Better Late than Never

Way back in January I had the pleasure and privilege of attending one of master dyer, Aboubakar Fofana‘s, indigo workshops. The anticipation was high, I had been saving up for this experience for a while and I was not disappointed. In fact, it has just sparked my interest more in natural dyeing, the respect for the the process and the fabric and also the dye.

Aboubakar is a humble and gentle man, whose love of indigo was immense and also infectious. I feel honoured to have met him and learn from him. He is committed to preserving the nearly lost tradition of natural indigo and vegetable dyeing.

I stayed up late into the night stitching and binding. I experimented dyeing paper, wood and thread. And still there was more I wanted to do. I think I will start preparing now for next year.

 

AND you know what?  It gets even better!!

The indigo whetted my appetite and, due to a last minute cancellation, I was offered a spot in the Cochineal, Madder and Weld workshop.

I have never hidden my love of Reds, so this was something I was really excited about. Unlike the indigo workshop we didn’t complete any personal project but came home with an extensive knowledge, lots of colour samples, and a new love! Wow! Each new colour sample was my favourite and again can’t wait to do more.

 

I had so many photos, I didn’t know which ones to share with you. I’ve given you lots to look at.

Aboubakar is back in Australia, teaching more workshops starting on 22nd May at Jude Craigs studio in Upwey.

Indigo; walnut, catcheu and oak gall dyeing; yarn and fleece dyeing , sewing techniques .

For more details get in touch with his agent Johanna – johanna.macnaughtan@gmail.com

Open Studios 2015

Well, it has been a while.

So much to fill you in on.

Where to start? Where to start?

Last weekend I was involved in the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Weekend. This year I was part of the Leaf Studios Collective. The weather wasn’t great on the weekend but we were amazed by the amount of people visiting our studio. We met so many lovely people and received some really nice feedback about our artworks.

The group exhibition, On the brink – The tensity of change, is still open at Burrinja in Upwey until May 3.

My contribution, Shedding, continues my theme of pushing the tension between fine needlework and other delicate materials, in this instance, leaves.

 

Each leaf represents the continual cycle of change that we live in … monthly, seasonally, yearly. The tension of searing Summers, the apprehension of Autumnal windf, the contemplation of Winter and the anticipation of Spring. The very thread used to embellish and alter each leaf is created by varying tensions.

Each leaf will continue to change, to age, to shrivel and curl, emphasizing the fragility of each piece.

There are plenty of other incredible works represented by all the Open Studios artists. It really is worth your while visiting this exhibition. 

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Tiff xx

Stamping Workshop and Shopping Night

 

A couple of weeks ago I held a stamp-carving and printing workshop. It was attended by four gorgeous ladies and we all had a great time. I was so impressed by the diversity and beauty of everyones work.

I am hoping to run a few more in the new year and maybe even a more advanced class for those who have done the first one where we will use multiple colours.

Here are a couple of pics. I am always so disappointed with myself for not taking more photos.

I also want to invite you all to a VIP late night shopping night at Leaf Studios on December 12th, 6.00-9.00pm. Write it in your diaries, put a reminder on your phone, there will be food and refreshments and door prizes! Yay!

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Hope to see you then,

Tiff

The Art of Reading Tea Leaves

My exhibition is over now at Limerence. A lot of late nights and preparation went in to the exhibition but I am really proud of how it looked and so pleased with the responses, questions and encouraging comments I received. I thought I would show you a few more pics. The work requires a lot of patience. I love looking at the details and intricacy of things. The work reflects two things I love – drinking tea and crocheting. I have used the tea-stained paper of used tea bags, each one stained a unique pattern. Then I have carefully crocheted the paper reminiscent of a delicate lace doily. Each one is framed simply, between two sheets of glass to highlight the transparency and also to cast lacy shadows on the wall behind.2014-10-03 20.20.14 2014-10-03 20.19.28

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I haven’t forgotten you!

I really have been neglecting you lately.

It has been an amazing and busy heart and so much has been going on. Firstly, as a lot of you would know, I have opened a shop with some lovely friends, Leaf Studios. A gorgeous place in Kallista with my very own studio, it really is a dream come true.

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I was commissioned to create a cover for a front page supplement for The Australian Jewish News.

Rosh Hashanah cover

I did my first solo exhibition at Limerence in Belgrave. Still a couple of days left to have a look but you’d better be quick!!

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AND

I collaborated with a friend on a gorgeous range of resin jewellery, MOIETY

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WOW! What a year so far!! And there are still a couple of months left. Looking forward to a little rest time at the beach house over Christmas. Until then I will be working on lots of new stuff for the shop and markets.

 

Tiff x

PS.   I promise to keep you updated more regularly xx