Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Geelong Fibre Forum - September 27th - October 3rd. Part the first -

Layers of Tyvek layered with polyester organza, machine stitched together and then zapped with a heat gun.

This has been a very whizzy week, this will be a brief post. The Fibre Forum with Tafta Inc at Geelong is a hysterical, amazing and wonderful event. There are so many people involved, we have had an amazing time so far - we have even got some work done. 
I am teaching a 5 version of Hot Textiles, this includes experimenting with painted Bondaweb/Vliesofix, Tyvek, Lutradur/CS800 and the heavier interfacings, S133 and Decovil 1 and Decovil 1 light.

Here are a range of corsages made from Tyvek. . .


This is how they start . .

. . . and how they finish, with a bit of TLC from an iron, baking parchment and a soldering iron.

And we layered 3 sheets of 75gm Tyvek with polyester organza, machine stitched together and then zapped back with a gun to create some fabulous textures.

and we made beads . . .

And now we are working on vessels . . . 

These are my gorgeous girls - from the left, Cindy, Chrissy (hiding), Yvonne, Clare, Cathy, Jan, Marilyn, The Divine Helene, Ruby, Kim and in the front - Trisha.
Watch this space - MUCH more to come - have no idea when as I will be flying home on Saturday and driving up to Alexandra Palace for The Knitting Show next week . .  AArrghhh!!!!

If you come to the show and come to the Freudenberg Vilene Stand number TGR3 and hear a strange snoring noise - it will be me - asleep under the table . . . be gentle with me.

Until next time . . . 

x x x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A good friend, graffiti and the power of colour. Melbourne September 21st.

 Graffiti on Hosier Lane, Melbourne.
Glenys Mann

None of us work and live in isolation. As we go through life we make friends and contacts, some come and go, and some stick!! It is because of Glenys Mann that I traveled to Australia in the first place several years ago - I think it is 5 or 6. Since then I have made more friends and contacts down here in the Anipodes and I am building up a healthy teaching practice here. 
I have taught at 3 of Glenys's events. Fibrearts Australia is a very exciting and thriving company that holds the most amazing textile workshop events featuring tutors from all over the world and of course fabulous Australian tutors.

I am in Australia to teach - but more of that in the next post. I would like to show you what I saw yesterday. Glenys and I had arranged to meet at 11.30 on the steps of Flinders Street Station. I left my hotel early so I had a chance for a mooch around a few of the colourful and exciting streets of Melbourne.

 I love this image, there are still the odd corners of old and distressed buildings left in this very modern city.

 Flinders Street Station is right next door to Federation Square where I was headed for a coffee and the chance to watch the world go by.

 Bikes for hire.

 The iconic Flinders Street Station.

On the way to Federation Square is Hosier Lane, one of the main garffiti streets in Melbourne. I first saw this amazing place 5 years ago, every time I see it, it has completely changed. There are now organised tours of the graffiti in Melbourne.

 Even the tarmac is 'tagged'.

I love the energy of these alleys and streets. I look forward to seeing how they have changed and have been 're-written' on my next visit.

Glenys on good form!!!

Glenys wanted to show me what was on show at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) at Federation Square. It houses a brilliant collection of modern and old collections of art and artefacts. There is always something rather wonderful to see. This time it was the The Rigg Design Prize.

There were some fabulous exhibits in this room, two of them really stood out for me.


And Kate Rohde's work just blew me away - it is breath taking, hysterical and amazing all at once.

I just loved Kate's work.

There was a beautiful exhibition full of thought provoking work - Indigenous Art - Moving Backwards into the Future.

I particularly liked this body of work as it showed work with a limited colour palette, enabling the viewer to appreciate the marks, brush strokes and symbols used.


I really loved this exhibit - it's just aches to be stitched - but it is painted onto a wooden panel . . . 

A detail showing the simple marks.

I am now on the third day of this trip and will be off to the train station to travel to Geelong, the next stage of my visit. This will be my second visit to Geelong. I will be seeing friends I made the first time I taught there and getting ready to teach at the Geelong Forum next week.  I would have loved to stay longer in Melbourne, there is so much to see here, but this is a short trip - next time.

x x x

Monday, 21 September 2015

A New Starting Point with Chichester Embroiderers Guild - Tuesday 15th September

 Gorgeous colours and textures.

Greetings from Melbourne!
I am writing this on my first day in Australia. It's a day of walking, eating and sleeping. Starting to get my body clock ready for my first teaching session in Geelong on Thursday.
I will post more on Melbourne later in the week when I have caught up with this post from last week.

The past month has been pretty hectic and therefore you have had a few posts in the last week, I hope you are coping with them.

My last ever one day workshop was for the Chichester Embroiderers Guild on Tuesday 15th September. (I know only offer 2 - 5 workshops) 
 I had delivered a lecture to the group the day before and stayed over night with the very lovely Barbara Wright who is an ex student of mine. It was so good to see her again.  We had a lovely meal together on Monday night and we were joined by Margaret Fenner who I hadn't seen for ages. We had a LOT to catch up on. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces both at the lecture and during the workshop, teaching in my local area is always a treat. 

 Setting up the workshop.

 A New Starting Point is my newspaper based workshop and by far my most popular. As it was a one day workshop the students had been asked to paint their newspaper and Bondaweb before hand so we could get straight on.

 Starting to tear and layer the 'backgrounds and prettys'.

The first layers . .

 . . and then torn again.

Here are some of the samples of torn and layered papers decorated with all kinds of sparkle including gilding flake. Gilding flake works so well with painted Bondaweb.


  This technique is featured in my book Reclaimed Textiles and there is a video link here - Playing with painted Bondaweb and newspaper. (Don't watch it late at night, you will have nightmares).

The Chichester Guild is a very friendly group and they are always up to something creative - If you live in the area and fancy joining, why not go to a meeting and check them out?
Here is the Guilds blog -

And the website - 

 That's all for now folks . . laters!

x x x