Sunday, April 29, 2018

Silo Art

Wednesday 25 April, 2018 was the unveiling of the ANZAC Silo Art at a little town called Devenish, 41 km north east of Shepparton.
 Wide brown land of harvested crops.
 A blank canvas, wonder if it is on the list for a mural?





 Cam Scale started his career as an artist in early 2000 and is a now a well-renown fine artist and mural painter in Australia.
Cam works primarily with aerosol, oil and acrylic, specialising in large-scale figures and portraits.



 Overhearing the former owner of the pub, she said that since the opening this week, the visitors have been coming in droves. There is a milk bar/general store that is open 7 days a week, other silo sites don't have this facility, so it has been very profitable for the owner.
 The local pub is catering for visitors also.
 Very friendly cattle dog, who came up to me to say hello.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stitch Meditations

For the last 7 days I have used the fabric swap bag that I received from Donalee in Ohio.
I want to use each of the bags for one week and as from tomorrow Debbie from Oklahoma is next.
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Hessian and silks
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Hand dyed fabrics with a fabric from Donalee's range.
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Indigo's and silk square.
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Tropical Garden
Hand dyed and a piece from Donalee's range.
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ANZAC Day
In memory of my Great Uncle whose grave we visited in France.
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Linen background with silk and a piece of Donalee's fabric range she designed.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Football

Spent the afternoon at the Hawthorn vs North Melbourne game at Etihad.
 I usually sit between John and Emma at the game, they decided to behave themselves at this one.

 Disappointing crowd, only 29,000 plus in attendance.
 We beat the Hawks.

A great game, next on the calendar is North vs Richmond, my friend Sue, a one eyed Tiger's fan, is coming along with us. North had better win.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Stitch Meditations

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Stripes with rusted silk from Marie's swap bag.
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Underwater Outcrop, clean up rag for background with an added piece of chiffon and stitches.
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Piece of op shop $1 scarf with striped fabric from Marie's swap bag.
Didn't think about this one, just dove onto the scrap box and pulled out the 2 fabrics.
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Background of upholstery fabric with an added piece of organza.
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Strips of Japanese taupe fabric scraps.
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Pieces from Donalee's fabric swap bag, patterned chiffon over the greens.

Marimekko in Bendigo

Spent the day with 2 friends in Bendigo. We caught the train up before meeting up to attend the Bendigo Gallery to view the Marimekko exhibition.
Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the 1960's to 70's with it's bold screen prints and pop art style graphics.
The exhibition traces Marimekko's meteoric rise from the 1950's to the present through it's iconic fabric patterns and unconventional ready-to wear outfits.
With more than 60 outfits of original fabrics, home wares, sketches and other archival materials , the exhibition focuses on the work of the talented individuals who defined this Finnish textile practice and created it's internationally recognisable designs. 






 While Finland and the Scandinavian countries represent Marimekko's traditional base, the company has enjoyed a long association with the United States.
In more recent years awareness of the label has significantly increased in Asia and Australia.   

The best known and popular piece of clothing designed by Vuakko Nurmesniemi is the Jokapoika (every boy) shirt from 1956. It is made of Piccolo printed fabric, designed in 1953 from which hundreds of different colour variations have been created.
As the company's first unisex item, the shirt has been produced in the millions and is said to be particularly popular among architects and academics.  




 After lunch a visit to the Woolen Mills for some wool.

I alighted the train, picked up at Footscray and unfortunately the 20 minute journey home took 1 hour and 45 minutes. Traffic was gridlocked.
Have a wonderful day and if you have the chance, this exhibition is worth a visit.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Stitch Meditations

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Upholstery background with an added piece of chiffon op shop scarf.
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Linen background with added pieces of silk.
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Textured fabrics, white is a piece cut from a packaged shower scrubber received in a hotel.
Blue woven piece .
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White piece is cut from trimmed mosquito netting.
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Upholstery square and french knots.
Bought the squares at the AQC, should have bought a second packet.