Friday, July 27, 2012

Playing with the left overs...

 After two and half years of working with the minutai of
domestic needlework, pinning fragment after fragment
to create a large image, it's fun to work with quick 'sketches'
in flora motifs
 I'm also having fun working with what's left over... the linen
remnants left behind after the needlework has been 'mined'...
and now those negative spaces are being in-filled with the
unfinished business of others - needlework projects which
have been left unfinished or never started
nothing beats the stitch-by-stitch meditative process
of working on an old Singer c.1954 - passed down to me
from my husband's family - it once belonged to my dear
mother-in-law Sally Alexander, who was a doctor and
unfortunately not much of a seamstress, but used it mostly
for mending.  No-one else in her family wanted it, but I treasure her
and am now embarking on my second large installation with this
old but very reliable and very simple machine. The story goes
that it cost my father-in-law, George a week's salary!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Collage Critters at Heide

Revealing the source - vintage tea cloth, hand-embroidered with sweet peas

 I ran my fourth and final children's print and collage workshop yesterday,
 at Heide Museum of Modern Art

with the help of Dom, Judy and Christine and
16 wonderful children aged between 5 and 10 years

Revealing another inspirational piece -
antique hand-made lace handkerchief from Paris

Children never cease to amaze when they are given the freedom to create...

A collaged butterfly by one of the girls

 A collaged King parrot by one of the boys

A collaged Lyrebird by one of the girls 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Crazy Kooka Days

 A jolly fellow emerges
(detail of a Laughing Kookaburra
 after Anthony Alder c1890)
 Studio joy after many weeks away
A huge day's work