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.

Evening Flight Textile art by Rebekah Dundon australian art
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.

Reminiscence Textile Art by Rebekah Dundon Seascape Noosa Australia

“Reminiscence” Quilt Art, beach art from Australia, Textile Art

 

Quilt Art Textile art Created in Australia by Rebekah Dundon "Reminiscence"

 

My latest finish is “Reminiscence”. This Quilt Art is based on a section of a photo I took recently down at the Yaroomba rock pools on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. I wasn’t taking a photo of this woman, she was just there in the corner and after a fabulous day exploring the rock pools and discovering sea creatures, we went home and I looked at my photos and discovered her, just sitting there.

She is holding a body board and staring out to sea, probably watching her Grandchildren play. She makes me wonder what she is thinking, is she dreaming of the days when she could go out on a board and fly through the waves?. Is she pondering actually going ahead and doing it regardless?… or has she already been out there on that very board?

I don’t know the answer, but I thought she deserved to be in an Art Quilt. She exudes a sort of peacefulness to me regardless of whether she is regretting her inability to go bodyboarding or not. I think she is happy whatever the situation. She is enjoying the glorious warm sun and the beautiful environment with the children playing around her.

Quilt Art Textile art Created in Australia by Rebekah Dundon "Reminiscence"

 

“Reminiscence” is 44 x 35 cm  and will be framed in a white frame I think. I like white frames….

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.

 

The progress of an Art Quilt : “Dusk”

I finished another Art Quilt today, this one is called “dusk” and is 40 x 40 cm. It hasn’t come out quite as i wanted it to but sometimes that’s still OK. It started out as normal, a few layers of colour roughly blocking out the design. This picture also shows the photograph it is based on. I thought I’d show the progress of an art quilt based on this one.

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" prep

I then added some of the more obvious details

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" prep

Now some basic stitching to hold it all together so that I can remove the pins. I’m liking where it is going at this stage.

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" prep

The first ugly stage!. I find that any artwork regardless of the medium goes through at least three “Ugly” stages.. you just have to work through it and not give up.. any piece can be salvaged from an ugly phase!

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" prep

A load more stitching, and then some more stitching and we get to here. I have finished. I am still not entirely happy with the clouds on this one but sometimes you have to stop and call it finished. I have bound it is a lovely soft slightly mottled cotton that picks up the blue in the waves. I used over 20 colours of thread in this quilt.

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" details

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk" details

Art Quilt by Bekahdu "Dusk"

 

 

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.

Madeit Designer in the Spotlight

I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the Madeit.com.au Designer in The Spotlight spot this week. Go here to see the interview if you want to have a read. I always find it is always such a tricky thing answering questions like that about my self and my work, and even trickier putting photos out there!.

Stitched Postcard Swap 2014 Create a Better world

I decided a month or so ago to join in the Great Big Postcard Swap . It is kind of what has got me started into making all these cards!. I made three postcards and have just decided which one to send to my stitched postcard swap partner in the US.

It is made from a piece of cotton that I printed in a spiral design on my home made Gelli plate. I then free motion stitched parts with a gorgeous metallic bronze thread to highlight the spirals even more. I added the red upholstery fabric strips as an afterthought to brighten it a little. These are just zig zagged over the top of the background. I stitched a lovely quote from the Dalai lama around one of the spirals. It is a quote I have always loved but sometimes find hard to practice!. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”.

I believe this is how we can Create a better world, from us as individuals right up to the top Governments. Show a bit of kindness.

The back is a piece of white card with hand stamped writing with the words “Live Laugh Create”, drawn lines and a piece of hand printed tape down the centre for a bit of colour. I glued the fabric part to the card then stitched around the edges to hold it all together.

This was loads of fun to make so I think postcards are going to be a big part of my future!

 

 

 

 

Textile stitched postcards and cards, mixed media, fabric and card

I made some stitched postcards and cards today. I have been playing a lot with Gelli printing on paper lately so I decided to do some on fabric and see how they stitched. Very easily as it turns out!. I think I’ll be making more stitched textile postcards.

Textile Art stitched postcards by Rebekah Dundon

 Textile Art stitched postcard by Rebekah Dundon back

  Textile Art stitched postcards by Rebekah Dundon

Textile Art stitched postcard by Rebekah Dundon back

  Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 

Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 

 

Handmade Gelli Plate Printing

I have wanted a Gelli plate since the day I first heard about them. Gelli plate printing just looks like so much fun! I’ve read various blogs about making your own, so today I finally tried it. I used the recipe by The Frugal Crafter as I wanted one that didn’t have to be kept in the fridge.

The ingredients. Of course I bought too much of everything as I am hopeless at estimating amounts!

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I gained a litle helper pretty quickly, as you tend to get in this house. He helped mix everything together.. “What does it smell like Cam?”… I think you can guess!!. It does have quite a strong alcohol smell.

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I had heard that it  is better to line the tray with plastic wrap as it makes it easier to get out. I popped it in the fridge for a couple of hours and then got impatient so took it out to start playing!. It did get fairly damaged towards the end so I think I should have left it longer.

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All finished and ready to play.

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I started with just some basic colours and shapes, just to get the hang of it.. it all soon got a bit carried away.

Handmade Gelli plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We soon picked up another helper and it was ON!

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I only had acrylic paints, so that’s what we used, over and over again.

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We did get some quite pretty patterns in the end.

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Handmade Gelli plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We did encounter a few problems along the way. I discovered pretty quickly that the edges of the plate stick very badly to the paper unless you pad paints all the way up to and down the sides of the block. I’m not sure if this was just because I pulled it out of the fridge early or if it would do this anyway. We did actually completely destroy the plate by the end of the afternoon. The boys weren’t particularly gentle with it so it was full of holes. The great thing about this recipe is that when this happens you can simply melt it down and re set it. It is currently sitting back in the fridge. This time it will be over night, so we’ll see if that makes a difference to it’s durability. To melt it down, I just broke it up into a saucepan and put on the cooktop on low. It only took about 5 mins. You can also do it for a minute or so in the microwave.

I’m going to try with some fabric paints onto fabric.. new fabrics for my journals I’m thinking 🙂

 

 

 

 

Stitching random bits of fabric

One thing I really enjoy is stitching together random bits of fabric. I have some gorgeous fabrics at the moment so have been doing a bit of random stitching this week, making some bags. I was trying out some new techniques in this one. I also appliqued some shiny lime green cord down the edges of a couple of stripes to add a hit of colour. It is quilted onto cotton batting.

I love these colours!. This one has a gorgeous lime green lining and is available here.

modern patchwork bag

modern patchwork tote bag

More lovely colours, this one has a soft grey lining. and is available here.