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Fabric Vessels

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Fuchsia gumThis week I took some of my fabric vessels out the Stonehouse Gallery in Warrandyte. These vessels are created by spreading fabric over bag felt and embellishing the sides with my artwork. The bag felt gives the vessel structure to stand. The fabrics used are all eco dyed and printed. These are mainly silk with some cotton. Some designs are completely abstract, others have a theme. The two I took to the Stonehouse feature Australian flora.

One features a grass tree and stringy bark trees from the Warby Ranges in Northeast Victoria.

The second has the Fuchsia gum leaves and blossom around it.Grass treeOn the other side of the vessel I have shown the stringy bark trunks in the bush.

Stringy bark treesRocks and grasses have been created around the lower edge.

The following images show the Fuchsia gum.

Fuchsia gum another view

Fuchsia gum close-up

Mark Making.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Bundoora Homestead has been running a Craft lab this winter. I have been able to attend several sessions. The first day was mark making. We had to create our own paint brushes using plant material/other found objects. I made one from raffia and one from the seed fronds of a date palm. I have often used leaves, grasses and twigs to make marks and prints but this was the first time I had actually made a large brush. It was great fun dabbing, trailing and swishing the brushes around. Here are some of the marks made. On the calico you can see the lovely trails created by lightly using the brush. With the top piece, I used a variety of screen printing opaque inks with the brushes.

Mark making with hand made brushes.

Mark making with hand made brushes.

Hand made brushes.                   These brushes are 40 cm long. Fine dowel has been lashed on with the raffia and date palm.

I selected eco dyed fabrics to  create a wall hanging, using the new brushes. Although I had painted some wild bright colours I preferred the bush colours. Perhaps this is due to doing so much work with eco dyes over the past year (preparing the artworks for our recent exhibition at Montsalvat). I added hand stitch and manna bark strips as well.

mark making 1These beautiful branches are from a fallen limb of a prunus plum. The lichen just fitted in with the soft greens.

I tapered the edges to follow the curves of the branches. This piece is now on display at the Bundoora Homestead. Many pieces of artwork are on display form a great number of people who participated in the Winter Craft lab.