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.

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!

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….

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.

 

One Red Thread Textile arts Berry Patchwork competition

The “One Red Thread” competition is here again!. Each year, Berry Patchwork runs this textile arts competition under a different theme. This years theme is “Moulin Rouge”. I really struggled with this theme as it really didn’t seem to fit with my usual style of working. I ended up creating three completely different piece, two of which were rapidly cut up and turned into other things as I hated them. The Third was entered into the competition. Here she is, this is “Madeleine”. I decided in the end to go with my first original idea.. that I had scrapped in favour of the other two quilts I tried (and failed!).

Textile art quilt, moulin rouge, Berry patchworkAs you can see, she is indeed very different to what I would normally do. She is actually my first ‘face’. My brother joked with me recently that I never do faces, my figures are always turned away or shaded, so here it is, A FACE!. She is created using satin and calico quilted onto a base of black crushed velvet. I have beaded her headdress and neckpiece, and they really shimmer.. hard to see in the photo. She definitely taught me a lot about faces, and I am not quite so scared of them anymore.

Textile art quilt, moulin rouge, Berry patchwork

I used four different ‘skin’ colours to shade her face – a whole new colour range for me. I have to say it was nice to get away from the blues and sand colours that are my norm, and you may even see some faces on beaches coming up. Now we just have to see how she goes in the competition.

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.

“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