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There was much ooohhing and aaahhhing at our August meeting as the results of Kerrie’s fantastic eco dyeing and printing workshop were unveiled. See Kerrie’s post for the wonderful pieces of fabric. We were also entertained and amazed as Robyn told us a brief history of her textile exploits to date, many and varied.

Robyn's textile life!

Robyn’s textile life!

There were lots of finished postcards to admire:

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Felted and stitched postcards

Felted and stitched postcards

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

And some book pages on eco dyed and printed fabric:

Natural dyed backgrounds

Natural dyed backgrounds

 

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Each month our group responds to a suggested theme and technique for creating a postcard or other small piece of art. We have had lots of sharing of inspiration including a great ’15 minutes of fame’ from member Carol. Thank you Carol for sharing all your amazing artwork with us today.

February’s theme was Wings and the technique: layers and collage

March’s theme was Symbols or icons, technique metals and foils

Our April theme for today was ‘Dancing the night away’ and the technique bejewelled.

As always there was lots of eye candy from the previous months’ stitching as well as some interesting in process works, all very different interpretations of the themes.

Postcard 1

Postcard 2

Postcard 3

Postcard 4

Postcard 5

Postcard 6

Postcard 7

Postcard 8

Postcard 9

 

 

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Our meeting this month was an “inbetweenie”.

At the beginning of the year the committee decided to try alternating new techniques with “stitch and sew” months and this has worked fabulously.

This month we had members working on a variety of techniques and pieces as well as sharing their discoveries and successes.

We are continuing to collect ATCs for our Biannual exhibition, themed for 2013 as ‘Alice in Threadland’. The back of the ATC is a transfer of a playing card and we have multiple creative interpretations of the theme including the Cheshire Cat:

ATC 1

ATC 2 ATC cheshire cat

Colourful hand embroidery on bookcover:

Bookcover

Applying techniques to create a casket:

box

A colouring technique (ask Jenny about this one):

colour technique

 

detail and the whole piece incorporating crazy patchwork:

CP detail crazy patchwork 1

Experimenting with the marble technique in silk:

marbles in silk

Op Shop refashioning:

op shop refashion refashion 2

Zentangle design:

zentangles

 

Another application of patchwork techniques:

patchwork extension

 

What an amazingly creative bunch and how great to see all these items being worked on!!

August is felting month and the leaders, Maureen and Helen had little kits available for purchase last meeting. If you want to join in please let me know and I will let Helen know how many kits are needed ($3 each).

The photo was included at the end of last month’s round up and here is some more inspiration:

felt bowl

 

See you all August 10th, an email will go round with the items you need to bring in addition to the little kit provided.

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Well done to Shirley who won a prize in the  Corangamite Waterwatch Fibre Arts Competition. Shirley’s entry is on display for June at COPACC in Colac.

copacc comp

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February threads

The GeeTAG meeting for February saw a large contingent attending after the summer break. The program for the year was introduced with Gillian guiding us through a design exercise and explaining the use of the ‘glue books’. This is a weekly exercise for those who wish to participate. Don’t forget to add your pictures of the glue books to the yahoo group.

Here is my first page for the prompt ‘RED’

red

 

We began preparing for the year ahead with a technique demonstrated by Pauline to create a bookcover for the samples we will create during our meetings.

Fibres and threads and snippets of fabric were arranged between vliesofix, ironed and then sandwiched between chiffon op shop scarves. During our March meeting we will be completing the hand sewing (or machine should you wish) of the covers.

Some photos of the process:

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ladies feb

 

For March bring your sewing supplies to finish off the bookcover.

 

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Firstly a recent creative workshop with Alice Clague which was enjoyed greatly by many members of the guild including a few of our GeeTAG group. The results were amazingly individual given the commonalities of the project.

Above and below, all the girls engrossed in the construction:

And some of the beautiful results:

Sorry, that last one is a little blurry.

Several of our group went off for a whole week of creating to the TAFTA Geelong Forum.

Shirley came back with some gorgeous felted pieces:

Gillian extended her design skills and thoroughly enjoyed her masterclass:

And Pauline has been beavering away on her sampler:

More to come from this amazingly diversely talented group after next weekend’s exhibition.

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