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Our first meeting of the year saw much experimentation with drawing and colouring on fabric with an assortment of water soluble pencils, crayons and blocks. Gillian gave an excellent demonstration of many techniques and effects.

Inktense pencil demo

Our theme for this year is ‘Of the Sea’ which allows for a broad range of interpretation. Gillian brought many ‘sea’ books to inspire as well.

Our experimentation was on A4 size interfaced fine cotton percale and ‘catcher sheets’ for washing machines with ATC, postcard or book pages marked up.

Interfaced cotton
On catcher sheets

We used a variety of colouring tools including Inktense pencils and crayons, water soluble pencils, water soluble crayons and watercolour paints. Rubbing crayons over textured wallpaper worked well. Mediums used to spread the colour included water- greatest spread, textile medium-slightly less spread and aloe vera gel-minimal spread. We tried barriers to the spread such as the inktense liner pencil and the oil based watercolour crayons with some success on our pictures.

On the right-using stamps

After finishing and heat setting some of these may be further enhanced with hand or machine stitch. Robyn’s finished Japanese silks boro bag was much admired. Great use of recycling and I love the cotton crochet doily featured.

Robyn’s Boro bag

Next meeting will be gelli printing, watch out for a recipe and info from Kerrie via email. Those who took pieces of the fantastic textured wallpaper samples Jill shared bring them along, they are excellent for gelli printing. Also for next meeting read the list and think about where we will head for the second half of our meeting/workshops.

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The exhibition was to celebrate the ten years that GeeTAG has been meeting, with work from the last five years. It was amazing to see so much work, the variety of styles and the skills of the members. Three rooms filled, display cases and tables loaded and every wall, nook and cranny displaying work.

All involved are to be congratulated. The members for providing so much work to mount an exhibition, the organising team for getting the exhibition organised and the Geelong branch of the Guild for the financial assistance.
What is an exhibition without an opening? Glenys Mann, a well known and respected textile artist and founder of Fibre Arts opened the exhibition and our group was thankful for her support. All who came enjoyed the opportunity to mingle, sip a bubbly and have some pre dinner snacks whilst having a good look at the work. The following photographs will give a taste of the diversity of work, however, it is impossible to show it all.
Our stitched sign that was used for the promotional work and advertising was equally at home with the ‘white gloves’ and the explanation of how our group interprets books. The following photographs show some these.

Some of the other works exhibited.

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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:

Texture rubbings

Shiva rubbings

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Gold texture rubbing

We had some finished postcards on Halloween and perspective:

and some continued ‘slow stitch’:

Stitching

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 October meeting was looking at light, shade and perspective. The Long Winding Road, Light & Day, Shadowland were identified as possible themes for interpreting the techniques of creating perspective and shadow. Gillian gave a quick demonstration of perspective drawing from 1 or 2 points of reference on the white board. Watch your email for a scan of Gillian’s design sketches on perspective from her sketchbook. In the meantime you might light to have a look at this article

http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/one-point-perspective-drawing

and this tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XLgmiExAbw

We had lots of discussion about the program for 2017, which will be a year of preparation for our branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild 50th birthday celebratory exhibitions. GeeTAG will have our own exhibition and we are currently looking at possible venues for March/April 2018. This will be a great opportunity for members exhibit and to showcase the diversity of work that comprises textile art

There were some finished postcards from previous months,

An interpretation of the Colours of the Rainbow

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and Spring has Sprung / Flower Power featuring free machine embroidery, applique/contemporary reverse applique

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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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Our meeting in July was a while back so this is a catch up before our next gathering on August 13th. For July our theme for the postcard is ‘Birds of a Feather’. There is an Artisans of Geelong exhibition planned for March 2017 with the theme of Community. The GeeTAG contribution will be a group exhibition of postcards from July so it will be interesting to see the different interpretations and how they fit the exhibition theme.

There was a great sharing of techniques for image transfer so perhaps some pieces of image art may pop up in the future.

Jenny had wonderful fun with Meredith Woolnough’s workshop at Winter School in Ballarat:

FME in resin

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The boxes to hold our year’s postcards are coming along:

Faux leather box

Although some are doing book pages like this wonderful interpretation of Out of Africa for June:

Book Page

And there was some other lovely stitchery in progress:

Hand stitch

applique and embroidery

See you all in August for ‘all the colours of the rainbow’ and hopefully some reveals from the 5th Saturday eco dyeing workshop.

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