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Friday, February 27, 2009

I love colour.

This nuno felted wrap is a real celebration of colour. I worked from a drawing for this wrap. Unusual for me I normally just let the wrap tell me where to go as I lay out the colour. It still did not end up as the drawing but instead found it's own life. My trusty model was on hand to display. He's such a good boy.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Eucalypt dyeing

I was walking down the street and noticed the new concrete was all stained from the gum tree above. Remembering India Flint had said this was a likely sign that this was a good leaf for colour I picked up some leaves, went home and soaked them. Once soaked I boiled them up with some silk and got the most amazing black/charcoal dye.

Next I put the same leaves, the ones I had just put through the dye bath, in some paj silk and wraped the bundle.

I steamed said bundle for a few hours and then agonizingly waited till the next morning. I unwrapped like it was a christmas present and voila!

Then I got all excited and started to wonder what other colours I could find around my place. I got these wonderful oranges from the lichens growing on the tree out the front.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A new wrap

First choose your silk and dye it with sumptuous colours

Lay out your chosen fleece on top

Add your decorations and begin to felt.

Once finished stretch and dry

Another Goldsworthy

This is a light fitting I made inspired by, you guessed it, Andy Goldsworthy. I can't seem to stop hanging things of it. It's so handy.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Australia's Tragedy

As you may know Australia has been hit by the most terrible fires recently with great loss of life and property. The suffering of these communities will continue for years to come. If you would like to help here is a link to the Red Cross.

Same but different

So this is the latest bag made from the same pattern as the last one. The spiral ended up on the other side. It was easier to do this time though it is time consuming. The silk seems to really embed itself. I may be doing to much rubbing to start with I don't know. I'd like to see more of the lustre of the fabric. Started back to the teaching a couple of weeks ago so it has kept me busy and away from the studio. Need to get back into my rhythm.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thrill seeker

I sometimes wonder what my 8 year old son will choose for thrills as a teenager. This is what he wanted to do this weekend. He wanted to go off higher but I said NO!


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