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The meeting for June was investigating the effects of encaustic and beeswax and how this could be used in textiles. Carol showed an interesting way to transfer a colourful pattern of wax onto calico, Gillian set up a beeswax melting station for us to dip our various papers and Kerrie will add her wonderful thoughts and tips shortly. It will be interesting to see what turns up in future projects and book pages.

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afaeWaxed and unwaxed

And Pauline’s experimentation:

And some lovely watercolours and stitching on paper:

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Have fun experimenting with mark making on fabric for show & tell at our July meeting.

 

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March was all about pushing the boundaries of nuno felt and initial experiments display great success with this technique. Martina, Carol and Bronwyn led an informative and inspiring tutorial with their fantastic samples and individual ‘on the spot’ tutoring. Thank you all.

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Carol’s beautiful sample shawl

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Samples including felting onto orange bag

Carol has used her own alpaca fibres in many of her samples, and displayed much creative variety in all her displayed nuno felt.

We were all impressed with Martina’s exploration of nuno felting roses:

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Roses nuno felted onto fine white silk

And Pauline was on the ball as usual with a gorgeous finished sample:

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We had a flock of birds joining us in preparation for our contribution to the Artisans of Geelong Exhibition in April. Kerrie presented some options for making 3D birds in our first meeting for 2017 in February and the members have responded with gusto- they are beautiful.

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Some of the birds flocking together

And Gillian’s in progress:

Bird in progress

Our next 2nd Saturday meeting will be a Stitch & Share, perhaps of any intentions for your yearly project leading to our solo GeeTAG exhibition in 2018. If there are any suggestions for the 5th Saturday at Shearer’s Arms in April please email. Ditto with any finished samples of nuno felt and they can be added to the blog.

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Our November meeting featured 3 small tutorials on surface decoration techniques to add texture to fabric artworks: shiva rubbings, moulding paste and paperclay. Much information was shared about how the different types of paper clay perform and their subsequent uses, some like Rosalie’s dry into a hardened form and others like Gillian’s remain flexible and can be sewn onto and into:

Paper clay

 

We experimented with rubbings and investigated the various ways of applying moulding paste:

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Shiva rubbings

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Gold texture rubbing

We had some finished postcards on Halloween and perspective:

and some continued ‘slow stitch’:

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and a lovely little weaving:

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Don’t forget to reply to Kerrie for our December xmas gathering, check your email for the details.

 

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Our theme for the September postcard is “Spring is Sprung” and there were several postcards finished and on display:

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Our mini tutorials this month were applique, reverse applique and free machine embroidery. There were many beautiful and inspiring pieces on display including Pauline’s Tiffany inspired piece:

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Lots of FME:

FME by Jill

FME by Jill

FME by Jenny

FME by Jenny

Some postcards being worked on from previous months:

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And some other rather wonderful stitchery on eco-printed and dyed fabric from Kerrie’s worksop:

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Creative stitching by Carol

Creative stitching by Carol

Planning has begun for our Geelong EGV 50th year celebrations in 2018 and it has been suggested that GeeTAG have their own exhibition early in the year. We are open to suggestions for a focus/theme for this exhibition which will also become our program for 2017 so put your creative thinking caps on, feedback greatly welcomed.

Also keep in mind our 5th Saturday off-site messy gathering on October 29th. The theme will be printing and we hope to have a few stations set up to try different ways of printing.

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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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There was an abundance of beautiful work on show from our productive members at our May meeting.

First up was Pauline with an explanation and great examples of Faux leather. This fitted in beautifully with our theme of recycling for our May postcards with the possible re-use of all those brown paper bags.

Faux leather box

Faux leather

Our other topic for discussion was felting. This arose from the tendency for people to gift me their accidently felted woollens for recycling. There were some lovely examples of needle felting and wet felting.

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A dressed Scallywag:

Skallywag - Benny is my name

Nuno felt patchwork

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Now onto the finished and in-progress pieces on display.

Firstly the April postcards where the theme was ‘Dancing the night away’ and ‘bling, bling, bling’.

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Dance of the 7 veils

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We had some icons appearing for March:

Cat icon

Bowie icon

We had book pages and covers from Jill:

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DNA Book 1

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Book 2

We even had a finished May postcard using recycled materials:

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Many of our members were inspired after the Velma Bolyard workshop and went home to spin paper and make more shifu:

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Wow, you are a talented bunch.

Next meeting is June with our 15 minutes of fame spot with Robyn and a theme of ‘Out of Africa’- sure to bring out the wild side!

 

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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.

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Postcard 9

 

 

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