Sunday, August 29, 2010

Textures, Textiles and Twigs

This was the title of an impressive exhibition recently held at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery which included a collection of lino block prints on fabric by Jim Aitkenhead, Wendy Sonnenburg's containers "more than a basket" and contemporary embroidery by Fran Robinson (her work features on the exhibition invitation below).

I am now the proud owner of one of the lino print pieces "Crowned Mallee 3".  Have since discovered that the crowned mallee (Eucalyptus coronata) is a small mallee species found on heath-lands and coastal hills in the Fitzgerald River National Park, Western Australia.

The artist has been a practitioner and devotee of lino block printing since 1947! In the artist's statement he talks about the floor being his printing table, inking the lino block and then standing on the back of the block after it has been placed on the fabric (he uses very big blocks). Carving a print in lino is addictive but very slow - a very small hand painted lino print on card I did while still in Melbourne.
I'd love to have a go printing on fabric - one day....

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