Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Bit about Banksias

These are perfect shapes for screenprinting. Chunky, clean lines, can be stylized very simply and have really interesting shapes of leaves, flowers and seed pods.  There is one species around my way - Banksia integrifolia - with smooth leaves and small seed pods. Much loved by the local Little Wattle Birds and Rainbow Lorikeets (and also the fruit bats at night) especially now they are flowering.

But my favourite is Banksia serrata - occurs on Moreton Island (must write a post about that one day). This is the one that must have influenced May Gibbs drawings of the big bad Banksia men in Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.


I also had banksias growing where I lived at Bendigo - not sure what species.


Not happy with my attempts to capture the essence in a print so far - I think this might be my next project :-)
It's also been an inspiration for well known designers/screenprinters - Julie Paterson of Cloth and Nicola Cerini.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Sun's Out Again

It seems ages since I've seen the sun. And Moreton Bay is almost blue again, although the fresh water in it has given it a distinct brown tone over the past few weeks. Conditions are finally good enough to take some decent photos again.

I have been playing around with printing on place mats in linen. I love printing on linen - such a beautiful natural fabric.