Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunny weekend.....

It was a bright and sunny autumn weekend in Melbourne.....after the rain of recent weeks,  the sunshine was glorious.  We all wanted to get out and about in it!
Below is another version of the sunshine owl lino cut I have been working on.   A few additional handcarved stamps placed after masking and printing and a touch of colour applied to the tree and sun before printing.  It's fun playing around with this owl.

Sunshine owl

 On Sunday I met up with Dot, Patsy, Ro and Julia.  Our outing into the city was to check out the venue where we are having our art group exhibition.  We always love a chance to get together and this weekend was very special as we celebrated Ro's birthday...see her goody bag and flowers.
 After visiting then venue and making plans we wandered around the streets of inner Melbourne, deciding where to eat.  In the end we went into Chinatown......very BUSY little street, lots of wonderful eateries and shops.  Lovely place to visit and eat on a sunny Sunday.
 We all just loved the window adornment in the little eatery where we lunched.  The food was absolutely YUMBO,  lovely and spicy.  After our lunch we strolled around Chinatown and of course found a little shop with some Japanese art goodies......we were very happy.
 I have been stitching a little boro cloth.  Wonky bits of fabrics scraps stitched together in the Japanese way.

Japan has been on all of our minds lately and we have all wanted to help.  I found this lovely blog where Maki has been making and selling these beautiful little birds to help her family and friends in Japan....what a lovely way to donate and support an artist.  I bought six little fellows to share with my art friends.

   



27 comments:

deanna7trees said...

looks like you had a grand day. just love your boro cloth.

Elizabeth said...

Jacky!! What afabulous owl lino cut!! I can't wait to show it to show Becca, she is totally owl crazy!
Your Boro cloth-I am going to be sending you some pieces of blue and white batik fabrics that I ahve gotten from thrift store clothes- they are so YOU What a wonderful time you girls ahd - so wish that I could pop over to see your art exhibit when it hangs!!!
Big Hugs!
E

Notjustnat said...

Glad you had a nice day out with the girls. Love the boro cloth. Lot of stitching to keep you busy. Some familiar pieces on there :) - Those little birds are adorable - Hugs Nat

Sharon said...

You are so lucky to have an ART group to get together and play with. What fun! Love that little owl too.

By the Bluegrass said...

Oooh, I love the sunshine owl and that boro cloth! I love sashiko! I took a class in it at a The American Sewing Guild conference in Chicago a couple of years ago. I know you love classes too! This one was great!
xo,
Sena

Rachel said...

The owl looks like he was great fun to do!

Hoola Tallulah said...

Ah that owl, it is so sweet, I love the detail on the wings. Glad you had a lovely day with the ladie's and your boro cloth is simply wonderful, great colours and amazing stitching!

Els said...

The sunshine owl looks SO good
Jacky ! ....and that stitched Boro piece !!!!

Ro Bruhn said...

We did have a great day and thank you for the wonderful birthday gifts. Your work as ever is beautiful.
Have a lovely Easter stitching and painting.

art spirit said...

What a great post! Love your owl lino cut! And the boro cloth is sooo inspiring. Love hearing about your art girl gatherings..such fun!

Jenxo said...

yes it was a beautiful weekend....

love your lino cut owl and the boro cloth is wonderful... cant wait to see all the lovely goodies at your exhibitions , ive pencilled it in on my calendar :)

Marilyn Rock said...

Happy you got the sun! We are still awaiting ours here. Love, love, love your lino owl! Awesome! And; what a fun day you had with everyone - such a good time! xxoo

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

A wonderful post. I loved hearing all about your day with your good friends and seeing your boro cloth. It's beautiful. The bird project looks amazing ... as you say a wonderful way in which to support the peopel of Japan

Have a lovely Easter weekend
Spring (autumn) blessings
Carolyn ♥

HollyM said...

Owls are among my favorite images and I love your lino cut print!

catherine Bainbridge said...

Hi Jacky,

Happy Easter!

I think the owl lino is spectacular! I love it!

Hugs
Catherine

karen said...

your Boro cloth is wonderful!! I hope you are well!!

Julia said...

Hi Jacky, 'Love your post, lots of great piccys, loooove your owl work!!!!!..I have pinched a couple of piccys for my post too.....cant wait to see your beautiful art exhibited!!!!....xxx..julia

Emma said...

Lovely owl & cloth . Just been reading about the bird for Japan project, she's inspiring.

T said...

what a great day out jacky...

xt

Working with cloth said...

Jacky thanks for visit and nice comment, your owl is fantastic and your boro cloth has so great colors, yes I participate in Jude's SunMoonStars, but I can't post anything becauce I have no typepad account.
Anni

Linda said...

Thats a lovely photo of you all; looks like you had a great day.
Your latest owl piece is delightful Jacky .....I love it! And the boro cloth totally inspires me :-)

Robin Olsen said...

Your owl linocut is fabulous! I love the various stamps you included. I imagine that owl could appear over and over in many different forms--he's great!

Angela Recada said...

Thanks for taking us along on your outings! It makes me long for an art group like yours. All these wonderful spots that you show us makes me want to visit Australia even more. What a beautiful place!
Love and hugs,
xoxoxo
Angela

P.S. LOVE the owl!

Anonymous said...

Hello, Your Boro cloth is wonderful I have been reading here and there and was wondering is there any information on haw to make these? Have not been able to find this type of info. Mean while please keep putting your work on here to be able to see and enjoy,
Thank you so,
Linda

Shelley Whiting said...

Love the simplicity and design of this artwork. Very good linocut of the owl.

Storycloth said...

Sunshine owl has given me an idea- well actually your comment 'fun to play around with' has given me an idea. Ha! I just saw on another blog a slogan "copy brilliance - I do" I needed to hear that -'just have fun with' so thank you for your brilliance! Gilly

Clare Wassermann said...

Hey - happy to check in with you again. I really love your indigo dyeing. You have fired me up for a boro cloth!