Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thanks to google I found this wonderful map from 1581. Many of the ancient maps feature Jerusalem. Here the holy city sits in the centre of the world.
The other thing that strikes me is that of many of the ancient maps have a mandala sort of effect - they have a centre which leads the eye in and out and they are calm or calming. I love the way the ocean is captured so simply with black ink lines and limited colour. This is one thing that I will sample in fibre in a couple of different ways
There will be more on maps - I will post some drawings and fibre samples as I keep researching.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Year, if you have no Mother's day present planned
Reach Back and bring me the firmness of her hand.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Been busy and on holidays. Found lots of imspiration in Dunedin New Zealand.
Cheers. will post a few more photos soon
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Oh, and there was an amazing dust storm over Sydney on Monday - I rely on the sun to wake me up but there was none so to speak - I took a photo from our front door when I got up a bit after 7:00 am. This the church directly opposite:
Cheers all - must go and try and clear up some of that dust that flew in on Monday ... and avoid that quilt just a little bit more.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I recently bought 'Stumpwork dragonflies'by Jane Nicolas. I have a couple of her books - for me they are a bit like top end cook books - I drool over the pictures and then put the book back on the library shelves. Jane had an introduction about study and sources that inspired her - and an adaption of a dragonfly which tempted me to do a style of embroidery which I have avoided/evaded/said was say too hard (but attracted me) for way to long. Anyway, to cut a long story short I bought some very course linen and had a go. I did the dragon flies first and then looked out some black work filler patterns on the net and here is a table runner in the making. I am quite chuffed with myself.
At the opposite end of the embroidery spectrum I have been playing with papers ( bond, brown paper and mulberry paper) and have created a collage which I will hand and machine sew into and see what happens. I previewed my collage on the fridge door -
I am continuing to play with postcard sized fabric and paper collages as well - all are still in the making and I will post a few of them up next week.
I haven't been to sketch club so no drawings this post!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
First I chose a drawing I did a while ago and printed it out in black and white:
Then I copied it, cut it up to create a kaleidoscope (needed some gentle help at this point - thanks Robyn), pasted it in my book , and then I painted it when I got home.
I also cut up a square and did a repeat pattern and painted it too
I now have lots of lovely patterns and can sidetrack myself forever and not actually do anything in cloth if I am not careful!
I went to sketch club on Tuesday - Jenny - I have moved on from bottoms and graduated to breasts. A new model I hadn't drawn before - I seemed to be in the wrong spot in the room last night- all the poses seemed to be foreshortened.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I have also been going to sketch club - this is a 10 min sketch from a couple of weeks ago. I keep promising myself I will go back and work on it some more but time has passed and I think the moment is gone.
I am back working on Daintree Dreaming but an hour of work gives me about an inch of coverage so it will be a while before I have much to show.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I have been think though and yesterday I was able to blow up a photo and draft a basic cartoon of a photo of my sister and I which I propose to work in canvas.
Here is the cartoon:
I selected threads for the skin tones, marked the canvas and attached it to stretcher bars. I should have a little show and tell by next month
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I went back to Parliament house today and took a few photos of the quilts and of Fountain Court. It is a lovely spot and has a lot of light coming through the courtyard that holds the fountain - it is open to the sky. And it is very quiet … but comfortable with it.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I had a play at home a bit later in the week. I had palyed with an ink wash ages ago and the page was waiting for something - the result is the eagle at the beginning at this post.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
K & I went to life drawing on Tuesday. It was a scary process - not a classroom and no teacher. We started out with 2 minutes sketches and then 5 and then 10 and, finally, three 20 minute ones. My first efforts were very scratchy - I began in charcoal and quickly reverted to pencil. By the time I got to the third 20 min session we were exhausted and packed it in. We got to stand back and look at what we did when we got home and were quite pleased with our efforts.
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