Friday, December 1, 2017

Christene B



Robin

Teresa


Annette

Lorraine

Maureen





Annette is showing us one of her pieces in progress
Teresa with some of her experimental samples


Robin is sharing some of her ideas











November 2017 – Our Own Choice




Filament has been working throughout 2017 to present another exhibition at St Vincent’s Art Corridor, even if the Blogger volunteer has been unable to keep you informed of our progress – a situation which I will remedy in 2018.

In fact our Exhibition is hanging at St Vincent’s as I update this Blogg and will remain until our “Take Down” date of 15th December 2017.

I urge you to visit the Exhibition – we have tried something new this year – we each work independently – a theme and technique of our choosing.

Annette, Lorraine, Robin, Maureen, Teresa and myself continued to meet throughout the year to share, discuss and support each other in preparing our work and the consensus was that working on our own themes and subject matter and in a technique we enjoyed was very successful and we will continue with this in 2018.

I have included a small taster of the work on Exhibition – don’t want to spoil the surprises.

And so you are invited to come and visit St Vincent’s Art Corridor and experience the Exhibition yourself.
Christene B

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

February 2016 – With a Little Help from our Friends 30 x 30 Exhibition


Filament is one of three Groups involved in the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc February Room Display.

There was no restriction on the theme but there is one unifying element the 30 x 30 size.

The Exhibition will be an eclectic mix of themes, designs and techniques both contemporary and traditional. The viewer will be transported from Antarctica through to bush walking in Australia. We will visit the Inner City of Sydney and we might even see some native Australian animals.

Please visit the Embroiderers' Guild NSW Inc during February to see the Room Display 
at 76 Queen Street Concord West 
Phone 9743 2501

or better still attend the Opening and Floor Talk at the Embroiderers' Guild NSW Inc
 
Sunday 7th February 2016 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Entry Fee of $20 will go towards the Building Fund

Afternoon tea will be provided and some Group members will be available to discuss their work and demonstrate techniques.
 

January 2016 – Pattern Play - Research


How lucky are we; Robin found an exhibition for us relating to our theme.

Patternation at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre Sutherland.

Annette, our train timetable specialist arranged for us to meet on a specific train in our usual carriage.

And so we enjoyed our visit to Hazelhurst Regional Gallery where the exhibition continued outside into the garden.


This proved to be valuable research into patterns as a number of artists using a variety of media were involved in the exhibition.

Teresa - our curator for 2016

January 2016 – Pattern Play


Teresa’s submission “Pattern Play” was voted in as our theme for 2016  St Vincents’ Exhibition.

Teresa has provided a definition:

“Pattern is an underlying structure that organizes surfaces or structures in a consistent, regular manner. Pattern can be described as a repeating unit of shape or form, but it can also be thought of as the "skeleton" that organizes the parts of a composition”

 

AND our first challenge is set: Pattern in Fashion

Brief

Design and create a piece of Textile Art based on the work of a Fashion Designer of the past or present who uses pattern in their designs. ‘Pattern’ may refer to regular geometric patterning or patterns based on nature …

Technique

Any textile/mixed media technique

Materials

Any materials – including paper/plastics combined with stitch/fabric, beading, fabric, plastics, felting etc. be aware of 8mm width limit due to glass at St Vincents’

Size/Shape

Dressmaker’s mannequin template was provided

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Robin Kaltenbach

Robin Kaltenbach

Robin Kaltenbach

Robin Kaltenbach

Teresa Valenti

Teresa Valenti

Teresa Valenti

Lorraine Falshaw

Lorraine Falshaw
MaureenThomas

Maureen Thomas

Annette Glare

Annette Glare
Christene B

Christene B


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Landscape Values Still as a Needle


November 2015 – Landscape Values Still as a Needle Exhibition


Annette, Lorraine, Robin, Maureen and Teresa arrived at St Vincent’s Art Corridor early to hang the exhibition.

This was the culmination of a very productive year of design, discovery, learning new skills, discussion, sharing, stitching and laughter.

I will let the photographs speak for themselves.

Better still come and visit St Vincent’s Art Corridor and experience the Exhibition yourself.

Monday, September 7, 2015

August 2015 Business Meeting


Today we shared our ideas, our inspiration and our progress to date.

Maureen is working on “Nightscape” “Dayscape” and “Waterscape”.
And of course Maureen’s birds, as always, feature in her work this time in the form of Australian wading birds based on “Wading Birds of Australia” by David Hollands Photographs by Clive Minton.
To quote Maureen “This book had a profound effect on me – the birds – they fly free”.

Lorraine likes grids and is focused on Aerial landscapes inspired by Nigel Peake. And what better way to work with a grid than canvas work. But Lorraine’s canvases are rich with paint, fabric and stitch.

Teresa is working on a series of small pieces based on areas around Jervis Bay on the South Coast; a Landscape of Memories. Teresa is experimenting with photos printed on silk organza and other sheer fabrics.

Robin’s landscape is inspired by childhood memories of living in the country. And she is exploring a variety of techniques including lino printing, knitting and layering fabric. Robin has an interest in trees and scenery especially as seen from a moving vehicle.

Annette is continuing with her circle series with one of her pieces but is also experimenting with layering hand dyed fabrics. But more than this Annette is working with strips of fabric and “playing and seeing where it goes”.

Christene has returned to felt as her medium and has stayed with her original inspiration of opposites in the landscape; arid and fertile.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 2015 – Business meeting

 
We had a brief business discussion.
And then we shared what we have learnt over the last month.

Annette enjoyed a felting workshop with Sachiko Kotara at Timeless Textiles Newcastle.

Maureen and Robin attended workshops at North Sydney Community Centre.

Maureen shared her experiences of Screen printing with Lynne Britten from Batik Oetoro. And Robin enjoyed a workshop “Lino printmaking with Mark Rowden”.

Both had very positive reports about their experiences in fact Robin has enrolled in the next printmaking workshop with Mark Rowden.

And of course Filament enjoyed a very successful weekend workshop.
Articulating Practice – teasing out creative possibilities a weekend workshop with Ruth Hadlow

Some comments:
 “Not starting with an expected outcome but letting the germ of inspiration and it's tangential exploration lead the way to wherever it may go was intriguing and the take home message for me. Pay close attention, analyse what is engaging me, be specific, not what I like but what interests me are only some of the points to consider and pursue.”  Annette

“Letting the imagination run free.”  Maureen

“I now write what I see draw what I see and photograph it and don’t worry what anyone else thinks – but I value feedback.”  Robin

“Ruth advises to work on what excites and interests you, without necessarily having an end point in mind. For me, it goes some way to explaining why I enjoy the thinking and planning phase of a project, but often find it difficult to follow things through to completion. She tells us to ask 'Is it still alive for me?' when deciding whether to continue with a theme or piece of work. One of the other significant points Ruth made was that the sampling we do when working on a project can be the work and that your practice is indivisible from your life.

Teresa







“Lino printmaking with Mark Rowden”.

Screen printing with Lynne Britten


Felting with Sachiko Kotara









Wednesday, June 24, 2015

May 2015 – Articulating Practice – teasing out creative possibilities a weekend workshop with Ruth Hadlow


Filament engaged Ruth Hadlow to run a weekend workshop for our meeting in May 2015; and an extremely successful weekend of “teasing out creative possibilities” it was.

Two non-Filament members joined us for the weekend and comments from all participants were very positive.

A typical quote from Annette:

“I didn’t take many pictures – was too absorbed in what we were doing”

More photos and quotes to follow after our June meeting.
                                                                                                                                 


Discussion and Sharing





A collection of items brought to class
All attention on the teacher
Ruth Hadlow is setting up the collection table






Monday, May 4, 2015

April 2015 – Filament Landscape Value Exhibition

We combine our business meeting with sharing.

Christene shared her recent experience at Liz Maidment’s workshop at Contextart 2015.

Annette has been testing her skills at crochet. Her goals; a crochet jacket and creating some space by using some of her stash of wool.

Teresa has experimented with a new product which gives some very interesting images printed on fabric.

We also discuss our inspiration and progress towards the Exhibition and generally share ideas.

Teresa and Annette share their experiments; printing images
and crochet and preparation for exhibition.


Christene shows her preparation for the exhibition.


Robins shows us some of her inspiration.