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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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Merry Christmas

The December meeting was all about the Christmas Party. This year we opted to have a shared lunch and a gift exchange. The theme for the exchange was the Twelve Days of Christmas. Each participant was to put together a parcel ready for the swap. The was a list to guide us in making our Twelve Days of Christmas Parcel. 12-days-of-textile-bits  To keep things fair each parcel was given a number and the participants a number with the proviso that if you somehow got your parcel it would be swapped. There was much fun and excitement as the gifts were distributed (Santa Kerrie) and opened.

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There was some work shown but the general mood was to party, lovely food to eat and lighthearted banter as we got into the Christmas spirit.

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I hope that members have had a happy start to the year and are thinking about if not already creating something with their parcel. It will be fun to see what has been created with the swap.

 

 

 

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Our fifth Saturday messy fun day was a great success for those who attended with experimenting and sharing of processes, ideas and materials.

There was lino cutting, gelli printing, block printing, stencilling, sunprinting, leaf, feather  and anything goes printing, sprays, paints and inks.

Thank you to all the participants for lugging heaps of materials and joining in for a bit of fun artmaking.

Lots of happy printers at work:

Happy printers

Loved the loofa prints

Loved the loofa!

Layering on the prints:

Lots of layering

Some wonderful print patterns and effects:

Great effects!

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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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March momentum

The March meeting saw a plethora of finished postcards on the theme of wings. The variety was amazing and inspiring, ranging from angels to insects.

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There was also lots of interest in the mini tutorials with everyone having a go at the water soluble paper. Here is a sneak peak at my in-progress book art for the upcoming ATASDA exhibition. There will be quite a few pieces of WSP included in this multi media piece.

WSP roses

WSP roses

We also looked at a some samples of foiling in preparation for the March postcard theme of icons. I’m sure we will see many interesting variations at the April meeting on April 9th.

Many of our members were very lucky to have the opportunity to work with US artist Velma Bolyard last weekend. Velma demonstrated a fascinating technique for spinning and weaving from Kozo paper and showed us many of her fabulous books.

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And Carol produced an amazing array of samples

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Thank you to Beryl and Pauleen for a great session on needle-felted characters at our monthly meeting today. Beryl had a collection of wonderful animal personalities on display and led an informative session on creating our own.

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The variety possible is endless-some in progress pieces:

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Sideburns may need trimming!

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Others were working on, or had finished bollards for the exhibition:

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Earthy textures on this owl character

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Great combination of lace, stitch and embellishments

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Effective stitching in progress on woollen fabric

Layering of stitch creates texture

Layering of stitch creates texture

This little felted seagull fitted in perfectly with the seaside inspired bollard

This little felted seagull fitted in perfectly with the seaside inspired bollard

And some finished pieces for Show & Tell:

FME lace on netting

FME lace on netting

Beautifully worked pincushin

Beautifully worked pincushion

Next meeting will be November 14th off-site for some shibori dyeing. Email on way tonight along with the program for 2016. Also please RSVP for the Xmas lunch, details on the email.

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Altered Tags

Altered Tags was the focus for the April meeting. These are most suitable for mixed media art pieces and can include any combination of techniques. Most of the tags that we made seemed to combine paint/print/stamping with collage elements and stitch. Many thanks to Carol for leading the group through the process of altering tags.

Some of the samples that Carol had prepared to inspire us.

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Then it was off to work.

The demonstration table, loaded upwith materials that could be used

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Carol was on hand to discuss the work,

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Rhonda was stamping onto old garment tags

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and Gillian was concentrating on the design

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The Stitch of the Month was Whipped Chain Stitch.

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