On Saturday we had a good turn out at Primrose Park where we took the time to catch-up on some of the creative work our members have been doing recently.
For those who couldn’t attend, and other blog followers, here is an overview of some of the great pieces our members brought to share.
Chris has been spending her time working on both fabric and paper. Her naturally dyed pieces have been used to create booklets and small wall-hangings. Her collaged fabrics have added stitched lines and patterns in the vein of Japanese sashiko stitching. Add to these her lovely hooked rug in a riot of colours and it’s clear she’s been enjoying herself.
Betty is a master of knitted paper and and brought her woven bowl for us to examine. Made from recycled egg boxes, with other additions to create the speckling, it has been varnished until rigid and has a high sheen. Carved polystyrene created the inner core of her collaged apple which, despite the colouring, is extremely realistic.
Her larger vessel started with papier maché around a mould, which was then covered with knitted silver tissue paper. Impossible to get a photo of the interior, it comprised a white and silver lining paper, giving a very professional finish.
Betty has been previously featured on our site with her piece Knitting the Miles Away, her submission to the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Awards.
These 2 concertina books are a mastery of pen and ink drawing techniques. Jennifer has used streets and maps as her source to create topographical imagery, enhancing her fine drawn black lines with water-colour.
Where she has created a lengthy mono-colour folded book she has added complimentary ‘stilts’ and a hard-cover front and back. Two exceptionally fine examples of how the simple folded form can be translated into visually engaging designs.
Using handmade paper Rhonda showed us her recent prints, chine collé, and I think I see rusting and inks on one of her pieces. Stunning, large works.
Susie brought a wall-hanging she has been working on. The piece has been created from items belonging to her mother, grandmother and older relatives of friends. I would call it a keepsake, a remembrance even. She has included a postcard sent by her brother to her mother, and other meaningful items.
She also showed us a book covering, made for an existing publication (My Amazing Adventure). The hand-made paper she used was made by another member of our group. Jill, and Susie has stitched into it and bound it to the hard cover of the old book. She will be removing some of the pages and re-purposing the inside, adding her own art-works.