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

 

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Survey 2014

The Survey 2014 opens tomorrow February 15th at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.  I have two books in the exhibition – Shades of the Bush has panels of shifu – hand spun and woven eco dyed Lokta paper – Contemplation has pages of shifu – hand spun and woven kozo paper.  Both books have a couple of haiku style verses included.

If you can’t make it to the exhibition the Galleries have produced an online catalogue – here is the link to the .pdf file – there is also a version for your ereader.

http://www.brag.org.au/data/exhibition/111/The%20Survey%202014.pdf

Community Art Projects

When I went to Art Geo Gallery in Busselton to collect the piece I had exhibited in Signature South West Exhbition I had the great fortune to meet Hiromi Tango who is facilitating a fantastic Community Art Project – FIVE Busselton – rather than explain the project I will direct you to their excellent website here http://five.org.au/busselton.

Hiromi kindly gave me a commission to make a guest book for the project – I was so flattered to be asked to do this as Hiromi makes some very interesting artist’s books herself!

I delivered the book yesterday and was able to witness some very innovative and creative happenings at Art Geo.  The project ends on 22nd November 2013 – in the meantime Hiromi is at the gallery Thursday to Mondays.

Check out Hiromi’s website too or Google Hiromi Tango “images” and you will see some fantastic work. http://hiromitango.com

Suitcase installation/Artists Book - Hiromi Tango - FIVE Busselton project

Suitcase installation/Artists Book – Hiromi Tango – FIVE Busselton project

Artists Books - Hiromi Tango

Artists Books – Hiromi Tango

Ingenius upcycling

In my last blog post I wrote about learning so much from the participants in my classes – the show and tell sessions where I am privileged to be shown books that they have made since taking a book making workshop make sharing so worthwhile.

Living in the country miles from the nearest art supply store makes for very creative people and Erin who participated in my book making workshops in Narrogin recently had an abundance of computer parts she has found a new use for.

"Sewn on Tapes" book using computer parts  - Handmade by Erin Bailey - photo courtesy of Erin Bailey

“Sewn on Tapes” book using computer parts – Handmade by Erin Bailey – photo courtesy of Erin Bailey

Erin creates some wonderful steampunk jewellery, makes tin horses from some very interesting discarded items to promote  the “tin horse highway” and Kulin bush races.  You can find her page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/eBee-Creations/227915167353792.

 

It makes my heart sing – thank you so much for sharing Erin.

Stepping back in time

With the excitement of hosting India Flint’s workshop here last week I did not have time to properly post about my workshop in Melbourne two weeks ago – so we shall turn back the clock a little in this post.

Flight schedules allowed me to enjoy a day prior to the workshop wandering the streets of Fitzroy – talking to the owners and custodians of the wonderful quirky shops and galleries there.

Even the street furniture is welcoming in Fitzroy!

Even the street furniture is welcoming in Fitzroy!

 

 

 

One lovely lady recommended the “eatery” of the moment in Fitzroy – Naked for Satan.  I have to confess that without her recommendation I never would have set foot inside a place so named on my own!  It used to be a brewery owned by a Mr. Satan and because of the heat generated by the still (which is in pride of place in the restaurant) the workers wore very little – hence the name – very clever!  The rooftop restaurant gives wonderful 360 degrees for miles and the casual restaurant downstairs serves pintxos for $1 each at lunchtime – you can dine royally for $5!

The workshop “Building Books with the Tactile Qualities of Fibre and Cloth” was held at Beautiful Silks in Fitzroy.  The experience of entering this old woolstores building sets my senses on fire – the smell of the silk fibres stored floor to ceiling in the “shop” section, being led through the rabbit warren of work spaces and offices, bathrooms and kitchens and finally downstairs into the basement where we were to work.  The basement is large with white painted walls and looking up I saw massive timber joists supporting the floor above, strengthened with little criss crosses of timber.  I was allowed a peek at the old diesel engine that used to provide power for the building – now redundant and hiding in its cubby hole. The basement is a great workshop space – lots of room to work – running water if we needed it and lovely huge tables.

We all arrived early on the first day and Sandy Webster launched straight into introductions and immediately started bouncing ideas around for each of the participants as they showed the materials they had brought to use.  The participants introduced themselves and I was thrilled to meet 7 other ladies who had similar interests to me – three of the ladies were also working with eucalyptus dyes on silk and wool.  I spent the first day working on the “pages” of my book – stitching fragments of eco coloured silk onto a substrate of cotton/linen fabric.  I was determined to have pages to sew into my book on the second day so stitched well into the evening back at the hotel!

The pages of my book

The pages of my book

Day 2 – first thing I had to do was apply gesso to my pages to provide a surface to write on the fabric – and then fold down my paper into an accordion for the spine of the book.  I stitched the fabric pages interspersed with paper pages into the accordion.  The day went by so quickly but I was pleased to have a book “block” completed in 2 days. I will make covers and put the book together very soon.  Sad to leave the new friends I made in this workshop but we have vowed to meet up again in the future.

The finished book block

The finished book block

If you get an opportunity to participate in a workshop with Sandy Webster I  would urge you to grasp the opportunity with both hands.

The wonderful Sandy Webster with Jane Flower at Beautiful Silks

The wonderful Sandy Webster with Jane Flower at Beautiful Silks

My trip to Melbourne to take part in this workshop was funded by a Grant through Country Arts WA – thank you for making it possible.Art Indemnity AustraliaCountryArts_Logo

South Western Times Survey

I am privileged to be a part of this exhibition again.  The South Western Times Survey showcases the work of 50 artists from South Western Australia.  The exhibition runs until April 14th 2013 and if you are in Bunbury the Art Gallery is open every day from 10am till 4pm.

Diurnal II - eco dyed watercolour paper; multiple accordions; pamphlet sewn; eco dyed silk cover

Diurnal II – eco dyed watercolour paper; multiple accordions; pamphlet sewn; eco dyed silk cover

Diurnal II - detail

Diurnal II – detail

Diurnal I - eco dyed watercolour paper - coptic sewn; slipcaseDiurnal I – eco dyed watercolour paper – coptic sewn; slipcase

Diurnal I - open

Diurnal I – open