The Self Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In the Studio

I have been covering paint rags with
tradtional glue gesso

to use as pages 
in some new 
fabric books
I am planning

This is a small piece 
on wood
encaustic, xanthorrhoea resin, nacre, indigo

and this is the place on my floor
 where the pieces 
I think are finished 
live for a while 
until I am sure
a mix of cold and hot wax

Unfortunately they are too fat 
for cost effective overseas postage

But I might put them in the etsy shop
for Ozzie buyers
Or I may take them
travelling with me
only time will tell

x te

Monday, September 1, 2014

Workshops in Melbourne

Workshops at Open Drawer

1158 Toorak Road
Camberwell (Hartwell Village) 3124

Natural Dyeing


Date: Wednesday November 5th & Thursday November 6th

Time: 9.30 – 3.30pm

Cost: $295.00 

Spend 2 days learning to dye using plant material gathered from your home and local environment. Whether that is from the leftovers from last night’s dinner, leaves and flowers growing in your garden or those gathered from your street or local park, never purchase dye again. Create cloth and paper which is truly local and seasonal.

We will be using a bundling technique with boiling and steaming which prints the actual plants onto the fabric, giving excellent detail.
Expect to go home with many individual pieces of fabric to incorporate into your work.
You will also have the option of dyeing your thread/wool in the pots or in your bundles for great variegated thread or you can spend some time stitching into your cloth before dyeing for a wonderful integrated look.
There will also be the opportunity to lay some papers out for rusting and I will set up a small indigo pot to play with.
 More info here

Making Simple Paint and Tape Bound Book


Date: Friday November 7th

Time: 9.30-3.30pm

Cost: $165

Begin the day by learning to make two simple paints from milk, flour, sugar and natural pigments.Then use them to paint a large sheet of watercolour paper on one side. While this is drying make a small sample tape bound book in preparation for tearing your painting into smaller pieces to make a one of a kind artist’s book which you will work back into using encaustic techniques.
More info here

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Books I read in August

August Books
Chime: Franny Billingsley 
Another great YA novel from this author, I was so glad to find more from her as The Folk Keeper is a favourite of mine. Here again we have fairies or Folk but they are a part of the landscape and just want their stories to be told.
find it here

Raven Flight: Juliet Marillier
Book 2. I am  really enjoying this series. Love the interactions with the Folk.

Dancing on Knives: Kate Forsyth
A good yarn, with some Little Mermaid references, I enjoyed it but found it did not have the same resonance and depth as Bitter Greens or The Wild Girl. But still well worth the read.

Finding Serendipity: Angelica Banks ( Heather Rose and Danielle Wood)
A wonderful older children’s book about the magical nature of writing a novel in which you have to travel to the place in which that novel occurs. There were some truly delightful ideas here.
Heather Rose wrote one of my favourite books The River Wife here

The Winter Sea: Di Morrisey
Not a bad yarn, set on the coast south of Sydney, about leaving a marriage and finding yourself.

The Wish List: Jane Costello
Emma is about to turn 30 when she finds a wish list written at 15. I nice fun read.

Lighthouse Bay: Kimberley Freeman
Another novel set by the Australian Beach, this has a nice contrast between 1901 and 2011.

Non Fiction

Personal Geographies: Jill K Berry

How to make maps of any idea. I particularly liked the heart map of Islands.

I am currently in the midst of several non-fiction books that I will list as I finish them.

Disclaimer: Some of the links go to the Book Depository with whom I have an Affiliated Link  and so get 10% of the price you pay if you purchase through that link. Where the book is currently no longer  available there the links go to which is a favourite site that will show you where books are available and at what price. I do not get anything from here.

All the books I read this month were library books