Sunday, January 29, 2017

Summer school - Ballarat

It was lovely to spend time hanging out at home & in the studio after the whole Christmas period.
Taking a couple of days to notice the small things: pods, leaves, foliage.. and do a bit of printing.

This year I am determined to launch my online course modules, and began filming course material .. 
so stay tuned to the n e w website for details

This january I attended summer school.
Organised by fibrearts australia I took a 5 day work shop with British textile artist Dionne Swift, as I had previously done an online workshop and was keen to see how it all worked in real life! It was my first time being at such an event - but with a jam packed timetable and all meals sorted - I soon adapted.

It was super to meet lots of creative people and share in the activities like the 10 x 10, and 15 x 15, exhibitions - these were my contributions... (above)
Next it was looking for inspiration..

threading up the machine...

and beginning a stitching frenzy.. starting with this 5cm brooch piece...

it was a wonderful start to learn how to paint with thread

I was a little shocked to realise how quickly I adopted that timetable.. 
but once I realised how to create a few 'holes' I left the premises to discover: The Lake

which was timely as we needed to begin a larger piece on our last day

It certainly was a whirlwind stitching kind of frenzy 
the last night all classes compiled a show and tell.. 
here's some of my pieces, and the sketches that informed them

I hope your creative plans for 2017 are coming along nicely ....

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Back to the bush...

As we turn the new year's (page) to 2017 - it's nice to start with a local wander.
It occurred to me that I post a lot of close up pics - and that you might not be familiar
with where I walk. I was also reminded of how as a child if I was taken on a bush
walk my response was often "but it all looks the same!" How wrong I was!

I thought this snippet would show you how scrappy and not particularly special my
'neighbourhood' is, but doing this quick edit on my iphone of course I couldn't help see
the beauty was SO obvious..

Bit of a bush walk down the dam... from tara axford on Vimeo.

Then it was time to do a few close ups...

Really, this was an excuse to play... stay tuned as I've had the post it notes out
and have a plan... here's to a creative year...


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