Thursday, November 12, 2015

My Creative Textile Year

Its been quite a while since I posted here.
Since February I was a full time student with RMIT studying Textile Design & Development.

This was a huge learning curve for me and in the first two weeks, I thought I would never be able to cope with the amount of work that was required. I soon discovered that to achieve my goals, I had to be more efficient and unfortunately, blogging was just one thing I felt I didn't have time for.  

Below is just a portion of some of the things that I produced or experienced in the last nine months.

In the beginning we got back to basics and painted and drew in black & white.
This is our groups collection of some florals in ink.

The project was Botanica and how to put your work into a swiss repeat manually.

My hand painted floral design for children's wear.

A machine knitted experimental sample. 
Creating loops.

My final machine knitted piece for assessment during construction.
I had to sew in all the loose ends. Ughh!

My final woven piece for assessment.
Linen warp and weft. Linen as a warp was a real challenge.

My first screen print panels using paper cut outs.

Our groups shibori pattern samples

My machine knit samples on display for Open Day.

Screen print texture samples

John Wolesley holding my piece after his workshop.

 India Study Tour

Experimental materials to create a 3D item
Twisted newspaper and recycled copper wire from broken electronic item.

Paper and wire pot

Testing how disperse dyes can heat transfer onto synthetic fabrics.

As you can see it has been a busy year of learning and exploration.

Monday, January 19, 2015

From A Distance

Melbourne from Mt Sugarloaf

Just an hour north of the city. A pity the day wasn't clear but still an interesting 
view of the city from afar.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Year Ahead

Some of my images that look at the texture of nature.

Last year some of you may know that I completed a Visual Arts course which helped me explore many forms of producing art and to visualise my world differently. I discovered an interest in texture and pattern and that I wanted to explore this interest further.

I applied to RMIT to further my study full time in the Textile Design & Development course for 2015 and after presenting my folio of work, I was accepted. Yay!

So that means a huge change for my family this year. I have been a stay at home parent for just over ten years and now the girls are of an age where they are more independent, the time is right.

I'm so excited to be able to develop the skills I need to create and extend my designs

I hope that even with my busy workload this year, that I will still have time to make things for my 
on-line shop as well as keeping up to date with all my blog pals. 

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Quick Break Away to Sydney

On a quick trip to Sydney before Christmas to visit my in-laws, 
we took the kids on the river ferry to the zoo and took in the sights along the way.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Art Gallery

Just found these photos that I took while visiting the National Gallery of Victoria last month.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Art Doll

My year of studying Visual Art's has come to an end.

It has been a year of fun, exploration and self discovery.
I have learnt so much along the way, delving into different techniques, methods and materials.

 To explore and express myself within a group of like minded individuals through art has been a wonderful experience.

One of the projects was to make an art doll using any materials that we liked. 

My doll is called The Time Keeper, and she is a collector of old broken clocks and watches.
She is make completely of recycled materials.

The old clocks that are her home I found in hard rubbish removal. Her body is from a felted jumper and the clothes were scraps. I broke up an old computer and used the coloured wires to make her hair. The copper wire I wrapped around her arms & legs and some old watches that I had became her accessories. I made her a backpack from some leather scraps, which she uses to carry her finds and her all important journal.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Deep Time - An Art Project

Last Term all the students of the school where my girls attend, 
participated in the most amazing art project. 

Some of the children's parents are well known artists and together with the school and Arts Victoria, they managed to arrange the Deep Time Project. 

It was based around the Merri Creek and the children went on many explorations of the area with artists, teachers and specialists, including aboriginal elders. It involved archaeology, botany, geology, geography and history. The children recorded the information in journals and created art works of the area using the natural world around them. 

On Friday they had an exhibition throughout the school and I was amazed at the quality and amount of work that they had completed. 

What a wonderful opportunity it was for the children and I know that both my girls learnt so much and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done all.

Here are some of the works.

Warning: There are a lot of photo's.

Sarah bottom left, constructing a willow structure.

The artist who joined them on one excursion, paints these lovely images on leaves.
She then places them back on the ground for anyone walking by to find and keep.

Small twig structures.

A beautiful place to play.

Spinning art

Suspended ceramic instillation

Map making - Topography

Willow structure

Preps, grades 1 & 2's

River stones to play in.

The beauty of a simple sculpture 

This piece is my daughter Ava's, dripping wax on a stick bundle.

Wax cast's of eels

Wax fish cast

I love the detail

Hand made chalk drawing machine with handles to steer.

This large piece was proudly made by Ava.

Sarah's tile


Dropping paint balloons from the balcony.

Thanks for looking.