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Springy September

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.

August gathering

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

 

July roundup

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:

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

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And there was some other lovely stitchery in progress:

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

GeeTAG in June

The June meeting, coinciding with the long weekend/ Queens Birthday holiday was not as well attended as the usual monthly meeting. Being aware of the clash with the holiday there was no formal activity planned, leaving members with time to work on individual projects. During the course of the meeting there was the opportunity to show any finished ‘postcards’ or other work that members had to show.

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Jill is producing pages for a book, this is approximately an A4 size and is her interpretation of Flotsam & Jetsom. Materials include driftwood, shells and ‘rubbish’

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Gillian has embroidered ‘discarded net’ and cleverly created an image of a trapped fish.

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Junkyard Family Reunion is one of Laurene’s postcards. Various recycled elements including an old milk jug cover and buttons.

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Another interpretation of Recycled from Laurene. This one has found rusted wire and a washer, and remnants of a lace collar and an old milk jug cover

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Rubbish on the Beach from Robyn. Bits and pieces sandwiched between bubble wrap and pressed then stitched.

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This is Robyn’s interpretation of Wings

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and ‘Figures Dancing’, an abstract interpretation of the April theme. Copied and rinted from one of her paintings with machine stitch for further definition.

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Remember the mind mapping, this is a great way to sort your ideas and thoughts. This from Jo, showing how she might approach her ‘Out of Africa’ postcard for June.

Kerrie brought along some examples of methods of transferring images to fabric for use in embroidery and textile art. This will be on show again in the July meeting with further explorations and ideas.

Plethora in May

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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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!

 

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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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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