Friday, 19 January 2018

The Class is Over

What a week. The class with Lorie was great fun and inspiring. It is always so interesting to hear from fibre artists and the journey that they have taken. Lorie was no exception, with a background in painting and drawing and a lot of traditional quilting experience. She very generously shared her journey. When I take a class like this I like to take the concepts of the tutor and incorporate them into my work.

Lorie likes to start by layering up a background. Often smaller pieces are joined to make a bigger background. We were also encouraged to work on a second or third piece.

I decided to work on a larger scale for one of my pieces. Long strips torn and stitched with running stitch to the base cloth.

The second piece began as two smaller pieces.

These pieces included techniques that were discussed in class.

The two pieces joined to make a book cover.

A detail of the book cover,

And another. 

Beginning to build up my design,

Adding another layer to the nude and stitching it down.

A detail of the stitching. Unfortunately, this piece is not yet complete.

Another piece started for the book of techniques.

Another fun activity. This is the wall of 10 x 10 and 15 x 15 artworks. Made by participants to sell. Always hotly contested, I managed to get a few. The proceeds of the sales go to fundraising for a charity, this year for building wells in India.

And an opportunity to dress up for dinner - fascinators are encouraged. I have quite a collection, made with op shop finds from the conveniently situated op shop over the road. 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Fibre Arts Summer School 2018

Away at Fibre Arts Summer School. This time I am taking a class with Lorie McCown. This is a link to Lorie's website so that you can read about her.

This is one of her ‘dress’ series

A detail of the work

Detail of another in the series

Another work in progress

Detail from the work

Lorie explores ideas and these samples are often made into books

The classes are held at Ballarat Grammar. The grounds are a mixture of old and new buildings with lots of garden beds and lawns surrounding the boarding houses. The roses are spectacular.

The first thing I do after registration is find my room and make my bed. This year I am in a new boarding house, very spacious and with an ensuite, so am very lucky.  I always bring a few comforts from home; a quilt, hot water bottle and lamp.

I get up early each morning and walk down to Lake Wendouree

There is so much bird life on the lake, however, this magpie was keen to befriend me and not at camera shy.

The days are very full, our classes are busy as everyone wants to get the most from the class. There are presentations from the tutors after dinner, it is always interesting and inspiring to hear about their art / textile journey. There is some free time in the evening, often I spend it watching TV (crime is favourite) and doing my homework. These are a great break from daily life and for me the perfect holiday.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

A little bit of stitching to see in the new year. 

These have become a bit of a tradition with us as well. Our friends Tina and Frank celebrate the coming New Year in the traditional Dutch way and invite us over every year to join them. Oliebollen are a type of doughnut and Appelflappen are an apple and cinnamon fritter. They made for a delicious morning tea / brunch.

A fun filled greeting from the family

Cheesecake also seems to have become a tradition for  our New Years Eve get together. My contribution to the festivities is often a cheesecake. This year I made baked vanilla cheesecake with a sour cream topping. It was just as easy to make two. This passion fruit version was for my son’s gathering.

This one had branded cherries and a caramelised balsamic and cherry syrup. I serve the cherries on the side, easier to cut and serve and less staining of the cream topping from the cherries.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

A Very Merry Christmas

And it was a very merry Christmas. Whilst I really enjoy the Christmas feast it is the lead up that I really enjoy. Our Christmas feast stays much the same from year to year, some minor tweaking of the veg may occur but it is fundamentally the traditional roast as it appears in the Christmas section of this blog. It is all the making, baking, decorating that makes it Christmas for me. The arrival our first grandchild Oscar has added another level of joy to our Christmas celebrations.

O is for Oscar. My daughter in law Rachel asked me if I would make Oscar a stocking, our son Liam still has his and each year he we put his Christmas loot in it.

Even though he is too young to appreciate this Advent calendar I had a lot of fun putting it together. There are twenty four numbered hooks and pockets to house a small gift. The Advent calendar is a Maileg Elf. My plan is to do this every year as a family tradition.

Oscar seems to be enjoying the fun.

I have begun to collect a bauble for each year, his name and year. The baubles will go on one of the hooks of his Advent Calendar.

I love the ritual of doing the tree, both the setting up and then the packing away

It is all very interesting for a young man.

And doing the Santa production. Each year I do a run. This is the second year of making the star Santa, the swag is the plan. Next year everyone will get a third Santa and they can be sewn together to form a small swag 

The pudding was made and stirred

Tons of biscuits, cakes and panforte de sienna cakes were made for my gift hampers

It was fun to decorate the dining table with this metal tree, lights and Lindt ball chocolate baubles. This has been a hit with many guests. 

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Print Exchange

The printmaking group decided to celebrate the end of the year by having an exchange of prints. We agreed to the theme of Water, to be interpreted by each printmaker in whatever way they liked, to be wood carved plates, a common size, no bigger than A5.  The prints were then to be made into a book.

This is one of my wave prints. There was some experimentation with inking

This is another

This is the plate. Stylised waves and sea spray. It is now on the cover of the book that I made.

The book 

Each print is mounted to a folded page.

This is my second plate. I liked the idea of the Koi making waves in a pond. I had lots of fun printing this plate and have so many prints that I will make another book that just has prints from this plate. 

This one has the fish printed onto orange paper using chine colle.

This one is printed onto Japanesegift wrap /tissue that was glued to the print paper.

The Exchanges

I am very pleased with my finished book and was a fun thing to do.