Author Archives: Helen

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Workshop Outcome

On Sunday I got to play! I attended a mixed media workshop given by Stephanieย Reisch http://www.lintonandkay.com.au/artists/stephanie-reisch/at Mundarng Art Centre, where Stephanie was holding a successful exhibition ‘ Silent Synchronicity’.

Stephanie’s works are abstract but relate to natural forms. She paints with natural pigments and likes to incorporate elements of history – like bones – to capture elements of synchronicity, trace and essence.

My effort did incorporate Daniel Smith natural pigment watercolour, graphite, charcoal, wax pencil, pieces of bone and drawings of coral and driftwood as Stephanie encouraged, using a reference photo of what appeared to be underground caves and water. However, I wonder what it means to me and curious as to others may see it!

 

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Helen

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Stitch Art

I used some of my wildflower painting designs as embroidery motifs for a set of napkins while stitching as a passenger – travelling home to Western Australia.

I think the translation worked quite well. Any wonkiness reflects the state of the roads not me ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Helen

Sketches to Stitches

Rough sketches were translated to stitches – on the road.

  • Esperance Western Australia to Eucla
  • Eucla to Ceduna South Australia

Sketches to Stitches #1

  • Ceduna to Port Lincoln South Australia
  • Port Lincoln to Winchelsea Victoria

Sketches to Stitches #2

The sketches were much easier and quicker than the embroidery – but I’ve never tried sketching as a passenger!

Happy travels, happy stitching!

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Helen

Stitching On The Road

I finished making a set of napkins for Ballicart on the way from home to Esperance WA.

Art with a purpose I thought, but then napkins still function without embroidery. Without the ‘art’ they’d be dull and boring – wouldn’t they?

Nature Inspired Embroidered Napkins – Helen L

Same threads, same shapes, same stitches but all different!

Same but Different – Helen L

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Helen

The Debate Continues….

I’m glad I didn’t make any New Year resolutions for 2018 – especially not ‘Make more art!’

On reflection though, I have been drawing designs, selecting ‘supports’, composing, ย coordinating colours, improvising, turning mistakes into happy accidents – so making a different kind of art – or is it craft? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Helen

For the record

Just for the record – I was very creative in December but produced no art ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I dislike the commercialism of Christmas but love spending time with family and friends during the ‘silly’ season and like to give gifts – so I make many of them. Sometimes I supplement a hand made item with a complementary purchased one.

I was a proud Mumma when son Leo declared it was much easier to buy a gift than make one – it means he realises the value of a unique, handmade present and the effort, skill and attention behind it.

This collage captures some of the things I made in the final month or two of 2017.

No Art in December 2017

I think I should make a resolution for 2018 – “Make more art!”

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Helen

Re-stocking!

As soon as I finished with Inktober I started filling any spare time with making replacement stock for Kalamunda’s Zig Zag Cultural Centre.ย  No rest for….

My budget home Canon printer and other equipment cope well with my demands.

Hoping I’ll soon have time to take stock of my progress, my shortcomings and a very long projects list before deciding what to focus on next.ย  Any suggestions would be most welcome!

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Helen

Re-stocking