Of course, we are all mad. And all productive! I am amazed at how much some of the girls have achieved in the past month.
Brenda was working at some reverse stitching on her Gloria Loughman workshop piece, and we look forward to seeing the final result! She also had a framed textile artwork made for a friend, and a wee baggie to show. It is to be a new mug bag to bring to meetings.
Donna had her Dynamic Directions piece, “City Machinations”, framed during the month and it is looking fabulous! During the meeting she was working on some gift purses to take with her on her next overseas trip.
Kim was strip piecing some black and white fabrics to use down the track as backgrounds. Coincidentally, Alex was doing the same, in earthy tones. Kim also brought along her ideas for THE CHALLENGE…. this prompted a few others to also show their sketches, even though this meeting was not the official challenge discussion meeting, and some lively discussion. Everyone needs to bring their designs – (TWO if you can manage it!) on your A2 size piece, just a pencil outline/sketch to give everyone the idea of what you are thinking of doing, to the APRIL meeting. Helen will be back then, to co-ordinate and direct as needs be!
Alex brought along several show-and-tell items, including her eco dyed skirt and T shirt which she was wearing, a pencil case made with ecodyed silk, and an ecodyed piece of silk made by no other than India Flint herself!! That was interesting to see. Her new Dynamic Directions is progressing with the next technique. Add to all these a magnificent mongolian hand stitched rug given to her recently, what a windfall!
Ryl has been amazingly productive with her quilted textile artwork, and a relief picture made using texture paste, paint and paper collage, it looks fabulous and lots of fun. She also made up her eco dye papers into cards, which look fantastic. Well done Ryl!
Texture paste collage
Eco dyed cards
Speaking of Eco dye papers, Jan has done a stunning cover for her Visual Diary. Jan is also well on the way with her second piece for TEXTile Translations, on which she was working diligently. Her other show and tell was a revamped version of table mats she had printed some years ago of the Brisbane Tower Mill.
Sue is working on the first of a series of pieces for her TEXTile Translations – these will be based on the dams, creeks and rivers of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales that she and Terry have explored by canoe – there is a wealth of subject matter for her to draw on and she is pretty excited about it.
Di was working on a new background piece using the tiling method she learned from Gloria Loughman’s Master Class held last year at Redcliffe Cultural Centre.
Jill had been away, and was working on her piece for TEXTile Translations getting her drawing started for the background. She also brought along a few Kumihimo braids she has been making and gave a quick demo on how it’s done with the disc. Video is here. Jill inserts the pin you can see in the photo (at no. 12) to show where she is up to next time she works on the braiding. That way she doesn’t make mistakes. The disc is made from dense foam and is nice to handle. Looks like a lovely relaxing activity for those times one sits in front of the TV…. The king clip is clamped to the braid to weight it and add tension to help make a lovely even braid.
And there we have it for another month! Wishing you many happy hours of stitching and creating!