Saturday, April 18, 2015

I've been having a break

We have taken a bit of a drive to Adelaide.

I always find a drive in the country inspiring...





Miserable day.

Who knew there would be a ferry?

I got quite excited!

And I love signs.


I can't wait to get home and start on a few little quilts again.



Awake early this morning to sunshine.


Friday, April 10, 2015

It doesn't seem much

I don't seem to have much to show for my week away
 but how can you measure experience.
All that art,
all that friendship,
all that laughter.
I only get to catch up with these fellow artists once or twice a year
but it always feels like no time has elapsed.

On Monday morning we started with dyeing small batches of our fabric.
I used some on my old kimono fabric.
It took the dyes beautifully.
Monday stretched into Tuesday then Wednesday
(the plan was to get it all done Monday morning)
 and still we played with our individual dye pots.

We were supposed to make books
but my fabric seemed to crying out for the individual....

or maybe a set.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lovely time.

I have been having a lovely time this week.

 I find it a bit  tricky in workshops.....
loving the tutors work
but finding it's much more difficult
than it looks.

So I decided to do my own thing

after we dyed all this beautiful fabric, that it.
But I had a bit of a dummy spit this morning. 
How early is too early to have a shower?
With ceiling fan going full-bore?
But then when the hair dryer started
and all this before 5.30 am....
I lost it.

Monday, March 30, 2015

finishing off

I am very fond of these little pieces I started last year 
so I thought I would try and mount them. 
It's fiddly.
 I have marked needle holes
and then used an awl 
to make the hole all the way through.

But I am waiting for someone to get home from work
to tie a knot!

And these are the last of my books.
These three are done with "japanese stab stitch"

These last two have exposed binding and soft covers.

I all now ready for a few holidays.
Well the notebooks are sorted anyway.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

sketch books II

Here is another instalment on my new books.

I loved doing this.
But wait there will be more....

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Grampians Texture

Did you notice I might have been away.
I have been doing my favourite thing.....

Not textiles really, but paper this time. 
I spent the weekend making "feral" books.

Now I think I will do this slowly so you don't get overloaded.
We drove to Halls Gap
which is about 1 1/2 hours west of here,
3 hours west of Melbourne.

 It felt like I was walking in  a McCubbin painting.

I would wake in the morning to the sound of kookaburras
and kangaroos grazing out side my window.
How amazing is that!!

 walked to class each morning past the wildlife....

 Check out these two?

I am glad I am nowhere that right hook!

And my book.
Rather upstaged by the wild life.