Wrybills

Been a while since I have posted, but I have been otherwise occupied with the gallery at Arts in Oxford. No painting, no prints, no solar dyes.   Well, actually, I have done some on the odd occasion, and I had to do some mono prints for the exhibition “From the Rivers to the Shore”…

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Paintmaking in the Gallery

As part of our group exhibition, Accumulative, I will be in the Arts in Oxford Gallery this Sunday 23 October from 10.30 am until 4 pm making paint from rock from the Canterbury area and further afield. Hope to see you there!

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Solar Dyes: From Purple and Red to Green

Spring brought the peonies, one of which had deep red petals which went into a dye pot with pieces of silk, wool and cotton. Painting of Aoraki – Mt Cook behind the flowers is by John Horton.  These peonies were a gift from Viv and Nancy! This is the amazing colour that appeared… My next test was…

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Carbon Footprint

  We’re all in the joke mood at the moment, that is if you are doing an assignment for Art of the MOOC.  It has been a real battle for me to think of a joke related to a social issue or a social movement.  My attempts just sounded so silly, but after going on…

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Walks in the Waitakere Ranges

Have just found this draft which was started late last year, so I thought I should finish it. In November I spent a week near the Waitakere Ranges just north of Auckland, and had the opportunity for some lovely bush walks. Paddocks and regenerating forest – Manuka a nursery species.  Ponga, tree ferns, Kauri alongside the…

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Canterbury Pigments

I’ve been working with my pigment rock collection lately.  Re-testing and recording to replace the work I did in Textbook 2 which was lost (i.e., stolen…).  The rocks and earths of the Canterbury Plains produce these colours that are presently on show in “View and Do” at the Arts in Oxford gallery.  All the artists taking part…

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Green dye from Black Turtle Bean

Following on from the previous post about black bean dye – The next day, bicarbonate of soda was added to the Black Turtle Bean solar dye.  Colour changed to green and this colour transferred to the un-mordanted silk and cotton scraps. This test needs to be redone; the bicarb was added to the original dye…

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Black Turtle Bean, dye

Saw Grackleandsun‘s blog on black bean dyeing, so I thought I would add this information on my recent test.  I used Black Turtle beans – not sure if these are the ones used in dyeing by Grackleandsun, but according to Wikipedia – “Black turtle bean is a small, shiny variety of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), especially popular in…

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Transported from old to new dye possibilities

It is now August, and I started this post in March…   Time passes.  It now feels like home.  Seeds of a new beginning – seed pods of Wharariki, the New Zealand mountain flax plant. Oxford in the early morning sunlight – Mt Oxford hills seen from the town. At the beginning of 2014, a…

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