Sunday, May 23, 2010

fabric weaving and painting...

Finally my computer is working again.... I have missed being able to visit my favourite blogs regularly. Plus I started an online course (and of course the computer was down!!!!). Nevertheless, I am back on track as of the weekend and was able to play around with the fabric weaving we are doing in my online class with Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth... I have loved visiting the class forum and seeing what everyone else has been up to in my absence.

Below is my first attempt at fabric weaving. I have used silks (dont know if that was a brilliant idea for my first attempt, but I am happy with how it turned out). Both silks I bought from Sensational Silks. The old gold colour was pre-dyed when I bought it, but the other grey colour is one I dyed myself with gum leaves and and a rusty piece of metal. Nice to see the woven effect created by these two pieces. fabric weaving in hand dyed silk

Within this piece I tried my hand at Jude's anchored weaving technique. Little bit fiddly with the silk, but I think it works in the overall look of this cloth. I am loving learning new techniques. At the moment this has only been basted, more stitching soon.

Some (very) late roses from my garden and some beautiful rosehips brightening up my lounge room. Isnt the colour gorgeous for autumn?
I have been doing some more painting too. Below is a mixed media piece I made for a girlfriend who loves birds. I have used watercolour paints and bits and pieces of fabric and stitching...both hand and machine stitching.


Kasha's Spring Bird.
Below is a watercolour of some pomegranates that I started in a watercolour workshop recently. I usually paint with gouache, but I am really enjoying how the watercolour takes to the paper. This is a WIP which I intend to finish for my sister who loves pomegranates....not much more to go.




"Your dreams are already coming true......your dreams need you to make them real."
-Sark-
Have a wonderfully creative week.
Jacky xox




36 comments:

Kaye Turner said...

Welcome back! The silk weaving looks really effective, particularly the soft colours. The pomegranates look good enough to eat :-)

Lee said...

Hi Jacky, love the beautiful bird artwork & I love the colours in your fabric weaving - wish I had have got a close look at it yesterday. Gorgeous. Lee xx

P.S. I can't wait to frame those beautiful pomegranates!

Jenxo said...

im glad your back and back big time!! you are woman of many talents , love your woven cloth and pomegranates look just beautiful. The birdie piece is just lovely too...

Notjustnat said...

Good start to weaving cloth. I like how your dyed silk turned out. It goes well with the gold silk. Enjoy the class - Hugs Nat

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful sark quote! and love your woven silk ...yummy colors!!

Deborah said...

The silk weaving is beautiful! My favorite is the bird piece.

Marilyn Rock said...

Glad your computer is back and running Jacky. Sounds like you're enjoying your online class and it looks it :) Your paintings are beautiful; there isn't anything you cannot do and you do it beautifully! xxoo

Angela Recada said...

Beautiful!

I especially LOVE the woven fabrics and the watercolor. Love, love, LOVE!
xo

Dot said...

So good to see you back Jacky! Your fabric weaving is gorgeous. I am really looking forward to seeing more of your art in the flesh soon. The dyed silk is stunning. Love the subtle colors We need to arrange our visit to Beautiful Silks soon :).
Ands your pomegranate's for Lee are beautiful!
Dot xx

Dot said...

P.S I adore the bird you made too!

Zorana said...

You do everything so well... I really enjoy your every post. Combination of watercolors and stitching is beautiful. As is the weaving with the gentle, soft colors. And the pomegranate painting. Everything is gorgeous.

Belinda said...

Jacky that little birdie is so sweet and very pretty, you paint so well. Your weaving looks really interesting too, good luck with your class and look forward to seeing some more pictures as you progress through. Thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog Jacky they always make me smile :)
Belinda xxx

karen said...

everything is fantastic, the weaving , the painting and I just love the bird piece. It's funny to hear you talk about autumn, we are heading for summer. Fancy a swap! I am not a sun lover at all.

Elizabeth said...

Oh Jacky !! Your new work is absolutely stunning!! You did go all out starting off with the silk and it is gorgeous. One simply cannot get too much fo that gorgeous shimmer and luster!!! Your bird mixed media piece is wonderful - you clever talented girl!!! Your pomegranites are brilliant- such amazing talents you have!!! So glad that you are back on line- it is amazing how much we miss our machines when they act up!!
Can't wait to see what else you are coming up with in Jude's class.
i will ahve more of Julie Haymakers work on my blog soon. You would absolutely adore Julie- ambe she will travel over to OZ in the future. She is just starting to teach but the demand is going to be very high!!
big Hugs!

Linda said...

Jacky, once again I am in awe of your talent. The bird picture is fabulous and full of my fav colours...just adorable! And the pomegranates are so delicate.... no wonder Lee has her frame ready!
Hugs
Linda x

jude said...

yay, welcome back and welcome to quilt weaving!

Julia said...

Hi Jacky, I Love the silk you have dyed, woven and stitched, the pomegrantes are beautiful,and the flower arrangement, those rosehips look huge?...love the rust colour, you have arranged them to perfection..just love getting blogging and seeing your next post, always great!..xx..julia

Seth said...

Your weavings are really beautiful. And I love your pomegranate watercolor.

Tara said...

Hi Jacky - I've been trying to find your blog again to thank you for my beautiful wee owl, and it was in my blogroll all along! Hopeless! Anyway, I did a little post about it - love it to pieces and thank you so much. :)

http://aquamarineart.blogspot.com/2010/05/toowhit-from-who.html

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Jacky! Beautiful gold and silver weave! :-)

A bird in the hand said...

I was distracted by the pomegranates -- a favourite subject of mine! Fabulous!!!!

xoxo

lynne h said...

hello jacky,

i was here a couple of days ago, ooohhing and aahhhhing over everything... now i'm finally back to leave some words...

your weaving is absolutely sublime - this silk is heavenly! and the anchored weaving is sooo sweet! and the pomegranates! i especially love how the bigger pomegrate comes down below the 'frame'. i don't think i could even begin to paint as subtly as you have here. you've really used the medium to its best advantage (it seems to me).

lastly, i want to say that lee so deserves these pomegranates! she is the best!!

carry on, my friend!

xo

jennlui said...

oh yay jacky you're back! beautiful woven piece, isn't it just so very addictive! i've gone weaving bonkers!

i love your rosehips, one of my favorite plants! love their medicinal properties, crazy good!

Suzanna said...

Glad you're back Jacky. I love your fabric weaving...the colors are so soft and exquisite.

ArtPropelled said...

Your silk weaving is lovely! Beautiful delicate shades of white. Lucky sister to be receiving the pomegranate painting.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Wonderful blog! -j

Julia said...

Hello Lovely!

Oh my, where do I begin?!
Your silk weave is the most beautiful thing, the colours are so subtle and work so well together! I also love the bird painting you did for your friend, its wonderful and Im also admiring your watercolours - I love playing around with them myself as normally Im an acrylics kind of gal!
I love to see your work, thank you for sharing again (and thanks for those great Sark quotes too! :D )

Love Julia x x x

art spirit said...

Jacky, loving your silk weaving...the colors are so soft and lovely..natural dyes are the best sometimes! love your bird and pomegranates...sweet and yummy!
Glad you are back!

Kaite said...

hi Jacky, just visiting and your blog is beautiful, so many lovely pics to admire. are you signed up for the next class - spirit cloth?
...k.

rivergardenstudio said...

Dear Jacky, your watercolors are beatiful, I love the little bird and the pomegranates. And your fabric weaving... the colors! I can see that you are creating up a storm. Have a lovely weekend... roxanne

Puddleduck said...

Ooooh, your pomegranates are divine Jacky... I love them too-they have such a noble shape with that little crown on top!
Your fabric weaving is just gorgeous - those earthy colours... Mmmmm... and that sweet little mixed media birdy.. I love it all! Thanks for stopping over at my blog- your comments are always welcome! Sandi xo

Judy Martin said...

Jacky, you are a woman of many talents, and you share them with such love.
I think that the subtlety in the silk weaving is beautiful and will give you an amazing base for something sublime. I look forward to seeing what you do next with that.

All your posts are a delight, and giving your readers a SARK quote at the end of each one is like a hug from you. Thank you.

Nic Hohn said...

My heart is swooning over your gorgeous pics Jacky.... those roses and rosehips are divine!And that bird is special special!

grrl + dog said...

the cloth is delicious -
bet you are having fun.
I especially like the small weaving section inside thelarger one.

Sherry said...

Hi Jacky, this is my first visit to your blog (don't think it'll be my last though) - I found you via Jenxo re fabric weaving. Gorgeous pieces! I also love your mixed media card and your watercolour painting - both fab!

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