Days ago, we held our August meeting… last day for everyone together for a couple of months, as some of the girls are off to faraway places! Meanwhile, the rest of us are busy working on all our current projects towards our several upcoming exhibitions! Di, Sue and Brenda all have 4 in the next 9 months, so that’s quite a tall order to be providing work … not to mention the Queensland Quilt Show as well!!
The main event of the day – tackling our art! here are a few photos of the work in progress: not too sure what Brenda and Ryl were up to…. and Sue was painting some parrots as part of her Dalby challenge…….. anyway I didn’t get any photos of what they were doing….
Jan is working on a Scottixh scene
Alex was busy preparing fabricbackground for her next work
Alison hand quilting her beautiful stamped leaves
Helen working on her boro piece
Di making feet for another embroidered Reliquary
Jill was playing with watercolours
Donna has a rusted background as her Bedsheet Challenge
Next up, Show and Tell…
Alex has finished her piece she began in Kathryn Harmer Fox’s class
Alison has been dyeing again, this being her favourite piece from this batch
Alison also attended a shibori class where she was fortunate enough to be able to try out some resist dyeing with 100 year old Japanese woodblocks
Di had remade this cord bowl!
Donna has framed another piece for her “Machinations” for our Talking Points Exhibition
Helen had some fragile fabric work to show
Another interesting piece of Helen’s work
Jill’s “reflections” piece
Detail of the cherry blossom
JIll’s breakfast piece
Kim has added hills to her Undulating series
Not sure whose this is…. arrgghh, bad memory
That’s about it for this month….. The banner for the August blog is a sneak peek at our Brisbane Cityscape challenge….. remember that daunting design way back in early 2016?? 10 awkward shapes, 10 people working together to make something coherent of it? Well, finally it is complete!! You may be the judges as to whether we succeeded or not! To see it, come to our “TALKING POINTS” EXHIBITION which will be showing at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery from 17th November until mid January! Of course, there will also be a wealth of other work by all of our members, including our two distant ladies, Kay Haerland in NSW and Kate Watson is sending some work all the way from the UK!! It’s going to be an exciting exhibition!
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Tagged art, arts, designing, nature, Work in progress
Quiet day, a few of the girls had to leave early, and Kim is away OS… freezing in NZ, apparently. Everyone has been industrious though, and all working towards our upcoming exhibitions. Keep an eye out for “Talking Points” at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, opening Nov 2017, and ” From Raw Beginnings” opening in March 2018 at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre – two exhibitions with new work. The Cultural Centre exhibition will focus on our group collaborative challenges.
Achiever of the Month: Helen has at last completed her Brisbane Challenge piece! It is FABULOUS! Here are a couple of pics of it… our other achiever of the month is Jan, for winning highly commended for her clock tower at the Redcliffe Show! Congratulations Jan!!
The whole piece
The rest of show and tell:
Alex has been busy making fabric bags for use in shops in Sandgate to be borrowed, returned and loaned out again from various retailers
Alex had also completed her blue faced honeyeater and just requires a smaller frame for him.
Jill has been drawing each day
Jill’s place??? ;P
A sweet pea by Jill
jill also has been playing with watercolours
Alison had her lovely hand dyes for sale
Jan has completed and framed this poppy field
Jan’s bedsheet challenge – all fabrics began life white
A detail of Jan’s bedsheet challenge. She has dyed all her own fabrics
Di entered this felted and embelllished piece in the Redcliffe Show
Detail from Di’s felted piece
Ryl has completed and framed her lovely leaves
Detail of Ryl’s leafy piece
Brenda’s has her indigo dyed piece back from the dyeing process (by Alison)
detail of Brenda’s piece
Sue’s Currawong and sorghum – the seeds are decidedly potato like….. 😦
Jan recieve this birthday card from Ryl
Ryl recieved this birthday card from Kym.
That just leaves the what were we all working on question….. so here a few photos of those…
Jill was working on her next shibori piece
Alison is doing wonderful things with her shibori
Another reliquary by Di
Ryl was busy with sea horses on her turtle piece
Brenda still working on her sunsets
That’s a wrap! Until next month, happy stitching!!
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Tagged art, arts, birthday, collaboration, Exhibition, flowers, Japanese, nature, red, Work in progress
We missed Ryl today, otherwise it was a full house, and we had to move rooms again, so there was much arranging and rearranging of the tables, but there was really no way to avoid having at least one pillar in the middle of the room obstructing a clear view, but nevertheless, we managed as we always did, after all , our meetings have almost always been held in that room…. the upside of this though, was that we didn’t have to get our own tables and chairs out, nor did we need to put them away again at the end of the day!
There was a great deal of chatter, and everyone working away quite diligently. As usual, I talked too much and didn’t achieve all I had planned, but what does that matter when one is in good company?
What people were working on:
Alex was working on her 60cm square bedsheet challenge, with her henna dyed cloth on which she plans to applique the stilts and some hand dyed blue fabric for the water on the mudflats.
A detail of Jan’s hand dyed background and the begiinning of her lorikeets for her 60cm bedsheet dchallenge
Alison has hand dyed this lovely pink fabric and is shibori stitching in preparation for some indigo dyeing … the is also capping some areas to preserve the pink in places.
Jill has a very interesting background piece , painted and stamped to which she has appliqued some lizard motifs and added embroidery stitching. She says she has a lot of stitching ahead of her.
Helen continues to work on her boro piece – coming along nicely!
Not quite sure what Kim was doing but she is drawing lines on an image, I think in preparation for the next in her series for the “8” exhibition .
Brenda working on a sunset beach scene which promises to be fabulous when finished.
Looking at it the right way up.
Di was tracing out her design on the light box – another portrait of her son.
Nothing to show from Sue – no one took any pictures – suffice to say she broke her own rule and sewed two labels on to two cot quilts made this past week for some newborn identical twin boys… and then drew and painted Jan’s hand as part of a Skillshare class project plus it doubles for a 100days project hand…
Show and Tell: apologies for the terrible photographic results. This camera was dropped the day before! Or else I had just forgotten quite how to use it……. lol should have had better lighting too…. outdoors would have been better.
Alex had a number of things to show, amongst them some lovely boxes for keeping treasures therein, and her lovely leafy dyed silk on which she is putting a blue faced homeyeater.
Jan sought some advice re this piece, with mixed reactions…
This terrible photo does not do this lovely stingray piece justice – commenced in a demo from Kim – “Opals technique” beautifully framed by Kevan of Arthouse Northside at Deagon, Qld.
Jan’s fabulous piece started in our Kathryn Harmer Fox workshop early in May. How fabulous it looks, and again, lousy photography… i was in a rush and the room was not the best place… but come see our exhibition at Pine Rivers Art Gallery in December/January and you will be able to see it for yourself!
Alison showed us her wonderful shibori! This is just a small sample
Detail, Alison’s shibori – what fabulous clean crisp lines she achieves! She is reverse appliqueing her own procion dyed fabric
Samples of Alison’s hand dyed fabrics. fabulous results from glass jar dyeing.
Jill also had some procion dyed fabrics she is experimenting with
Jill showed her pieces of shibori dyed work as well.
A close up of Jill’s bedsheet challeng piece
Kim’s been undulating again..!
Sand dunes by Kim
Kim’s ocean waves piece
An embroidered box by Di
Di has completed her Kathryn Harmer Fox class piece…. looking fabulous with the hessian mount and plain distressed painted frame.
One more show and tell, and that is Donna’s card which went to Di this month, wishing her happy birthday! isn’t it fabulous!
That wraps it up for another month, happy stitching everyone and hope you are all getting on with your masterpieces!!
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Inspired and enthusiastic would be the overall reaction to Kathryn Harmer Fox’s 4 day workshop that some of us were privileged to attend, especially since it was originally unscheduled – but so much gained! I can’t wait each morning to get started – planning, stitching, playing with fabrics and threads…. can’t wait to finish my current project so I can start something new!!! We had a ball! Not everyone brought their work to show, and show & tell was a bit lean this month, but hey! we had EXPERIENCES which tied up a fair bit of time, one way and another…. and somewhat stifled the creative opportunities for several of our members… life can be like that sometimes. Let’s hope the next month will be singularly uneventful – at least as far as unscheduled dramas are concerned….. and we can all get on peacefully with our creative pursuits!
Here are a few highlights of the workshop:
Di cut up her hat and used it for Matthew’s shirt
Matthew – wip
Helen, working on her spectacular red rocks
Brenda’s hermit -wip
Alex’s wild sea
Kathryn gave us all tips at the end of the day
Ryl’s waterfall – wip
Then there was a little bit of show and tell:
Jan did a bit more to her KHF workshop piece
Jan experimented with texture and paint
Ryl has been making up a kit for a picnic bag
The inside of the picnic bag
Ryl’s gorgeous humming bird
Ryl’s beautiful free standing embroidered leaves
Alex getting into some needlework
Donna received a birthday card from the group, made by Alex
Paintbox, jar, pencil and brush roll by Sue
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Good meeting. Everyone working away diligently with a bit of show and tell…. Sue, Brenda and Kim looking forward to their flight to Melbourne on the following day, for the Australasian Quilt Convention (what a fantastic few days! Even if Sue didn’t win the biggie!) We had a delicious morning tea brought by Di, and we missed Alison who was away, but some of the girls worked away at their shibori pieces.
Work in progress
Di brought in two pieces (started in Gloria Loughman’s workshop) for some constructive advice – that’s one of the things that are so great about our group – members are comfortable with asking one another for their opinions and thoughts on items if they’ve reached a road block …. here are the before photos:
Di followed through on some of the advice, and here are the after photos:
The rest of the works in progress:
Jan stitching her shibori
Brenda has gathered her shibori threads
Donna was working on a woven piece started when Kate was still here
Eco dyed background by Alex, who is working on this blue faced honeyeater
Alex’s sketch of her bird
Jill was working on her “Reflections” piece for our Talking Points exhibition
Helen is making a journal cover
Ryl quilting her turtle
Sue was working on some confetti for a small bird piece, no photos, sorry! Didn’t occur to me to take any of my own work!
Donna has finished her piece for the Brisbane challenge, looking great! Can’t wait to see the whole thing constructed and on display later in the year.
The remainder of the show and tell:
Ryl has been painting
Kim recieved her “Yellow” NZ Challenge piece back from overseas
Brenda is into more sunrises
Kim’s undulating pieces…on the left her dynamic directions piece and on the right her one for “Marine Fantasy” entry.
That’s all for another month! We should have great things to show next time, because we are very privileged to be hosting a workshop with Kathryn Harmer Fox!!! Can’t wait!!! Now to get all the jobs done so I can relax and enjoy 4 days of fabric and stitch indulgence next week…. wooohooo!!!
So chilled out this month, have only just gotten around to posting last month’s pics… oops. Too many things to do . Sew little time. It’s been crazy.
So good to welcome Kate back in the fold, if only for a day…..
So without further ado, here are some photos…. A Shibori Demo from Alison
Alison demonstrates her shibori technique
Kate is in this photo!
Close up of the running stitch being executed.
Completed row. All rows are stitched in like manner, then the threads are drawin up prior to dyeing.
Threads were stitched in concentric squares
A circle filled with parallel lines of stitching
Concentric circles stitched with wide spaces between
Finished quilt showing several circle patterns
and a few more showinig how industrious we are!
Kim works on her undulating sea
Helen working on her Brisbane Challenge
Brenda putting finishing touches to her whale
Alex prepares wire for rusting
Di doing Kumihimo braiding
Di close up Kumihimo braiding
Jan was working on a Turtle
Jill starting her shiboro piece.
and yet more…. Show and Tell.
Sunrise Brenda Wood
Sunset sky Brenda Wood
Leaves ALison Charlton
More leaves from Alison
And more from Alison
Turmeric dyed silk by Alex
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Tagged art, art quilt, ecodyeing, handmade, machine sewing, nature, shibori, stitching, textile art, Work in progress
This month there was much to talk about including our upcoming exhibitions, more on these later but looks like we have not one, but two, in the offing – late this year, early next year…. we will keep you posted closer to the time, on venues and dates.
We were all working with more or less due diligence, some achieving more than others, depending on how much talking/eating we were doing………
Discussion regarding our workshop was also on the agenda, so we are looking forward to that later in the year.
Meantime, some show and tell photos.
Alex showing off her latest dyed skirt
Jill had some lovely kumihimo braids
A woven book cover by Jill
Brenda made some delightful small gondwana themed pieces
Alison delighted us with her shibori dyeing
More indigo dyeing from Alison
Discharge dyed piece by Helen
Book cover made by Helen for Ryl (Secret Santa present)
A detail of Sue’s Cooloola Flight piece
Pale headed Rosella by Sue
Alex’s birthday Card
Some work in progress and our latest Brisbane Challenge progress
Brisbane Challenge, a few more sections completed
Jan working on her Textile Translations pieces
Jill was tackling yet another Kumihimo braid
Alex is making steady progress with this piece
Donna was working on her Brisbane Challenge piece
Helen likewise was preparing her Brisbane Challenge pattern.
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Tagged art, birthday, designing, Flora, flowers, journals, nature, quilting, quilts, Reddy Arts, stitch, textile art, Work in progress
This should be a great year. We are off to a terrific start, even though our numbers were down, as they are in the summer time. two of the girls were away overseas, and the rest of us relaxed with our various creative bits and pieces, and didn’t think too hard about the year’s upcoming tasks! As there is now no 2017 exhibition, the pressure is off a little for the Collaborative Reddy Arts Project………… aka the Brisbane Group Challenge…. the deadline of Feb has been moved to March…. some of us have NO HOPE of completing by the time the Feb meeting rolls around, and anyway I am going to be away………. so you won’t see mine finished…….. until later…
Here is a progress pano – it’s shaping up very nicely!
Collaborative RA piece
We welcomed a new member, Alison, to the group.
There was some show and tell:
Helen’s journal cover
Jan’s sketch book decorated with her faux leather made in a November workshop
Numerous silk bargains found by Alex
Sue showed a few early art quilts and a previous group challenge
Paua Bay, started in a Caroline Sharkey workshop
There is a video to show the girls at work! Click Here to see it. A few stills as well:
jan working on her Sandgate scene
Helen producing leaves for her Brisbane challenge
Di was busy making fabric beads
Brenda shows the girls her AQC design
and working on it, transferring the design to fabric ready for the next step
these are Alison’s pieces she is preparing for dyeing, and you can also see one of her leaf prints that she is stitching
All very productive.
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Tagged art, challenges, designing, fibre art, nature, sewing, textile art, textiles, wall hangings
We all got together at Di’s place for a wonderful collective lunch… everyone contributed a plate or in the case of Sue, the bon-bons! We all came armed with our Secret Santa gifts, as well. We quickly dispensed with the business of the day, ie the AGM, and it was on to the fun stuff, eating!!! and gift opening!!! As usual, we had a ball.
Photos of the gifts follow….thanks to Brenda for coming to the rescue as I left my camera behind…. doh!! and now, how will I remember who made what for whom? Lets see now…. Donna received a chook quilt from Kim, Sue received a Moreton Bay folder cover from Brenda, along with a hand made notebook, which included hand made paper pages, plus NZ pohutukawa fabric – very spoilt!, Sue made Di a convertible iron carrybag/ironing mat – something she has been longing for for a few years!!! lol. Jill gave someone a cute little embroidered bag….with lovely cords she had made – Brenda received a lovely roomy beach bag from… Jan? Di made a lovely green and red bowl – not sure who the lucky recipient was… Donna made vivid table mats for Jan? I’m not sure about all the rest…. ulp!!Never mind, you all know for whom you made a gift, and from whom you received one …. it was a fun day, we missed you Kate and Kay as usual!
Secret Santa gifts:
Mug rugs or snack mats – these were the goodies that went with the bonbons which also contained some embroidery floss and thread in favoured colours…….
For AGM news, I think see the newsletter, Kim will have it covered….. or Alex will…… not sure who was doing it now…….. perhaps the holidays have done my head in.
Hope you all had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Next meeting is just a week away…. have fun and see you all then!!
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Tagged Christmas, gifts, handmade, mugrugs, party time, Secret Santa gifts, snack mats, textile art
With a new year looming it was decided a month or two ago that it was time to re-introduce a demo/mini workshop each month to refresh our technique skills or indeed to even learn a few new ones! So Sue kicked this off with a repeat of the May 2011 demo on how to make faux leather from brown paper. We had fun! there were a number of glue solution (Aquadhere 1: 3 water) applications to A4 sized sheets of brown paper of varying thicknesses…. some were coated on both sides,or glued together in the case of the thinner sheets, which were pegged to a portable clothes line to dry in the sun – and other sheets left without the glue application. While the glue sheets were drying, we got stuck in and crumpled and crumpled and crumpled until our hands tired…. then we brought in the now dry glue coated stiffer sheets and crumpled and crumpled and re-crumpled…… the results were looking pretty good. We found that the more we crumpled, the softer the paper became… The glue applications were variable in their success…. generally we obtained a more open texture with these, but some found the paper became quite brittle and tore more easily, in particular the thinner paper. The untreated papers were softer and finer textured, and thick paper plus glue was a little harder work to crumple…. No “in progress” photos of this stage of the process I am sorry to say!
Once the papers were crumpled there was a bit of experimentation with applying colour, so out came a variety of paints, pastels and shiva sticks…. lumiere paint was a good choice, shiva sticks needed more work and a long time to dry, being oil paint sticks, dye na flow and acrylic inks were very liquid and tended to flatten out all the hard earned texture, but this resolved itself as the paper dried. Rub n buff was another application to highlight the higher areas of the texture achieved.
Donna’s faux leather
Ryl is buffing her Shiva stick application
Kim experimenting with sunflower colours
Alelx had a variety of colours
Gorgeous green and gold from Jan
Jill blending her colour into the valleys
I have turned my few pieces into samples for future reference – the plan being to start a reference book of technique samples for the group to refer to in the future, should anyone wish to do so. Can’t wait to see what everyone else is doing with their pieces! Here are some pics of the sample pages I have done, and also a couple of images showing articles made utilising the faux leather .
faux leather border, acrylic paint, ink
Faux leather outer, fabric inner, star box
MOVING ON, we had show and tell of sorts, which was a little sparse but interesting – Ryl had the most to show…
Embroidery by Jill
Alex was sporting a pair of hand dyed shorts
Kim’s latest BGS 6″ challenge
Another of Kim’s BGS pieces – these both practise runs for her Brisbane challenge
Ryl had been busy working with her embroidery machine and had made two table runners. These are more impressive up close…
Detail of Ryl’s table runner
Ryl had also printed on to fabric, a painting she did some time ago but was disappointed with the dull colours of the printout.
After all that there was still our collaborative work, the Brisbane Challenge, to admire and compare notes… we are making steady progress…. Sue and Brenda both left theirs behind accidentally, but they haven’t progressed from last month anyway so no one was too concerned…. next time!
the whole, more or less