Friday, October 31, 2014

Houston quilts

If you are in Houston right now, at the Quilt Festival, you're very lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful quilts and great quilters! I am here at home enjoying the coverage of the event via the internet. I have 2 quilts in the Hands All Around exhibit, Shake the Tree, detail above and Flood #1- River Rising, below.
Congratulations to all the prize winners, the quilts look amazing! has details of winning quilts.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bark colour

Out on a morning walk, I just had to stop and take photos when I came across these amazing colours in the bark of the gigantic gum tree, near a local high school.
And lovely scribbly patterns from the insect life sustain by this beautiful tree.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Collagraph preparation

Shellac flakes are dissolved in methylated spirits to obtain the shellac liquid for sealing the collagraph plates I made earlier. Several layers need to be applied. These are the shiny flakes before dissolving.
I strain it and then paint it on. I'll stop at the fifth coating and then print!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Promise of Tomorrow

Above is a working photo of trimming up the vertical edge for my latest Viewpoints 9 challenge quilt, made for the Environment and Ecology challenge which is being revealed today on the blog.
We have worked in a larger size, 40cm w x 80cm as these quilts will be part of the TIQE 16 exhibition in Taiwan.
Using various seed pods and seed grass heads I printed the images. Many seed banks have been set up to preserve species for the future, as man's influence on habitat destruction threatens plant extinction. Seeds hold the promise of tomorrow.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monkey pod

I took this red hand dyed cotton to Hawai'i with me and used found Monkey Pods [ hope I have this right?] for some printing and rubbing while visiting Phyllis Cullen. The design was bland and indistinct until I painted the rubbed pods with white. The black leaf prints are from the Big Island too. Now I'm liking how it is looking and have plans for it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Seduced by the Impefect series

It was so helpful to have my friends hold up the quilts from this series, as I hadn't looked at them in a grouping of 4, just 2 together at a time on the design wall. They were also generous in their comments and I have a few ideas to fix some "problem" areas.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Viewpoints 9 quilt

After the unhappy first attempt for the Environment and Ecology challenge set by Hsin-Chen Lin for the current Viewpoints 9 challenge I refined my design and focused on getting a strong, clear message. Luckily I still had enough of the blue dyed background. Not wide enough but I really like the solution I came up with to compensate. This photo shows my first step- checking spacing for my word.
I used a black, fine tip permanent marker to get the stencilled letters into position before hand painting. The white guide line is made with a sliver of soap- very easy to remove.
Unfortunately I can't show a full view of my quilt just yet, as reveal is October 27 USA time [Oct 28 here]. I printed and rubbed various seeds/seed pods and used the fabric paint to add the same colour to left over strips. These made a great addition to the narrow vertical side giving me the extra centimetres I needed.
I had also experimented with sun printing and this fabric was my backing piece.