Monday, July 21, 2014

transfer dye workshop update

you may have read this post from a couple of days ago which talked about the fabulous workshop held by Wendy that was transfer dye. 

Here, a few more photos of outcomes that were achieved on the day but photographed later...     some really intruiging - tugging possibilities

i quite like the original colouring of the dye on the 'master' (the piece that was dyed and  is used to heat transfer pattern) such as this doily ...
remember one places dye on 'master' and then offsets onto material
here you can see the master was textile and then offset onto textile again .. the fern leaf is the master and you can see the offset below ...

 there is a lot of trial and error (as with all things), gaining knowledge and working through various materials, possibilities and options.  below is paper and a doily as a master - the paper painted with the dyes was then torn into a spiral shape and offset onto material. I do love what the paper offset did.

the doily was ironed onto the offset material which had some polyster thread through it so the doily actually melted into the offset and that was that !
and as always i extrapolate to paper ....  paper and books   .. the dye was painted onto calico; the calico was then torn into strips and the strips were heat offset onto arches 300gsm paper
luverly - i will add to these pages which are folded in an accordian style
and make a book or two ...  i LOVE the watercolour effect in shapes and lines that can only be achieved this way ... (thats the beauty of techniques) ....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

thermals rising

the pelicans today were doing that thermal sailing thing  .... they cover a large distance in the air in a short time although they look like they are soaring without moving....
 loving my office space - a few tweaks each day still ...

Saturday, July 19, 2014


is abundance to the wise (Euripides)

first there was the moon ...and then an evening flock .... all in a changing few minutes of colour

Friday, July 18, 2014

a small intimate group big on creativity

a lovely day on the weekend with a small creative group at Wendy's workshop ... what fun it was playing with transfer dyes guided by Wendy's knowledge and a stack of pre-mixed luscious colours that popped when heat sealed/transferred.   a most enjoyable day in great company.

here's the first stage of what i produced  ...

and i dont have to tell you the Lolly and Licorice were a hit - so sweet 
Licorice uses her ears a lot to communicate - up and down up and down

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Studio works and stuff

It's go go go intermittently depending on the weather and relegated to Sundays only ....the end of building is close now... Not too many more days to go ....  Moving office too ... Here is a peek ... Love to see the big ship in our front yard .
Lookout for forthcoming workshops on Facebook .... Painted papers and basic bookbinding September and October ... Email me for details or contact on Facebook.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

testing testing Nokia around town East Devonport Tasmania

lots to learn and find the different things the camera lens on the phone can do.  loving the wide angle and the bottom two images of the Spirit of Tasmania (just outside our front gate) show the camera's normal width and the zoom effect.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

studio works - assessing

slow going this time of year with weather holding things up.  window is in at the front room ; what you cannot see is window is installed also on container 1 (the one on the right) - we just left the doors on to guard against the weather AND its a huge job to take those very heavy doors down.

Its been a long time coming but let's not ignore works to date, from the beginning:
Not forgetting either that 2013 was spent creating the gallery space out of a double garage, the internal innovative and varied hanging systems and painted floor and walls to finally create THIS.

And then the pre-planning of studio areas with some laying out - you can see container2 here that is facing the other way!.  Also, the outdoor laundry space/potting area was built as well as time out to build the shed.

let me see ...
TICK TICK TICK (all links open in a new tab)
1. pre measuring and thinking; .ground prepared and concrete footings put in - a lot of them.
3. floor beams and more floor beams of the 'room' going down.
4. the floor went down in container 1 where i worked for a few weeks.
5. the back wall of the 'room' went up, joining the sea freight containers to the room. 
6. the internal back wall and side walls with noggins everywhere, went up.  
7. the roof went on in a couple of sessions. With thanks to Chris on that occasion.
8. the outer back wall was attached.
9. centre room flooring built (on top of the rest of the concrete footings).
10. internal doorways cut out of containers 1 and 2 thus joining up all the rooms.
12. front room big window went in. lucky find perfect fit.
13. followed by little side window(as can be seen in the image below)

 and from the inside.
feeling much gratitude to the boys ....

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nokia phone camera

Playing with my new camera phone - thanks Jon & Cherie ! ... On sound advice, instead of updating my canon G11 which does a fabulous job I decided on the Nokia Lumia 1520 - i got it for the camera lens and wide angle photos it produces.  luverly.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Refurbishing, moving things around and dreaming

Cool windy, rainy days and howling nights ....
Dreaming of the days to come and works to be done.  So many ideas, notes, reading and writing.

pOrtside Gallery is looking nice although the drastic weather has thrown up a leak, through a brick wall would you believe.  We are located at 1 Murray Street East Devonport (right where the Spirit of Tasmania docks) If you are in the area do pop in - we have new things coming through and there is so much to look at sometimes another visit will throw up something you missed before.

Tidying up down the side of sea freight container 2 which will be mosaic/ assemblage overflow area.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

hunkering down

not really cold yet but windy, rainy, wild days and nights. 

how nothing whatsoever broke after this accident (below) during last night's extraordinary winds i don't know, but very grateful - those gates fell onto a blown over child's chair which kept them above my newly purchased plants and mosaic pots in progress ...

what you don't see here is that new very large window (for the studio) had fallen onto the heavy table - the largest part of glass was leaning against the table - and not a scratch on it !!!  you see it now safely wedged between the wall and table because i ran out in bare feet and pjs in the rain to upright it.   so happy the universe was kind in all that chaos last night.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

lovely things photography

In my previous post i was thrilled to note a few of my images have been chosen for Tourism Tasmania's visual library - the link is now through so you can see all other works in the library also.  I am so pleased to see my works alongside some of my favourite Tassie photographers.

Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

a few of my favourites here - stunning and fascinating

© ELENA GRIMAILO Moscow, Russia 1st Place - Landscape
Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards iPhone competitions
© Coco Liu. Illinois, United States. 1st Place / Seasons.

© TEDDY COHEN Tel Aviv, Israel 3rd Place - Animals

Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards iPhone competitions
© Coco Liu. Illinois, United States. 3rd Place / Architecture.

Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards iPhone competitions

© Felicia Pandola. Providence, RI. 1st Place / Nature.

© ALENA MEDVEDEVA  Honorable Mention - Animals

Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards iPhone competitions
Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez. Madrid, Spain. 2nd Place / 2014 Photographer of the Year.

more fabulous pictures on the iphone photography awards website
i stumbled onto Colossal which led me to the pictures and the awards website. 

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