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.
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!
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 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 #2
Rose Coloured Glass #3
Rose Coloured Glass #4
Rose Coloured Glass #5
Rose Coloured Glass #6
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.
The 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
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.
It 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
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
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.
Squares ready to attach to a canvas
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 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
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
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.
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.
Prints made with texture rubbings
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.
Print from tile rubbings
Print from sequin waste
Hand made stamp
cassette tape internal winders
Using a rotary cutter the pieces are cut to the required size and shape and machine stitched together.
The finished piece is hand stitched to a canvas.
Tonight is the opening of the 28th Perth College Art Exhibition.
The exhibition continues 10 – 4pm this weekend 13 -14 April 2013
I am delighted to have the following three works on canvas showing.
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.
The 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.
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.
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!
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.
Above is one of my workshop samples on silk organza, still holding the folds from the stitching. Prior to being washed.