Detail 'Amore per Venezia'

Detail 'Amore per Venezia'
Detail 'Amore per Venezia'

Sunday, 12 June 2016

On The Move

I see I haven't posted for over a month. That's mainly because we've been on the move. Moving from our temporary home of 4 months, on the hills, overlooking the shattered remains of Christchurch city. The city is slowly coming to life now and the future looks bright.
From there, back to Introdacqua to finalise the packing up of my art gallery and work studio. Now that we have sold the house here, it will be back to Christchurch to look for a new home, but mainly I'll be on the hunt for a new space to work in. That is going to be the difficulty. Since most of the old buildings in Christchurch city have been demolished, it will be hard to find suitable premises at reasonable rates. This is the new challenge that I face.
But before I get to that stage, we have places to go and new people to meet as we are planning a six week camping trip in our trusty Toyota van. Staying for a week in Vienna, then onto Prague, Dresden, Berlin, through the rest of Germany ending in Amsterdam.
We will leave the van in Calai, where we hope we can donate the van to a refugee family there.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

SAQA Auction 2016 is Coming Around Again

Yes, already time to make make and post this 12" x 12" piece off to the SAQA Auction. I have been working on it this past week.
It is my contribution for 2016. The top layer is the eco dyed and printed habotai silk and chiffon silks that I've been printing with eucalyptus, acer and a dash of Indigo dye, over the past few weeks. It is hand embroidered Kantha style and finished off around the edges with blanket stitch.
I have named it 'French Blue' as I love the soft subtle colours which remind me of France.
'French Blue'  2016 12" x 12"
French Blue detail
Find out details of how you can bid for this piece online at the upcoming 2016 auction go here SAQA Auction 2016
Add this date to your calendar:   bidding starts September 16th 2016

Saturday, 16 April 2016

A Little Bit of Everything

This week has been a productive week, which has included a bit of everything. The start of the week was such beautiful autumn weather. Clear blue skies, no wind. It was a great opportunity to work outside. I started by soaking many small (A5) sheets of water colour paper in a bath of iron water, I made a small batch of indigo.  I experimented dipping leaves into the indigo dye then placing them on the paper, some with indigo and some without, but with some splotches. I then clamped them together and put them in the steam bath for a couple of hours. At the same time I did some silk bundles of eucalyptus, acer leaves, onion skins and other bits and bobs. I popped these into the pot.

Not a bad day's work.
Eco-printed paper

Eco-printed paper
Eco-printed silk

Eco-printed silk
 I made this abstract, collaged piece (below) from the silks I dyed that day and other eco-dyed silks from past efforts. I particularly loved the indigo.

'Abstract # 1'
29" x 71"  74cm x 1.8m
I have machine stitched, but not entirely finished, as I think I'll add some hand embroidery
Details below:


I also managed to finish a collaged piece for the 'Canterbury Plains' series.Hand and eco dyed, rusted and stamped, silks. It is hand-stitched, Kantha style.

'Abstract Collage'
15" x 28" 38cm x 71cm

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

A Creative Easter Weekend

Easter weekend was spent creating what I call my small A4 compositions: Materials used were, paint, paper, card and fabric.

Abstract 1

Absract 2

Abstract 3

Abstract 4
Abstract 5

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Art Residency in Iceland

I'm happy to say I've been accepted for a residency for May and June of next year to further my wool felting techniques in Iceland at The Icelandic Textile Center . Not having been to that part of the world, I can't tell you how excited I am about this amazing opportunity to live in this wild landscape and to hone my skills, not only in felting but also natural dyeing with the plants from the area.

In NZ we don't have Icelandic sheep. I'm looking forward to working with this lovely wool and to incorporate the long locks of wool into my clothing range, art and home decor pieces.
The Village of the residence

Icelandic Sheep

Monday, 21 March 2016

Fete at Governors Bay

A beautiful day yesterday. Perfect for the Fete at Governors Bay. I set up my stand with a selection of my home decor felted merino cushions, merino throws, silk scarves and other bits and bobs. It was a pretty quiet affair, but I managed to sell a couple of cushions and a few scarves. It was good to get out and chat with people and to catch up with old friends. It finished earlier than expected, so we went for a drive around to Diamond harbour. Always lovely around that area. Had a beer under the shade of a large oak tree, then made our way home.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Some Handwork

A small piece I'm working on at the moment. This will slot into the 'Canterbury Plains' series.
Hand dyed silks, printed silk, hand stitched.