Working with gum leaves

November 22nd, 2015

Out walking this week, I was finding fallen gum leaves in a fantastic array of colours. I picked up a few and brought them back to the studio. Using a pearl lustre base, I mixed up the colours of the leaves. Then I set about painting them.

Gum leaf variety.

Gum leaf variety.

 

Gum leaves.

Gum leaves.

Gum leaves.

Gum leaves.

After the ink was dry I used an Elna press to heat set the ink. Some of the pieces I thread painted over the top. Others I quilted and then ran a sewn line around the perimeter and centre line of the leaf. I used rayon threads and Sulky 12 thread as well.

Walkers bags.

Walkers bags.

Here are two walkers bags using hand painted gum leaves. The first bag has echo quilting around the leaf. The second bag has two strips of free motion machine embroidery, which reflects the  commercial fabric I used for the lining.

Art Quilts

September 8th, 2015

Whorouly South ColoursThis piece reflects the colours around the hills and valleys in Whorouly South. I have dyed most of the fabrics using Procion Dyes. The border was over-dyed in an eco dye pot. I made bands of landscape which I then cut  and repieced. Into the border I have slipped strips of the colours from the main picture.

Walking through the fog grass.

 

This next piece is also about the colours on the farm in Whorouly South. I have created a lino cut of the fog grass and put parts of it into this image. I have used hand dyed fabrics to try and match the colours of the grasses and hills in the various seasons.

 

Fog grassThis photo gives a close up of the lino cut of fog grass. The trees on the hills are created using free motion embroidery, where the feed dogs are dropped, and I can draw with the needle and thread.

 

Hayden landscapeThis is a painting of mine onto fabric. It is around Hayden in W.A., where Wave Rock can be found. Using poly/wool wadding between the top and bottom layers, I have closely machine quilted and also drawn ( by machine ), trees and paddocks.