Here is a shot of a corner of my office/studio, where my creations for Bush Christmas await a date with bubble wrap and tissue paper. It's been a frenzy of paint, thread, glue, paper, silk, bottle caps, grinder discs, embossing powder, sticks, wire, beads and more!
This little darling is constructed from silk paper that has been free machine embroidered, and adorned with a clasp created from an abandoned piece of 1980's jewelry (the 1980's are a treasure trove of funky stuff that was probably awful jewelry, but make great features and focal points!)
I think this might be my favourite piece..painted, stamped Khadi paper with a free machine stitched slip of a Fleur-de-Lis. The disc is a beer bottle cap, flattened out and taken to with metallic paint and embossing powders...(sorry about the cloudy patch on the photo - I had it all framed up, under glass - then tried to take the photo...always a challenge!)
Finally, the last stage of the 'work in progress' I started here a while back. The loose, lacy, net-like piece bonded nicely to a base of felt which had painted vliesofix applied, it received some more stitching to anchor it down, along with a tiny shimmer of metallic foil. The neat silk lining fabric has been languishing in a box for years - A cast off from my Grandmother, and just perfect for this belt!
The packing and paperwork are waiting...but before I go...if you're anywhere near Toowoomba, Queensland from the 20th to the 28th November, call in to the Masonic Centre in Neil Street and check out the amazing work on offer from creative types all over rural Queensland and New South Wales... I love being associated with Bush Christmas - it is such a rare and wonderful opportunity for the world to see what artists beyond the city limits are creating in sheds, spare rooms and sometimes even backyards! I am privileged to be in such illustrious company! The Bush Christmas website has all the details.