Sunset Flight Textile Art by Rebekah Dundon Seascape Noosa Australia

Exhibition time

I have been very busy for the past few months organising my first proper exhibition. I am exhibiting with a group of textile artists at Aspire Gallery in Brisbane, from the 2nd – 19th September. This is a very exciting time for me as I have never been involved in a “Proper” exhibition before. I have had pieces chosen for competition exhibitions, but this is very different. There has been a lot of organisation ( thankfully mostly done by the fabulous Bernardine Hine).

I have completed a few new pieces for this show that are currently being  fabulously framed.

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Evening Flight 2015

Evening Flight is based on a photo by my lovely sister-in-law, who has a talent for being in the right place at the right time with her photos, although I did add in a second bird as I felt he needed a friend on his joyous adventure.

Solitude Textile art by Rebekah Dundon, Australian art, seagull
Solitude 2015

 

Solitude is another of my sister-in-laws photos. I feel that this little guy has a sense of melancholy about him. He really does look sad to me. A bit of a contrast to the brighness of “Evening Flight”. I intentionally created these two with different colours to my normal bright blue and sand beaches so that there would be some variety!.

I am really excited about this show, hopefully it will lead on to many more 🙂

If you are in Brisbane pop in to the Aspire Gallery in Paddington between September 2 and 19 to have a look.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

It’s that time again!. Amy’s Creative Side Blogger’s Quilt Festival is on in all it’s glory!. If you haven’t visited before, it is well worth a look, the categories are crammed full of gorgeous quilts of all descriptions. I have decided to enter “The Entry” into the Art Quilt category.

Unique stitched fabric art "The Entry", Australian Art

This sea is just so inviting, don’t you just want to dive on in? This scene captures a typical summer’s day in sunny Queensland, Australia. This piece creates dreams and memories of beach holidays passed. Remember playing in the sea and sand for hours as a child?, this is that beach. This is quite an iconic image from Australian beaches I think, the stairs that have been eaten by the sand so that they no longer exist. Until the next storm, when all the stairs will be exposed and there will probably be a large leap from the bottom step to reach the new sand level. Then, over time the stairs will gradually get eaten again.

The people are so small against the sea and glare of the sun that they are mere shadows and shapes. They have no form but have become part of the landscape they inhabit.
This piece is made from multiple scraps of various fabrics layered onto a base of calico and free motion quilted onto cotton batting. The fabrics vary in type and texture, adding to the texture of the piece. It contains new and upcycled fabrics including  tulle, canvas, quilters cotton, upholstery fabrics and many more.
It measures 40 x 40 cm (15.5 x 15.5 in).

Unique stitched fabric art "The Entry", Australian Art

Thanks for looking, and enjoy the festival!

Sticks and Textile Art

Before I had kids, I think a stick was just a stick.

Then three little boys came around and I discovered the never ending variety of implements a stick can become!. We have a stick collection at the front of our home. Every time we go anywhere, sticks are brought home and added to the pile. Each of these sticks is special, they had been a spear, or a sward, or a magic wand …(mostly because they just happened to be there at the time). A year or so ago I started looking at these sticks in a new light, I had collected a large bucketful of driftwood after ferocious storms had ripped along our coastline. I started with small Textile Art pieces like this. I made quite a few of these, this is my favourite because of the beautiful piece of driftwood across the top, the curve and the smoothness of the surface are stunning.

 

Textile art quilt with driftwood frame by Rebekah Dundon, bekahdu

I have recently finished a larger Textile Art commission for a woman whose husband’s new office overlooks the beach. I created this piece and used a piece of driftwood from the same beach. It was given to her husband as a present for his new office.

Threadpainted Textile Art Quilt with driftwood by Rebekah DundonToday I finished a very different Textile Art piece, but still using my old friend stick. This one is not driftwood, for obvious reasons.. It’s actually from my son’s stash shhhh! I just loved it’s curve and knew it would be perfect!.

Thread Painted Textile Art Quilt "Desert Sunrise" by Rebekah Dundon, BekahduI think My sons are onto something though. Each stick is special, they are all unique and all are beautiful in their own way.

Two new textile art Seascapes finally finished

My little framed textile art seascapes are by far my most popular item, but I haven’t had a chance to make any for quite a few weeks. I have been caught up in the frenzy that was our schools Fun Fair. This involved many weeks of making various props and decorations and basically took over my life for a while. Well the fair has finally been and gone and enjoyed by all so it is back to making for me. I have started making Christmas orders for Advent Quilts.. yes already!. but decided to take a break from that today and make some little seagull scenes.

These are the two little pieces I made today.

Textile art framed seascape, fabric thread painting "Seagull Watching" Textile art framed seascape, fabric thread painting "Seagull Watching"Textile art framed seascape, fabric thread painting "Seagull Family"Textile art framed seascape, fabric thread painting "Seagull Family"

I always seem to go back to the recurring theme of seagulls on beaches, there is something quite soothing and peaceful about them to me. These are framed in a black box frame measuring 18 x 24 x 4 cm (7 x 9 1/2 x 1 3/4 in) with a cream mount.

 

Bloggers Quilt Festival “Cam’s Castle”

I have decided to enter the Amy’s Creative Side Blogger’s Quilt festival with my Art Quilt “Cam’s Castle”.

“Cam’s Castle” started life like this.. layers of fabric pinned to cotton batting

 

Cam's Castle textile art quilt preparation

 

It turned into this after a few hours of stitching

Textile Art Quilt "Cam's Castle By Rebekah Dundon“Cam’s Castle” 2014 45 x 32 cm

Textile art quilt "Cam's Castle by Rebekah Dundon

Cam is my son, he is 7 years old and one of his absolute favourite things to do is build in the sand. He has built some really quite elaborate castles and some really very plain ones. The main thing is, that every castle he has built has been special, and important, and if we have a camera handy, we must take a photo of it as it won’t survive the sea. I think he actually quite likes the transience of sandcastles, he knows that they are only around for such a short period of time but that is what makes each one so special. This is a tribute to just one castle.. out of the many.

There are always some amazing pieces in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival so make sure you have a look and cast a vote or two, it’s definitely worth it!.

 

 

New framed textile art quilts for sale

Framed textile art quilt by Rebekah Dundon Framed textile art quilt by Rebekah DundonThese two new small framed textile art pieces were made as one large piece then cut into two for framing. I have been finding that the thing that takes the most amount of time when making these small pieces is changing the thread over on my sewing machine. There can be 20 or more colours in each piece so having to change the thread over and over certainly adds up!. I have begun making these pieces as one large piece so that the number of changes is effectively halved.. or less, if I cut it into three pieces. I cut them when I reach a certain point, when they are not quite finished so that I can then add small details to each one to make them slightly different. These two are fairly similar to each other, but I liked the way they hung as a pair.

 

They will be available for sale at Finders keepers in Peregian Beach, Queensland Australia from next week. I can also make these to order.

“Cam’s Castle” .. a new Art Quilt

“Cam’s Castle” started life like this.. layers of fabric pinned to cotton batting

 

Textile Art Quilt "Cam's Castle By Rebekah Dundon work in progress

It turned into this after a few hours of stitching

Textile Art Quilt "Cam's Castle By Rebekah Dundon“Cam’s Castle” 2014 45 x 32 cm

Textile Art Quilt "Cam's Castle By Rebekah Dundon

Cam is my son, he is 7 years old and one of his absolute favourite things to do is build in the sand. He has built some really quite elaborate castles and some really very plain ones. The main thing is, that every castle he has built has been special, and important, and if we have a camera handy, we must take a photo of it as it won’t survive the sea. I think he actually quite likes the transience of sandcastles, he knows that they are only around for such a short period of time but that is what makes each one so special. This is a tribute to just one castle.. out of the many.

New Textile Art Quilt finished: “Leo Looking Out”

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu I finished a new  textile art quilt this week, called “Leo Looking Out”. It is based on a photo of my nephew staring out to the horizon on the beach. What goes through a two year olds mind? Is he blown away by the beauty of the sunset or simply waiting for the next wave to throw sand at?

 

First the fabrics were layered to create the background,

 

 

 

 

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, BekahduThen I began stitching…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Finished.. here is Leo, looking out….

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu

 

 

New Art Quilt: “Leo Looking out”

I have decided to keep posting on here as it is very cold and lonely over on WordPress.org!. No one sees you over there….

I finished my first proper art quilt for the year this week, it is based on a photo of my nephew Leo at the beach, taken by my clever brother from Sydney Images. He flies around in planes and helicopters and takes amazing photos of Sydney (my brother, not my nephew!)

I started my layering the fabrics .. sorry, I forgot to take a photo before I started stitching, too excited to get going.

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

Then I started stitching all over it in multiple colours

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

The figure was appliqued on once the background was stitched.

The finished piece

Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene by Rebekah Dundon

Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene by Rebekah Dundon

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Quilt Art and Beach Sculpture

We had a glorious morning down at our local beach yesterday. It has been a while since we went as it was severely damaged in a series of storms we recently had. Access to the beach was completely cut as the sand literally just disappeared and left an enormous drop down to the beach.

It has started to come back finally, but is covered with a huge amount of debris. Most of this is mounds of pumice rocks. Each wave brings more and more pumice to the beach. The rest of the debris ( apart from a certain amount of man made detritus.. grrrr  ) is driftwood and long strands of dead dry grasses washed down from the dunes.

Some clever person built this from what they found.

 

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Intricately knotted grasses with a surprise flower

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A hidden cubbie……..you can see the pumice lining the beach.

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My son made a pumice potion

I have used driftwood in my work before, but was motivated to do so again by the huge amounts found on the beach. Here is what I came up with. These are both miniatures.

Textile Art Quilt "Drifting"

Textile Art Quilt with Driftwood “frame” . “Drifting”  16 x 19.5 cm ( 6.25 x 7.75 in)

Textile Art Quilt

Textile Art Quilt “Beach wood” 17 x 18.5 cm (6.25 x 7.25 in)