Thursday, November 22, 2012

Another Botanique Event

Time flies - another Botanique event is about to happen in the Richard Randall Studio, Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens, Dec 4 to Dec 9, 10am - 4pm. Perfect spot for Christmas shopping. I'll be there - shopping as well as participating! It's the perfect event for me being a native flora "obsessive".

I' ll have tea towels, placemats, table runners, fabric baskets, purses and a couple of shoulder bags for sale.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Another Table Runner

This time I tried printing my wattle print on an unbleached linen table runner and here is the result. Might even be my favourite so far.

It's very satisying creating new beautiful items, both planning the design layout and testing and extending my printing skills. I love the finished table runners so far (grevillea, wattle, wheel of fire, tea tree and gumnut). My fan palm in red is next.
And then I plan to try cushion covers!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Artist in Residence - Tricia Smout

I have been meaning to do a post on my friend Tricia Smout who is Artist in Residence at the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens this year. Tricia is a talented multimedia artist with her own website . We actually went to uni together many, many years ago and have only recently reconnected after very diverse careers.

She has a fabulous blog where you can read about the enormous range of activities she has undertaken this year as part of the residency. The culmination of her year will be an exhibition to be held in the Richard Randall Gallery in the Gardens, from  6 - 14 November (10 - 4pm). Much of the work has involved collaborative activites with her many artist friends (she is one of the best networkers I know!)
I am honoured to be one, and this is one of two collaborative works which will be in the exhibition.

I printed my wattle and grevillea designs on fabric and Tricia has written lovely descriptive words (composed by Alison Hurley, her sister) over the prints, and embellished them with embroidery. I haven't seen the finished wall hangings so am really looking forward to my visit to the exhibition. Don't miss it!