Tuesday, March 23, 2010


While in Melbourne, Anita and I visited the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for a guided tour - so inspirational! At the time I didn't realise they had a piece in the Art Gallery Of South Australia for the 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art - we went to see this on the weekend:

If you're in Adelaide, you NEED to see this! It's spectacular ... Anita thought it looked like a Sopor Aeternus album cover :P

Actually, the whole exhibition is fantastic - it's on until 2 May, 2010.

More info: http://tapestry2008.blogspot.com/2010/03/victorian-tapestry-workshops-latest.html

Sampling ...

Last week I started my second assignment - Small Tapestry, Own Design. I have so many wonderful ideas floating around in my head, but lack the technical skill to execute them. So I had to come up with something a bit more basic!

Papa Ghede, the Vodou l'wa of cemeteries and Ancestors, has been asking me to do his portrait for some time now. So that's what I'm doing. I haven't worked out whether I need to weave on the side or not, so I'll figure this out in my sampler.

Part of the process, according to the textbook, is preparation. Preparation? That word is not part of my artistic vocabularly! When designing a needlepoint, I have the idea in my head, get a blank canvas, draw all over it, and stitch, making most of it up as I go along. Here, I have to sketch my design first, do samples, etc. So starting slowly and carefully, rather than jumping in with both feet - this will be good for me, especially since I'm struggling with the technique.

I haven't heard back from TAFE about my sampler ... hopefully if I'm on the wrong track they'll let me know before I've done too much of this assignment!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More Fart Than Art :P

Well ... yesterday I posted my first assignment to SW TAFE via registered mail.

This is what my sampler looked like before darning in the ends:

Much more artistic than the front:

I decided to do a small additional sampler, with the warp done properly - the consenses between Anita and Brett is that it looks like a small rug ... possibly for a doll's house:

My next assignment is a small tapestry of my own design - only problem is, I have lots of designs in my head, but a distinct lack of technical skill to execute them :P Ah well, I'm doing this course to learn, not to get the best grades in the class!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Gold Weavzzz

OK, so I have Pavement's 'Gold Soundz' in my head ... probably because I'm seeing them Sunday night - woo hooooo!! One of the only non-Goth bands I listen to :)

Last night I cut my dodgy sampler off the frame - thanks (especially Kaite!) for the feedback - yep, I did have trouble following textbook instructions, especially when warping instructions were different in every book I looked at, and internet information on tapestry weaving is hard to come by. Oh well, I'm learning so much along the way!

No photo at the moment, as I'm sitting here at my work computer, but I'm in the process of darning in the ends and sewing the slits. Because my tapestry is so chunky, I'm going to have to darn in ALL the ends, not just the ones on the edges. But since I don't have to send in my first assignment until next week, I'll have time to do another (tiny) sampler, just to show I have learnt from my mistakes ... and believe me, there were quite a few! :P