A Daily Blog on Textile and Garden Adventures

19. Oct, 2019

Knotholes always add interest and this tree, another once from Cornwall Park, has bark that is like layers of flakes all over and around the knot hole. No wonder I got carried away with creating a tree scape when I should have been working on an abstract design in class

18. Oct, 2019

Wandering along the edge of Cornwall Park provided heaps of types of tree shapes and textures to till the well. This one is textured vertically - another challenge for how to re-create that in textiles

17. Oct, 2019

In comparison to the plane tree this old palm tree has less colour variation but huge textural qualities. I cannot but help think how I might represent that in textiles

16. Oct, 2019

While walking backward and forward to my classes I was struck by the beauty and variety of tree barks and thought they would make a great subject for a series of small textile works. This bark is almost smooth but look at the colours and shapes. It is a plane tree. I will share some of the others that took my eye as I wandered

15. Oct, 2019

The last two days with Alysn was spend trying out different media techniques and I learnt heaps. I can't show this piece the right way up because the orientation on this site won't allow me to adjust the positioning. This is on a piece of rust dyed silk with blue and black crumpled photo paper that was then painted with acrylic. The trees in the foreground were created on calico by rough tearing a piece of sketchbook paper and then, with a fairly dry square brush, feathering from the paper onto the calico. I have cut them out with some calico still around them to give them better definition. The grasses in the foreground were made in a similar fashion but they are on sketch book paper and I cut roughly into the zigzag feathering at the tip. These would be fun to stitch into and make some little flowers with colonial knots . I sort of got growled at for this composition because we were supposed to be working on an abstract design - not a picture. Many of the techniques we tried could easily be done at home but it is finding the time to just experiment and understand how different mediums work together. I learnt so much over these two days.