Friday, 29 February 2008

Feb TIF Challenge Finished!!!!!

Yeah, I'm finished!!!!!!! I'm happy that I managed to finish it in time. So here it is.

This was one of the things that I was old enough to remember, my red peddle car. The coloured parts are the bits that are remembered and the black and white represents the things that don't stand out in this memory. The car is oversized as it is the main focus of the memory and also remembering it through a childs eyes it seemed huge. The tree is a tree of life and it represents the paths I could take in life and being at a time when all my life was in front of me. I was embarking on the journey of life, not knowing that it would lead me to where I am today.

I tried many times to get the photo of me in the car to transfer well onto fabric. They all turned out very faded so in the end I printed onto canvas and fused this onto the piece. I machine stitched on all the pieces and did some hand embroidery swirls on the grassed area.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the next challenge will be.

An update on my January TIF. I've done lots of stitching, I'm up to the grassed area. I should be finished soon - I'll wait till I'm finished to show a photo.

February TIF Challenge

Stay tuned........ I will be finished today (well at least before the stroke of 12 tonight)!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Monoprinting Class and Feb TIF Update

I've started the online monoprinting class with Susan Sorrell on Joggles. I haven't had my supplies so I've been playing with acrylic paint and textile medium. The first week was sunprinting and glue batik. I didn't have the right paint for the sunprinting so I experimented with the glue batik.

For this first one I didn't water the paint down enough so it didn't go through the fabric. But I love the colours but it has a strange feel to it - not sure how this would sew. I'll have to try it and find out.

I watered the paint right down for this one and then mixed it with the textile medium and this soaked throught the fabric. In this one I varied the amount of glue used which made some lines more subtle.

This is the piece of fabric that was underneath while I was putting the paint on. It could be used like this or I could add stamping or other monoprinting.

These are my supplies of textile paints that arrived yesterday. I'll be able to play more now.

TIF update - I'm still slowly progressing on the Feb TIF. I've cut out my tree and working out my fabrics to use. I've run out of printer inks so have to get those so I can print out my photo and play around with the transfer techniques. Will have something to show by next week.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

Today I was looking through my supplies and found these wools that I had. I love the colours and textures.

I also found this Silk Thread that I got from the Thread Studio last year which I hadn't used.

So today I knitted this with the Silk Thread while I was watching the movie "The Girl With The Pearl Earring". I'm going to use it as a background. The colours are gorgeous. The movie was okay - not as good as I thought it would have been. It was on TV so it didn't help having commercials which took away from the mood abit.

On the subject of movies I went and saw "PS I love you" with my best friend, and yes we took the tissues with us. It was great. I'm looking forward to seeing "Atonement" which has just come out.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

My Flickr Favourites

Today I was looking at groups on flickr and I added some beautiful artwork from lots of talented textile artists to my favourites pages. These works of art are so beautiful and the colours are just gorgeous. To see them all together they look amazing. What a wonderful exhibition of work this would make. It always makes me smile and feel happy when I go to look at them. Thank you to all the wonderful artists who have shared their work on flickr so that others can enjoy them, I know I do, and I appreciate being able to put them all together so they can be viewed like this. You are all truly inspirational.

I also did more work on my January TIF, I'm nearly there.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

February TIF Challenge

I forgot to say in my last post that I also remember when Cats Eye Glasses were the in thing. I had to wear glasses from when I was about 6 or 7 and I remember having a pink pair and then a blue pair. I now wear contact lenses.

February TIF Challenge

The February Challenge is to do with what you are old enough to remember. Well, I was born in 1964 and grew up in Epping in Sydney (Australia). I was the youngest in my family with two older brothers.

I remember at school the little bottles of milk that used to be delivered first thing in the morning which would sit out in the sun until recess when they were handed around for us to drink. I'm sure this is why I don't like drinking milk now.

I remember Black and White television and dial phones. The only thing I remember about the Landing on the Moon was being told to keep quiet as I was too little to understand the significance of what was going on. I remember watching Disney on the television every Sunday night (this must have been alot later as it was in colour). I remember seeing the Cup and Saucer ride in the introduction to the show and saying to myself that one day I would go on that. I got to fulfil this dream when I went to Disneyland in the 90's. I also remember watching the Waltons every Sunday night as well - "Goodnight John Boy". This would have been when I was older too.
I also remember having a washing machine where you had to pass the clothes through rollers at the top to wring the water out of them. It was a funny looking thing, but a good invention for the time.

I remember the crackling sound as you put the needle down onto a record, also the repetitive sound of when it got stuck on a scratch. I remember my mum always playing Bing Crosby's White Christmas album, over and over again each Christmas. It seemed to make Christmas that little bit more special. I also loved singing along to "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" while we were dripping with sweat from the summer sun.
My mum and dad had lots of old 78 records which were alot thicker. There were records of Al Jonson, Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, Judy Garland and many more that I can't remember. I remember when we got a new record player that was part of a large cabinet with inbuilt speakers on each side, that had an automatic needle, where you just flicked the nob and the handle came across all by itself and went down onto the record on the song that you wanted. I remember dancing all over the lounge room playing air guitar and jumping all over the lounge to Suzi Quatro's "Devil Gate Drive". I remember my mum taking me and a friend to my first concert to see Sherbet an Australian band.
I love this picture. This is me driving my first car. It was taken in the backyard of the house that my mother grew up in. We moved from there when I was about 4. The car in the background was our car. I remember gradually seeing the suburb we lived in, Epping, get bigger and bigger. After we had moved, a Service Station was built on the corner and then some years later the whole block that included this backyard that I'm driving my little car in was turned into office blocks.
Over the years I have heard so many stories from my mum about the neighbours that we used to live near in that street, the shopkeepers, how the war affected them, etc. To go down that street today you would never know that our little old timber house used to be there. I find it quite sad that as times change old buildings get pulled down, people pass on and all the wonderful characters and stories get lost in time. Thankfully some of these stories, buildings and objects get saved in museums and in history books, but there is still alot that gets lost. I suppose lots of times we think our lives aren't really very interesting, but most of us have a wealth of stories to tell. I've found it interesting reading the starting comments for this challenge. I've even learnt a few things - I had never heard of the March of Dimes before.
So from all this I've decided to do a small quilt, I like the 6 x 6 size which should be managable for me to finish in time. I'm going to further my skills as I haven't done photo transfers onto fabric before, so I'm going to use this photo for a transfer. I'm also going to have a tree of life in the background.
This relates to the TIF theme as I'm old enough to remember this peddle car and when our old timber house and backyard where still there. In this photo I had my whole life before me, driving along in my little car with no map to guide me along my way and the tree of life is like a pathway showing all the many different possibilities that could be taken.
I'll keep you posted on how I'm going.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

February is racing away

February is starting to race away on me and I haven't had a chance to blog about my TIF Challenge for February. I've been working this week, so I'll drop back in on the weekend and give an update of what I've been thinking of doing.

Happy Chinese New Year!!!