Being an artist is a broad term, but for me I start my art with a photograph and then decide how it is to be used.
My return to hand stitched items began almost four years ago when I began my wearable art range of scarves that feature my photographic art of Bendigo goldfields native flora printed onto silk, organic cotton jersey, cotton/linen and some polyester fabrics.
I design how the fabric will be printed and when it arrives in my studio I cut and sew it into several scarf designs. Some of the fabric such as the jersey needs to be sewn together so that the print is fully visible on both sides and although I use the sewing machine I often need to use old style hand stitching to finish off the garment.
To many who read this it may not seem such a big deal but sewing is not a strength of mine so when I returned to hand stitching I had to remember what I learnt many years ago from both my mother and also sewing classes at high school.
Part of my range of art also includes brooches made with printed cotton/linen folded down into a metal brooch holder.
Usually every winter I would settle down to creating crocheted projects but now need to take this easier due to a weak shoulder. Last year I was itching to do some hand work and decided to have a go at embroidering some of these brooches.
Once again I had to remember high school lessons and was amazed how it came back to me!
The first few were a simple stitch here and there to give a little 3 d character to the brooches. However I have slowly added more detail to the point I feel I am hand colouring my images not with pastels or pencil (another part of art process but on paper) but with colourful thread.
My main stitches I use are back stitch and the French knot, but I hope to try new stitches in the future.
Shelter in Place Gallery
— Read on www.shelterinplacegallery.com/
That is the beauty of research the more you do the more you discover, I hope you find this as interesting as I do.
Having made one small gallery, I am now developing a larger space for an exhibition in October. I hope it will be completed by then! Who would’ve thought there’s just so much work in creating miniature art.￼
Summer is my paper making time. This piece was created in a more innocent time. It reflects the beauty of the Australian bush, and is too nice to hidden away, hence my decision to frame it
Size is 10 cm by 15cm plus frame.
It is for sale if you would like a piece of summer on your wall or desk.
Contact me directly
Using feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and Mark Fisher’s book “The Weird and the Eerie,” we uncover why miniatures—like those seen in Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Ari Aster’s “Hereditary”—are beyond creepy.
— Read on www.artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/close_look/why-are-miniatures-so-creepy-a-look-inside-how-the-tiny-art-form-effectively-disturbs-viewers-55718
While researching miniature art I found this article. It gives an added depth to miniature as an artform.
I had to be quick and grab the first camera that came to hand today when these birds came to feed on the pink Correa in our back yard.
The small one is a Silvereye which is quite a flighty little bird to photograph.
The yellow tailed New Holland Honeyeater was more forgiving of me and my camera and happily fed while I shot several images.
Winter 22nd June 2020.
I am gobsmacked by the talent displayed this week.
There has been such a diverse array of art over the last 13 weeks.
Thank you to the team at Creative Community, City of Greater Bendigo for this initiative and ability to peak into the studios of our creatives in Bendigo.
Our first sighting of the Bendigo Wax in the wild. Flowering earlier than normal, it was a delight to see. As were the sundews glistening in the sun.
This project coordinated by the arts team at the City of Greater Bendigo is up on line.
As well as having submitted works, my small handmade ‘happy’ piece is featured as the banner.
Love for you to check it out and give feedback