Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Decisions, Decisions...

What to do next? Sew more stuff, do some more print runs, spend some time designing?? Have to have a coffee first...

P.S. The sewing won. Stay tuned for the piccies.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hibiscus Heaven

I have four species of native hibiscus in my garden and all have flowered this year despite being planted only 12 months ago. They are a bit prickly but stunning. The flowers are huge but only last a day or so.

This is the Native Rosella (Hibiscus heterophyllus) - my favourite which is just coming into flower.

And the Hollyhock Tree (Hibiscus splendens) which has been flowering for a couple of weeks now and is still covered in buds.

The Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus diversifolius) which was the first to flower back in autumn

and finally the Prostrate Hibiscus (Abelmoschus moschatus) which flowers in late summer and dies back in the winter.

 All are native to the Greater Brisbane Region and according to "Wild Plants of Greater Brisbane" aborigines reportedly ate the young shoots and leaves, and also the flowers, either raw or cooked. The bark fibre was used to make dilly bags or hunting nets. Strangely they don't appear to be the food plants of birds or butterflies as far as I can find out.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Time for another Screen Printer - Marram Studio

I discovered Marram Studio some time ago and Sarah's blog Silkscreen and Scribble. I think I loved the fact that someone was screenprinting somewhere as exotic as Orkney Is. (to me anyhow), yet there was that lovely common thread of designs being influenced by nature and environment and the passion for printing textiles. Although the studio has since relocated to Glasgow and she uses Facebook and Twitter more these days, the inspiration remains the same. See her gorgeous prints and products at Marram Studio (an example below).

By the way marram is a type of grass which grows near the beach in the Orkney area. How appropriate!