Geelong Fibre Forum 2010

September 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm 4 comments

We are now half way through an exciting textile filled week at the Geelong Fibre Forum. There are  amazing classes with tutors from throughout Australia and the world, including our tutor from the UK, the very entertaining Mary Crehan.

This is not a very flattering picture of Mary, but when I tried to take another today the camera refused to work, both lots of batteries were dead.

Our workshop for the week is based on ‘Memories’ and each person in our rather large class of 14 has brought along a different project to work on. Mary has been fantastic in giving everyone individual time to discuss their projects and continues to offer on-going advice, tips and techniques. She has also entertained us with lots of stories and a great DVD on the West Coast of Ireland, her home port.

We have three projects that are ongoing over the five days involving mostly hand stitchery plus a bit of memory journaling(more on those at the end of the week when I have something to show for it!) and have also been trying out several different techniques of image and colour transfer.

Lots of fun here as we transfer photocopies of photos and various other images from personal close and distant histories:

This is a picture of my little workspace with the essential teacup!

Here are two of my images in the process of being rubbed back:

The first is a photocopy of my Grandmother’s handwritten recipe book:

The next is my father holding my older brother (he is now 52!):

I have been lucky to have some very clear images from my photos.

The surrounds of Geelong Grammar provide plenty of inspiration. Some metal work on one of the workrooms:

A close up:

One of the courtyards:

And the clocktower:

Now I need to get some homework done before I head back tomorrow.




Entry filed under: Fibre forum, Hand embroidery, image transfer.

A time for reflection What a weekend!!

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maggi  |  September 30, 2010 at 6:22 am

    What a lovely place. You certainly are having fun and being successful.

  • 2. Robin McWhinney  |  October 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Wonderful photos – you are so lucky to be able to get to Geelong forum. I look forward to seeing photos of your completed project. Cheers, Robin

  • 3. Lorraine  |  October 4, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Thanks so much for your kind comment about my Dad’s album on my blog. This looks like a fantastic workshop.

  • 4. liz Maidment  |  November 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Hello Jo, I hadn’t looked at my blog in ages so have only just seen your comment about teaching at EGs in Australia. Are you inviting me to teach or do you want to know where I’ll be teaching so you can attend a class? So far it’s Geelong Forum, Fibres West and Adelaide for a weekend. There might also be a class in ATASDA Brisbane. You can now communicate by email, look forward to hearing from you. Liz


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