Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Another Zigzag

A wonderful day today spent with my Zigzag group after a summer break of a couple of months. Our challenge for the summer was to produce a postcard sized piece of textile art based on either something we experienced or somewhere we visited over the summer. I decided to use my painting of grapes made in Tuscany as inspiration.

And as our our theme today was transfer dyes, I dyed some fabrics and stitched these to make my postcard which I'm not that happy with. Rushed it at the last minute unfortunately.

However the postcards from everyone else are fabulous and so varied in style and technique. This is Sandy's based on the tulip staircase at the Queen's house in Greenwich.


Lynne's is inspired by a statue by a French motorway.

Lynda went to Latvia.

Joan stayed at home but was inspired by an image in a book.

Bernice went on a course with Ruth Issett and made some printed and dyed fabrics which she used.

But she also went to Japan!

And Ann was inspired by French Sunflowers.

Joan also completed a stunning piece of work which she has been planning and working on for most of last year. She started with some extensive research on celtic designs, did lots of samples, tried different techniques and all her hard work has paid off with this beautiful piece of embroidery. The photograph does not do it justice.


The day was spent painting papers with transfer dyes and ironing them onto different fabrics . The collage below is just a small sample of the beautiful work done during the day.


I always enjoy working with this group... especially as we had cake today for Bernice's birthday!

19 comments:

  1. What a treat to work with so many talented people and to experiment together, all so inspiring.

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  2. What a well travelled lot you are. All the work looks stunning.
    Experimenting with transfer dyes looks like great fun.I think I will have to get myself some of those!.

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  3. my god you are all soooo talented - just loved, loved the sunflowers - brilliants pics!!

    xx

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  4. The collage looks wonderful. Beautiful colours.

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  5. I have so got to get myself to a textile group of some kind. Thanks for showing us the work Gina - it's all so inspiring. x

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  6. Wow! lovely work. That celtic one must have taken an AGE! it's beautiful. xx

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  7. You really are a talented group. Gosh.

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  8. Do you ever stop? What lovely work. I'm a greatfan of transfer paints..in fact I'm doing a Preston Emb Guild workshop with them in a week.I found some thick curtain lining that is made of cotton but must have some man made fire proof finish on it that takes them beautifully and almost looks like calico.

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  9. Everyone's work is so amazing! I am totally in awe of your skill! Lucy x

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  10. They are all beautiful, how do you stitch onto card? Does is not crease it?

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  11. An amazing array of talented folks work. Love it, I feel well travelled now.

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  12. Wow, these are all lovely and inspiring - and so different from each other! Thanks for sharing them :o)
    VCxx

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  13. Golly these are stunning. Great to see such a varied group of work x

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  14. My goodness those postcards are just stunning, such talent!
    Kimx

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  15. Aren't those transfer printed fabrics just gorgeous - so inspiring - and love the postcards too!

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  16. Wow, these are beautiful. Looks like you had a great time (and cake too :) ) I especially love the samples of the days work at the end, with the leaf silhouetes, very striking!

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  17. Finally got to make your chocolate chip cookies...yum.

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  18. finally tried your chocolate chip cookie recipe - they yum. Glad I only made 12...otherwise I would have eaten even more!

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  19. Such beautiful, beautiful art. A very talented bunch of ladies. Your blog is always full of eye candy (and candy for the tummy too with your yummy food!).

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