Sunday, May 24, 2015

THE VALUE OF JOINING A GROUP

I have been asked for several years now to join a local fibre group. "Fibre Friends' meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays at our local Neighbourhood House. Although I have attended their once a year get together with other spinning and weavers groups, I thought that it would be a bit too much of a distraction to my tapestry practice to join. People who love wool....really LOVE wool and it is difficult to pass up really beautiful knitting yarns and even worse the 'to die for' spinning tops!
Tapestry weaving is a very solitary practice. time to yourself to become immersed in your work is mandatory. Knitting of the other hand can be a very social activity.
So last month I decided to bite the bullet and went along to a meeting armed with a long forgotten knitting project. I found it difficult to sit at a table and knit a small project on 4 needles. So after the first meeting I decided to start a new project to take along. Sadly my new projects knitted up quickly, so now I needed a different project to take along. Last year Bendigo Woolen Mills discontinued their 'Rustic' range of 12 and 8 ply hand wash wool. I bought two lots to knit up into jumpers at some time in the future. So as a project, I began one of the jumpers. It took me less than one month to complete, but I may take it along on Tuesday to sew it up. Last night I began an 'Irish Hiking' scarf as a new project to take to the meetings, one ball knitted up already. I am not certain that it will last until Tuesday?
Our group is made up of knitters, spinners, felters and weavers, each with years of experience. I am enjoying the meetings and maybe my wool stash will be a bit smaller at the end of the year.
But it also runs the risk of growing if I look around for new projects to knit. Never mind I could always take a small loom with a tapestry!   

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WEAVERS REUNION, AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP

I have been to Melbourne a few times in the past few months, each time I visited the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Earlier in the year they were busy weaving the 'Avenue of Rememberance' tapestry. Commissioned for the Australian War Memorial, to be hung on the Centenary of the First World War. Commissioned by a generous donation from the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation. Designed by Imants Tillers and inspired by Sir Keith Murdoch' famous Gallipoli Letter You can see more on the making of this stunning tapestry here.
Last Friday I was invited to a weavers reunion for students who had participated in classes run by the ATW in recent years. This is one of the tapestries that was on display. 'Everything has two witnesses, one on earth and one in the sky' Designed by Sangetta Sandrasegar.
 Woven by Sue Batten, the weaver has used soumak to add texture to the design.
Beautiful soft colours in the bottom part of the design.
It was a nice small get together of past students and teachers. The world of tapestry in Australia is quite small and it is wonderful to catch up with other tapestry weavers for a show and tell.


Monday, May 18, 2015

John Wolseley 'Heartlands and Headwaters'


I finally got down to Melbourne for the day on Friday. Just a quick trip so I did not have very long to spend in the city before going out to South Melbourne to the Australian Tapestry Workshop. I had been invited to a students reunion. More about that later.
I have been longing to see the John Wolseley 'Heartlands and Headwaters' exhibition. I did not spend a lot of time there and will definitely return soon for a very leisurely look at the exhibition again.
If you are not familiar with the work or process's used by the artist, I urge you to watch the video.
  After fire spiney cheeked honeyeaters at Lake Monibeong.
After fire spiney cheeked honeyeaters at Lake Monibeong, detail.
Cycles of fire and water Lake Tyrrell Victoria.
Cycles of fire and water Lake Tyrrell Victoria, detail.
Cycles of fire and water Lake Tyrrell Victoria, detail.
Cycles of fire and water Lake Tyrrell Victoria, detail.
A Daily River Creek NT.
A Daily River Creek NT, detail.
A Daily River Creek NT, detail.
Regeneration after fire the seeders and the sprouters, Mallee.
Regeneration after fire the seeders and the sprouters, Mallee, detail.
I few weeks ago I spent some time in the Little Desert. This small detail reminds me of my time there.
From the edge of the great flood planes Garrangari aand Farrangali NT, detail.
From the edge of the great flood planes Garrangari aand Farrangali NT.
From the edge of the great flood planes Garrangari aand Farrangali NT, detail.
From the edge of the great flood planes Garrangari aand Farrangali NT, detail.
This is more of a photo essay rather than a review of the exhibition. There was so much to see. Way too much to take in on such a short visit. Many of the works appeared to me to be over 6 meters long. Details exquisite. There is a catalogue available here,
I plan on reading it and when I have returned, I will write some more,
Until then, enjoy the small sample of photos.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

tapestries by debbie herd and jan leishman

It seems like ages ago now, but here are a few photos from the exhibition at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery earlier this year.
Jan Leishman's lovely small 'Figure Sudies'
'Counting Days' Debbie Herd
'Poster Girls' Jan Leishman.

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