Friday, January 28, 2011

Steps and stairs

A busy week but still some progress. These pieces are quite small, measuring 30cm / 12" across the base, and the same from the base to the top point.

Masking off the oval again, but slightly offsetting. Print pattern from a lace curtain.

The figures are now grounded on to flights of steps.

During the weekend I visited the Aotearoa Feltsisters 'Earthwaulks' exhibition in Bottle Creek Gallery, Pataka, Porirua. Not only is this exhibition very well displayed but it shows a great variety of works in felt, and dyed with natural dyes. The work is varied and well executed. The exhibition closes on Sunday, 30 January, but if you are unable to get there, you might like to view the pieces on their blog

Monday, January 24, 2011

Steady progress...

It is good to get back into regular routines and steady progress has been made this week. I have also re-jigged a corner of my studio. This involved dismantling a couple of very old storage units with a crowbar, chisel and hammer (a) because I couldn't get them out of the house on my own, and (b) they are to go to the refuse dump anyway. My portable printing table has now got a permanent place and I no longer have to remove it / return it on to my larger work table. I always feel that having the right work space is incredibly important, and adapting it over the years to suit current requirements is also important.

And now to my latest piece...

This is not a very good photo, it was taken just after I had screened colour on to my 'finished' pieces. I have masked off a motif in the centre of each and the colours are looking very strong as they are still wet.

I meant to take a photo of the pieces when washed and dry, and the masking removed, but got carried away with what I was doing, and forgot!

The next stage was to break up some of the background with discharge paste.

Nothing at all to do with my latest piece but Saturday night at dusk there was one of the strongest rainbows I had ever seen, and it reflected itself on to the misty rain that was creeping into the Hutt Valley.