Posts Tagged ‘reaching for the stars’

Reaching for the Stars Mo 18
Trudy Weil wears them with such style
photography: Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano courtesy of Artsite Gallery
the perfect fit
with Trudy’s timeless black dress and pearls
the dream come true
Thank you Trudy & Madeleine!

Reaching for the Stars Mo18
vintage white leather evening gloves, linen thread
next weekend our elegant 85 year old friend Trudy will model the gloves
this photograph of Trudy was taken for a photography prize 5 years ago
(can’t remember the photographer’s name x fingers Trudy will!)
Reaching for the Stars will lead the lines of pennants for The Gathering!
the rusty steel mandala grounds the form & the felted pink blanket is protecting the carpet
the dress form with the branch in place will fit out the front door so now I can take it apart, wax the rust & start binding the branch and Bangalow palm inflorescence in electric blue leather and the last bits of the old wedding dress!
the Queen of the Night aka Epiphyllum oxypetalum flowered for my birthday yesterday
the flower only lasts one night and wilts at dawn

Old Man Crow came home last night from the pub with a T-shirt his mate Badger had printed of his face on the Mona Lisa, low brow art at it’s best!
Talking of art, visited Obsessed: Compelled to Make
photo by Jules Boag of Lorraine Connelley-Northey weaving with barbed wire
from the ADC website
at the Australian Design Centre to listen to Louise Weaver and Kath Inglis talk about their work and process (sadly Lorraine Connelley-Northey couldn’t be there). The show is a different way of looking at craft as art with key works from each artist displayed alongside videos with headphones which I found oddly disturbing in the gallery context as it distanced me from the work rather than engaging directly although I enjoyed watching each of the videos at home before I went into the show. The ground is shifting in the arts, the need for working with our hands and engaging with art is more important than ever…
On the way home I popped into Stanley Street Gallery
loved Shaun Hayes whimsical stoneware
& Artsite Gallery’s Sydney Printmaking 2018
a brilliant show, if you’re near town don’t miss it !
Reaching for the Stars is getting there, will be finished by March!

this  bundle of wonderfully wild dyed cloth from Deb Lacativa arrived on the doorstep!
Deb has the best sense of colour and even more so in real life
Michelle in NYC sent her beautiful rendering of a pomegranate with company

Reaching for the Stars will be finished by March so I can devote a year to The Gathering
the big news is my stitching has suddenly made a gigantic epiphany like breakthrough, after watching Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth quilting by lamplight on Sunday I changed the way I hold the needle & haven’t put the eye of the needle through my fingertip for days & days… it’s true, Jude is such a treasure, I have learned so much about cloth, stitch, art, life, the universe and everything since I first joined her circle in 2011!

reaching for the stars (halfway there)  Mo18
detail of starry lace stitched with linen thread from the stars cut out of the ivory kid leather
the other side
with the pristine right hand glove waiting for its stars
then I need to make a simple wire armature so they can be seen front and back or alternatively suspend them from the fingertips with very fine thread…

“Reaching for the Stars” is still in process Mo18
cutting out each star with a no 11 scalpel blade and then binding the edge with linen thread
the edge is turning into starry lace
the other side
close to finished with this left hand glove, then onto the right hand glove!

Reaching for the stars, cutting stars out of a pair of vintage white leather elbow length evening gloves, I want them to float and turn into a starry lace trail… they will need some sort of “bones” maybe wrapped sticks or wire not sure will make them first…
I like the trace of lipstick from the past
couching linen thread pentacles over the blanket stitched raw edges
sometimes I just need to stitch….
this drawing went past the point of no return (ripped up & binned) after feeling totally inspired by the Cressida Campbell show, will have another go soon, it’s a most wonderful seedhead!