Textile Collage

Dear readers
Building on the ‘Sewn Heart’ series I have recently been commissioned to work on some additional stitched collage pieces. Work is currently in progress and I am really enjoying the process of creating surface textures and dimensions by layering and patchworking fabrics and fibres together with stitching and embroidery. I have included snippets of memorabilia, printed quotes and stories to create meaning to each piece. Most embroidery is done by hand however some pieces I will be using the machine. These are simple designs with naive stitching and look lovely framed and hanging on the wall. I will be facilitating textile and fibre art classes during the winter months at the studio in Clunes Cxx

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French Pear

Dear readers
Added to the the range of creative work I do, I love designing soft furnishings and home wares and I’ve just completed a small range for a local business located in Fraser Street in Clunes. The French Pear Store offers a taste of ‘the provincial’ which includes fashion items and accessories, country styled furniture, homewares and soft furnishings. Its a gorgeous little shop situated in one of Clunes oldest buildings. It has original brick walls and wooden floors dating back to 1860 and is a delightful addition to the main street. Cxx
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Fibre Arts Ballarat 2015

During April I had the fortunate experience to attend the Ballarat Fibre Arts School for 5 days. It truly was one of the most inspiring weeks working with Canadian Textile Artist Susan Purney Mark. In her class, we explored colour dying and design. Using soya wax relief we also experimented with hand painting, silk screens and block printing. The course was rich in technique/s and we produced several pieces per day.
There was a great choice of workshops to attend at this years Fibre Arts Ballarat, with exceptionally talented tutors from Australia and all over the world attending the week. The culmination of the participants work was exhibited on the Friday evening and it was amazing. You would have thought that you were entering a professional studio with the standard of work on display which included basket weaving, paper making, dyeing and colour design, exquisite fibre embroidery and mixed media canvas work, sculpture and weaving. I highly recommend Fibre Arts Australia and thank the organisers of the Ballarat event for the opportunity to attend. Cxx

For more information on Susan Purney Mark and Fibre Arts Australia go to
http://fibrearts.jigsy.com
http://susanpm.com/about/

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Barry J.

Dear readers
April was such a busy and somewhat crazy month with many activities on the go. I realised I haven’t posted any updates for a while but rest assured I have been creative nonetheless. I started this birthday project for my little nephew Barry J. in March at the Stawell Quilters Retreat at Cave Hill Beaufort Vic. I finally got it completed and in the post . . . . . a very belated gift but apparently he loved it when it arrived. I loved working on this appliqué project, inspired by the Carnival Tapestry of Emily Peacock and once again using a blend of fabrics that included some stars and spaceship prints and of course the gorgeous colours of DMC Perle 8 threads. Cxx
For more inspiration regarding Emily Peacock’s embroidery go to http://www.emilypeacock.com
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