This is a fun exercise in Lesson four of Jane LaFazio’s mixed media course. It is Autumn here in Australia and I have chosen eight favourite plants from my garden. The Medlar was drawn with a permanent ink pen and then filled in with water colour. The Cosmos was painted straight in with watercolour. The Guara is outlined in permanent ink pen and the background filled in with watercolour after doing a light sketch with HB pencil. The Sage was drawn with water soluble pencil, in this case Dewent Graphitint. The Rose hips were outlined with a Tombow pen, then water added to make the shading. The Japanese windflowers were drawn and painted on a book page, then glued to the journal page. I tore off some little pieces of text and added them to give the background some movement. The large pomegranite is a contour drawing with permant ink. I then reduced the size (with a scanner) and traced a few more onto artists tissue paper adhering them next to the original. I added a few spots of Cad red watercolour to make the seeds pop.
My husband and I went for a walk at the back of our property, looking for birds. We found this wonderful plant growing on a sand hill. I decided I needed a two page spread for this specimen of Hooked Needlewood. I will have to go back in Spring to get the flowers.
I am currently doing a six week drawing and mixed media course with Jane. Jane is a mixed media artist from the US. I have admired her work and enthusiasm for many years. I particularly like the way she abstracts elements from her daily sketches and uses them in her stitch work. This is the first weeks assignment: ‘Draw something from nature’. There are so many things to draw when you really look around. I decided upon the humble bottle brush as it has different stages of development on the one bush. A bug crawled out, so I drew him too!
Create three small (5 1/2′ x 7 1/2′) pieces of fabric art from materials you can find around your home. Learn how to alter fabrics and papers and use them interesting compositions. Finish off with machine and hand sewing. Some of the items I have used are leaves, feathers, lace, old linen, sheet music, wrapping paper, buttons, beads, tea bags, black and white photocopies…the list could be endless depending on what you can find and your imagination.
Local class: Sat, Feb 5th, 10:am – 4:pm
Numurkah Library (Victoria, Victoria, Australia)
I designed this quilt with an achromatic pallete- deciding it needed something extra, I poured on some cobalt ink to get the blue variation. This quick an easy raw edge quilt can be done in a day. There are two quilting patterns used; pebbles and an echo variation. Size: A3
Shepparton sewing centre (Northern Victoria, Australia) are running this class for Sat, March 19, 2016. If you are interested, call them on (03) 58212000.
A few weeks ago I taught a weekend class at Ballarat with the ‘Ballaarat Quilters’ (Ballaarat is, apparently the original spelling).
A resourceful and active group, I would recommend to anyone living in or near Ballarat.
After a dose of mind boggling design theory, these enthusiastic and clever girls are well on their way to making an original art quilt.
I had a wonderful time enjoying their hospitality and 20th year celebrations.
Since 1997, this program has encouraged textile artists from across Australia to enter their work in an exhibition of original art quilts that respond to a given theme.
The theme chosen for 2015 AQIPP exhibition is an endorsement of the United Nations International Year of Light. Light and Light is the third exhibition to be held at the Whitehorse Artspace, located at Box Hill Town Hall (Melbourne).
The exhibition opens today (13/11/2015) and runs until December 23rd. For more details please contact 92626250, whitehorseartspace.com.au.
My entry ‘Under the Jacaranda’ is a large quilt, measuring180x120cm. The Jacaranda is a gorgeous tree that flowers from now until Christmas.
Like a sentinel stands the Jacaranda in the parkland,
Summer sun filtering through its feathery leaves.
The lives of the magpies seem carefree as they cavort
Amongst the gathering carpet of violet petals.
Whole cloth quilt, cotton, raw edge applique, silk organza, fabric paint and stencil, thread sketching and free motion quilting on domestic machine.