Colours Layers and Layers of Colour
I am excited to introduce you to a new workshop that I am teaching.
In this workshop I will show you how to paint on fabric and then embroider your works with lovely colourful treads. This is perfect to create your own embroidered masterpiece or to add that finishing touch to a craft or sewing project, you will be stitching beautifully in no time.
Please do come along to meet like minded people and have a day of creativity. My workshops are fun and inspiring. Suitable for all levels. You will leave with new techniques.
The price includes the use of my equipment, ink and fabric and embroidery threads.
If you have a group of friends and would like to host this workshop please contact me so we can arrange a date.
Date; Saturday 12th of March 2016
Time; 10am to 1pm
Location; Saffron Sydney Studio Clontarf NSW.
Eco Friendly Housing—we've been involved with a project for about three years. Essentially the project is an idea that we can create an Eco Village in a large Valley North of Sydney.
At present my family and a few other close friends with their families are involved which is cool. The project currently has 120 people or families, others are single ladies.
Together we are creating a community of like minded people. We are all working together in the valley, clearing the old trees, turning them into mulch, lots of weeding, and the odd demolishing of old buildings that are unusable.
Still it's a while away before we build. Bridges need to be be built, roads as well. There are lots of meetings to discuss how we create it, how it will look and feel. What will we call the streets?
In my own time I'm planing on what I will build. Yay for Pinterest!
We are building in the first stage and another 100 houses will be built in the second stage. We all want to create sustainable housing, leaving large amounts of green space to grow food and to enjoy for pleasure. Yes we all plan to live off the grid. Ambitious and exciting and sometimes nerve racking. But in three years we've seen lots of change all enormously exciting.
So when I'm sitting and thinking and I'm pondering the actual house I will build for my family. (Well technically we will have a builder and trades but I will be the overseer.) I'm in the throws of designing a house.
My mind is full of ideas—creating my future home. What will the front door be like? How will it open onto the garden? Will we build over two levels? Will we have a parents retreat on the top floor? Natural stone bathroom? Luxurious bath (please fit into budget)! Black/timber kitchen? Timber floorboards? Entertainer. Sandstone. My studio? What will that be like? Well that's what I'm thinking. And today sharing!
My Eco House Pinterest board is added to quite regularly. This is my style of house that I wanting to build. One lady is building a Hobbit Hole house, another an Earth Dwelling. But I want to build something light and airy and that feels solid. My dream is going to move forward a lot this year.
Here is my pinterest board if you care to see more of my inspirations? Please click follow!
I am loving this house.
I'm still obsessed with print and pattern design, it feeds into my life daily and I'm on the look out for it as it feeds through to me via blogs and Instagram and Pinterest. I think it still comes through in my work as well.
Right now I just I want to be a bit more free in my work and mark it with paintbrush not just vectors and I want to have ink/paint all over my hands. Yes I love having my hands covered in ink.
I'm out and about in nature a fair bit and taking what I see into my studio every day painting, drawing, layering. The days are too short.
Wow Grayson Perry's work is exciting. I took the family with me to enjoy the Grayson Perry exhibition at the MCA Sydney. I was dazzled by his work and his story. His huge tapestries are breathtaking, one of them is 15 meters long. It is so detailed and vibrant that it took my breath away, it made me want to run into my studio to work at creating my own tapestries. I also took away this pearl of wisdom as Perry says artist over think their work—he explains that he just has an idea and runs with it. I am so taking on that advice.
I started reminiscing of my love for tapestries. Two other works that I love that are The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries which I visit whenever I go to Paris. They transport me in time and take me to a happy place and probably will inspire me in my work in my future.
I also love the Bayeux Tapestry it is remarkable in beauty also that is survived 9 centuries. It is 70 meters long. It is staggeringly beautiful. I've seen it twice.
I had my aha moment, reconnecting with my younger self that dreamed big. That had ample energy and no family taking up enormous amounts of time. I don't think I've ever been as excited by an artist as I am by Grayson Perry. I hope I live to be 100 so I can create all the creations in my head.
In particular this Grayson Perry tapestry gave me reason to smile, as it's a great social comment on how we live.
So we are well into 2016. Well into the new year. I've got a long list of to do's which I hope to accomplish this year. I will enjoy ticking off my work that is creatively related.
2015 was probably the best year of my life. Mostly because I felt so in the moment and content with myself. Inspired and wishing the creative hours were longer. So fingers crossed 2016 is as good.
Already I just want to spend every second in my studio.
I've just come back from a wonderful 3 week holiday in WA visiting my sisters family, we were joined by Patricks family from Holland so in total we were 11. We enjoyed daily adventuring. 4W-driving to remote places, long coastal cliff walks, swimming in the rough oceans that Tim Winton so perfectly writes about. Precious family time together, they grow up overnight- I treasure them so much and miss them already.
Other highlights included connecting with nature, the tall trees, the empty beaches, stroking the back of huge stingrays as they glided past our feet, it truly was wonderful. I even got to feed Joey's with milk. Such sweet baby kangaroos.
Oh and the food we ate so much food.
I deleted Facebook and Instagram from my phone for the time away and didn't check my emails. I didn't miss them very much!
On a creative level, when I had precious time alone usually in the heat of the day, I drew and painted the bright rugged dessert like ancient coast lines of WA. Smoke was in the air. The fires so bad and so sad. I created nearly 40 paintings. All experimental. Some I gifted as a thanks. One painting was received with such gratitude like I've never seen before. It made my heart soar.
I'm still inspired by pinks and yellow.
After creating so many vector based images over the past few years I have really wanted to paint a painting like this one. Large multi coloured, allowing the paint to smear and layer. Letting the mark on the canvas be from my fingertips and brushes. Using and referring to the patterns and shapes that I love.
I am pleased with this one the process is exhilarating. It makes me feel oh so happy.
The is a detail of the top left side of the painting.
wide120cm x 60cm
Waking up is so easy in Summer. This morning I saw the dawn crack in at just after 5am. I was surprised that the night was over so soon. It was so warm padding around the house. I sat on my couch and woke up. It was pleasant to watch the shadows fade. I enjoyed this time to think.
I boiled the kettle and made a pot of vanilla tea —brewing it for 5 minutes. I added milk into my Marremeko cup, a cup with a water colour illustration on it. I find this such a beautiful cup. I sipped the tea, savouring every mouthful. I made a bowl of muesli natural with natural yogurt and ate that on the couch. With the family gathered around doing much the same.
Showered and I then got dressed— light summer clothes and Birkenstocks. I made my bed neatly maybe like a bed in a magazine. I do love my bed to look nice. Tidied the kitchen, cleaned my teeth. Routine.
Then we walked down to the beach for a swim, down the hill through the trees full of yellow flowers. The water was all shades of blue. People said good morning. Asked me how I was. The wind was from the west and so hot. For 40 minutes we basked in the beauty of the morning. Then hot we walked home. My daughter continued on her walk to school in her uniform, school bag full on her back. Once inside my little one fell asleep gratefully into her cot.
By 8.30 I was sitting in my studio mixing ink in shades of pink and peach. Summer fruit colours. Painting and creating. My bliss.
This seems to be my Spring/Summer morning ritual.
I am having such a creative period in my life. It makes every moment so precious. I can't even sleep I am so excited to get into my studio and create.
Here is what I created today. I am thinking about the harsh Australian dessert and the flooding rains that bring such life force, abundant flowers grow from seeds stored in the parched earth. I am layering the paintings with colours and patterns and various mediums. Playing layering adding and taking away.
It's a kind of alchemy seeing how the paint will preform.