Posts filed under ‘Printing’

Geelong Gallery Latest exhibitions

I managed to drop into the Geelong Gallery this week where they have an amazing group of exhibitions, as well as exhibits from their collection. The Gallery is beside our dome shaped library which is also a wonderful place to visit.

The first exhibit is based on the Ballet Russes costumes, designed by Picasso, re-imagined a century later by Sally Smart.

The next gallery exhibits photos by Ponch Hawkes of 500 nude women over 50. I love how Hawkes has captured the character of each of the women photographed.

I then went to the Diane Fogwell‘s exhibit ‘Prescience’ where you are surrounded by fifty-six large panels depicting regeneration and life cycles in the bush.

Another immersive experience is Barbara Campbell’s ‘ex-avibus‘. This exhibit includes markmaking of the long migration of shorebirds between the north and south ends of the earth as well as an audio.

A wonderful group of exhibitions well worth a visit.

April 5, 2022 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

Time for an update

When you are busy making, especially if it involves travelling, it is hard to find the time to blog. My most recent jaunt, undertaken with a little trepidation of a snap covid shutdown, was a flight to Sydney to enjoy a wonderful felted vessels workshop with Denise Lithgow organised by ATASDA. Denise is a very generous tutor who shared many of her techniques over that she employs in her wonderful award winning sculptural vessels.

The company of the creative and generous ATASDA members plus Denise’s delicious cakes and even champagne for a birthday celebration made this one of my most memorable workshops!

Denise and her husband Peter Griffen live and work in a quirky renovated factory in inner Sydney. As we worked we were surrounded by Peter’s colourful paintings (and floor) and characterful sculptures along with Denise’s amazing maxi sized vessels and machine embroidered artworks. All in all a totally fabulous art immersive experience!

Cracked bowl technique

A more adventurous piece incorporating many of Denise’s techniques has been put on hold due to other events but I am looking forward to getting back to it.

Another recent workshop was held by fellow GeeTAGger Kerrie Maloney on coptic bound sketchbooks. Although I had tried this binding technique before nothing beats a hands on tutorial with an expert and the company of other creatives. I have one sketchbook completed and one in process (which will be gifted). I can see, once I have mastered the basics, this will be a technique for further exploration. If you are local to Geelong, Kerrie is looking to start a bookbinding group to meet before our GeeTAG sessions. Contact us if you are interested.

Each signature is bound with a piece of interesting paper

Our latest GeeTAG session for May was great fun. Led by Gillian, we played with lots of drawing and printing materials on watercolour paper. I will be trying this on fabric soon.

May 22, 2021 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Flying fish

Reduction linoprinting takes focus and concentration to get a good result. Not only do you have to think counter intuitively and work backwards but one lapse and its all down the gurgler!

I have just had a great day with Pip of 135Gallery learning the intricacies of reduction linoprinting and it was a steep curve. Unfortunately some of my printing layers were not lined up, so not perfect, but the main outcome of learning the process was achieved. Pip has many wonderful prints on display in her gallery using her simple hand printing method- no press required.

First step the design, Japanese koinboro kites were the inspiration for the preliminary sketch:

First the parts to stay white are cut away, the first colour is printed, then the parts to stay the first colour are cut away. Mine ends up with some parts having all six colours printed giving great depth. Top cut away for white, second cut away to keep gold:

Top gold printed, bottom light grey printed:

Top fish being removed to keep it light grey
Next colour- dark grey printed , then second fish cut away

I forgot to take a photo of the red print so now we just have the final prints. After the red print the third fish was cut away to do the background. I first tried a blue background, then a charcoal grey and finally a blackish grey over the blue. All very different effects.

Charcoal grey background
Blackish grey – poor registration top and bottom
Blackish grey over blue-poor registration at top

I am looking forward to experimenting with this again now I know the process.

November 24, 2019 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Art Quilt Australia 2019 at the NWM

As a member of the National Wool Museum I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening and prize winners announcement on Thursday night. Openings at the NWM are always well run and have interesting speakers so Kerrie and I went along for the preview.

After a glass of Hill wine (one of my favourite cellar doors), a welcome to country, and a few speeches the winners of the Expressions: Wool Quilt Prize and OZQN Award of Excellence were announced. Here are a few of my favourites from the night. All the quilts were amazing and very different so do go along and see the exhibition.

The winner of the Award of Excellence was Neroli Henderson with her deceptively simple and very effective quilt Whitewash. Highly commended in the Wool Quilt prize was Alison Withers Change for Earth. Not only is Alison’s execution and skill incredible she also makes very pertinent statements about current issues.

Prize winners

Two other quilts that I loved were Susan Mathews and her use of print effects in Banksia Country 3 and the wonderful composition and texture of Jill Rumble’s Landlines

And another wonderful piece from the entries that appealed to me was Kerryn Taylor’s Flinders Ranges Panorama with a wonderful group of tapestry inserts. I absolutely loved the texture and colour of this art quilt.

This is a must see exhibition for all textile and art quilt lovers.

September 7, 2019 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

White line printing with Sandy Webster


Sandy Webster is an accomplished artist from the US who was kind enough to fit in our workshop before returning home. Day One was cutting the first woodblock and printing, first print on the right, lots of mistakes to learn from! I will experiment a little more with this block- have added some dremel holes and will change up the colours, print individual ones as well.

Weedy seadragon

Day two, a little better on the printing skills, not totally happy with the carving from the original sketch-the original was more floaty and this looks rather heavy but the tools I had were not small enough for really fine detail. I will also experiment a little more with this- try with a turquoise background.

Thank you Sandy for a very intensive learning experience, practice makes perfect as demonstrated by some of the more experienced printmakers in the group. And thank you to Kerrie at Studio@54, you always have wonderful hospitality and workshops.

March 31, 2019 at 7:16 pm 1 comment

Ballarat Fibrearts 2018

I recently had the pleasure of attending a Fibrearts week at Ballarat, based at Ballarat Grammar. The weather was sublime-amazingly and I enjoyed many early morning walks around Lake Wendouree. A week long retreat is a great way to become immersed in a technique or theme with the bonus of lots of different classes to visit and chat to during the week.

The class I attended was Claire Benn‘s text on textiles. We had a very small class of 5 with very different art backgrounds which was great for bouncing ideas around. Claire was a very professional tutor and we had lots of notes and techniques to further explore at home.

What a great crew!

We experimented with lots of techniques including writing text with multiple instruments on multiple substrates, paper and fabric.

My favourite technique was the breakdown printing, which I hope to experiment lots with to get multiple layered backgrounds. Using the mx dyes was great as the fabric, once washed out, has a beautiful soft hand. I would like to try this technique with some natural dyes. Kerrie dd a blog post for GeeTAG here about the breakdown printing I demo’ed at a meeting.

The last day was the exhibition of all the groups’ work, here is just a small selection of some fantastic pieces with Kerrie’s memory piece bottom left and my breakdown printing on the right:

Ballarat 2018

On the last day Claire did a lucky dip for leftover materials, I was lucky enough to score the book below as well as some dyes and Manutex. Here is Claire in front of our group display.

Ballarat 2018

I would highly recommend the Ballarat fibrearts week as a great way to do some intensive textile art work as well as having great fun with like minded people.




May 7, 2018 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Surface design group

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.

Lino printing

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.

collograph 2

collograph 3

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.



July 29, 2014 at 10:48 pm 1 comment

Playing with Gelli

We had a fabulously fun play day with a friend who has a Gelli Plate (note to self: must buy one).

We started with prints on paper using various mark making and masks and then got really excited by working on fabric.

The fabric we used was sheeting I picked up at a local Op Shop (thrift store).

Why I love Op Shop fabrics:

1. They have been well washed (no sizing and take colour really well)

2. You don’t have to be too precious and can experiment freely

3. the white sheeting is usually a really good quality of cotton

4. It is really easy to rip to whatever size you wish.

Firstly experiments with colour on paper:

smooshing the paint

smooshing the paint

Beryl 2

Gelli print 2

Gelli print paper 1

Gelli print3

And seeing some influence from the Monet exhibition currently on at the National  Gallery of Victoria:

gelli print 1


And my prints using a limited colour palette on fabric:

Gelli Prints


Now need to maybe add some stamping/stitch and see what we can make.

I’m thinking bags, bookcovers and maybe some 3d shapes.


May 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm 2 comments


December 2022

Notebook Project