Saturday, 19 October 2013

Hands Across the Border

During the week my mum and I visited the Hands Across The Border exhibition at The Island Arts Centre in Lisburn.
Here are some of the exhibits....

Valerie McKeown, Lets Celebrate.

Irene MacWilliam, Wonder of Nature

Cathy Little, Wild Daisies

Anne French, Flower for the Living

Sharon Mount

Sheila Cleary, Birds Fly

On the way out of the exhibition these fabulous paintings were hanging in the foyer..

Aren't these fantastic? They are part of a community arts project, and I just think they are so free, and so inspiring, especially the first one.

Very Inspiring!


Monday, 7 October 2013

Printing with Paula Rafferty.

Yesterday I spent a not so relaxing Sunday at a Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild workshop covering the basics of printing, taught by Paula Rafferty.
I had a ball. Who needs relaxation when you can...
Wear old clothes, get impossibly dirty nails, drink coffee, chat about sewing and people listen, and learn a few new things.
Here are some photographs I took yesterday. Unfortunately I wont be able to identify everyones work because there was so much going on and there were pieces everywhere.

This is mine, screen printing using oil pastel as a resist on the screen.

I printed this screen about 10 times onto one long continuous piece of white cotton.
These prints will be a great foundation for some machine stitching, and maybe some more printing or applique. I could also cut it up and re piece it.

Irene's piece.    

Martha screen printing.

Some of Paula's work. For the long piece she has used discharge paste over a thermofax screen.

Beautiful prints using transfer paints.

Irene MacWilliam's very simple but effective screen print using an oil pastel resist on the screen.

Two of Paula's home made stamps, using very fine wooden sticks, almost like match sticks.

This was my table with my papers prepared for transfer printing.
I used a feather stencil as a rubbing plate and rubbed over it with a back oil pastel. Then the transfer paint was painted over it in some cases, and over the background, leaving the feathers white, in some cases.
I loved the effect. I have used transfer paint a lot in the past but not with a resist on it.
Here are the prints on polycotton...

The one above is on Evalon.

Evalon again here .

This is definitely going to be the starting point for me in my next wall piece. 
I love these feathers!

Unfortunately I don't have a photo of Paula herself.
Here is a link to her blog.
Or google Paula Rafferty for images of her fashion and textile work.