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Thank you to Gillian, Laurene and Jenny for sharing some inspiring samples of stitching on paper. Many members enjoyed making some fabric paper with a fabric base overlaid and layered with tissue papers and watered PVA. It will be interesting to see how they are stitched and utilised in future Textile art works.

A few photos from today:

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Messy Saturday

Each 5th Saturday of the month our group rents a large studio space at Shearer’s Arms to do the messy work we cannot do in our normal meeting place. This month we had 5 mini workshops which kept us all extremely busy. Thank you to all those who brought along materials and demonstrated techniques this month-Gillian, Anne, Laurene, Carol and Jo.

First up we coated calico in flour paste and hung to dry, some dried in time to paint, others will have to be finished at home-they will make good show and tell for our May meeting.

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Anne then demonstrated several printing techniques using lino cuts and carved meat trays. Many ways of printing were shared including Pauline’s 2 year old home-made gelli plate. We all had a go at carving a piece of polystyrene meat tray and experimented with various other printing methods.

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Experimenting with printing

Next up Laurene demonstrated a very cool technique with sharpies and methylated spirits on lace and fabric. On with more experimenting!

Markers and metho

 

Carol brought her very large folder of wonderful stencils and demonstrated her technique with brusho powder paints and gelato pigment sticks over stencils. That technique kept everyone busy for a long time as well as borrowing some of her variety of stencil designs.

Stencilling

Last technique was traditional marbling using dyes on fabric. Most of the work here was in preparation of the fabric-washing, scouring and alum soak and the mixing of the carrageenan bath. The first couple of pulls were a little grainy but improved as everyone had a try (photos to come).

Hope to see everyone at our May meeting for stitching on paper.

 

Inventive Nuno felt

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:

Martina

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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Printing the day away

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!

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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