I recently attended a workshop at Big Cat Textiles in Newburgh on natural dyeing with Michel Garcia. It was such an amazing experience, intense learning but very much worth it. I plan to mordant many metres of linen and cotton this weekend in preparation for dyeing over the coming weeks. Michel is a passionate tutor and very knowledgeable and I was lucky to be with a great group who were all very keen and eager to learn too. Here are some images of my dyed samples :
I'm delighted this piece of work has been chosen to be exhibited in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from the 3rd - 27th August with Cork Textiles Network. The theme of the exhibition is 'Play' and I have used noughts and crosses as my inspiration. The work is discharged linen and saffron dyed linen with rust which has been stitched pojagi style and waxed. This is the work before it has been buffed and a further coat of wax added.
I have just finished a 4 week course with Joanna Kidney at her Outpost Studios in Bray experimenting with encaustic wax. Lots more to learn and more experimenting with how to work it into my fabric pieces but it was very enjoyable. Joanna has great patience and was very informative and giving - definitely a worthwhile workshop. Here are some images :
and this one is avocado and saffron dyed linen with wax - pojagi style - probably my favourite:
Here are some new works as part of a series I am working on with Ceangailte. The first is rust dyed linen with print, stitch and encaustic followed by some textured acrylic paintings. More work is underway but its a slow process these days.
I am delighted that I, along with some of my Ceangailte Art Collective friends had some works accepted into the Drogheda Arts Centre 'Proclamation' Exhibition which opened last week and will be on display until 8 January. The main image 'Valour' was made specifically in response to the exhibition and they also accepted some other works which had recently been shown in the Sean Holywood Arts Centre.
I was at the launch of the new exhibition at R-Space in Lisburn showing the works of Helen McAllister. Helen has some amazing intricate and delicate embroidered works which she completed over many years and this exhibition is a must see. Here are some images from the event :