Monday, 1 May 2017

Fibre Arts Whangnui 2017

Encaustic Week with
Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

I have been very fortunate to have had first hand instruction about the fine art of encaustics from Patricia. She was passionate and more than willing to share all her knowledge with her students. There were eleven of us in her class for the week, producing a very wide variety of work, which encaustic accommodates ably. 

I have come home buzzing. isn't that easy to slip back into the making frenzy we were all in during the week. The people I have been working with for five days have been inspirational and a crucial part of this artistic process.
My wax is leaving brush marks, I can't find bitumen like we used on the course, I'm overthinking ideas and my ideas seem a bit lame.

I'll have a glass of wine and take a breath.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Sous Sous

My latest knitted treat is devine to wear. It's loose, soft and an excellent colour. Today the temperature dropped to 12 deg c this morning so it's on.
I have left details about the project on

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Easy Apron

 We have been asked to bring an apron to the Encaustic Art Week I'm attending. I don't remember ever owning an apron. But I'm guessing the art we'll be undertaking might be a bit mucky. Cafe workers have an array of cool aprons. So I've made one like their's.

No ties, buttons or fasteners. It just hangs. I've use a heavy cotton twill. I used this website as a place to start the apron Linen Apron. I bought 1.5 metres of Twill @115cm wide, but could have bought 1.2metres.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

10 x 10's

The annual Fibre Arts Week in Whanganui ask participants to donate pieces of art that measure 10cm x 10cm, to raise money for scholarships to Fibre arts. I am in favour of this and have made these to donate.
Last year I made these 10 x 10s.

These 3 are made from wire which I soldered together in grids. Within each grid I put different textures, but sticking to a tight colour palette. I've used, my printed fabric and paper, air dry clay pendants, rik rak, and wall paper.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Mini slippers

Olivia is turning two.When I made her mum some slippers, Olivia wore them. Now she can have her own. But I don't know how big a two year olds feet are. A quick Google search said they would be about 15 cm. So rather than risk disappointment, I have made two pairs.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Last holiday paintings

The holidays are almost done. Sad. This is as far as I have got with paintings. I always have grand plans of painting up a storm. Reality check.


Friday, 20 January 2017

Holiday painting

 Two very different styles from the same artist. That could mean a number of things. I'll take on the 'versatile' one.

"Michaelmas daisies"
"Stacks on the mill"

Friday, 13 January 2017

Woollen Sweater

It's a fairly dumb time to knit warm woollen sweaters. The temperature yesterday was 33 degrees. But on the other hand, I knit more carefully and thoughtfully as there is no rush to wear it.

I spent ages trying to find a pattern that had all the components I wanted in a jumper but couldn't. So I made this up from scratch. I had to knit the yolk three times as it didn't sit well. Other than that it went together ok. The wool is from Skeinz in Napier and online. It is gorgeous yarn, 70% kid mohair and 30% merino.
I wanted a dropped hem, loose cuffs and bottom edge, cables, wide neck and raglan sleeves. Now I'll have to wait for Winter before I can wear it.