A new collaboration. The Waratah project

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I’m about to start on a great new project with the State Library of NSW.  I have been invited to get creative with their archives and in July I will be their artist in residence. The brief is to focus specifically on the images they have in their collection of Waratahs – and my involvement will form part of a touring show called ‘Design by Inspiration’ – an exhibition put on by the V&A in London that the Library will be hosting soon.

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Sabrina Organo the Library’s film maker A.V. person came up for a visit to my studio this weekend to make a start on some background material. She interviewed me and took a bit of footage for a short film that will be focussing on my creative process as the Waratah project grows over the next few months.

Love a new project.

 

Just for No Chintz.

New range of designs approved this arvo. Just for No Chintz.

A new range of designs is underway for local fabric company No Chintz. We will be launching the first two at the Quilting fair in Sydney in June.

Yesterday I found a piece of vintage French linen.

Yesterday I found a piece of vintage French linen used in the 2nd world war as a mattress cover I think. It was crumpled up in a pile of forgotten stuff in the studio. Rough and coarse and stiff  so I washed and tumble dried it to get it to soften. And soften it did. Beautifully. Then I had the urge to make a wrap around skirt by hand like I used to in the early Cloth days. I found an off cut of leather for the straps and spent the evening stitching in crude tacking stitches with white yarn and a darning needle whilst watching Q and A on TV in low light. I couldn't really tell what it looked like once I'd finished but  this morning I tried on my creation and here it is. I think I love it.

It was originally used in WWTwo as a mattress cover. Thats what I was told by the lady who gave it to me. I re – found it all crumpled up in a pile of forgotten stuff in the studio. Rough and coarse and stiff so I washed and tumble dried it to get it to soften. And soften it did. Beautifully. I was going to use it in the bed throw project Ive got on the go but the handle of the fabric was so lovely that instead I had the urge to make a wrap around skirt by hand like I used to in the early Cloth days. I found an off cut of leather for the straps and spent the evening stitching in crude tacking stitches with white yarn and a darning needle whilst watching Q+A on TV in low light. I couldn’t really tell what it looked like once I’d finished but  this morning I tried on my creation and here it is.

I think I love it.

Blue Lab Blue Mountains. I’ll be there.

All you creative sorts who want to get more involved and connected and who live up in the Mountains - there's a thing on next week just for you. I'll be there talking on a couple of panels with others like me - artists designers creative types. It's in Katoomba and its run by the Blue Mountains economic enterprise. Tickets on sale now. Reckon it's going to be good. http://bmee.org.au/bluelab

All you creative sorts who want to get more involved and connected and who live up in the Mountains – there’s a thing on next week just for you. I’ll be there talking on a couple of panels with others like me – artists designers creative types. It’s in Katoomba and its run by the Blue Mountains economic enterprise. Tickets on sale now. Reckon it’s going to be good. http://bmee.org.au/bluelab