Sunday, 11 August 2013

The depths of winter

Here we are in July and winter has truly arrived. It's nowhere near as fierce as in some parts of the world, but it's quite cold enough for us! It's always hard to get going on creative things in the winter months, and we haven't had any big deadlines to push us along.

However, we're still doing things as a group. We're working on our journals and this month we had a catchup from some members who hadn't been around for earlier unveilings. Here is a Leaf page from Bev:
She used stamps she'd hand-carved for the ones on the left, and the ones on the right were stencilled, with hand-drawn patterns added.

And here's her Fish page:
She based her fish on button stamping.

This is Tricia's Fish:

Our theme for the Journal project in June was Circle. Tricia was fascinated by this gorgeous tile pattern:
She also experimented with freehand circles drawn with watercolour pencils and then dampened with a brush.
 She also stencilled circles with watercolour pencils brushed over with water, which look almost like bubbles, and stitched overlapping freehand circles by couching with the sewing machine.
Interesting patterns!

Maz brainstormed different kinds of circles - family circles, knitting circles, mandalas - and drew patterned overlapping circles.
She punched holes and glued the punched circles in a positive and negative design.
 Her circle village, drawn with pen and ink, was based on an art work she saw once. She also drew freehand circles, rather like Tricia's drawn and stitched ones.

Helen used circle stickers and also drew circles by  tracing around everyday objects.
Nola took photos at the military ruins at Bradley's Head and Middle Head on Sydney Harbour. She manipulated some of the images in different ways in a graphics program.
The left circle is a gun barrel, the right hand one (and other similar ones) are gun emplacements.
She also created a circular pattern with motifs from paper serviettes and hand drew a pattern with pen and ink. Some pages were cut back to the circular shape.
 These patterns were hand drawn, by tracing around a bottle cap and then adding freehand details.
 These patterns used the same image as the gun barrel on the first page.

We also swapped postcards as usual. Tricia's postcard was made with dyed and printed fabric strips, with hand stitching and a clever corded edge.
Helen's postcard was made with a photograph, manipulated in a graphics program and printed onto fabric.
Jan's postcard had a layer of silk organza, printed multiple times with Procion dyes, over a base of silk-screened cotton.
Nola's postcard was made from one of her paint rags, hand embroidered and coloured with Inktense pencils.
 And finally, this embroidery was begun by Jan in a workshop with Tilleke Schwartz at Haystack, in Maine. It has couched letters, running stitches and chain stitch.


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