There are also many wonderful kimono's and Japanese garments to be found and many other Japanese wares. I found some beautiful old Kokeshi dolls (circa 1950), I bought a lovely metal ikibana (I hope that is correct), used in Japanese floral arrangements. I am going to use it to print onto fabric and journal papers. Sorry, I havent photographed the dolls or ikibana piece. Will show you soon.
Nat admiring the Japanese garments .....so hard to choose as there are so many beautiful pieces. I love the fabric in this one.
I bought myself some lovely pieces of vintage kimono linings. I love to use these for dyeing. Some of the colours as they age are just so beautiful though, I think some pieces might be used with just their natural patina of age.
Our day out was planned around a visit to the opening of an Art Exhibition, "Journeys In - Journeys Out' at the Burrinja Gallery in Upwey. Jude Craig of Naturally Dyed and Michael Hyett and Martin Judd of Juet Sculpture collaborated to create an exhibition fusing metal and fabric. It was wonderful..... see photos below and visit Nat's blog for even more photos of ZZ..
Eco dyed patchwork. I love how Jude displayed this piece with the reverse as the front .... those raw and frayed edges created such lovely texture. Arent the colours amazing? Colours from the Australian bush.
Beautifully framed eco dyed clothing fragments/remnants. And if you click on the photo you can see one of the metal and fabric sculptural pieces. (all photos are clickable for a closer look).
Wrapped canvases...each one with a metal object attached.
And the artist posing with a couple of her students/fellow artists. L to R Nat, Jude Craig and Jillian.
It was a wonderful exhibition and Jude's body or work was amazing.
These next few photo's are 'just because' ..... Lynne and Zorana, here are my new brushes!!! We've been talking about how much we love our paintbrushes and how exciting when we get a few new brushes, so I wanted to share them with you. I was recently given a voucher to my local art shop so bought two new brushes, more expensive than my usual purchases...such pleasure in choosing them. Arent they such beautiful shapes?
Leaf and RockLeaving the exhibition I picked up this river pebble and lovely pink gum leaf....they fit together so well and are now sitting on my bookshelf for me to admire. They make me happy. I want to crochet a cover for my rock, or paint it ... but I think it likes it little leaf companion.
OUR LIVES ARE FILLED WITH
THE SMELL OF CLOTHES DRIED
IN THE SUN IS ONE OF THOSE.
RELAX, AND LET MOMENTS
LIKE THESE SEEP INTO OUR SOUL.
- SARK -
Relax and enjoy your week.