‘A Change of Heart’

Definition – “Triptych” has come to us from the Greek “triptychos,” formed by combining “tri-” (“three”) and “ptyche” (“fold” or “layer”). Although “triptych” originally described a specific type of Roman writing tablet that had three hinged panels, it makes sense that the word was adopted first for a three-paneled painting, and then to include anything composed of three parts. “Triptych” can even be used as a synonym for “trilogy.”

Dear readers
Creative ideas are in my mind continually and with an effort to continue work on the sewn heart series, this is my latest piece in progress. Titled ‘A change of heart’ the three hearts in this triptych have been worked up using free motion machine sewing, simple hand stitching and appliqué. The background features a dimensional surface that has been worked with acrylic texture medium and lightly rubbed with graphite. I have loved working on the sewn heart series, a slow and gradual process of stitching, layering, and printing using a range of mixed media as ideas evolve in context to my love of all things stitched Cxx


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


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

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