A trip to the Southern Forests Part 2

Unearthed Festival celebrates the Southern Forests Region, food and wine and art in the area. When we left Pemberton we travelled to Northcliffe to catch up with friends we had not seen since the devastating fires around Northcliffe.

I loved seeing Lizzie’s silky merino skirt – started in India Flint’s workshop here – she has finished it and eco dyed it and it looks spectacular – I so wish I had taken a picture of it.

There was just time for a stop off at Beedelup Falls on the way home. The region has had a little bit of rain so  water was trickling through the falls.

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A trip to the Southern Forests

Saturday saw us crawl out of bed at 5am to arrive in Pemberton in time to set up a stall in the wonderful old Pemberton Mill Hall https://www.facebook.com/ThePembertonMillHall – this hall is over 100 years old and is run and maintained by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers, who had set up the hall, were serving tea and coffee, devonshire teas, chips and a sausage sizzle, and we discovered later had to clear up after the market and set up for a dance being held in the hall that evening.  Country hospitality and community spirit abound in Pemberton.

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inside the Pemberton Mill Hall during the Unearthed markets

The market was brimming with lovely products – local and from a little further afield

Fresh produce from the Pemberton School

Fresh produce from the Pemberton School

Beautiful carved and turned timber products

Beautiful carved and turned timber products

Greg and Margaret from Halcyon Steppe made the trip down

Greg and Margaret from Halcyon Steppe made the trip down

http://halcyonsteppe.com.au import laces and trims and handmade paper from Indian villages where they are produced (they visited the villages and saw a way in which they could assist the villagers by finding a market for their products in Australia)  I am happy to buy papers I use in making journals from them.

Folios and Fibre's stall

Folios and Fibre’s stall

IMG_1763This beautiful cutting board kept catching my eye and of course came home with me – made by http://www.clivescreations.com

When the market finished we had time to wander up the street, admire the fencing around the park in the main street and get lost for a bit in the Pemberton General Store which is a treasure trove of wonderful hardware and serves the best takeaway coffee in Pemby!

 

 

Unearthed Festival Pemberton

On Saturday 9th May Folios and Fibre will be at the Pemberton Mill Hall Market – part of the Unearthed Festival.
This is the first Unearthed and it looks fabulous – lots to see and do.
You can get more information and download a programme from here: http://www.unearthedpemberton.com.au

Eco dyed silk

Eco dyed silk

To celebrate Mothers Day the first person who visits me at the stall and mentions seeing this post will receive a beautiful eco dyed silk scarf 13 x 112cm approx.

See you there!

An Eco dyed memento

During Margaret River Region Open Studios I had several of my artists books on display featuring eco dyed paper – Maureen was intrigued by this so I eco dyed some watercolour paper using plants from her garden and stitched the pages into a little souvenir book to leave with her.

geranium flowers

geranium flowers

eco print leaves on watercolour paper

eco print leaves on watercolour paper

sour sob leaves on paper oxalis pes capre

sour sob leaves on paper oxalis pes capre

nastursium leaves

nastursium leaves

E. cinerea leaves

E. cinerea leaves

We had lots of fun eco dyeing using the weeds found in the reserve - here is a print of the bracken fern on watercolour paper

We had lots of fun eco dyeing using the weeds found in the reserve – here is a print of the bracken fern on watercolour paper

Artists book Diurnal II by Jane Flower - Eco dyed paper - variable size  - cover is eco dyed silk boil

Artists book Diurnal II by Jane Flower – Eco dyed paper – variable size – cover is eco dyed silk noil

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Artists Book by Jane Flower – Shades of the Bush Accordion Fold, Eco dyed paper – spun and woven – shifu technique

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Artists Book – Shades of the Bush – Jane Flower detail – shifu page insert – eco dyed nepalese lokta paper hand spun and woven

 

Inspiration in Maureen’s garden

Over the period of Margaret River Region Open Studios I loved spending time wandering around Maureen’s garden – finding little nooks and crannies and unexpected plants.  We raided some of those plants to experiment with – bundling quite an assortment with varied results.

There is a huge jacaranda tree that Maureen  treasures looking up into the canopy – describing it as like looking through a beautiful lace shawl at the sky – it was just like that.

We share an affinity with those strange and diverse Australian natives – the banksia – there a quite a number of species in Maureen’s garden.

Banksia flower

Banksia flower

Banksia flower

Banksia flower

Banksia flower

Banksia flower

Banksia seed pod

Banksia seed pod

Margaret River Region Open Studios

Margaret River Region Open Studios held over 2 weeks and 3 weekends in April was the most uplifting experience.  Maureen Munro from Margaret River Machine Quilting invited me to share her studio.  We had so many visitors during the event that it was hard to catch our breath, let alone get lunch!  Some visitors chanced on the inaugural event last year and made special bookings to be in the region for this second event.

Everyone who came through the door was happy to be there, enjoying the experience of meeting artists and viewing their working spaces.  The positive energy flowed and we found ourselves sharing visitors’ enthusiasm and joy.

MRROS was conceived and organised by a small band of dedicated volunteers who are to be congratulated on such a wonderful experience for artists and visitors alike.

Barratt St. Reserve - the outlook from Maureens Studio

Barratt St. Reserve – the outlook from Maureens Studio

Where possible I spent time outside enjoying these majestic trees

Where possible I spent time outside enjoying these majestic trees

Starting the day with Tai Chi

Starting the day with Tai Chi

Make and take sessions were popular

Make and take sessions were popular

More make and take

More make and take

stunning results from painstakingly placing resists on a silk scarf before eco dyeing it

stunning results from painstakingly placing resists on a silk scarf before eco dyeing it

Maureen and I had time to play and experiment

Maureen and I had time to play and experiment

more experiments

more experiments

a keen observation of a leaf staining the decking led to this eco print on silk

a keen observation of a leaf staining the decking led to this eco print on silk

Collaboration was fun. This is a piece of hemp/silk I eco dyed with windfall leaves from the reserve - Maureen machine quilted it with this lovely art deco feel pattern and it has since become a very luxurious cushion

Collaboration was fun. This is a piece of hemp/silk I eco dyed with windfall leaves from the reserve – Maureen machine quilted it with this lovely art deco feel pattern and it has since become a very luxurious cushion