Friday 31 October 2014

sugar skulls

My daughter is having a Mexican Day of the Dead day at school today. These were our contribution to the shared lunch. They are just made from fondant icing and painted with food colouring. Kit took some to work too.


I have a profile on the website it is profiling the tutors for the quilt convention that I am teaching at in April. Looks quite good really, I find it really funny reading about myself!
I am teaching Curves, Heads and a Design your own block.



Design your own block

Tuesday 28 October 2014

street art

We went to Rotorua over the weekend and there are few pieces of  amazing street art down there. These faces were new and have inspired me to do another big face quilt. The quilt will have to wait till I finish a few things but the idea is planted in my brain and will be sketched ready for when an exhibition comes up.

Thursday 23 October 2014

Yarn Bombing

Our first bit of Yarn bombing in Helensville. We decide to decorate the poles in front of Kits shop.
It is opposite to a child care centre which was closed by the time we got there so the children will get a surprise when they get to Kindy in the morning. Looks really cool so we will wait and see how people react to it.
My son put on his balaclava in case anyone saw us! he really looked the part maybe next time we will do it in the middle of the night!

If I did this in the dark I would need one of those torches that you wear on your head!

Kit crocheted the chain for this post and I did the flowers, he crocheted way more chain than I did flowers, I just spaced the flowers out!

Monday 20 October 2014

3rd prize

I won 3rd prize in the Rodney Art awards at the weekend for my piece of Or Nue. So good to have embroidery hung with paintings and photography. I did have a conversation with one of the painters that didn't believe my piece was embroidery, not sure how she thought it was done, you can see the stitches!

Sunday 19 October 2014

Front cover

This is the exhibition catalogue for the show in the UK, I made the front cover! really cool. And I have since sold that piece of work which is even better. The work looked really great and my parents said it was hung in an amazing space.

Saturday 18 October 2014

Day 100

Day 100
 My 100 faces and last years 100 spiders will go into the window of SALT today. 83 commercial Rd Helensville. They will be there until Nov 1st. The shop is open Weds, Thurs, Sat 10 - 3. Of course you can see the window 24/7.

Face painting is not just for children. My children's school had Ag. Day yesterday, that's like a gala day but with pet animals. I had a stand promoting my Dress a Girl sewing days and next to me was the face painting. I love dressing up so I had mine done.

Friday 17 October 2014

Day 99

Day 99
Only one to go!

Pixelated Face
Not sure I ever put a picture of this on the blog, well its hanging on Kits shop at the moment so thought I would take a photo. Salt is open Weds, Thurs and Sat at 83 commercial rd, Helensville.
My 100 faces and last years spiders will be in the window from tomorrow.

Thursday 16 October 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Day 97

Day 97
Windy Day
This piece will be on show from Friday in the Rodney Art Awards in Warkworth, NZ. A good friend of mine is part of organizing the show so I always try to get a piece of embroidery in. Its always good to have stitch hung in exhibitions with paintings.


Tuesday 14 October 2014

Monday 13 October 2014

Day 95

Day 95
Only 5 days to go, glad and sad that my 100 days is almost over.

Sunday 12 October 2014

Day 94

Day 94
Just cut from fabric today, need to refine this stencil feel.

Saturday 11 October 2014

Friday 10 October 2014

Countdown 9

Day 92
an eye made with old beads from Egypt.
I have been booked to teach in Melbourne next April and I have noticed a few more visitors to this blog due to the tutors being announced. So I thought I would put up some of my proper work, not just random bits of faces from my 100 day project. You can also click on the gallery on work page to see more examples. Thanks for visiting hope to see you in Melbourne next year.

Kiwi Bloke
Look II

Thursday 9 October 2014

Wednesday 8 October 2014

day 90

Day 90
10 faces to go and my calico will be full, after a slow start the 100 days have gone pretty fast. And just like last year ( which lasted about 2 days!) I am planning on continuing to do a small creative act every day, at this stage I am planning on filling a page in my sketch book every day with anything, just colour, random lines, a note, a drawing. I will not post everything but if something cool happens I will pop in up for you to see.
The book projects are coming along which is good, it takes me longer to write how to do something than it takes me to do it! I guess that's why I am an embroiderer not a writer!

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Monday 6 October 2014

Day 88

Day 88
More random stuff from the studio!

My 100 Faces and last years 100 Spiders will be in the window of Salt, 83 Commercial Rd, Helensville from Oct 18th ( day 100 ) until Nov 1st. The shop is open Weds, Thurs and Sat 10 - 3 but of course you can see in the window at any time. If you are in the area do pop by and have a look.

Sunday 5 October 2014

Day 87

Day 87

Colour from the garden, so glad spring is here.

Saturday 4 October 2014

Day 86

Day 86
Simple stitches but with really thick thread. The thread I used is called bump and is normally used for padding Goldwork.

Friday 3 October 2014

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Day 83

Day 83
It is amazing how many small bits of fabric, when cut out look just like eyes. These were the centre of flowers.