Thursday, January 17, 2019

Stitch Meditations

Continuing the use of torn paper.
 SM 11
 SM 12
 SM 13
 SM 14
 SM 15
 SM 16
SM 17
Fly free Miffy, farewell our friend.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Escher

I spent a couple of hours viewing the exhibition Escher X Nendo - Between Two Worlds 
at the NGV.
The life of M.C. Escher (Mauritis Cornelis) born 1898, is extraordinary and began in The Netherlands. His love for illusion, impossibilities, curiosity and imagination is featured.
The exhibition covers 2 floors and several rooms.  Escher's unique artistic vision is traced through over 150 prints and drawings of pen, ink and pencil.

 Blocks of basalt along the sea
1919
Woodcut
He started first making woodcuts in early 1919 and explored the graphic power of the woodcut in works that varied greatly in style, especially in landscapes. It is a form of Art Nouveau. 


 San Gimignano, Italy
1922
Woodcut
Escher made detailed drawings in pen and ink, which he turned into a woodcut. The geometrical lines of the town's towers contrast with the rhythms of the densely patterned rolling hills and the swirling foliage of the ancient olive tree.  


 Sky and Water 1
1938
Woodcut
He was fascinated with the dynamic tension between figure and ground in tessellations and explored this in the above drawing.
Escher explained "above, the white fish silhouettes merge to form the "sky" for the birds, while in the lower half the black birds blend together to form "water" for the fishes". 

Also exhibited were installations by Oki Sato, head of the Japanese design studio nendo. He tells of his journey from architecture to designer and what he has learned from Escher. He relates to Escher's interest in optical illusions and extreme perspectives.
 Transforming House
2018
"Gathered House"
2018

Zooming House
2018


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Stitch Meditations

SM 7
SM 8
SM 8
SM 10

Autumn

I love the shades of  Autumn, terracotta, orange, burgundy, olive green, my favourite season of the year when the leaves start to turn.

Watering the garden last night, I noticed that many of my plants/flowers are of a shade that I am not drawn to. Not a fan of mauve and purple.

From a distance the eye registers the colours one way, through the camera, some have a blue tinge and others are shades of pink.

My garden is 40 years old and during that time many of the labels have blown away or disintegrated. 
 Agapanthus 
 Petunias
 Salvia African Sky
 At the rose garden swap I was given 4 dahlia tubers, I think all 4 may the same colour.
 Salvia
 I look through my window and this rose looks mauve.
 Finger Eggplant 
 Impatiens 
 African Daisy
 Cosmos Senata Dwarf

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Start for 2019

I have begun my SM's for the year and decided to add a piece of paper to each one.
 As it stipulated that stitching is the go, will still use fabrics.
 SM 1
Torn paper strips with woven fabric and wool.
 SM 2
Chose colours of fabrics from the torn paper.
 SM 3
Background of Kimono fabric with origami paper and silk square.
 SM 4
Old handkerchief from group swap with green paper and wool sample to match. 
 SM 5
Japanese background, square of kimono fabric and selected paper from a bag from Japan.
SM 6
Torn striped paper with dyed fabric and pieces of braid.

2019's squares are being added to a book.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

12 Books

 No 365 was attached to the December book.

January 1st, the start of a new SM challenge.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Stitch Meditations

 SM 362
Curtain fabric background with added colours of trees.
 SM 363
Japanese fabrics squares.
 SM 364
Soft and quiet colours
 SM 365
Chiffon scarf background.

 My year long challenge has been met. I have learnt a lot with the process.
I have now fallen for torn fabrics with frayed edges.
Now the challenge of 2019 is about to start!!!