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!

 

5 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Re Callum: you can’t win them all! Having two children who appreciate textiles is a real blessing. Mind you, it’s hard to understand anyone resisting the gorgeous things you made so I imagine Callum will become more demanding very soon!

  2. I ust found this from the printing workshop link 😉 I absolutely love the duvet covers – my fave is Olivia’s! So colourful. And I can see influences in later works! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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