Sunday, May 31, 2015

Today"s Cold Sunday Walk

Today's afternoon walk was through the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
Rather cold and blustery.
 Beautiful ironwork at the gate.
 Beds have been planted for spring flowering.
 Avenue of Past Prime Ministers of Australia.
A rather true looking Julia Gillard!!!
 The last leaf on the tree.
 John almost hyperventilated at the leaves for composting.
Pleased we don't live nearby, he would be there after dark with a bucket.
 Another beautiful entrance to the gardens.
Sleeves of my jumper, knitted on the way there and back.
Joy, Jeann, Vicki and I are in Ballarat soon for Winter School, don't think I will get my jumper finished by then, but gee it's going to be cold!!!
Looking forward to 30+ degrees next week.

Friday, May 29, 2015

National Gallery of Victoria - Federation Square

11 April - 16 August, 2015 - free entry

 I called in to the Ian Potter Centre yesterday on my way home from Scquilters CBD, to see this exhibition of paper water colours.
Over the last 4 years, John Wolseley has traveled and painted throughout Australia. He has journeyed from the swamps of the Tasmanian  high country to the coastal flood plains of the tropical north.
He has explored the nature and action of water and how it has shaped our land.
His work is collage on paper. An excellent exhibition. 
Series of works commissioned by Sir Roderick Carnegie AC.
 (A small selection of his works below)
The Daly River Creek, NT, 2012

From Siberia to Roebuck Bay, WA 2012
Watercolor over pencil, charcoal, coloured chalk and masking out. 

The Atrium ceiling was adorned by these wonderful bats.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday in the Gardens

 Spent a couple of hours walking in the Botanical Gardens.
The flag was flying over Government House, so our Governor was home this afternoon.
 Beautiful fallen leaves- great compost if you are allowed to bag them.
 Not named, but was rather impressed by this flower.
 Fighting over someone's left over cream from their scones.
 Wandered through the Fern Gully.
 Noticed this interesting plant growing in among the ferns.
Another plant with no name plate.
 Beautiful wrought iron gates, as we walked out.
Stopped for a late' and Hummingbird cake.
Perhaps we should have had the cupcake before and not at the end of the walk.
John thought great cake containers, but I have my eye on them, water containers for my paint brushes.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fibre Arts 10 x 10

We are also asked to bring along a piece of work 10 x 10 x 10 (4 inches sq) for the "Intimate Exhibition".
The proceeds ($10 per piece) will go to Mind Australia, a charity, who supports clients with mental disabilities to live independent, productive and satisfying lives through a comprehensive range of services.
 I have been drying Japanese Maple leaves for my class.
 I bought an old tissue book from the Antique Market,
 set up in the next hall to the Yokohama Quilt Show.
 Some yarn found in the drawer of my textile bits and pieces.
 Dyed and Batik pieces of fabric.
John was given a beautifully wrapped box of biscuits by a Japanese gentleman who he has been meeting with for work.
"Japanese Maple".
I learnt in Japan that less is more and simple straight lines are used.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fibre Arts 15 x 15

At the Fibre Arts Winter School, in July, we are asked to bring along a piece of work 15cm x 15cm, which is then sold for $15, which goes towards the Scholarship fund.
 I took a photo of a door in Dijon, France
At last years Fibre Arts class I was taught a method by my teacher Lucy Worsley.
Take a photo copy (I got it in reverse), place it on some fabric and machine the photo.
When turned over,you have the stitching of the door.
 I cut out the photo door frame and placed it over the stitching.
 Placed on a background of book pages, stitched, used tea bags, rubber stamping 
and zig zag stitched background.
Stitched branches and stamped leaves and added French postage stamp from my childhood stamp album.
Piece finished and one more to do.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Faux Leather Workshop

At our Art Play group, my friend Joy showed us how to make Faux leather.
Fascinating, as who would have thought we would get what we did out of a paper bag.
 Collect a few assorted paper bags, open the bag and discard the glued sections,
then paint with brown acrylic paint.
 I had a gift bag with a pattern on it, gave it a try using white acrylic paint.
Once the paint is dry, scrunch the paper up several times to break down the fibres and soften it.
You can really feel the difference each time you scrunch it.
A great stress relief exercise!!!
 The scrunching gives it the look of leather. I have a leather handbag that looks like this.
I joined several pieces together and was instructed to use a large stitch on the machine so the paper would not tear. It only needs a simple quilt. Lined the inside with fabric.
 Rubbing with neutral shoe polish gives it a shine.
Another journal to add to my collection. 
Many thanks Joy, a great workshop and a brilliant idea.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Sashiko originated from the working class and remote communities. Due to the low social status of those communities, people's lives were restricted by law that only certain classes could wear cotton and bright coloured clothing. 
Cotton was introduced into Japan in 15th century but was too expensive for the majority of citizens to afford. The blue indigo dye was hard wearing and was considered to repel insects and snakes.
A traditional art that was used to anchor layers of fabric together for warmth and strength. Worn mainly in farming and fishing communities.

 One-stitch sashiko, which means "little stabs".
A basic running stitch is used.

 Pre-printed pattern to be used as a hand towel. 
A Japanese lady always carries a small towel in her bag to dry her hands after the use of the bathroom.
In Japan, very few hand driers are found in the public bathrooms.
Pre-printed patterns, then stitched.
Trying to master the use of the thimble which is worn on the inside of the hand to push the needle along.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Australian Turkish Friendship Memorial

 Kings Domain, Melbourne. 
 The sculpture includes the hand-carved seeds of a Turkish pine and an Australian casuarina, representing the seeds of friendship and the future. 
A series of quotes on the base of the memorial highlight the bond the countries share, and steel strands form a wreath, commemorating fallen soldiers.
I placed a poppy in memory of my paternal Grandfather Peta Antanasov.