Saturday, 21 June 2008

Riversdale Arts

Feels like Home
Into the Light
Ophiir Bridge

I have been invited to exhibit at the Riversdale Arts Exhibition in July. Here are the pieces I am sending. I don't seem to have done any new work for a long time - its time to get the studio sorted and get some new work done.

School Production

Here is a copy of the cover of the High School Production's Programme. It is a copy of one of Hayley's pieces from last years NCEA 2 Design Panel. That is actually her in the background. There was no credit anywhere on the programme to say it was her work!!

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Layers Lunch

Today was Lunch with the Layers group, an off-shoot of COOTS. Five members from our area have formed this group to cater to our insatiable need for knowledge and encouragement in the fibre field.

I did not like my Karen Eckmeier Quilted Village (sorry can't find the original photo of it) so the Layers girls encouraged me to turn it over and cut it up. So here it is. I have gessoed a piece of the front (coloured) and a pieced of the back (black) - I quite like the effect, I'm not sure what to do with it next but it was quite liberating to chop it up and I won't be daunted in the future to do this again as I can see more potential.

This next piece is from a Textured Landscapes workshop I did at the Picton MiniSymposium. I didn't like this much either so once again I chopped it - it is in need of some stitching now but I like it more.

Here are some more pictures from my Layers book. You may notice a theme here - I am fixated with architecture at the moment - maybe driven by the fact that we are currently not living in a home of our own - we are renting and we always get a bit unsettled. I am fascinated with old buildings, decaying and no longer used, flakey paint, etc. These next pictures are painted and stamped papers, writing about derelict abandoned buildings and photocopied photographs of the Old Drapery at Ophir. I ripped these up and wove them back together.

The next two are layers of felt, magazine pictures, transfer dyes, writing, organza, and photographs

These lunches are great - we go away thoroughly recharged and ready to produce more work. The emphasis is more on exploring and playing and not necessarily producing a "finished piece" we are all heading in different theme directions.
We are having a COOTS exhibition at the Festival of Colour in Wanaka next year. For our Artist's statements we are using the "I am from .... " poem. It has been fantastic, insipiring and different way to introduce ourselves.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008


I have finished my "Shaded Face" from the workshop I did with Anna Williams She is a great teacher and if you ever get the chance to take a class with her go for it. This class was done at the Picton Mini symposium at Anzac Weekend.

COOTS at Kinloch

A couple of weeks ago the Coots (Central Otago Outside the Square) ladies went to Kinoch Lodge for the weekend. We made Felt (wet felt). Here is of my pieces, a book Cover front and back. It was a fabulous weekend and we achieved alot. Some of us used an embellisher machine and as a result three ladies put their order in to purchase one.