Saturday, 12 April 2014

Fibre Arts Australia - Ballarat - April 2014, part the first.

Katie painting her Journey.

So - Here I am back at Ballarat with Fibre Arts Australia run by Glenys Mann.
I love teaching here and most especially catching up with great friends that I have taught with here two and four years ago - Mary Hettmanspurger and Kerr Grabowski from the USA and Marlene Kranz from Australia. 

My design workshops have been asked for most particularly in Australia and as they are a great favourite of mine, this is no hardship. 
You will have seen that I taught something similar in Canberra. As this is a five day workshop we will be developing the use of the print blocks and creating layered newspaper surfaces to print and stitch onto.

The Journeys were painted . . . .

 . . . and hung . . .

We also played with 'flipping out' . . . .


 . . .  and expanding . . .


The group then took two sections from each design exercise using 'L' shapes to isolate their designs.

The designs were then traced and transferred into sketch books . . . 

 . .  and then painted in two colour ways.

I brought carbon paper with me to make it easier to transfer the designs.

Then the students chose two of their designs to make into printing blocks . . .

From one design you get two blocks - one positive and one negative.

The printing blocks are made from self adhesive foam and foam core or mount baord. Some of the designs can be a bit fiddly to cut, but if you use a sharp scalpel, you can get there in the end. 

 . . . and here's the proof.

Once the blocks are made the students can then experiment printing onto different papers using acrylic paints.

All these designs have come from the three design exercises - they didn't exist before the class started.

The group are printing onto a variety of papers, old books, maps, sheet music, even old hand written diaries.

Once the papers are printed and dry - they are flooded with procion colour wash
Which I will show you in the next post . . . . . 

 These kind of residential courses are very full on, with lectures from three or four tutors nearly every night, along with special dinners and parties. There is no time to be bored!!!
But that is part of what makes these events so special. The organisation that goes on behind the scenes is mind boggling. There are sixteen tutors from all over the world and everything is running like clock work.

So - there is a lot more to tell - will try to keep up - but as I have explained, it may be a few days before the next post . . .

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

2 workshops with The Embroiderers' Guild ACT Inc 4 - 6 April

A large skeleton leaf bonded onto a black background. The leaf then had painted Bondaweb ironed onto it which was then foiled. Just FAB!

What a fabulous time I had in Canberra. I was so well looked after - in fact spoilt by my host Robyn Duncan, I didn't really want to leave.

My first workshop was On the Surface - my basic one day Bondaweb workshop or Vliesofix as it is called over here. We had great fun painting and decorating the Bondaweb. The group worked hard and produced some excellent samples. We also dabbled with newspaper - it had to happen.

Here are a few of the samples, using threads, paper and transfer foils.


The next workshop was a 2 day version of Creating Original Designs ad Making Printing Blocks. We started with the students painting a journey. Regular readers will be familiar with this by now.

Then we did an 'expanded' and a 'flipped out' exercise. This way the group have 3 opportunities for taking sections with 'L' shapes.

Once the students had isolated the design they wished to work with they traced if off onto tracing paper.

Part of the room - heads down and very quiet - working hard.

Once the designs had been decided on they were transferred onto self adhesive foam and foam core board. The design was then cut from the foam using a scalpel. One design created 2 blocks - a positive and a negative.

Then the printing started . . . . .

This in my lovely group of girls - what fun we had.

I really did have a fabulous time in Canberra - with some ladies who were just divine. I will be going back - at some stage . . . .

This is my third time in Australia - and the first time I have seen Kangaroos - Hurrahh!!!! At last!

A large group feeding in the late evening sun.

I didn't have a lot of time to spare in Canberra but I did manage to get the the National Arboretum with it's amazing views over Canberra.

This wonderful sculpture was on the top of one of the hills - made from old bits of scrap metal - stunning.


I am now in Ballarat and am getting ready to start teaching my first session tonight. There are about 17 tutors here. Many of whom I have met before. It is great to catch up with old friends. There will be a bit of a party atmosphere all week.

I am writing this post fast as I have had to come to McDonalds in Ballarat to post this - they have excellent wifi - which the school where I am teaching this week, doesn't seem to have - ggrrrRR!!!

Need to dash off now to the supermarket for last minute bits and pieces and then lunch back at school. Will post more of what is happening here as and when I can. It is very wet here - I hear it is sunny back home - Huh!!!!! Enjoy.

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Hello Jill, Diana, Tod and himself!