at the “Second Skin” workshop with India Flint (held at Beautiful Silks in November), we learned how to make string from strips of fabric. then we used these as measuring tape measures for our body measurements. it was so relaxing to twist and turn the fabric into string, even though part of mine did unravel a bit when I lost concentration and must have twisted or flipped in the wrong direction – serves me right for trying to speed up.
these are the strings from everyone in the workshop – mine’s at the bottom left – I put it down too quickly at the end, so it’s not in a perfect circle like some of the others, though I like the colours, and since the photo I’ve fixed the unraveling and added red stitching to keep that section in place.
I bought a bundle of silk sari strips and started making more string during the evenings whilst on our gypsy caravan ride in the country (thanks Pixie – miss you! & Colonial Way). will post some pics soon. I also dyed some silk in India’s dye bath on the last day of the workshop – still deciding what to make with that.
last saturday (31st jan) I went along to Alex Falkiner‘s “Stitching off the Page (fancy edgings)” class in marrickville. it was a lovely afternoon learning new stitches and techniques for the edges of fabric. I really wanted to learn her “netting” stitch and just block out a few hours to spend stitching. great to speak to others too
some photos of the “in progress” parts of the stitches for future reference. I felt I was having a bad day stitching – extra slow and making lots of mistakes (which given my state that week after the recent surgery/recovery wasn’t too surprising), but I’ll try these again when feeling better.
the netting stitch is like blanket stitch but you stitch into the air / where the loops join instead of into the fabric
we went to life drawing class at 107 projects tonight. Syd Mead said that if you can draw people, you can pretty much draw anything (paraphrasing), so I’d like to practice more. I’m happy with a couple of these. I was trying rough outline of shapes and concentrating on shading the shadows. one lady asked about the other colours so I showed her the pastels. J’s lines are amazing – I need to practice looser lines, and seeing & drawing volumes. and find my line at all. these are 5mins, 10mins, 15min poses – I’d arrived late so missed the 1-2 min poses. my proportions are out most of the time so this needs improvement. the model walked around later and looked at everyone’s drawings. he said he thought my last one of him “everything is expanding”, so hopefully that’s a good thing?
adding them all here, so if I keep going throughout the year, I can look back and (hopefully) see improvements, and my line. these are charcoal (vine + thicker), white charcoal/pastel and coloured conte crayons
tonight I went to a drawing class with Daniel O’Toole aka Ears, a Sydney based painter and now video artist. Ears is one of my favourite Sydney artists and I’m lucky to have one of his paintings. now I can see how contour based his works are. the class was held at his studio called “Higher Ground Studio” in Leichardt & was lots of fun. we did some mark making exercises to different styles of music, drawing different words, blind contour drawings & contour drawings where we added shading/colours to the shapes, drawing by rubbing out the charcoal using putty rubber, making a variety of marks, drawing a landscape with our marks and we finished up with a collaborative painting of a brown, flattened box. I only had butchers paper instead of cartridge paper so some are a bit rough. we used mostly charcoal and ink with a touch of coloured house paint.
http://earstotheground.net is Ears’ website. apart from amazing paintings, he has also uploaded some of his sketchbook pages which are pretty inspiring. some of the line/contour drawings remind me of Carla Sonheim’s ones and class exercises where we try to draw animals. Ears draws faces — there’s a lot of portraits with masks/faces in his paintings
here’s some photos of the class — my work plus the collaborative painting in different stages
today I went on an etching / print workshop at the ownership project gallery / print room in melbourne. learnt a lot. i made some prints to try different techniques, levels of colour depth, plate cleanup, colours, timings. used one of my bee drawings so I can add them to my theme work. falling in love with printing. you can get some very detailed marks with etching (with practice!)
i’ll add more pics / steps later when on the computer
mono / black print
adding colour to sections
coloured and hand painted selected colours