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.

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.

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"

 

 

“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

 

 

Important news Bekahdu is Moving!

I have just finished setting up my brand new wordpress.org website and blog yippee. I will be posting my blog on there from now on. I’m a bit sad however as  I lost all my likes and followers during the move..

luckily your lovely comments have all stayed with me  🙂

I know you are still out there, so if you would like to continue seeing what I’m about then I would be ever so grateful if you could pop over to www.bekahdu.com.au/blog and follow me over there.

See you there. 🙂

Framed textile art: Bird of Paradise

I had a request on my Facebook page recently to make some Bird of Paradise and other tropical flowers. So today was the day to start. I thought I’d try a slightly different way of doing them. I normally just use small bits of fabric to make of my design, this time I thought I’d try making the body of the design with raw edge fused applique.

I started with a simple line drawing, based on a painting that I did many years ago when I was a painter.. You can see the original painting in the top image. The original is long gone so all I have left are printouts of photos. I traced  sections of the flowers from the line drawing and fused then to the correct colour fabric with vliesofix.

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

I really like the background of that painting, the way the blues and greens blend together, and wanted to achieve a similar affect with the art quilt. I decided to use a gorgeous printed sheer fabric (I scored a lovely huge piece of this brand new from the local Op Shop!). It has a fabulous texture and sheen to it. I used the wrong side as my front though, to tone down the sheen and the bright colours a little. I layered it over a soft pale blue cotton, so that it would gain an extra blue tinge. I used a little quilters spray glue to hold it together as the sheer fabric is very slippery!.

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

I then fused my cut flower pieces to my background. Of course my flower turned out the reverse of the painting as I forgot to reverse the image before tracing!.

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

 And then started to stitch.. then stitched some more

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

Then stitched some more until it was all finished

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

It then went into a black box frame and came out like this

Textile art quilt, bird of paradise

Shows and Quilts

It has been decidedly quiet on the blog front lately, but I have been very busy in the background.

One of the first things that happens when your school finds out that you have a sewing machine is that you get organised into sewing for school!.. In my case, coordinating the costumes for the School musical for 200 odd kids!. Our school musical has every child in the school participating!. That has pretty much been the story of my life for the last month.

I did manage to enter a few competitions while all that was going on and was lucky enough to win First and second at the Noosa Show for “Noosa River Gazing” and “spotty Gum Leaf”

noosa-show awards

I also managed to achieve third in the Berry Patchwork show “The power of Red” for my Red sunset.

the power of red

Included in the general busyness were a few quilt orders.. I have now officially finished my largest quilt to date, a King Single with a British theme for a customer. I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to go any bigger on my little Janome!. I know it can be done, maybe .. one day…

british quilt

british quilt

British themed quilt

A vintage hexie quilt

I have been busily stitching this last few weeks. My first new creation was a hexie quilt made with vintage fabrics for a special order.. I quite love it and would like one for me.. not sure if I want to do all that stitching again however!.Vintage Hexagon Flowers Quilt

 

Vintage Hexagon Flowers Quilt

I have also been busy making a bunch of new small framed pieces. I have a shop to stock and a small show at the Gallery and not enough pieces!

Here are a few of the new ones.

Framed textile "silhouette"

pale-waves-1

sea

 

seagull

I also have a couple of exciting things coming up….. (all shh secret squirrel at the moment)    🙂

Onwards and Upwards

You may remember this piece of randomness that I created not long ago. This was created by randomly stitching together a range of fabrics from my scrap box. The red strips are folded red satin.

free-1

I decided to unrandomise it somewhat. I cut it all into 8in squares and stitched them back together (randomly). The interesting part of this was that even though it was a very uneven shaped piece of fabric, I managed to cut exactly 16 8″ squares…there were only a couple of tiny slivers left over!.

paths-prep

Here it is all stitched back together and ready to quilt.

paths-1

Here it is finished. “Onwards and Upwards (Many Paths)” 69 x 67 cm (27 x 26.5 “)

paths3

paths-2

The red satin pieces are set into the seams so that they are actually raised from the surface..creates and interesting texture, as well as making a feature of the “Paths”