Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stitching a new way

I've been trying a few new book binding stitches to expand my skills and provide a bit more variety to the look of my books.  I've also been cutting up old monoprints and using up decorative papers that I've been stashing for quite a while.  Its refreshing to use up what I've already got, but on the other hand, it makes me want to buy more to replace it!

I've been trying a cross-binding stitch and a knot stitch, see the photos below.  The cross-binding stitch was easy and looks great with the cover flaps glued across the front.  The knot stitch was a bit fiddlier.

Crossed Binding Journal,
 using a failed Quebec monoprint for the cover
Another example of the Crossed Binding,
really effective with the lines and textures
of the monoprint
I got a bit carried away and made a few....
Love those colours, yummy!

The knot binding example

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rats of the Sky, we salute you!

Last Saturday I spent a wonderful afternoon printing in my studio, continuing on with my 'Homage to the Pigeon' works, part of my 'Conservation of the Species' series.  I feel that pigeons are very underestimated birds that unfortunately have adapted too well to the human lifestyle.  Its our own fault that they have become such a pest but we still like to blame them! 

My next project is a series of artist books, once again focusing on the pigeon.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fibre Fest 2011 - New Traditions

This is an exciting event being held by the Qld Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists on the last weekend in October at the Mt-Cootha Botantic Gardens Auditorium.

I'll be exhibiting some of my large sculptural weaving works alongside others' beautiful creations including dyeing, felting, knitting, crochet, spinning, basketry, and artist books.  There'll also be demonstrations and an irresistible shop full of handmade wares.

Opening times are 10-4 Friday 28th & Saturday 29th October, 10-3 Sunday 30th October.  Come along and be amazed!

Entry fee is $3, children under 12 free.