Sunday, 23 June 2013

May and June

As you probably guessed, we've been a bit occupied with stuff to do with the Craft and Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour lately. So I'll just do a general catch up for May and June.

First, the Craft and Quilt Fair: As always the quilts in the show were fantastic. Such a high standard of work and so many beautiful quilts. The prizewinning quilts can be seen here on the NSW Quilters Guild website. They are always very efficient about putting images up. The number of quilts was up but the number of visitors seemed to be down. It certainly wasn't as crowded as in past years.

The ATASDA stand was a great experience. We had a large space, 12m x 8m and it looked fantastic, filled with members' art works. We had a lot of good comments about the edgy industrial theme, which you can see here on the ATASDA NSW blog, FibreTribe. It was interesting chatting to people as they came through, too. There are those who would love to try some non-traditional textile skills and those who say, a little wistfully, "I could never do that!" We handed out lots of bookmarks and workshop sheets, and most artists sold some things.

Meanwhile, we've all been busy doing and making. Way back in April, Maz took this workshop at Primrose Paperworks with Peta Lloyd and made this beautiful shrine.

The aim of the workshop was to create a collection of objects and images in a physical structure, in a way that was meaningful to the participants. In the class, Maz learnt how to construct the shrine in in a deep-sided canvas with foam core, covered in paper and fabric, and put together words and items to express her various travels around the world in her younger days. It's really beautiful.

In early May, we spent a day working together to make journal covers for everyone in the group. We all worked on each journal cover, and then we drew lots to determine who received which one.
Here's images of some of the covers:

Tricia's book
Each month, we'll take turns to choose a theme for everyone to work on in their journals. The first theme, from Nola, was Leaf. Here are Tricia's pages:
The apple leaf was sent to her by a family friend in Queensland, and the gum leaf comes from her own garden. She did leaf rubbings with crayons.
Nola coloured on a damp hand-made polystyrene stamp with watercolour pencils and stamped on the page.
She also picked up a rose leaf which had black spot fungus, because the patterns were pretty. She traced the leaf shape and drew some of the patterns with black drawing pen, choosing different colours to emphasise. She thinks they may make interesting stamps.
She also did a rubbing from a hollyhock leaf and was drawing around the leaf margins when the photo was taken.
 Maz drew a leaf with watercolours on watercolour paper.
 She attached leaves and a leaf set in resin to a page and felted leaf shapes with her embellishing machine.
 She made these leaves by free machine stitching leaf shapes on two layers of net.
Helen attached some ginkgo leaves, coated in clear nail polish for longevity, and a verse. It says,
                                      Temple bells ring out
                                      The fragrant blossoms render..
                                      The winds that blow
                                      Ask them which leaf on the tree
                                      Will be the next to go.

The second part is a haiku by Kyoshi Takahama.
 She also made monoprints, cut them apart and wove them into a background for the painted leaf shape. She liked the right hand monoprint because it looked like a cat, so she made a page with the cat playing among the leaves.
The next theme, from Carol, is Fish.
Tricia brought along her latest spinning to show. She has been plying the yarn..

Here are our latest postcards:
Helen's is made with Suffolk Puff flowers on painted rug canvas and silk paper, edged with satin stitch.
 Bev hand stitched on printed fabric and bound the postcard with zigzag in a variegated thread.
 Tricia pieced commercial fabrics and added a button and machine stitching. The edge was bound and stitched with a zigzag.
Nola's was made from a scrap of  graffiti fabric, hand painted, with a edging of a double row of satin stitch.
This week, we're going to look at Helen's one man exhibition at the Embroiderer's Guild in Concord. If you get the chance to see it, don't miss out! It closes on Jun 27th.


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