Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Journal Pages and Early Spring

This is the latest page in the fabric journal. It has all the richness of some favourite fabrics, sari pieces, very old braids, velvet and linen that I could dig out from the bottom of my drawer. It reminds me of shades of the desert, clay, stone and dirt -rich ruby stones and coins.


And in complete contrast below is a display of the pastel shades at the very beginning of Spring in our Garden - Irises, pansies, hellibores, granny's bonnets and borage popping up in the vegi garden. How these shades just blend into each other.
A feast to enjoy!!!

Hope everyone has a great week ahead when I will be off visiting my not-so-well Dad (almost 90 years old) interstate!!
I will be catching up with you in a week's time!!!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Next Pair of Journal Pages and Magnolias

I just can't believe how I manage to surround myself with so much "stuff" whilst I make these journal pages. At times I think I barely leave myself enough room to work on my current piece - there are bits and pieces of fabric, braid, lace, brocades, mohair, cottons, batting, buttons, and the list goes on! EVERYWHERE!!! Where does it all come from? It covers my work table, my ironing board, the desk where I am sewing - it's on the floor. Then the next thing I find myself sitting down on the floor with my my old vanity and mirrored vanity case (where I have stored all my gorgeous cotton laces) resorting, rewinding and reorganizing everything.
Anyway - here we have another pair of journal pages which are happy to share a similar theme. I hope you like them!
With the beginning of Spring some of the first things we see are these beautiful Magnolias. A pink one in the foreground and a White Star Magnolia behind that, and in the rear is a Crab Apple almost in full pink blossom.I
That Star Magnolia is truely fragrant! I wish I could share this perfume with you!!!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Journal Pages and Dutch Irises

Another fabric Page for my journal - This was also collaged onto a very old and tattered cotton lace hankerchief (with a golden and fern green brocade fabric). The pieces here include some organza over synthetic golds, rust dyed silk, tea dyed damask linen, dyed mohair and finished with a lace motif.
This one has been partnered with the page below which I have embellished quite a bit more!
I couldn't resist showing you these gorgeous Dutch Irises flowering in the early morning sun. These are some of the first flowers of Spring in our garden - AND there will be many more to come!!!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Layers of Journal Love

This page will probably be typical of the corresponding embellished page in my Fabric Art Journal. This allows for making notes straight onto the fabric in my handwriting. I have used one of my mother's hankerchiefs, some silk velvet in maroon with paisley printed over it, some butter muslin, lace and embroidered organza in green all over the top of a piece of gold brocade!
Hope you all enjoy your weekend!!
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Layers of Love and Labour

You might remember a few posts back I was making some pages for my fabric art journal??!!
Well here it is again, below, now larger with more embellishments and the corresponding page (just finished) has a piece of muslin in the centre which I will use for my journal notes. I was thinking that I might get a pen and hand write some notes of significance here. I haven't yet decided on a theme for the journal - I'm just seeing where it takes me! But the whole process is allowing me to try some new techniques. I have even used here a hankerchief of my mother's which i have embellished.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Next Fabric Journal Page

This page is a collage full of textural effect with very old braid, lace, taffeta, sari silk organza and some dyed mohair - once again which I truely love using. The centre piece shows a tiny elephant upon some woven silk and embroidered fabric. Binding is also of dyed silk.

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Spring has Sprung

Oh My Goodness - The barren Manchurian Pear trees have very quickly gone from barreness to fullness with gorgeous white blossoms filling the air after the long winter- and look already the new green shoots are on their way. How excited the wrens will be to find new spots for nesting. You can see their nests still in the trees from the previous time. I can barely wait to start picking the roses once again!
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Another Fabric Journal Page

Just loved this bird printed on silk which I have made the centre here along with some exotic fabric, embroidered organza, sheers, sari silk, lace and buttons. 
I am starting to formulate how these pages will be put into a journal where the back of each page will have a section for journaling.
I think it might be different to any that I have seen so far but we shall see!
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