Embroidery Over My Hand Painting
Here is an example of some of my new work, which is stitching itself to become a new body of work for me. I'm combining all the ideas I've been experimenting with over the past 12 months. Hand embroidering colourful stitches, over some of my hand painted linen, adding another dimensional layer. I like the direction these works are going and my embroidery is getting more interesting.
Winter is a good time to stitch as it's nice to be indoors, it really is bitterly cold in Sydney. I've been listening to loads of podcasts and Netflix.
Perth Craft and Quilt Fair 18-22nd of May
Perth here I come! I'm truly excited to be invited as the guest artist at the upcoming Perth Craft and Quilt Show in May, which is only a few weeks away.
For the five days of The Perth Craft and Quilt Fair I will be teaching daily workshops.
Please pop by my booth to say hello, as I would be so happy to chat to you about your work maybe inspire you to learn a new technique!
While there I am going to show my current original work and demonstrating in my workshops. I will have fabric to sell and I yes I will have my new art work on display.
Places are limited.
This is a picture of me at my exhibition opening last month.
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
My Morning Ritual
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.
Flurry Of Creativity
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.
Painting And Embroidery
Hand Painting Fabric
In my studio this week I have been experimenting even more with hand painting on fabric. I'm enjoying exploring shades of pinks and purples. There is something so relaxing about playing with colour—watching as my brushstrokes delicately and now confidently add colours and shapes to fabric. I'm using soft bamboo brushes that I bought in China 10 years ago.
I am reading so much at the moment. In particular all the social media site beckon me. I bounce between the four main ones and get lost in a blur of perfection. Not my perfect life but yours? I do also subscribe to amazing peoples blogs or their websites so I get my fix in my inbox as well. I have so much to read I could never get through it in a day. It's an amazing time to be alive at the moment, especially as an artist. There are so many people making their dream come true and seemingly making it work! It really seams that we can all be who we want to be. RIGHT?
Are you living your dream?
Maybe I should stop reading so much and make more. I think I would be happier as I'm quite envious of how successful you all are.
While I was thinking these thoughts and I will need to think some more about this. I added a few layers of stitches to my painting. I am super happy with this one.