Studio practice, Textiles

Returning to the studio…

After a spell of two months looking after and fretting about my sick mum, I’m at last back in the studio gathering up the threads of different project ideas. Taking time off of this kind puts everything in limbo, so play time is now my priority (within the limits of the usual commitments, naturally).

I thought I’d show you some of my experiments of late.  These are textile memory maps (I quite like these). Old fabrics that are memory triggers. I think there’s more to be done on this theme so will get onto some large ones soon. These are 30 cm square.

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Perusing the fruits of a rummage through the vintage fabric pile before getting the shears out.

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The beginnings of shibori stitching on linen (heavyweight Belgian painter’s canvas actually). So nice to work with. Will be dyeing this with something other than indigo – but plant dyestuff though.

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More studio work in the pipeline…

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Inspiration

A walk along The Goods Line

A walk along the recently completed Goods Line in Sydney on a hot and sunny afternoon….. Fantastic, rusted industrial relics dotted along the walk from Ultimo Road to Darling Harbour. There’s nothing like some rusted industrial history to get some inspiration fizzing.

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Some of the old signalling levers have been kept, and the tracks have been made into pathways and native gardens.

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Wander right past Frank Gehry’s UTS Business School building and enjoy the ambience (although I can do without those yellow metal seats that must heat up like soldering irons in the sun). The pockets of gardens are lovely though, as are the clusters of shady trees.

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A fantastic addition to the city – opening up a section of Sydney that reveals new views of built and working environments.

Have you walked the Line yet?

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