I have been participating in a fabric swap group over on the Stitchin’ Fingers Ning site. This involves using different techniques to alter or decorate fabrics and then posting to the others on the list. At this stage there are now two of us from Australia and 7 from USA. It has been great fun to not only receive fabrics in the mail each month from all the other participants, but also to chat online on the site and share ideas and tips on each of the processes.
So far our swaps have involved an interesting range of processes with a free choice month every now and then. February and March were free choice so I did some hand dyeing, overprinting and gelliprinting. Unfortunately forgot to take photos of most of this process.
April was a directed swap-printing. For this one I took garlic as my inspiration (eaten afterwards so no wastage!) I cut the hand of garlic in half and made a few sketches, simplified the sketch and carved into lino for printing. I used some hand dyed fabric to print onto using black block printing ink.
May was Collagraph month. I used the covers of an old address book as a base, gluing rubber bands to one and spaghetti, All Bran and burnt matches to the other. Both were sealed with gesso so they would survive the printing and washing off process.
These are the prints drying on the porch:
My June (resists), July (sun print) and August (ice dye) fabrics are almost ready to post off. I will post photos in about two weeks when they have arrived at their destinations.
I am just about to spend the rest of the day putting the final coat of paint on the very, very long project of the girl’s shed. This is all the woodwork which is quite a slow process-skirting boards, window and door surrounds and the huge cupboards. This means I can finally start moving in all my ‘stuff’ which means a big sorting through, emptying of all the cupboards inside and probably numerous bags to go to the Op Shop.
Hopefully this second coat won’t take the five hours the first coat took!
The floor is still covered in old carpet pieces for protection. Unfortunately I didn’t think to do this before the shed ‘putter upper’ got to work and took chunks out of my specially chocolate coloured (for heat absorption) concrete floor. The floor will be given two more coats of sealant when all else is finished off.
Autumn will be a great time to get a garden going out in front and on the side of the shed, hopefully some plants for a dye garden (if we can get some decent rain-temperatures here 20 celsius all week and only just over two weeks until winter-amazing).
I am still debating about the rest of the furniture- do I buy a second hand large table for cutting and sewing (2 metres or longer) or make one up from bits and pieces; do I buy that very expensive adjustable Horn sewing table ($1000 is a lot of money for quite a simple table) or once again, make something up. Big decisions!!
The shed is almost complete, just waiting on the carpenter to fit out and finish off and the plumber to install the sink.
I will need to give it a good clean up and see if all the fittings inside still adjust. I will make a champagne coloured silk slip to go on this to display my grandmother’s wedding dress.
This weekend we have had a wonderful two days with the delightful Samantha Bryan creating fantastical vintage fairies of all manner of descriptions. This was run through the Trolly Dollies (great job Kerrie, Jenny and the rest of the crew). The fairies created were as varied as the participants. We began with making ten heads from air dry clay, all with individual characters. This was followed by the elongated armature to which we added our beetle shaped bodies fashioned from leather and stuffed with filling.
This picture shows the bibs and bobs that go into making one of Samantha’s fairies:
It was great to get a close up look at the amazing detail Samantha puts into her fairies also:
One thing that was constantly reinforced by Samantha throughout the weekend was that her work is always constructed with the rigours of them travelling to exhibitions in mind. Therefore the processes taught and the materials used were ones designed to be hardwearing and resistant to handling. Samantha uses a lot of silver soldering which would a great great further workshop for when she visits next year (that’s a hint Kerrie!).
My ‘Movie Man’ is headless at the moment:
The head I originally made (with red beanie) was too small for the armature constructed so I had to make a new head (sheoak seed ears). The body and camera were sewn from leather scraps.
Kerrie had her ‘action man’ almost completed and was also very busy on the Saturday night constructing three more bodies:
Thankyou for the delicious slices also Kerrie, the peanut butter brownie was very badly more-ish (you can get Kerrie’s yummy recipes here).
And it was also wonderful to meet and work with Samantha, she was an absolute sweetie!
Firstly India Flint has a giveaway on her blog. She is a most thoughtful, interesting blogger, well worth reading regularly. I am very hopeful I will find time to attend her workshop one day.
An update on the shed-the building is up and clad, plumbing should be finished this weekend so it can be signed off.
Hopefully I can start to move my gear in over the holidays!
Happy xmas all, I will be blogging over on GeeTAG after our Christmas gathering on December 14th.
We are getting there!!
Slab-chocolate brown for thermal heat absorption (needs to be sealed after the tradies have finished so will come up darker)
Frame is almost up:
Gap where the door will go:
The cladding they put on the walls last week (wrong!!):
The cladding they should have put on to match our other shed (had to be re-ordered!):
And the space (up the top and facing north) for the windows:
Hopefully new cladding will arrive and it will be lock up by end of next week!
Then the power and storm/water tradies will come in. Then we can get it signed off by the planning department, and then maybe I can move in.