Friday, September 30, 2011

Papers, Pages and Prints

That's the name of a beautiful exhibition that's just ended at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery.  The exhibition included altered books and handmade books from the Queensland Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists Book and Paper Group. Two of my Samford Slab Hut artist friends were exhibitors - Tricia Smout and Wendy Sonnenburg.  And the exhibition also included artist prints (mostly etchings) by Judith Rosenberg which are exquisite, and a range of works from the Pressgang Print Group from Noosa. My favourite part of the exhibition were the prints and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a monotype printing workshop run by one of the printmakers Sandra Pearce. Sandra's work is just beautiful - she is inspired by nature and the environment which is probably why I find it so stunning. Here is an example from her website  - scrub turkey.

  And another one - some species of pigeon (native I hope)

I have never tried monotype printing before - and on paper - so it opened up a whole new world for me. We used a printing press to create the prints (but you can manage without) and all sorts of materials including leaves, stencil cutouts, pieces of lace - just about anything. The workshop was only two and a half hours so it was just a taste. Not much time to try out layering but I am happy enough with my first go. Can't wait to try out more!

(P.S. This is the first blog post from my new Toshiba laptop - fantastic to have more power. Now I don't have time to have a cup of tea or a shower while I wait for Picasa to load :-)).

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kangaroo Paw Time

The Kangaroo Paw is in flower again. These are photos I took last year of some planted by the Council just down the road from me. You can see why they are called Kangaroo Paw - both the shape and the furry texture of the plant (but maybe not the colour).

I can't believe 12 months have gone by. I was full of good intentions to design a Kangaroo Paw print but nothing has happened yet.... Where does the time go. Maybe in the next twelve months....

I love when the flowers open up. Just perfect for a stencil print

Of course there are lots of other colours. Here are some from my sister's native plant nursery in Tasmania.

Many Australian textile designers/screenprinters have been inspired by this spectacular plant. Here are a few of their interpretations




Have I missed any?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bits and Pieces

These are off to Beth's new gallery in NSW very shortly and to new homes and kitchens somewhere..... I hope to be able to post some photos and details of this new shop soon.

Big printing session last week and these are some of the results. It's been a very satisfying time mixing colours, printing (happily very few messups - I'm getting better), finishing off and preparing the labels and packaging. I never really tire of seeing the end product of my labours.

My white Bower of Beauty place mats have just been included in an Etsy Treasury curated by BrisStyle member Amanda (Daughter of James) - check out her lovely Etsy shop.

'BrisStyles all white' by DAUGHTERofJames

Cloud Brooch

Necklace Resin bead all coco...

White Lace Medallion Paper G...

SALE - La Princesa - Medium ...

Snow Butterflies Paper Garla...

clear pearl resin platter

Screen Printed Linen Place M...

Earrings. Modern Contemporar...

Necklace - Icey White and G...

Vintage Style Cameo Soap (yo...

SALE Vintage 80s - Molly Rin...

A Little Bit of Marilyn Earr...

And finally - another plug for the BrisStyle gals - I attended two great sessions recently organised by the team - the latest on hints and tricks when taking photographs run by Mel from Kimono Reincarnate. Really excellent and professionally presented. Now I need to get my new camera and try out some of her suggestions. Her notes are likely to get posted on the BrisStyle blog soon.