Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sewing A Fiesta Dress...

I've been a bit slack on my sewing lately, other priorities! However with a special event coming up in a few days, I wanted to make something to wear.

I often make a 'wearable muslin' to try out how the design will go. I had bought this fabric for about $2 a metre a while ago and thought it was a good weight to try this pattern. I love how it's turned out!

I drafted this pattern this morning and whipped this baby up! I wanted a dress with a gathered skirt and I think it turned out super!

My sewing mojo is definitely back!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Things Like This Make Me Happy...

My girl @mackenziegreer is hilarious & very crafty! I love her random handmade gifts! Hopefully we will meet up in mid February!

I love getting my Marimekko delivery from New York, especially when I get some special arts and craft goodness from the girls there.

The lovely Mackenzie created this collage wonder and after having a crazy day dealing with an injured magpie in my yard, this little card totally made my day.  I haven't even met Mack in person but I hope to change this soon by a visit to NYC and most likely some cocktails!

I want to give a shout out to the awesome folk at Wildlife Victoria who helped me so much in assisting our magpie.  They are mostly volunteers and always need our support, so if you feel like donating some money to help them, help our animals, please visit their website!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

When Your Subject Digs the Work...

Tweety tweet

So, I have been working on a series of small works for an upcoming show recently.  I hadn't been posting too many 'final' work shots but in the last few days, I have been trying to get some of the finished works together, measured and all their details listed in preparation.

In a nutshell I have been using screen shots of some of my favourite women music/pop stars as the inspiration for the tapestries.  I am loving the interplay between the pixelated, low res source material and the translation into the beads of the woven tapestry.

Tweety tweet

I was super trilled to have some tweets going out by the most amazing CATCALL (aka. Catherine Kelleher) who features in two of my little tapestries.  Always lovely to get a response from the actual subject!

As the works come together a little more, I will be talking about this mini project.

Public Art: Models of Possibility

Art note

I went along to the recent Melbourne Conversations lecture on Public Art:  Models of Possibility.  There were some amazing speakers including:

The program:
"As artists shift their concerns to engage with current social, political and environmental changes, can we see these shifts reflected in approaches to art in the public realm?  Or does the large-scale of many public artworks and/or desire for spectacle or comfort on the part of commissioning agents lead to an outcome that celebrates only wealth or the past?"

There was some interesting discussion about place and also the new directions artists are taking with public art.  Within my role as curator, I have been working on some public art projects and one of the most interesting things that I find is what people perceive public art to be.  I think that there is a big shift away from a big old sculpture that stays forever in one place.  Artists now are investigating ways to interpret a space or audience in much more ephemeral ways.

Check out the links above to the various artists/curators.  They are doing some interesting stuff!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Organization Nerd...

My colour coded yarn for weaving! It's making life easier!
Getting yarn organized!

I decided that I needed to get a little more organized in the studio with my millions of coloured yarns.  I was finding it a little challenging to work, especially seeing I have been working on a series of small works that need various colours.  Often when I work on a large piece, I gather all the colours I need at the start, like creating my palette and just leave them out to work on.  This method just wasn't working for me with these small works.

I went and purchased a whole bunch of small clear containers for my small cones of yarn.  Each container fits about 30 cones.  I then colour coded the yarns into groupings that I use often; dark grey tones, lighter grey tones, flesh tones and colour groups.

So far it's working well and means that I can find things quickly and also keep ahead of my yarn stock.  I did discover that I have a lot of yellow yarn currently!!!
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