Thinking about blue ukulele

Probably taking most inspiration from this painting called Mandora by Georges Braque

http://www.georgesbraque.org/images/gallery/mandora.jpg Viewed 2 June 2019

It shows the fragmenting and how I might be able to delineate the ukulele body with shading. It also has line which I plan to add over the top of the patches in stitch.I’m also thinking of adding labelling of ukulele parts. Sort of a nod to another modern art movement constructivism. And of course I am referencing cubism by making the quilt out of patches that are constituted of different views of the ukulele in cyanotype. So I’ll do photograms of different views and compile to make a larger than life ukulele. And the views are differing in another sense too in that they are photograms.

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Here is the final quilt that I sent off to the Modern Quilt show

Fragments of Calm

Carolyn and I are doing a project we hope to exhibit later in the year. It’s about the calming effects of sewing and externalising and stitching down our multitude of anxieties. I had meant to document it earlier but I’ll do it now instead.

April 1

April 2

April 3

April 4

April 5

April 6

April 7

April 8

April 9

April 10

And that is the first ten days 😀

New Beginnings

I’ve been struggling to push all the OCA stuff down now that I have dropped out of that and plan to continue to use my domain name to put in my own personal research and work plans.

I’ve completed my BFA last year and this year am just trying to enter a bunch of exhibitions, mostly quilting, but also others, with a view to having ongoing goals this year. Then next year I hope to do honours, because I really miss the place and the people and want to continue to pursue an art focus into my golden years 🙂

Caroline Sharkey Workshop

This weekend I attended a workshop run by Caroline Sharkey, who is an Australian textile artist. It was under the banner of the Tasmanian Quilting Guild but she does not consider herself a quilter but rather a Textile artist.

A small quilt of hers entered in the SAQA trunk show 2014. http://www.saqa.com/media/image/TrunkShow-2014/Trunk%20D/CarolineSharkey.JPG Viewed 8 Jan 2018

This workshop was concerned with a technique she has developed for making a new fabric to work with.

Fragments of fabric are applied to a stiffened background and then covered with a water soluble vilene and heavily sew down to keep the fragments in place. The water soluble is then washed out and the resultant fabric has new colour and texture.

The butterflies and sequins are included to play to a quilting audience I believe.

This fabric was then combined with other fabrics to create a final 2 D work

This is my work in progress at the end of the workshop. I have left the background carpet in the photo because it goes quite well. 🙂 Here I am using this technique as part of a background to try and showcase my hand and rust dyed fabrics.

Nellie Zimmerman

An artist that references the Australian landscape in her dimensional painted works. They are highly colourful and look almost like quilts, and so are quite relevant for my proposed Australian outback Ebb and Flow quilt.

nelliezimmerman.com Viewed 31 December 2017

I have moved away from my initial idea of circles to squares but I am drawn to circles like these and have used them previously. In this she references aboriginal dot painting to some extent which I alway find a bit fraught. I guess you are unlikely to inadvertently use aboriginal symbols that belong to the songlines of a specific indigenous group, but I still feel it’s difficult to distinguish yourself from indigenous art. Whilst appropriation is considered legitimate, it may be considered inappropriate to appropriate from indigenous works.