Sunday, September 30, 2012

Printing Fun

Final day of workshop fun in Roxby Downs. Image making exercises followed by print block cutting then a frenzy of printing began.
Participants produced heaps of fantastic prints on fabric and paper. The closer it came to the end of the day the faster some worked!

Well ,what a fabulous time I have had here, great hospitality provided by Rachel and her family, good laughs, great chats, amazing landscape, great community. 
Farewell Roxby- hopefully be back one day soonish!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Adults have a turn to Play

After a lovely dinner and talk/ slide show of my art to some of the lovely people of Roxby Downs, today was the first of 2 days of adult workshops.

The participants today had a great day colouring  fabric and paper.  They rusted paper and fabric with the rusting baths of tannin, caustic soda and ferrous sulphate, then we dyed cotton with procion dyes and finally dyed silk with instant dyes.  That was only the morning! 

Rachel, my host, took me for a little drive to see the nearby town of Andamooka. Big difference between the 2 towns

then a magnificent sunset to finish the day

full moon rising

Friday, September 28, 2012

Amazing work by kids

Heaps of art was created today with fabulous printing done by all participating children.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Children's Workshops

What a great day we all had today with 2 different groups of children colouring fabric and creating print blocks.
Fabric was dyed beautiful colours and calico bags transformed with pastel rubbings and over painted with fabric paint.

Print blocks from soft cut, compressed sponge rubber and polystyrene were created, with some being printed on paper today. 

It was a mere 37 degrees C today with a north wind blowing, so naturally the fabric dried very quickly and I certainly didn't need a jumper!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Teaching in the Desert

Today I flew up to Roxby Downs in South Australia. It is a copper ( and uranium ) mining town not far from Lake Eyre,  surrounded by red desert. Having driven up this way a couple of time previously it was fabulous to fly in this time, to see the lines of the dunes and dry water courses from the air.

I am up here to run a series of workshops for both adults and children.  We will be dyeing cotton and silk as well as creating print blocks to over print the fabric.  So all is set up ready to go in the morning.

Fokker 50 to Olympic Dam

Baggage Collection

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Paris, the last of the European books. Book 12

So, at last I have done the Paris book. It is a carousel book as we saw many carousels ( merry go round) in Paris. This book is made from the brochures of the L"Orangerie and La Louvre and a Paris map; of course.
It includes  page for Giverny and Versailles as we had a day in each of these places.
I loved Paris, and of course I couldnt include or capture everything in this little book. Even though I did this at home I used only the materials I took with me with one exception - a gold marker that I have used to frame the Versailles page - it really needed gold .. so over the top!