05 September 2010
When I acquired a packet of natural silk waste
I thought "What will I do with that!"
But it turned out to be quite interesting how the
silk glued together when it was ironed. It needed
to be between two pieces of baking paper because the heat makes it sticky.
The background and tree trunk are of the silk fibres and needed to be attached to the backing fabric as the silk only sticks to itself. The embellishments of threads and wooden beads is what is holding it to the backing fabric.
The reason for the name "The Pebble Tree"
31 August 2010
I enjoyed making my 'Gumnuts on Plastic' so much I just had to do it again as a quilted version with fabric. The background is just sun dyes on calico. After the stitchery I padded out the flowers for a 3D look before quilting. This is what gave me the name "Gumnuts in Tutus" because that's what they look like. I keep coming back to the old eucalyptus trees.
The Fantastic Plastic challenge was to create something with plastic. Thought I'd convert one of my sketches that was not too complicated because I had concerns that dense machine stitching might cause tearing or weakness in the plastic. The plastic is painted on the reverse side with greens, greys, reds and pinks and a touch of brown to create a background for the machine stitching. I placed my initial drawing on a piece of butchers paper underneath so that I knew where to paint the colours. This paint also stopped the plastic from sticking to the machine and slide through smoothly. The tops of the flowers are quite densely stitched and I found the stitching warped the plastic in some places but that also added to the effect. But the density didn't tear the plastic. Size 20 inches x 30 inches