A friend’s bag inspiration

My friend Kerry has a lovely contemporary fold over bag.

It is something I have admired for some time but couldn’t justify buying as I really don’t need a new bag.

However my mind changed last week when we all went had into self isolation and I began to look for more things to do at home.

In my studio I was sorting through my small stock of floral fabric and found a piece of cotton/silk that was too small for a scarf or cushion but too valuable to discard.

Kerry’s fold over bag came to mind and so I accessed youtube for ‘how to’ patterns to make one.

Using two videos from Yoan Sewing Studio as well as a book I have by English bag maker, Debbie Shore, ‘Half Yard Bags and Purses, 2018, Search Press I proceeded to nut out the bag. I wanted a zipper closure at the top and decided to really test myself and added a zipper inside pocket as well as some extra pockets for a phone etc.

As well as my cotton/silk piece I used (from my plain coloured fabric stash) some red cotton fabric for the lining and some gorgeous boiled wool in black to sew onto the small piece of my cotton/silk fabric design.

It ended up taking me over a week, some days working on it for several hours and other days just an hour before dinner.

In the end I am happy with it and look forward to the day when I can wear it out.

View of bag with foldover top
Inside of bag with room for specs, phone etc
Zipper inside pocket

Quarantine box

While we are all minimising our time in stores for shopping, online shopping (so far) is still on.

So what do you do with the parcel when it is dropped at your door?

We have established a plastic cube box as our ‘quarantine box’ just in case.

We are picking up the delivery from our front door, using a tissue or similar and placing the parcel in this box.

The box is stored in a spare room and we note in our diary when we received it.

We won’t touch it now for at least 48 hours…

You may think this is being over cautious, but for us it is an added peace of mind.

What are your quarantine ideas?

Great idea in these at home days

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What I Did Last Week
Online Exhibition

23 March 2020

In these challenging times, we are going to create an online exhibition as a way of sharing work and encouraging art-making.

The aim each week will be to program a diverse exhibition, showing a variety of artistic expression.  We need work that can be put in an online gallery so we’re after a single still image (jpg) – it can be a photograph, a photograph of an artwork or a digital image and you may include text.

We encourage all artists living, working or studying in the City of Greater Bendigo to participate.

We’d love as many people to get involved as possible – so if you’re young or someone who hasn’t exhibited before we’d encourage you to send something in.

The gallery will be curated by the team at Creative Communites, Bendigo Venues & Events

There’s no theme, and the only limit is that we’re after work created recently – ideally within the past week.

Image: David Shrigley

To apply:

  1. Create something!
  2. Email a jpg of your work to arts.info@bendigo.vic.gov.au
  3. Provide the following information
    • Name for display
    • Title of Artwork
    • Date completed
    • Brief artist statement (no more than 50 words – Optional)
  4. We need this by 9am each Monday – we’ll make a selection and update the gallery on Tuesday
  5. You can submit one each week.

Please pass this invitation on to anyone who might be interested.

We’re still getting the web page prepared – it will be part of the Bendigo Venues & Events website. We’ll also include the selected artwork in an email each week. For the time being we’re going to limit what we post on social media – we appreciate that at this time many people are avoiding social media sites – and we respect that.

To contact us, email: arts.info@bendigo.vic.gov.au

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For details about our programs and events go to: bendigovenuesandevents.com.auand look for ‘Local Arts

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First Poncho

First Poncho, just in time for autumn

Inspired by my recent trip to the Paris end of Collins Street I finished sewing my dark navy poncho today.

Originally the design was to include some of my floral silk fabric.

However struggling with how to blend the two fabrics in a pleasing way, I decided to make the poncho with the wool blend only.

So glad I did as it fits well and will go with a range of my scarf designs, not being limited to the one colour.

Wool blend, dark navy Poncho works beautifully with my Silk crepe de chine (Common Fringe Myrtle) scarf.
(C) 2020 Sharon Greenaway

Buda supports my art

I am delighted to let you know the wonderful historic Buda at Castlemaine is now stocking my art works.

Thank you to Viv and the team for this support, I appreciate it.

Local flora and fauna art created by Sharon Greenaway

Current work in progress

My first piece that will have a giclee based image with hand colour from bought as well as rock pigments, as well as a touch of embroidery to create extra depth.

Sometimes adding something extra wrecks a piece, luckily I tried sewing on the bottom of the piece before realising it did not need it!

Still Life series

For several years I have been creating still life imagery from both native and exotic flora. Initially it was to do with my Imagining Mum series and the vases I had inherited from her.

It has since evolved to a love of painting with light and our natural world.

Each still life session needs planning as well as setting up the studio.

Yesterday was all about collecting flora from a friend and serendipitously getting lost thereby discovering a gorgeous red callistemon still in flower. The property owner kindly let me cut some.

After flower collecting it meant coming home and spending the next 6 hours setting up and shooting the still life imagery that I had in mind.

Today it is editing and I am pleased that I have a few images to use, having deleted at least half!

Later on I will scan some of these stunning flowers before attempting to dry them for future paper sculpture use or potpourri.

First large embroidery piece

As you may know I create small hand embroidered brooches that feature some of our local native flora.

Late last year I decided to expand my embroidery skills by tackling a largish piece, CUSP (from my Bendigo Suburban Flora range).

It has been an interesting time, as I learnt a few more stitches as well as how to undo mistakes!

Well at long last the piece is finished. I am not sure whether to frame it as a whole as the grevillea is a little strange, or to cut it into two or three pieces and frame them.

I would appreciate your feedback.

Here it is…