Saturday, 12 October 2019

Tribute to Grenfell - Art Quilt

I finally get to show you my art quilt "Tribute to Grenfell" which is on display until 27th October in the "Stitched and Bound" exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda.

On the evening of 14th June 2017 the world watched in horrified fascination as 72 people lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire. Eyewitness testimony described the terror as flames raced up the 24 storey building. This emotional, depressing piece is a tribute to those who lost their lives.

This piece was made with felt and organza and quilted with eyewitness testimony, machine-stitch lettering. The piece was then melted and burnt just like the building.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Exhibition - Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist

Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist is currently showing at Mundaring Arts Centre. It's a great little exhibition of eco-dyed and embroidered textiles, dolls, mixed media and native flora. The picture above shows the botanist in his eco-dyed clothes. The exhibition contains miniature items collected and owned by the botanist arranged in drawers and boxes like a cabinet of curiosities or an attic of long forgotten treasures. One of the nicest things about the exhibition is that the audience are encouraged to interact with the work by moving and turning the models and boxes. It was crowded for the "What on Earth" open day when I visited so the photos are not great. Go and take a look at it in real life if you get a chance.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Let it sit - Gelli® and Pastels

Jane Davenport has just released this new video using the Gelli Arts® gel plate and pastels.

In her video she explains that she lets the paper sit on the plate for 6-10 minutes before lifting off the print. Normally I would lift the paper straight away to avoid it sticking to the plate so I was intrigued by this and decide to test it out. I have been having terrible trouble with getting all of my pastels to life off the plate without leaving half of them behind. Turns out that Jane's advice is great - just let it sit! I also found that rubbing the paper gently rather than hard worked well too.

Here are my prints drawn from magazine and book images using Copic markers and PanPastels.

This one was made using one of Jane's face stencils.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Print Awards

Today I visited Fremantle Arts Centre for the Print Awards exhibition. I wanted to check out the entries in this juried exhibition and see if I might enter in the future and win the $16,000 prize!

I was surprised by what was considered a print in this exhibition. There were the obvious lino cuts, wood cuts, screen prints and lithographs which I clearly recognised as prints. There were also other artworks which I thought were more photographs or paintings. There were quite a few works on fabric and some art books too.

Many of the artists had chosen to work in traditional black and white (including the first prize winner).


I enjoyed seeing how the works were mounted directly on the wall with pins and tabs - no frames. It's an interesting exhibition, go take a look if you are in the area.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

White Fella Country - Challenge Art Quilt

I've been working on this small art quilt for the WAQA challenge. This year the challenge was a little different. We were each given a small piece of fabric with an Aboriginal print to incorporate into our quilt. You can see a piece of the challenge fabric in the bottom centre of the photo above.

If indigenous people made artwork showing white fella country what would it look like? Instead of the organic shapes, circles and dots used in traditional Aboriginal artworks to represent the land and waterholes maybe they would use geometric shapes to represent the built environment of European settlement?

In this piece I used fabrics in traditional earth colours found in Aboriginal artworks but used squares and grids to represent the cities and roads introduced by white fellas. The land has been torn and shredded. The emu's nest and kangaroo's hollow ripped apart by the buildings. Layers of the land have been peeled away by mining companies and waterways drained.

To begin this piece I went to my stash and pulled out fabrics with similar colours to the Aboriginal piece; reds, oranges, browns, blacks, greens and blues. I wanted to make a slashed quilt with lots of frayed edges so I included some organzas in with the quilting cottons. I layered up several fabrics in place of batting and then appliqued squares of various sizes onto the top layer. I sewed around all the squares before slashing the larger ones to expose the layers beneath. A run through the washing machine helped them fray more. I added a little hand stitching to keep them open. The edges are slashed and frayed too.

You'll be able to see this piece on display at QuiltWest next year.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Experiments With Gelli® and PanPastels

I've been experimenting with using PanPastels combined with Gelli® mono-printing. The PanPastels come in a huge range of rich colours including metallics. The pastels are highly pigmented, nothing wishy-washy here! You can apply them with sponges and soft foam brushes.

I'll be doing a video tutorial showing how to use these products over on the Gelli Arts® Blog in December. Meanwhile enjoy these practise examples.