Third Dimension

Colour Project – Orange, Part 6

Three views – Circles cut from a silk scarf I painted many years ago backed onto wood block printing orange cotton. This is going to develop into something…

Quite zingy – satin and cottons printed, triangles stitched and folded back.



These petals are made by – back left, folding a circle in half and gathering along the raw edge and front and right, gathering along the  folded edge.

Above and below – double sided cut out “Flower” shapes from various orange scraps. Height created by adding seed beads between the layers.

Final two orange samples inspired by a technique using shoe laces to create a flower. These are individual strips of orange fabric scraps. Central assembly needs attention.

Can’t say I now LOVE orange, although I have found the challenge has produced some of the most inspiring samples so far.

Sari strips and again

Colour Project – Orange, Part 5A variation on the layer and cut away technique I use. Below, using sari strips for the under layer. Still trying to get the raised, cut look working.

Sari strips again, this time running stitched with light weight silk, cut quite finely.

And a third time, these fluffy rosettes are made by concertina folding the strip of fabric, running a thread through each fold in the top left corner and pulling to gather. The outside edge is then secured to a backing fabric.


Colour Project – Orange, Part 4

My Mum gave me these lovely orange roses from her garden on Mothers Day…just so happens to be Mothers Day in May in Australia. Another reminder of the orange things I do like.

This has been one of the most difficult samples to photograph. The fabrics are too similar in tone, along with the shiny fabric… It’s made of two alternating strips, one a polyester satin with an orange transfer print, the other a cotton, both with the same wood block print, then folded back and forward along the seams. It is inspired by a piece I saw in a hotel foyer which had much more contrast between the fabrics, larger scale and was attached to a zig zag shaped board to keep the folds evenly spaced.



This is a similar idea, with the seams top stitched. Both fabrics being shiny  photograph better.


A bit of a change – slashed, twisted and stitched.


(above and right) I was trying to achieve a sort of slice of corrugated cardboard…went a bit off track…but interesting.




Patchwork look inspired by the stunning work of Elsje van Keppel.   I saw “Presence”, a retrospective exhibition of Elsje’s work  at the Ellenbrook Gallery. Perth in August 2011, where she had worked with beautiful silk organza fabrics dyed and re-dyed in natural plant dye baths over a number of years. A video of her working on these pieces was shown at a recent WAFTA meeting. Her sensitive way of working left the entire audience in state of blissful calm…

I can’t find a good web based source of information about Eljse, although if you google her name there are many incidental mentions of her and the wonderful influence she had in so many textile artists lives.

Orange Segments

Colour Project – Orange, Part 3



More stamp prints and cut away. I would like the centre of the swirl to stand up a bit more.



My aim was to see what effects various cuts could make. On a larger scale you would see the variation within the repetition.

(below) Shows the effect on a curved surface.




Simple weaving with fabric strips.





A softer approach – cotton lawn, trimmed slightly more.

I’ve never liked orange, but now…

Colour Project – Orange, Part 2

I have to admit it – I have never liked the colour Orange. It dates back to my 1970s childhood…and my mother who loves the autumn tones (and they complement her colouring). One of the things my husband said when I proposed starting this colour project was “What are you going to do when you have to do a colour you don’t like?”  This is part of the challenge – to explore things I wouldn’t normally do, colours and techniques…stretch the comfort zone.

It appears I am not alone, apparently people have very strong opinions about orange. Having to look closer at the colour I realize that it is when, where and how orange is used…I don’t like orange kitchen bench tops, orange school chairs, although a small accent can really lift things. I love oranges, mandarins, pumpkin… the zing of bright orange and hot pink. My two sons have lovely strawberry blonde hair and my mum a stunning  auburn. I still don’t imagine I will ever wear orange though…


Lots of the samples I have created this month are 3D, not many soft curves…maybe my reaction to orange!

(left and below left) Pinwheels.

(right and above right) Silk fabric stamp print, stitched, cut and folded.

The double sided fabrics in all these samples are bonded with visoflix. It gives structure to the fabric and minimizes fray on the cut edges, as well as giving the option of a contrasting fabric.


Stamp print, stitched and cut out,    re- assembled and attached with French Knots.




(left) Same stamp as above, differing treatment.

May – Orange

Colour Project – Part 1, Orange

“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow” – Wassily Kandinsky

“Orange is the happiest colour” – Frank Sinatra

Amber, Warning, Mandarins, Ranga, Oranges, Citrus, Poppy, Autumn, Apricot, Tangerine, Sienna, Terracotta, Egg Yolk, Vermillion, Mangos, Red Heads, Copper, Brass, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Flame, Slow Down, Cumquat, Fire, Safflower, Halloween, Safety, Agent Orange…

Orange is fun, vibrant, energetic, warmth, changing leaves, setting sun, citrus fruit, the setting sun. It stimulates emotions and appetite …it has less intensity or aggression than red and is calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow. It demands attention, is used to denote a transition or change between two opposing factors, it’s a colour of power and healing.

 Not used in interiors since the 1970s overload, but used a lot in supermarkets – soft drinks, sunscreens…colour therapists say those surrounded by orange feel cocooned and protected, it gives confidence to initiate new projects. Orange also represents resistance movements around the world, signifies strength and bravery.

Orange elicits strong love or hate more than any other colour…

“Orange it seams, may be the best colour choice for the competitive player. Though rare in golf apparel and only the seventh most popular colour among American consumers, orange is jovial, warm, energetic, forceful and a subjective impression of exuberance. It is associated with fruitfulness, adventure, vigor and wholesomeness, plenty of which exists in golf and on the PGA TOUR” – Micheal Patrick Shiels