Friday, November 21, 2014

Letters and Records




I love text, I collect images of text, they are scattered all around on the phone, computer, external hard drive, Pinterest and in boxes. By now you have probably guessed that they can't be found when they are needed for inspiration.

This Challenge brought home the need for a Sketchbook collection or an electronic file clearly labelled Print/typeface/signs. The thing is how do you store a double spread broad sheet page together with a drink can and all the in betweens safely and without loosing the integrity of the original item.

Letterbox and Bar  window found down a back alley in Winchester



Alongside all the images of text sit the stencils both commercial and home made and the small selection of news print stamps found on Portobello road in a little antique reclamation shop. They were used for the first time in this challenge.
Fancy a sneak peak, here it is complete with spelling errors and placement mistakes.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Trip to Saint-Petersburg

I really love this city and try to use any possibility to travel there. This time the reasons were to visit my son and participate in International Quilt Forum.

Most days the weather was really bad but the beauty of the city and many amazing quilts made my trip wonderful.

There are some photos of the city.
The most beautiful Cathedral of the city:


The show window of the oldest gourmet:
all figures are dancing



And now some quilts from the show.

Quilts by Irina Voronina:







Series quilts by quilt club of Lyudmila Galumova "Olympic Colors":







Series quilts by quilt club from Murmansk "Temptation":





Series quilts by quilt club of Lyudmila Galumova "Flowers" (1x1m):











Thursday, October 30, 2014

Having fun with mixed media - the World of Wearable Arts (WOW)



Although the history of using the human body as a mannequin for art display surfaced occasionally in the twentieth centure with Atsuko Tanaka's Electric Dress in 1956, it was not until 1987 that Wearable Arts became celebrated in New Zealand as an annual extravaganza. It was the brainchild of Susie Moncrieff and for the first few years it was held in the small, artsy city of Nelson. Once it had become more and more popular, it eventually transposed itself to the capital, Wellington, usually around the end of September and early October, spring in our hemisphere.

These days, Wow is an internationally known spectacular that attracts designers from all over the world such as Canada, Japan, USA, India, Thailand, UK, the Netherlands, Israel, Fiji and Germany.

Even though the art costumes are the reason for being, WOW has become a cross between an art show, a fashion show and the Cirque du Soleil. Lighting, acrobats, music, ballet and other media all combine to make the show truly spectacular. The downside for people who want to see the art costumes up close, is that they become ever more remote and incorporated into the 'fabric' of the show. The only way to see some of the costumes in detail is at the permanent exhibition in Nelson.

There are several categories: Pacifica, Children, Bizarre bra, Avant garde, and sometimes lighting or this year it was inflatables!

The entrants have instructions about the garment and any accessories having to be robust to stand quick changes and several shows, with maybe a tour at the end. Any material can be used, including metal, wood and plastic. Paper can be tricky, and needs lots of reinforcement.









Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Make a Textile Leaf Bookmark or Appliqué motif - Tutorial



Having been involved in sewing and crafts all my life, it's inevitable that, at times, my work sometimes crosses over between quilting and textiles.

By making your own textile leaves using organza, thread and soluble stabiliser, these attractive leaves can be used either as bookmarks for the 'bookworms' in your life, or as appliqué embellishments for your quilts or textile art work. Even with the advent of e-readers and iPads, etc, many people still enjoy holding and reading a 'real' book. Or they are the perfect complement to your glorious collection of 'coffee table' books or quilting magazines that you love to sit and browse through. 

Eucalyptus leaves...


As bookmarks, they make great gifts, especially if you want something unusual and personal that you can produce in a short space of time and with few material requirements. 

This video tutorial tells you everything you need to know to create your own fabric leaves in any shape you like. Inspired by nature, you will learn how to source ideas and images to create a traceable pattern or template that can be used and re-used. 


Essentially, the technique is a form of thread sketching using the free motion foot on your machine. Even if you are new to free motion quilting, a little practice will see you producing these attractive textile leaf shapes in no time at all! 

Requirements are few and only very small quantities of fabric, soluble stabiliser and thread are required, so these leaves are also very economical to make. 

If you don't want to use the leaves as bookmarks (or even if you do!), they can be created in any leaf shape that takes your fancy. 

This one is a Ginkgo biloba leaf - the organza gives it a lovely, translucent effect...

and this is the leaf of the Fittonia albivenis skeleton plant...


I hope you enjoy learning how to create your own beautiful leaf bookmarks or appliqué embellishments.

Deborah Wirsu
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