Friday, 26 September 2014

Tapa cloth part two

Had time this afternoon to add a little stitch and a few beads to my experiments with tapa cloth. Thanks to Marie for re-gifting the large wooden beads given to her as welcome gifts in Tonga so absolutely had to be added.

Variation on Tongan Tapa by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden



Variation on Tongan Tapa by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


Variation on Tongan Tapa by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Mixed Media Textiles in New Zealand and Australia

Last week saw the final weekly session of the Term 3 Mixed Media and Textiles classes at Mairangi Bay Art Centre, so we grabbed some shots of the experiments and developments we had been working on for the previous few weeks, and I was teaching at the Unique Stitching retreat over in Canberra.

First up - Mairangi Bay Textiles and Mixed Media.
The class is aimed at any level of experience, enthusiasm and willingness to give funny things a go is all that is required! We aim to dip into different techniques and skills, building that all important repertoire of knowledge which will allow us to make fabulous, exciting textile projects. We make a concious effort not to work through 'projects' but to create samples which give ideas for the future. Of course, some do go on to become finished works including a piece by one student which I have promised to keep secret and not to show you yet as it is being held in purdah until shown at an exhibition later in the year.
Look out on the Mairangi Arts website for my classes starting again in Term 1 2015.
Look at everyone, concentrating hard! Probably a good thing as we were dry needle felting and using the embellishing machine on this day and we don't want any injuries caused by not looking where the needle is going!

Class at Mairangi Arts with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Class at Mairangi Arts with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Class at Mairangi Arts with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Class at Mairangi Arts with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

The first couple of weeks we created mixed media layers for backgrounds, using acrylic paints, resisting, stamping, printing, and glazing with inks and silk paints, before breaking up the areas to create bright collages.
After the printing, painting and glazing:

Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

And then beginning to work into the pieces, it is this stage when the transformation happens. Not all of these are complete yet, but you get the idea:

By Marie. Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

More by Marie, lots of leaves to add yet. Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

A piece underway from Marj. Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


By Mariel. Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Fine stitching characteristic of Elaine. Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Elaine again. Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

and again! Mixed Media Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

In week three we 'played with fire', painting, bonding and heat distressing tyvek, fibretex and lutradur:

Distress-able fabrics with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Distress-able fabrics with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Distress-able fabrics with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Distress-able fabrics with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


More burning in week four! (there is a reason the blog is called 'burnt offerings'):

Layered, branded, waiting for stitch. Hot Fabric textures with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Starting points. Hot Fabric textures with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Our last week was a break from burning, we introduced needle felting techniques:

Dry needle felting with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Dry needle felting with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Dry needle felting with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Dry needle felting with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


Then it was a quick flight across the Tasman to Canberra. Cecile from Unique Stitching had worked incredibly hard and organised a retreat with myself, Jane Davila ( I hope Jane will update her blog to show  images of the techniques she was covering) and Cecile herself. We each offered different classes over three days. Add to that enough food, refreshment and retail opportunity to keep everyone busy and happy.

Day One. 
'The crown jewels gone mad' - an angelina burning and melting fest!

The Crown Jewels Gone Mad with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

The Crown Jewels Gone Mad with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

The Crown Jewels Gone Mad with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

The Crown Jewels Gone Mad with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

The Crown Jewels Gone Mad with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

The Crown Jewels Gone Mad with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

The Crown Jewels Gone Mad with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Day 2
'Richly Stitched' - Sumptuous velvet and metal combinations using the sewing machine. The morning session was spent getting to grips with the materials and techniques.

Stitching, colouring and texturing in the morning. Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat
And the afternoon was a free time to build a panel with favourite techniques and colours:

Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Combining metals and Angelina. Richly Stitched with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Day 3.
'Elemental Layers'. Creating rusty, verdigris and oxidised surfaces over textured stitch, applied to fibre felt surfaces. Again the first part of the day was trialling techniques, then the second part was time to use these ideas in a panel. The images here are all from the morning, because this technique has to dry in between stages and the pieces created in the afternoon have to be left to oxidise so are not at a great stage for photos which do the pieces justice. I think you can see from the result of the trials in the morning that the pieces developing in the afternoon will be really exciting when finished.

Getting into mass production on the fibre papers! Elemental Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Lovely textures ready to stitch into. Elemental Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat


Textures and tarnish. Elemental Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Elemental Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Elemental Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Elemental Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat

Elemental Layers with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden at Unique Stitching Retreat 

All good things have to end, a fabulous sunset from the hotel window was a last treat before packing to fly back to Auckland where the cleaning, ironing and pot washing had been lovingly saved for me. Thanks kids!

Gorgeous sunset over the city.