Archive for the ‘Fibre Art’ Category

The Lost and Rare Trades Fair, Kyneton
March 9, 2019

The Labour Day long weekend is a busy time in the Macedon Ranges and Central Victoria. Barkers Creek has its Apple Fest, Taradale its Food and Wine Festival and Kyneton has the hugely popular Lost and Rare Trades Fair.

The Lost Trades Fair, as it is more commonly known, is held on the Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend. Over 100 makers and artisans demonstrate and display their work to those visiting the fair.

My friend and I crossed this event off our wish list when we visited the fair for the first time today, Saturday 9 March 2019. Whilst my friend wandered off to pursue her interests, I proceeded at a more leisurely pace visiting a few of the displays and taking photographs……….so this is just a sample of what was on offer today.

 

There were horses to go with the horse drawn carriages. As you can see, there were people happy to make a fuss of them.

 

Graeme and Pam McDiarmid make mechanical organs. This one was only finished yesterday.

Pam made the hurdy gurdy she is playing. It has a beautifully carved neck.

My friend and I saw Graeme and Pam perform on their instruments at a concert in Chewton a couple of years ago.

Marcus is a local who lives in Newstead. Previously, I knew him as a maker of marionettes. Today I learnt he also makes violins.

 

At 93 years of age, this man is still making musical instruments from Australian timbers.

I really enjoyed watching people demonstrating their craft and talking about what they do…………

The blacksmiths………..

 

……… the printer……..

 

………….. the leather garment tailor……………

………..The Artful Bodger who make chairs from green timber………

……….the upholsterer working on a set of chairs for a client………

 

……………….the spinner demonstrating her craft on an early model spinning wheel……..

………….and the felters.

I have done some felting in the past so I was interested in the demonstrations and discussions about felting.

 

Olivia is carving a fish.

In the background is an example of the rocking horses she makes.

Suit of armour, any one?

 

The armourer was happy to answer the kids’ questions about the helmet he is making.

 

There was a lot of interest in the finished wares of the artisan who made spoons with horn handles.

It was delightful to sit in the shade of the big oak trees and be entertained by Vargos who play gypsy, Hungarian and Romanian music.

Golden Textures, Maryborough
March 3, 2019

The Golden Textures exhibition is currently on show at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery in Maryborough.

Golden Textures is a biennial Contemporary Art Quilt exhibition. Eighteen Australian textile artists plus the winning artists of previous exhibitions are represented. Each exhibition, one quilt is selected to become part of the gallery’s permanent collection.

I attended the exhibition on the day it opened, Saturday, the 23rd of February and what a treat it is – such a diverse range of styles, media, techniques and subject matter!

Here is a selection of the quilts. The available room and the nature of the lighting means the photographs are details.

 

A number of the quilts were inspired by plants including flowers, leaves and tree trunks.

 

 

 

 

This quilt was inspired by water – the artist’s local creek.

The textures and layers of rocks and the earth inspired these artists.

 

 

 

 

Unusually, this artist’s inspiration was the industrial landscape.

Two artists made quilts influenced by the fabric dying and textile art of Japan……

 

………..with this artist incorporating photographs of the workshops she attended into her quilt.

 

The artistic styles included the bold and striking………..

…… and the intricate and multilayered.

 

A few years ago, I attended a workshop where we made small pots made from rope with strips of fabric wound around the rope. This artist has mastered the technique with an entry of a quilt and matching 3D structures.

 

This quilt incorporates traditional elements to pay homage to the long history of quilt making by women.

This quilt is bright with a riot of colour……….

…………….. whilst this quilt is soft and muted.

The Golden Textures exhibition continues until the 31st of March.

 

Mica Grange Spring Sculpture 2018
December 15, 2018

A friend who lives in Melbourne came to visit for a couple of days towards the end of the Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.

We visited Mica Grange on Saturday, the 10th of November. My friend is a photographer so we had a very leisurely wander around the property stopping for lunch and afternoon tea.

The sculpture and garden art exhibition provided plenty of photographic opportunities. Here are the works which attracted my attention.

 

The flying lady was one of my favourite works.

There was quite a collection of serene women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macrame is not dead. Two poles were covered in bright orange, knotted string.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This horse head was my other favourite work. I was particularly impressed by the way the mane was represented by cleverly arranged chains.

Maldon Art Walk 2017
March 18, 2017

Today, Friday, was a perfect autumn day and what better way to spend it than to wander around the nearby historic town of Maldon appreciating the art displayed as part of the 2017 Maldon Art Walk. From the 12th to the 26th of March, the work of local artists is on display in shop windows and in public spaces. The work of 100 artists is displayed in 50 venues. Tiny, little pots rub shoulders with the sausages at the butchers, a large charcoal drawing struts its stuff at the hardware shop, a painting of a carousal is a joyous addition to the premises of the local ice cream maker and a small, metal boat rolls on barbwire waves in the garden shop.

The following photographs are of a small selection of what is on show. I didn’t have to worry about reflections from shop windows with these works.

This dress is made of chicken wire, yet it looks soft and filmy – I love it.

I also love these beautiful, hand dyed felt jackets

This courtyard with the old pomegranate tree brought back memories of a lazy lunch with relatives under its shade years ago.

The court yard provides the setting for this amazing installation….

………….. as well as these sculptures.

On the far wall of the dining room of the historic Kangaroo Hotel is this painting of the Trentham Falls.

My friends and I enjoyed a hearty lunch in the dining room.

Long Term Project Completed At Last!
January 11, 2017

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Like many people who knit or crochet, I have projects I have been working on over a number of years –  picking them up and putting them down again for a while as other, smaller projects take priority.

This week I completed this rug which I started about five years ago. It is a mixture of eucalyptus coloured wool and novelty yarns. The wool I inherited from my mother’s stash. Most of the rug is knitted with the exception of the three crochet motifs and the border.

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‘Hmmm, this is nice and snuggly, Margaret.’

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I am planning to give the rug to a family member who lives in a pet free household.

Max’s rug
September 7, 2013

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The black crochet intensifies the bright colours of this rug. I knitted and crocheted to make the blocks in each row.

I liked including the novelty yarns in this rug.

My nephew, Max, who likes bright colours appreciated this gift. He used the rug as a play mat as well as something to keep him warm in bed.

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Gemma’s Rug
July 7, 2013

DSCN1651In my early fifties I discovered how calming knitting can be.

During a stressful time towards the end of my work life, I found the rhythmic movements of knitting soothed the inner woman. I had not knitted since my adolescence when I completed a hated school project. Having taken up the needles again, I have continued with simple projects. I make rugs which take a long time to complete which doesn’t matter as I am in no hurry.

I gave the rug featured here to my niece when she was a toddler. She was ambivalent about the gift as I had used a small amount of orange yarn – a colour she did not like. Apparently the orange outweighed all the pink I had included.

I used both knitting and crochet in the making of this rug.

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Broken Creek, Numurkah
September 6, 2012

A glorious day!

The coot bob on the water honking to each other

The warm sun dapples the river

The green aquatic plants glow

How blessed am I!

Broken Creek, Numurkah, 30th April 2009 

The Eurasian Coot is a small water bird common in Australia.

The first picture was drawn with soft pastels. The second picture is based on the same river scene. It combines knitting and painting.