think about human habitations...

...and animal habitats.

Then she began to research Japanese Macaques. These animals are the northernmost primates that aren't human and they live in a very harsh environment.


They  look like they're wearing fluffy parkas, don't they?

She's also thinking about façade as a theme. As well as our collaborative work, she's also making a personal work for the Façade exhibition.

Nola likes to use our themes as a way of working out technique issues or trying out new techniques. This month, she had some sample prints from making her section of the Façade work.

Cindy likes to work in mixed media, combining all kinds of art techniques. her pages are always a delight! This month, she had gone back to the cover of her book.

She had also added a flap from the back cover. As well as a marker, it protects the underneath pages as she works, so over time, it will build up colour of its own.

She also added an image behind the door on her front page.
This month she continued her fascination with doors by creating a "Moroccan Fantasy".

 Next time - some images of our Façade pieces! (Maybe)