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.
Rainbows and Arches
Photographs from Around Me
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
Shibori—Dyeing With Indigo
Over the long weekend the we went down to the stunning South Coast of NSW. We stayed with my brother and his family for one night. Where we enjoyed tranquil walks on the beach, ate loads and relaxed. Then we stayed in Berry with friends.
Sharon had an indigo dye bath on the go, she excitedly showed me what she has been dyeing. So beautiful!
As I had been wanted to dye with indigo for ages, I was thrilled to join in. We made up a second bath of indigo dye as well as reinvigorated the first bath—which worked well.
So I knotted, tied, pleated, folded, and wrapped fabric around cool branches and threw in some grass experimenting. I was excited to find out what I could achieve. We used loosely woven cotton fabrics as well as tightly woven linen and cottons and we over dyed printed cloth for varied results.
Sharon invited Liz, textile enthusiast from Berry Patchwork shop and Lisa to join us on the next day. They too enthusiastically created many ways to enjoy the vats, dyeing threads, selvedges, silks, clothing. Lisa even dip dyed a quilt top, and it did give it a new lease of life.
Here are some pictures of my favourite results. I think I dyed over 5 kilos.
Oh how beautiful is Shibori!