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First Module of my Degree Course

Vivid Sydney

A night on the town

For 3 weeks Sydney buildings have been transformed into canvases of light. From 6pm each evening the city has lit up with spectacular colour and movement projected onto some of our most iconic landmarks. The highlights include immersive light installations and projections, performances from local and international musicians at the Opera House and public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers. Sydney is really the happening place, having had the Sydney Writers Festival last month and the annual Sydney Film Festival to also tempt us – and let’s not forget the normal eclectic range of galleries and exhibitions that are running.

So Saturday night we ventured into the City to experience the light shows. First impressions: I have never seen so many people in one place at the same time. Looking down from the railway station parapet I gasped at the sheer volume of bodies. It was a bit scary. Holding tight to my husband we joined the throng and were swept along toward the Opera House. Here are a few of the wonderful images I managed to photograph whilst being jostled by hundreds of others wanting to do the same thing.

VS1VS2VS3VS4VS5Decided to change the camera setting to night mode and see what I got. Now I know why many people had tripods.

VS6Oops! I held the camera as still as possible. Let’s have another go.

VS7OK, not sharp because I really did need a tripod, but great movement effects. We moved on and climbed as high as possible above the crowds onto the Cahill Walkway which I think is the highest point to look down onto Circular Quay unless you are in or on the top of one of the buildings. From the Walkway we could see the top of Customs House across the Expressway.

VS8VS9Shame we couldn’t see the whole thing. Looking back across the water I got a reasonable shot of the Museum of Contemporary Art with the bridge in the background.

VS10Note the crowds and this was a less busy section. As we moved towards any of the main attractions it became more and more dense.

This is just a small sampling of a weird and wonderful experience, if a bit overwhelming at times.

Resources:
http://www.vividsydney.com/about-vivid-sydney/

 

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Assignment 2 Screen Printing: Further sketchbook work

EI P2 Stage 1mFollowing on from my post of 1st May where I started to develop some source material for design ideas I’ve continued working with the collage I did. These orange motifs came from the negative space that resulted from repeating one of the original shapes I took from the fascia of Federation Square. Note: Refer to previous sketchbook work for details.

EI P2 Stage 1m croppedBy layering and overlapping these cutout motifs I created further interesting sharp edged negative-space motifs to develop further.

I photocopied, traced, resized, coloured and moved these shapes around. Some of this was done on Photoshop and some by hand. I now have a comprehensive library of sharp, jagged motifs, some of which sit quite well together to form a more complex design.

EI P2 Stage 1nEI P2 Stage 1pWhilst I’m only posting these photos now, the ideas have been brewing for a while and continue to evolve.

A couple of the shapes I took with me to the Prints Charming screen printing workshop and cut simple templates from paper which were discarded at the end of the day. I also used them to cut away Vilene and print with the Drimarine K dyes.

These couple of pages of work may not look a lot but I’ve got countless paper motifs, in every size, that I’m constantly playing with – overlapping them, arranging them in numerous configurations, spacing them evenly/unevenly, turning them, combining them, discarding them, etc.. However, to photograph every minute of my experimentation may be a little over the top. Continue reading

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OCA – A Creative Approach: Results

Today I’ve been informed by OCA that I have a confirmed assessment result for the above course.  I’ve passed.  I haven’t had the assessor feedback yet, and it won’t be here for a while, but I know my score isn’t … Continue reading

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The joy of beetroot!!

Have you noticed that when peeling and cutting beetroot the colour leeches out and stains the chopping board, your fingers, kitchen hand towels and any cloths you might use to wipe down the work surface?  I am regularly scrubbing my … Continue reading

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A Creative Approach: Assignment 5 – Tutor request and response.

Project 10 – Tutor suggestion. In the feedback I received for my Sugar Addiction theme and final project for A Creative Approach my tutor has added the following note: May I suggest that you briefly discuss initial thoughts for completing … Continue reading

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Acosta’s ‘Crayons’ mural recalls Sandy Hook

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  Photo: Gamma Gallery This 6′ × 24′ graffiti mural is the work of Gamma Acosta, Longmont, Colo. “Crayons” is his statement about the Sandy Hook school massacre, done a day later. It’s gone now, boards and…

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A Creative Approach – Course Reflections

Before starting the course, you wrote a brief note on what you hoped this course would do for you.  Now look again at this note and reflect on what has happened to you during the course.  Sum up your reflections. … Continue reading

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Assignment 5: Project 10 – Review

Q:  Can you see a continuous thread of development from your original drawings and samples to the final designs? A:  Yes I can.  The original concept became simplified, from five sections to three, very early on in the process.  This … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 4 Sugar Addiction Finale !!!

Making my textile piece. The brief for Project 10 is to create a textile piece based on the theme we chose back in Project 7.  We do not have to complete it but we are required to look at an … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 4 Final Confections

A couple more vibrant confections I’ve stitched. The green area in the left hand picture is padded and domed.  The purple flowers on the right are raised over plastic tubing with a bead inserted in the top of the tube.

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Project 10 – Still exploring Pavlova ….. and other sugary feasts

In a previous project 10 post I showed a photograph of a magnificent pavlova; white, crystal crunchy outer surface, foamy melt-in-the-mouth centre, topped with cream and ice-cream and surrounded by blood-red coulis and dribbled with strawberries.  Even if you don’t … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 4 Further Progress

A few more machine parts: These cogs are made from sandwiched sheer blue fabric with grey organza.  Gold painted Vleisofix has been used to fuse the layers.  They have then been hand stitched and attached to the background with brads … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 4 Moving Forward.

My machine layers have been cut from pelmet Vilene, painted and covered with dyed fabric.  The piece here has had some painted Vleisofix ironed on, with the paper being removed just before it had gone fully cold.  This has meant … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 4 Experimentation

All along I’ve had the idea of adding texture in some form to the layers on my sugar processing machine. Last year Isobel Hall came to Australia and taught extensively. She uses a great deal of molding paste in her … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 4 Getting Started

Section 1 (left hand panel) I’ve done a reasonable amount of wet felting in the past but nothing where I have had to produce a piece matched to a particular size and design.  Generally I’ve placed my fibres and silks … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 3

Developing my design. Below is my real-size working template for the project. It is a clear uncluttered model and individual samples for each of the three sections have been worked on. I have in mind the packaging and freighting of … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 2 Focusing on Theme Book work

My collection of source material for machine construction includes the following: The original drawing on the left by Michael Clayton has been further worked and finished by Jeff Wilkson on the right.  Here I am particularly interested in the dials. … Continue reading

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Legally Blonde – The Musical

This production, shown at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, was excellent.  The Lyric is a modern, minimalist style theatre which is well suited to this type of lighthearted, current era event.  It has an ambience quite different to that of … Continue reading

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Project 10 – Stage 1 A design project

Reviewing my work so far. This stage is concerned with reviewing samples and techniques done throughout the course with a view to working towards creating a coherent textile piece  My final piece will be based on my theme of Sugar … Continue reading

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Cirque du Soleil – OVO

I went to the new Cirque de Soleil production on Saturday.  Superb sets, props and costumes. I had heard good and bad about it and all comments had their place.  The visual aspect was as good as expected but unless … Continue reading

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Weaving – Finale

This week I was invited to a friend’s house to try out her rigid heddle loom.  She had already warped it up using a couple of different coloured  2 ply wools, one being variegated.  They weren’t too fluffy but were … Continue reading

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Ruark Lewis – Survey 1982-2012 exhibition

This exhibition, spanning 30 years of the work of Ruark Lewis, is fascinating.  I don’t understand some of it and certainly not some of the thinking behind many of the works.  Ruark is heavily influenced by Aboriginal culture, imagery and … Continue reading

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Assignment 4: A Reflective Commentary

At the start of this section I particularly liked the research point where we looked at two internationally known textile artists.  Whilst I have a reasonable book collection and know a little about quite a lot of people this was … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Review

Q:  Did you have enough variety in your collection of yarns and other materials?  Which kind of yarns, etc, did you use most?  How do their characteristics affect the look and feel of each sample? A:   I have quite a … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 4 Final Weaving

Source Word: Tribal My storyboard includes images, materials and other items from each of the three areas which played a prominent role in the lives of the Canis Tribe.  My weaving colours are sourced mainly from the Land section but … Continue reading

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Weaving Reading

Throughout Project 9, which is all about weaving, I’ve been referring to numerous books to give me more techniques and weaving possibilities.  The course manual has quite a lot of good information but I thought it worthwhile to pick up … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 4 Inspiration

Developing design ideas into weaving. We have been given two options for the way we work our final weaving and I have chosen Option 2 which involves selecting a word or theme and creating a woven piece around that idea.  … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Weaving

Seeing as I am currently immersed in weaving for my OCA course, and think about little else at the moment, yesterday I attended a basket weaving one day workshop. Entitled ‘The Basics of Basket Weaving’, with Meri Peach as the … Continue reading

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Improving my photography

I’ve never been great at photography and now that I need to do so much it seems like the time to improve.  My quest started several weeks ago during my visit to Cockatoo Island.  I’m finding that my new interest … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 3 Experimental weaving Part 2

Experimenting with different materials. Sample Piece. The final piece for this exercise has been done with the above picture loosely in mind.  I wanted to portray the dark calm water out to sea with the lighter colour high waves in … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 3 Experimental weaving Part 1

Experimenting with different materials. The theme I’ve chosen for this section is the sea.  I’ve picked a series of materials to depict the ocean as follows: smooth surface dark blues for the calmer more distant sea, a lighter blue/purple indicating … Continue reading

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Orphism

A few days ago a new word floated past my ears, Orphism.  The internet has some wonderful images of this style of art and there is a lot of information on Wikipedia detailing this Movement which was an important stepping … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 2 Weaving with other materials

Here the idea is to try weaving with items that are a little different to standard wools and yarns. I continued using the same warp as my previous sample, cotton 12/12.  The sample card above shows the weft items. From … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 2 Weaving with yarn

Basic tapestry weaving techniques. Here I start my tapestry weaving trials.  It has been very interesting, a huge learning curve and has brought up a number of problems that I am addressing, further details below. This picture shows the finished … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 1 Preparation

Setting up a tapestry weaving frame. Not being a weaver, or having really put my mind to trying it before, I’ve spent the last fortnight researching different forms of weaving, how looms work, weaving terminology and how to get started … Continue reading

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Sketchbook improvement !!!!

A few short weeks ago I joined a drawing class.  I am very aware that my skills are limited and this is an area where I need to concentrate on improvement. In anticipation (and trepidation) of the first class I … Continue reading

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Museum of Contemporary Art Visit

Last week Judy, another OCA student, and I went off to see another section of the Sydney Biennale exhibition, this time at the newly refurbished Museum of Contemporary Art.  I didn’t go mad with the photography because I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Review

Q.  Did you enjoy inventing constructed surfaces?  Were you surprised at the results? A:  Yes I did enjoy this section of the course.  I wasn’t overly surprised with the results other than where I previously commented on the reverse side … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 4

This exercise involves making a rigid grid and filling some of the spaces to create solid and open areas. I started with 6mm dowel cut to size, against my initial drawn plan.  I then unearthed the Router, which had never … Continue reading

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My winter garden

Out and about in the garden earlier this afternoon, during a brief sunny period, I was struck by how many plants were in flower, and particularly how many of them have red flowers.  Left – flowering Aloe Vera By now … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 3: Ropes

Here we have been introduced to twisted rope making.  This is something that I have been doing for a number of years.  The manual suggests that we cut our thread length, tie the cut ends together, put one end over … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 3

We have been asked to select a shape, form a rigid outline and wrap, bind, interlace or criss-cross threads between the frame. Having read the next exercise I know that I’m soon to be making a rigid grid which, obviously, … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 2

In this exercise we are required to make a collection of hand-twisted ropes or three/four strand plaits or braids using different materials. I started by using this French knitting gadget to make some cords using Perle 8 cottons. It’s quite … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 1 Supplementary

Whilst getting my samples into some order for presentation for future assessment I was struck by this piece and how different it looks on the back. The curvy lines are much less obvious on the right side as the busy … Continue reading

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18th Biennale of Sydney Exhibition

A few days ago Judy (another OCA student) and I went to Cockatoo Island to visit part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney exhibition. The island is about a 20 minute ferry trip from Sydney Wharf and has a history … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 1

Experimenting with structures This exercise is about structure and creating a warp and a weft using a variety of different items woven together. I started as per the course manual and cut two thick papers into strips leaving all attached … Continue reading

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A few days away – And A Chorus Line.

Last weekend my husband and I (plus  staff) were trading at the Home Buyer & Investment Property Expo in Sydney.  This is the first time we’ve been there and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The photo quality is low because … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 1

Exploring the qualities of yarn In preparation for this project I have reviewed some of my yarn stash.  Here are a few photos: Left: These wools are varying thicknesses and one is a bouclé.  I love the very loosely spun … Continue reading

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Research Point – Part C

How do you view textile art?  Do you think about it in the same way that you would look at a painting or a piece of sculpture?  How far do you feel it has been accepted as a medium for … Continue reading

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Analysing Colour, Texture and Proportion

I have chosen three images to work with for this exercise.  The first, to the right, is a postcard of Glide Girl by Sydney surfer and artist David Bell.  I like the colours, the sense of movement and the silhouette … Continue reading

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