Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Demonstrating at the Show

I had a really interesting day on Monday helping out at the Paverpol display stand at the Sydney Easter Show.  I demonstrated and talked myself silly with all manner of folk.

I had some great discussions with costume designers, set makers and parents of small children about what you could do and came home with some new ideas myself.  In between, I managed to get a start on a small doll so I was able to talk about the process involved when making something using Paverpol.  And I also put together a tiny collage to sit on an easel with the help of a young visitor to the show.  (I think a bit of bling is needed but I haven't quite settled back into my studio space yet).

There were some little dragons on display and it was intriguing to watch  small children's faces light up when they saw them - often they were at eye level with the creatures.

The stand was directly opposite the art show and, at quiet moments,  I managed to duck over and have a look at some of the entries.  I also searched out the embroidery, patchwork and applique exhibits as well.   There are just so many talented people out there and  it was great to see the entries - this is especially so when you know the artist.

And, I think we deserved a commission for our direction giving - high on the list were enquiries as to where the vegetable carving was taking place  ... not in our pavilion.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Collage with lace

I have been playing quite a bit with lace collages of late.   It is very satifying to put the peices down and move them around until  find a composition that satifies me.

I have been trying to declutter and finding all those little lovelies that I thought would be good for something - that something is collage of course and now I am in the mood they have been wonderful to find and revisit.   Sadly the decluttering is not progressing all that well.   I have moved bits and pieces out of my work space and they are now in the lounge - lounging across a couch and its arms whilst I work on a few pieces at the same time.

After a look at the ribbon work catalogue in the Antique patter library and have been inspired to experiment with ribbon flowers,  Now I have graduated to using those men's ties I have been collecting for some time.  I had been wanting to something with a clay face I made some time ago and had been thinking of something Elizabethan in style.  Now I have changed my mind and think that ribbon and fabric flowers will do the trick - along with some embroidery and stamping on the background.

Not quite a self portrait

Not quite a self portrait
small 8' quiltlet with embroidered hair

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