IMPROVISATION #2: Tranquility


I decided to make a piece for the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show. I refer to this abstract piece as an improvisational study.  The guidelines stipulated the size of 10”x7”. I had no idea what I wanted to create so again I decided to let the fabric speak to me and guide me.

I took out my stash of eco printed and naturally dyed fabrics and I auditioned the fabrics. I kept pulling out fabrics, looked at them, fondled them. I let serendipity take over.  It kept changing until finally I just had the little bits that came together and spoke to me. I then continued to play with placement until it felt right. I challenged myself to include a technique I haven’t used for a while so I included a bit of trupunto. I also challenged myself to use more than one hand stitching stitch and to use machine stitching as well.   The stitching then took over. Again I just let the marks on the fabric lead me in my stitching. I didn’t photograph it during the process because I was just so totally engrossed in it.

I called it Improvisation #2: Tranquility.

Why? Because piece to me evokes a sense of calmness and calmness and tranquility was what I felt as I created it. As I looked at it, it also was suggestive of a restive place as it seems to reference trees, shrubs, maybe a pond. Then from a side angle in particular a face appears with a dominant mouth.

I used silk fabric with marks created during natural dyeing and eco printing on fabric process. I collaged the piece and then used very dense machine quilting and handstitched using the stem stitch, chain stitch and running stitch. The printed marks on silk together with collaged pieces and stitching create movement and texture.

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I thoroughly enjoyed creating it and it is part of a series I am working on using naturally dyed and ecoprinted fabrics.


Fashfest 2016

Well Fashfest has been and gone.  It was a wonderful experience.  The models looked fantastic.  It was quite an experience to walk onto the runway as a designer.  The show looked fabulous.  I received a lot of fantastic comments during the break between the shows.  And several of the pieces have sold.  It was really great to have the support of another designer Elle Hopgood and my friend Flora Elliott.

What a fantastic night.



Getting ready for Fashfest

It has been exciting and nerve racking getting ready for Fashfest 2106.  I’m part of Cooma Fashionation –  three designers from the Monaro area – Elle Hopgood,  Charly Thorn and I.  The only pity is that it appears as if the label is Cooma Fashionation and our names as designers only appear when you go further into their site under Cooma Fashionation.  However, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to show my work.  I created a range for pieces  so that I could then decide which ones to use.  On Monday we had a photo shoot with Gordon taking the photos of my friend Chrissy modelling my work.

I really enjoyed creating my vest cum scarf

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Two different wool swing vests.

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Two different silk swing vests

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I also created several new scarves







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SAQA Benefit Auction and Monaro Art Group Exhibition.

This week I have been on tenterhook as the 1st section of the SAQA Benefit auction got underway.  My piece: Lost in the Mist was in this section.  I blogged about it earlier.


It sold today.  I let out a big tepee. I’m so glad that it spoke to someone else as well and that they wished to have it.  A great feeling.



Then yesterday I went to the opening of the Monaro Art Group Exhibition.  My two pieces were highly commended.  I really enjoyed creating my rusted piece on paper with


I also entered my winter#5 textile art piece.  It was well received.


Fashfest and flowers

I thought I would share something I received today. One of my pieces is included in an article showing Fashfest’s links to flowers as Floriade is now on in Australia’s capital city Canberra…/…/bowers-of-flowers-at-fashfest/

Getting ready for Fashfest

It is only two weeks to Fashfest in Canberra.  I still have pieces to make.  Due to the very wet winter I am having trouble getting bright clear prints on some of the fabrics.  I was hoping for some bright colours but knew because of the water conditions that the colours would be muted.  I’m sorry I didn’t dry leaves earlier in the year.  Whilst there is nothing drastically wrong the pieces the prints are not as clear as I would like.  Will try again next week.


Back of wool swing vest made with Australian wool

Back of wool swing vest made with Australian wool