Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lord Howe Island Travel Diary - DONE!

Here are some photos of my completed travel diary that I wrote about in a previous post.  The diary is a memento of my recent week at Lord Howe Island, and contains my daily diary entries, likes and dislikes, bird and plant sightings, as well as gelli plate prints and photographs.

There's nothing 'scrapbook' pretty about my travel diaries, just a practical simple approach that reflects my no fuss approach to my art practice.

My journal started as a blank pre-made recycled book.

Every night I wrote in my journal, spacing the entries with
blank pages to fill with photos and other items afterwards.
I get my photos printed at Officeworks as 'collage' photos,
so that the photos are half the usual size.

I added information about birds that I saw on the island,
using snippets of flyers and brochures.

On the left, my artwork (a gelli plate print) ;
on the right a bought card
featuring the artwork of an island resident.
Other people's artwork provides another viewpoint
of the locations visited.

On the left, a photo collage of the boys BBQing,
and on the right, a gelli plate print on a used tea bag
overlaid on a photo of a sunset.  The tea bag
is only glued at the top, so can be lifted to reveal
the photo underneath.

My 'likes' and 'dislikes' page that I always
have in my travel diary, compiled during the trip.
I find this type of list is great a summary of the trip,
and there are always more 'likes' than 'dislikes'!

With some photos, I used the embellishing tools available
at the Officeworks photo kiosk to give different effects -
for example washouts, sepia, intensity.
This helps give more variety and fun to the images.

Pockets in my journals are handy to store bulky
items that I don't want to stick in.

A collage of photos and brochure information about
Heart Urchins, which I found on the beach.
Including both information and photos gives depth
to the recording of my experiences.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Eco-Dyeing on Paper at Bec's Mt Tamborine Studio

Here are some photos from my recent workshops at Bec Andersen's studio at Mt Tamborine.  We did eco-dyeing on paper - two brews - Iron and Cabbage.  The cabbage brew wasn't a particularly strong one so we didn't get much grey blue colours but we still had a great time and everyone gained the skills to do their own dyeing at home.

Thanks again to Bec for being her wonderful 'hostess' self on the day, making my job so much easier. The yummyshared lunch on the studio verandah is always a treat.

I'll back in November 2015 to hold more monoprinting workshops with my etching press 'Thumper' so send me a message via this post or via my email if you'd like to be contacted closer to the date with more information and to book in.

Bundles ready for the dye pot
The dye pots.  We also used Bec's UMI Cooker which
allowed bigger bundles.
"This eco-dyeing is good enough to eat!"
Thanks Bec!

A bundle in the making, featuring leaves,
onion skins and pomegranate.

Eco-dyed papers drying, beautiful colours!
View from the studio window,
featuring one of Bec's monoprints
from one of my previous workshops.