Wednesday, 5 November 2014

... and some work we've done recently

Cindy has been making books like crazy lately. Here's one from cereal boxes that she began in Perth before she moved back to Sydney.

If you want to see more pages of this book, check out the slideshow on her blog.

She's been really busy this fortnight, as here is a box she made in a Primrose Paper Arts workshop with Peter Stanford.
It opens up like this..
Really clever design and a really pretty box!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Some work we're doing...

Here are some things we've been working on lately..

Cindy started this work at the ATASDA NSW Retreat in Mudgee a few months ago.
It's woven strips of prefelt, hand stitched, with machine-couched and backed elements. She's not quite sure where this is going yet.

This is some canvas embroidery that Helen is doing.
When it grows up, it will be purses like these she's already made.

Cindy made this book recently. She says she needs to use up some of the pretty papers she's collected!
She's also been doing some gelliplate printing lately. Here are some of the base prints:
... and here are some she's been stitching.

Looking good!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Letter challenge part 2

This challenge was the one we did back in August - remember? Helen got us to cut apart letters and rearrange the pieces in new and interesting ways into a collage.

Maz created this design from her letters at our meeting in August.
She used it as her inspiration for an embroidery. She machine embroidered onto 300gsm paper, which she had pre-soaked. She declared, "Never again," as it was quite tedious to do! The paper was still quite firm and the needle tended to collect shreds of white paper on the way back up, which had to be over-stitched over to cover it up. Still, you have to try these things!

She had no particular theme in mind but we joked that it was the spirit of aviation. She was the only one of us to finish a challenge piece by the deadline.

Nola was making two different things from her finished collage, which looked like this:

The first work was a book of images based on the collage. She found the challenge difficult as the colours she was given were so dark and the shapes so spiky. She scanned the collage into her computer and played around with the images in Corel Photo-Paint, using different filters. Then she printed the images as pages of a book and added pencil sketching and some everyday expressions that relate to horses.
Nola's book cover with words meaning horse

She also printed the last image above onto cartridge paper and used cut elements of the image to make this bird collage. It will become a postcard to swap.

So from alphabet letters to horse to bird...

Cindy's original design used these elements...

So she had turned it into this design, printed and stitched on panne velvet.

She says it's a work in progress.

You'll probably see more of these challenge pieces, as time goes by!