treasures from trash

just made a youtube video of a recent exhibition I hosted at my gallery – wonderful wearable art and eco dyeing by tasmanian textile artist aukje boonstra

circle of 4

new video is up – exhibition of art quilts by tasmanian artists lauree brown, dorotea hinrichsen, judith mckinlay and rita summers (me), held recently at gone rustic studio and gallery (photos by margit salonen)

gone rustic

after weeks of windy weather it was calm enough to display a few things outside today



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if you’ve been keeping up with my recent photo diary posts, you would have seen this project in progress

i attended a workshop with sue dennis at warwick in queensland last month where we learned and/or developed lots of techniques

first we made ‘art cloth’ with layers of stencilling, stamping and painted cut and/or torn fusible web

after backing the decorated cloth with wadding, we added machine stitching and 2D and 3D broderie perse, as well as machine-stitched couching using various yarns

of course, my alter ego – stitchedupmama – had to add some crochet flowers …

we also made cords from twisted yarns and free motion zig zag machine stitching

fusible interfacing was then ironed on the back of the embellished cloth before we cut the cloth into ’tiles’ (after further reinforcing the whole piece with a fused fabric backing onto which we had stitched some pieces of velcro)

the wallhanging ‘frame’ sections also had velcro stitched down the centres

after the tiles were finished, i had fun playing around with different arrangements

the possibilities are endless!


i’ve been invited to make some of these for an event organised by ilk cafe and gallery at rosevears, tasmania

will have to start stitching, as most of these have sold …

bird key hangers

and heart brooches