A holiday at the beach…

Buselton 5 A holiday to the beach helps me breathe…just looking at this image I take a deep sigh. Ahhh…Busselton 22We were very lucky to escape the horrid heat of Perth this past week to enjoy lovely weather in beach front Busselton. A breeze that gives you a warm hug, along with the bliss that nothing needs to be done.Busselton 13My ideal relaxing holiday

  • Walks along the beach
  • Swimming if the weather is perfect – which it was
  • Yummy food, lovely wine
  • A good book – Really enjoying The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
  • Sleeping inBusselton 15

We also enjoyed watching the finals of the Big Bash League

Some seriously fun op shopping (I would make Julie Smith proud) I thought it was an odd question to ask at the Tourist Bureau where the op shops were… only to find they are printed on the maps!Busselton 17

And some hand work cutting away layers ready for the next step in making of a piece for a really short deadlineColour layersGrey layers 1

New Work – Collaboration

A couple of months ago I went to Creative Partnerships: Artists’ Discussion introduced by Winthrop Professor Ted Snell, Director of the Cultural Precinct at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery UWA. Pippin Drysdale and Warrick Palmateer spoke of their well known 20 year collaboration. Here is a wonderful 5 minute ABC clip The Perfect Thing about how they work together. Sandra Black spoke of various collaborative processes she has been involved in along with her partnership with Andrew Nicholls for  the exhibition HERE&NOW14

It was very interesting to hear the variety of ways artists could work together to produce a new body of work. This lead me to think about what I could do. Chatting to my son Josh Wells he also liked the idea. Josh gave me free rein to play with some of his images of gorgeous young ladies.

Here are a few of the results.

Eliza

Aliza

Liz 1

Liz #1

Liz 2

Liz #2

Liz 3

Liz #3

Tammy

Tammy

I have machine stitched directly onto the photographs and all of them other than “Aliza” have hand stitched silk fabric remnants, saved from my cut away works. These works have been a joy to create and are something I want to explore further.

The works are going to be on display and for sale this Sunday 23rd November at Hyde Park, cnr Vincent & William St Perth WA from around 4pm at launch of Minky G’s new CD. She is the very talented musician who played at the MELD exhibition opening. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the music. Love to see you there!

If the idea of a collaboration is of interest to you, the links from the first paragraph above The Perfect Thing and Sandra Black are well worth looking at. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Rose Coloured Glass Series

My body of work for the MELD Arts exhibition Hidden Revealed Transformed consists of 14 works. In this first series I have used the cut away technique that appears in many of my canvases. Silks and polyester fabrics have been dyed, printed and stitched.

Rose Coloured Glass

                                Distant memory is often seen through rose coloured glass.              But the truth is often more colourful.

Rose Coloured Glass #7

Rose Coloured Glass #7

Rose Coloured Glass #7 is a 61 x 61cm work made from 625 x 1 inch squares, each individually stitched onto the canvas.

#1 – 6 are 30 x 30cm.

Rose Coloured Glass #1

Rose Coloured Glass #1

Rose Coloured Glass #2

Rose Coloured Glass #2

Rose Coloured Glass #3

Rose Coloured Glass #3

Rose Coloured Glass #4

Rose Coloured Glass #4

Rose Coloured Glass #5

Rose Coloured Glass #5

Rose Coloured Glass #6

Rose Coloured Glass #6

Moments

Special moments in time that we sometimes forget or dismiss due to the busyness of our lives is the theme for my work in the Mt Lawley SHS Art Auction to be held this Saturday 15 June. There are some fantastic works for sale which you can view online at  Art Auction. This annual Art Auction  raises funds for the Specialist Arts program. Live viewing at Mt Lawley SHS, Woodsome St, Mt Lawley is from 5pm, the auction starts 7pm.

MomentsThe piece is made from silks and satin polyester fabrics that have been printed, layered together, machine stitched with some sections cut away to reveal the under layer and then reassembled. Images and the process involved in creating the fabrics for this piece can be seen in a previous post here.

My son Josh Wells has two lovely limited edition prints on canvas in the auction. Both were photographed on his recent trip to Europe. The first is a view from the Arc de Triomphe at sunset, below that Riolo Terme in Italy.

Paris at Sunset

Paris at Sunset

Riolo Terme

Riolo Terme

Two down

I have now completed and entered work in two juried exhibitions and I am currently working on a third with an early April deadline. My major (and most exciting) project for this year, the MELD group exhibition now has a confirmed venue and date. It will be held in October at Showcase Gallery, Northbridge. Fellow MELD members Julie, Margaret and Liz are all busy working on their pieces for the exhibition. I will need to start VERY soon…

Below are work in progress photos of the first completed work.The gorgeous Dupoin Silk is printed with a screen made from old family letters and a simple block line stamp.

Slik Prints 2Silk prints 1The under layers of a lot of my works are polyester satin with transfer prints. In the finished works you only ever see very small cut away sections. Most of the pattern is hidden for ever. I have used fabric crayon rubbings from lead light windows, floor boards and texture rubbing plates I have made from glue on cardboard to create the line patterning.Poly prints 1

Poly Prints 3Poly Prints 7Poly Prints 6Poly Prints 5Poly Prints 4The fabrics were sewn together and then sections were cut away to reveal the under layer. These strips have been cut to shape ready to piece together. The final work will be revealed…later!Cut sectionsCut sections 3Cut Sections 2

 

Happy New Year

Well, yes a few days late now!

This was going to be a Pre-Christmas post, although I’ve been busy working on a couple of pieces over the last few weeks, trying to get a head start for a busy textile year ahead. Along with several juried exhibitions I plan to enter,  myself and fellow MELD members Julie, Liz and Margaret are all working towards a group exhibition for later this year. With all the usual family, work, life commitments it’s going to be a very busy, yet exciting year.

Prior to Christmas I was busy making Christmas presents for two of my children. Josh had requested a doona cover with prints of the old family letters I had used in my Mysterium piece. I usually print pieces of fabric up to A3 in size as it works in well with the other processes I use to make my works and due to the size of my make shift print table (the laundry bench). Printing a queen size doona cover presented a slight challenge, so I decided to print it at a WAFTA workday where I could spread out as much as I liked.

December 2013 017It took a day and a half to print as each print is smaller than A4. I am happy to say he was very pleased with the end result…lying in his bed on Christmas Day under the new doona cover, he said “this is the most comfortable I’ve ever been”

The final product

The final product

Olivia had been asking for a while if I would make her a piece of work. Three weeks before Christmas I thought it would be lovely to make something for her as a Christmas present. Her room is mostly white, so I wanted something light and fun for a teenager, a step away from my usually much darker works. The natural coloured background is sari silk strips purchased from The Thread Studio a while back.

Sari Silk Strips

Sari Silk Strips

I over stitched the squares using black thread to add a bit of strength and definition to the piece. It was a fun project to make, along with the chance to try out a few new ideas and techniques.December 2013 038

Squares ready to attach to a canvas

Squares ready to attach to a canvas

Detail

Detail

The finished work

The finished work

And you may ask, what about Callum my other son? Well he was very glad to receive Wii and DS games for Christmas!

 

Mt Lawley SHS Art Auction

Mt Lawley SHS has an annual art auction to raise funds for specialist tutors and performance costs in its visual and performing arts program. This year  my piece “Red Red Wine” is included in the auction.

Red Red Wine

Red Red Wine

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The auction includes many well know Western Australian artists. Viewing of artworks starts at 5.00pm and the auction will commence at 7.00pm, Saturday 15th June. For more details and to view the catalogue of works for sale see Mt Lawley SHS

Pop Series

I had a commission for two more works in the Pop series of 30 x 30cm canvases.

These four pieces made recently complete the series.

Pop III

Pop III

Pop IV

Pop IV

Pop V

Pop V

Pop VI

Pop VI

I am often asked how these works are made so I have documented the process below.

I start with silk fabrics approximately A4 in size which are screen printed and stamped using tile rubbings, and my collection of stamps made from cassette tape winders, bubble wrap and  hand cut stamps.

Texture rubbing 2

Prints made with texture rubbings

Stitched pieces

A sandwich of felt, silk fabric scraps and the printed layer are machine stitched together.

Top layer sections are cut away with very sharp scissors. Additional snips are made to reveal and fray.

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Print from tile rubbings

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Print from sequin waste

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Hand made stamp

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Bubble wrap

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cassette tape internal winders

Using a rotary cutter the pieces are cut to the required size and shape and machine stitched together.

Using a rotary cutter the pieces are cut to the required size and shape and machine stitched together.

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The finished piece is hand stitched to a canvas.

New Work

Tonight is the opening of the 28th Perth College Art Exhibition.

The exhibition continues 10 – 4pm this weekend 13 -14 April 2013

Perth College Invite

I am delighted to have the following three works on canvas showing. Rising

Rising is the piece I have previously blogged showing the pins from a side view holding the 625 pieces in place prior to stitching to the canvas. The fabrics have been dyed, printed with a lace pattern, stitched and cut back to reveal a second layer of printed fabrics. Detail below.

Rising - Detail 2The next two Pop I & Pop II are part of a display of 30 x 30cm works. The grey silk has been printed with texture rubbings and direct prints. The other layers are a combination of hand and commercially dyed silks.

Pop I

Pop II

 

Busy working

Screen 1

I’ve been very busy these past few weeks preparing work for some exhibitions.  Above are some texture rubbings applied in water soluble crayon onto silk screens. Below – some of the prints on grey silk.

Texture rubbing print 1

These we’re used in combination with other layers of silks, stitchIng, cutting away sections and fraying.

Below is another piece I am working on, from side on. It has 625 pins holding all the 1 inch squares in place until I am completely happy with the arrangement. Yes, there are 625 pieces to sew onto the canvas!

Pins 1

I had the great pleasure last weekend to attend a workshop by UK Shibori Artist, Jane Callender,  Jane presented two Shibori and Indigo dyeing workshops for WAFTA as well as a very comprehensive lecture on repeat pattern making and the Indigo Dyeing process. The workshop was a great immersion into many stitching, clamping and wrapping techniques by a master practitioner. I like many others, left the workshop wishing I could spend a few more days exploring all the techniques.

Shibori organza

Above is one of my workshop samples on silk organza, still holding the folds from the stitching. Prior to being washed.