Things have been a tad quiet here on the blog the last couple of weeks. This end of each year tends to be really busy and I haven’t yet worked out how to even things out and plan ahead so I am not quite so frantic about getting everything done! I have booked a stall at the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Fete which is on tomorrow – this will be the first time Folios and Fibre has been there – I’m told it’s very busy. So I have been busy dyeing like mad. Here are a few of the things I will be taking there.
This week I have had the immense privilege of working with 2 groups of children from Dardanup as part of the Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival. The Festival theme this year is “Over the Rainbow”. What better theme for a textile artist?
The children drew and painted pictures of their choice onto paper using fabric transfer crayons and disperse dyes. These designs were then ironed on to banners, bunting and tshirts. Every child was so engaged in this project – they all did several designs and loved the idea that their design could be transferred to a tshirt! There were some very clever people, who after being told they could not use lettering, because the designs were to be reversed – came back to me having worked out how to reverse the letters so they would transfer correctly.
Some enthusiastic participants even came back the next day to design another shirt and help with the younger children’s designs.
I was thrilled with the number of children who sought me out to say “Thankyou” at the end of each session and absolutely “blown away” by their creativity.
Thank you for having me Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival committee – country kids rock!!!!
The Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival is held every year in October with great festivities, stalls, activities, showcasing the wonderful produce of the Ferguson Valley and celebrating life in a small country town.
This year’s event is on Saturday 12th October 2013
10am to 5pm for Festival fun
5pm to 9pm for evening entertainment and lighting of the fire sculpture
An innovative and energetic Claire Pendrigh – audience development officer at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, conceived the idea of holding a new event for Bunbury quite a while ago now, and after holding a few zine making workshops at the Galleries the inaugural Bunbury Zine Fair was held on Saturday 5th October 2013. There was a diverse array of tables – with zines, books, handmade goodness, and buskers serenading us during the afternoon.
It was lovely to meet new people, see some fabulous zines ( some had to come home with me!) and experience a new creative genre – I made a small edition of a zine and have a few left over if anyone would like one just send me an email FLOWER at iinet.net.au (all lowercase and with the at symbol – no spaces) with your address and I will send one via snail mail!
Last weekend was a long weekend (public holiday) in Western Australia. Lots of things were happening – the start of the Perth Royal Show – the AFL Football Grand Final, with the Fremantle Dockers playing in it for the first time – and something I have been looking forward to for quite a while – a felting workshop with Pam Hovel from Raw Edge Textiles.
The workshop was admirably organised by Chez and Kaye from Cranbrook and Mount Barker respectively, and was held in Cranbrook a small farming town in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. My friend Val from Maybrook Designs and I travelled together – the drive took about 3 1/2 hours – amazing how time goes by so fast when you are chatting! We arrived in Cranbrook and quickly found our accommodation at the caravan park – where we were welcomed by Steve the Caretaker who ensured we knew our way around, pointing out the fabulous facilities in the campers kitchen there.
We phoned Chez and were immediately invited out to her house, just a couple of minutes drive from Cranbrook, to meet her and another couple of ladies who had arrived before us and were also staying at the caravan park. Chez has converted an old railway carriage from the early 1900’s into self contained accommodation, and as our tutor Pam had not arrived yet (she was staying in the carriage) we were treated to a guided tour. What a fantastic restoration job Chez has done – the carriage has pressed tin ceilings timber walls and all mod cons! Surprising what fits into a small space though – it has 3 bedrooms – a lounge/kitchen area and bathroom and toilet. And just for something different OMO patrols his paddock just outside the window – OMO is old man ostrich!
We had a fabulous workshop with Pam making a felted garment and then eco dyeing it on the last day. Chez had booked the Cranbrook Hall – we had so much space to work in and were able to access the hall outside workshop hours if we were keen! I learnt so much and met some fantastic ladies from the Great Southern area.
There was an art exhibition in Cranbrook held as part of the Great Southern Art Trail and I snuck across to have a look – some amazing work by local artists and a mindblowing exhibition of local wildflowers. Although we did not get to see much of the area on this trip Cranbrook made us very welcome and I have placed on my wish list a visit to the area next spring to stay in Chez’s railway carriage and find some wonderful wildflowers.