Monday, 23 April 2012

Fun and Frolics in the Blue Mountains!

 Layers of Vilene Spunbond CS 500 and 800 zapped and layered with polyester organza and mounted on hessian.

 Phew! what a week - it was very full on what with staying in Katoomba and teaching in Springwood but we coped admirably with lovely students providing lifts. I was staying in a little house with my wonderful friend Mary Hettmansperger who was also teaching and who makes the most beautiful metal jewellery. 

All the classes for the Contextart Forum were held at Springwood High School or Korowai School. I had 14 students in my class which overlooked the school playing field. Everyone got on very well and all were happy to work on samples rather than make anything considered 'finished'. The group worked well together and we all soon gelled.

You can almost hear the cogs turning with concentration.

Sulpher Crested Cockatoos wrecking a tree out side our window.

 I'm afraid I was bit naughty now and then when I had to stop the class every time I heard a different bird call, they are SO different to our little twittery birds, I just had to rush over to the window and have a look.
 Although it wasn't part of the course, the group wanted to try the newspapaer techniques . . .
 We also tried cutting 'Applique' shapes with a soldering iron.

 Natural undyed fabrics and threads decorated with painted Bondaweb and hand stitch.

 A Tyvek wall hangining

 Faux chenille with Japanese papers.

 Fabulous vessels made from very heavy iron-on interfacing.
 Synthetic fabrics with plain Bondaweb ironed onto the back and then cut with a soldering iron. The shapes are then ironed onto a background.
 More layered newspaper which has then been quilted.
 Jo managed to defy gravity by creatig this amazing little vessel from Vilene Spunbond CS800.

 A delightful sample further decorated with machine stitch and metal embellishments.

 A beautiful cascade of Vilene Spunbond CS500 and CS800

 The newspapaer faux chenille samples just lend themselves to being made into vessels.
 A lovely layered piece using Tyvek, painted Bondaweb and zapped CS500 and CS800.

 Newspaper faux chenille.
 Luscious Layers of Vilene Spunbond, embossing powders, beads and hand stitch.


I had the biggest surprise when this lovely man walked into my classroom, I couldn't believe he was going to be a student - he is only Rick Mcgill,  master milliner. He has made head pieces and hats for nearly all the major shows and operas that have graced these shores - he is SO talented. Rick and I met two years ago at another Tafta Forum and got on really well. We are off to see the Lace Exhibition tomorrow at the Powerhouse Museum - I am SO excited, We will have a great time.

 . . .   and of course it wasn't all work - there were one or two parties - Guess who won 'The Most Fabulous Wearing of False Eyelashes' competition?????

I had the most amazing week in The Blue Mountains - WELL DONE ALL!


Thursday, 19 April 2012

. . . more from Ballarat

 The ever popular newspaper faux chenille wrapped into a dinky little vessel.

This is going to be rather a long post, I haven't been able to get internet access for a while so I am still catching up. Tomorrow is the last day of teaching in The Blue Mountains and I haven't finished raving about last week yet . . . .

The course at Ballarat was 3d based, we used several different types of interfacing, both sew-in and iron-on. The classic pelmet Vilene sew-in interfacing was used as a support for the newspaper faux chenille. It helps stop you cutting right through the final layer.

 This lovely sample of newspaper faux chenille just used black, white, red and silver and looked stunning
 This rather fab piece of newspaper faux chenille was mounted on an old rusty dustbin lid that was found lurking around . . .

 This was originally one piece of faux chenille that was cut into six and then turned to create the above

 Catching the 'furrows' of faux chenille and stutching them in one direction

 A wonderful 3d masterpiece created from sew-in interfacing and Vilene Spunbond CS800

 A 'sea cabbage' created from heat gunning Vilene Spunbond CS500 and CS800

 A simple but beautiful sample of painted Bondaweb decorated with a grass seed and various bits of fluff pulled from a heavy, thick thread.

 A fabulous sample of bonded newspaper decorated with stitch

 A simple landscape using painted Bondaweb and Vilene Spunbond CS800 and hand stitch

 These two delightful vessels were created the from the very heavy iron-on interfacing.

 This liitle cheeky chap was made from Viline Spunbond CS800 decorated with painted Bondaweb.

 This delicious little morsel was created by stitching into a small layered Tyvek sample - gorgeous!
  . .  and last but not least - classic sew-in interfacing decorated with painted Bondaweb and torn newspaper and made into a tower.

 The students final display

 Our final dinner together . . .

 . . . . . . and the lovely Nancy Geren who flew all the way from the States to Australia to do a course with me - what a star! Nancy was great fun and produced some fabulous work.

We had an amazing week at Ballarat - it was great to see Glenys and her team again and to work with so many wonderful tutors - including the lovely Dionne Swift from our own fair U.K and the fantastic Mary Hettmansperger and Dorothy Caldwell from the U.S.A.

I am flagging a bit so will finish now - have so much more to tell, will tell more when I have more time . . . . . 

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

News from Ballarat

A beautiful sample of Vilene Spunbond CS500 that has been backed with Bondaweb and then cut with a soldering iron. The cut shapes are then ironed onto more Vilene Spunbond.

It is Wednesday - halfway through my week at Ballarat. There are 16 tutors teaching groups of students all over Ballarat Grammar School. We all are having a great time and working hard. We have an afternoon off today so i am catching up on the blog and then I will have a snooze - I need to re-charge my batteries - I am still not quite right - the drugs help a lot though!

 my girls painting acres of Bondaweb

I have a FABULOUS group of students, they are very patient with this strange women from the U.K. who shouts orders at them - they are starting to get used to me . . . . The ladies are working very hard and are excited about working with products that are new to them such as Decovil, Tyvek and Spunbond.


The girls working in the textiles studio

 Just Bondaweb, painted and then ironed onto a white background - Gorgeous!

Tyvek experiments.

There is of course PLENTY of chocolate about . . . . . 

Vilene Spunbond CS800 - coloured with procion dye and then zapped with a heat gun.

 More Spunbond being zapped with a heat gun.

Ruth stitching into her zapped Spunbond.

Julie-Ann's lovely layered newspaper sample.

So - you can see we are covering a lot of ground - I will take more photos as we go. I don't know when  I will be able to post again as it will be full on for the rest of the week and I fly to Sydney on Saturday and then get a train to  the Blue Mountains where i have no idea if I will get Internet access.

I am having a fantastic time and am being very well looked after - it is great being part of such a wonderful team, I am a very lucky girl . . . .