Saturday, 23 November 2013


The subject I have really struggled with this semester is Printmaking - I couldn't wrap my head around it at all and resorted to joining a print class in Castlemaine.  I tried youtube videos which helped a bit and by the last assignment I have made a slight improvement and I enjoyed the tasks.  We had to do an urban design on cardboard and cut it out.

Not a brilliant photo, but you can get the idea. Next we had to print it.

The cardboard inked.

This is one of the ones I didn't submit.  Next we had to do a textured print which for me required 2   plates.

This is covered with wire, the idea being to give a grid like  background.

The objects stuck on the plate were tiles, garlic top, squashed sardine tin and rope.

The end result is not brilliant but I enjoyed it.  The print teacher in Castlemaine was taught by Tim Jones who is a very highly regarded print maker and sculptor near here.  We went to his studio during the DMROS Open Studio weekend.His work is beautiful. DMROP stands for Daylesford and Macedon Ranges Open Studio group and there are some amazing artists involved. I have finally finished year 4 of course I am doing and I am looking forward to getting back to my tapestry as I have done nothing since finishing the large tapestry.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Body of Work

I had to produce a Body of Work for my course and as I have not done any tapestry since the  large tapestry for last year, I decided to play around with Shifu books as I already had one book completed which, I am pleased to say, was accepted in the Books...beyond words exhibition at Bairnsdale earlier this year.

So, here it is.

Shifu Books

Artist Statement
This body of work brings together two of my passions - books and all they entail, words, stories and paper; and weaving in the form of Shifu. I am influenced by the Roman rhetorician Quintillian, who taught that after we have chosen our words, we must weave them into a fabric until we have a fine and delicate texture.
Shifu is a traditional Japanese technique of turning paper into cloth which originated in the 16th c.  Legend has it that a spy had to cross enemy lines to deliver an important message and to avoid being caught he cut the message into strips, twisted it into fibres and wove it into cloth and clothing so he passed through unnoticed.  On arriving at his destination, the fabric was unravelled and the message delivered.  Realistically, rural peasants and farmers were the first to make cloth from paper and they often used old account books because the paper was strong and the characters on the page made interesting speckled patterns.
To make the Shifu, I use Nepalese paper called Lokta and the process is described on my previous blog and an earlier on called Shifu, Weaving Paper.   I like the idea that the text is present in the page but no longer decipherable.  Hopefully, it allows the reader to imagine their own story, cued by  the title.

I have made 4 books - In Conversation, Shifu, a short history, Sonnets, lines by E B Browning and Between the Lines. Three of the books measure 8 x 10 cm and one, the history is 10 cm square.

 In Conversation  was the one I submitted to the Books...beyond words; Revolution.  My revolution was that the words were in the page not on it

I used red and purple inks to denote the different speakers.

Shifu, a short history.  The cover of this is made from shifu and the small piece added with the eucalyptus flower was an experiment.

The writing is like weaving.

Sonnets; Lines from E B Browning.  I love her book called Sonnets from the Portuguese.

The binding is plaited Shifu.

The text makes interest patterns.

 And the last is  Between the lines because I wove plain pages and stitched them for you to write your own story.

Some of the stitching

I have amused myself imensely playing with these trifles.

Small things amuse ... me!!!!!!!!!!!!