A small exhibition

While up having coffee with a friend at Cleveland I took time to drop into the Redland's Council Gallery.   It had an exhibition that I had already seen but in a side room was a small display by an indigenous artist, Claudia Moodoonuthi.  

Her work was all based around her two dogs that she had got from the RSPCA  as rescue dogs, Ruby and Hunter and her culture.  The dogs looked a bit wild to me but she obviously loves them.  She has a very interesting web page that gives a lot more information about her.

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Camp dogs are often a subject for art but this is the first time I have seen them shown like this.

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The paintings have that simple presentation and she has added wooden cut outs of the dogs in each one.   You could really feel the personality of each dog.

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She is a very young artist, not long out of school, and it will be interesting to see how she develops.


The year has turned

The year has turned.  My early morning trips on the barge see both the sun

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and the moon in the sky. 

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When I head off for the early ferry I no longer need to take a flashlight with me to light my way.  We haven't had any really cold weather this year, although August winds are still to come.  I am not looking forward to summer, I much prefer the cool weather.

As a treat I took my grand daughters to the dollar shop to buy some 'dress-ups'.  Monique decided to be a pink super girl.  Those mesh gloves have "zapping" powers.  Choppy thought that might bring him some food. Wishfull thinking dog.

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Jasmine got a police hat and pink fluffy hand cuffs.

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When her father got home she slapped them on him saying, " now that  solves the tickling problem!"  He soon escaped and the tickling became worse.



The Xmas decorations are finished and off to the Guild to form part of their Xmas raffle.  That beading around the edge was fiddly but it finishes them off. ( I will attach them to the board with pins that are invisible not these.)  I used a left over piece of velvet made into a sleeve to go over a piece of cardboard to display them.  I stitched these using a perle 8 thread onto 32 count linen.  The cardboard that I mounted them on was cut to a 3" circle.   There are lots of other patterns you could use to make decorations, it is the assembly that takes a bit of effort.  I will put up a tutorial for that in the next couple of days.

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I have also finished the peace embroidery for July.  It is not what I would have thought I would have designed but I have to say that I am pleased with the result.  It isn't exactly the same as my drawing and I added a smattering of French knots.  The lettering looks a lot better in back stitch.  I thought it might have been the colour of the thread I was using that didn't look right but it was the stitch.

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So I am now onto Augusts offering and this has not started well.  I choose a piece of pink even weave linen I had in the draw but find I can not see it any time I try to stitch.  It just all goes invisible and merges.  I mentioned this to my eye specialist who immediately said I think you have Erlin Syndrome. Now I find that my grand daughter has the same problem.  It isn't an eye problem rather a problem with how the brain processes the information.  So although I love pink my eyes can't see it properly.  I have now opted for a white piece of linen and have it tacked out.

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Indian exhibition 3

These were yet again labelled "Dowry Bags."  This was yet again another type of design.  Moving from a heavily embroidered base up to an open Kantha type stitched top.

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The way that the cords had been wrapped was interesting.

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Buttons for decoration and the cord on this one is interesting.

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Besides the stitching, which is stunning, and the use of mirrors and the colours I was taken by the types of tassels used to decorate the edges. Mostly just strips of fabric tied together and maybe some shells added.

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And how the edging was put together.

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So much inspiration in such a small exhibition.






More of the Indian exhibition 2

In the exhibition were a whole collection of what were called "Dowry Bags", which made up the bulk of the display.  I take these to be the equivalent of our old "Glory Box"  which held stitching and items to start their newly married life.  A lot of work went into these bags and there were a variety of embroidery designs.

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These three were the same but different.  Same central medallion surrounded with lines of stitching.  I tried for close ups of the stitching but the camera on my phone just wasn't up to it.  These are as close as I could get and keep the resolution seeable.

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The mirror work is featured on each bag and each shape is treated slightly differently.  I was taken by how those mirrors on the corners of the bag were used as a feature.

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These are some of my attempts to get in close.

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Lots of button hole stitch and variations.  On a similar note you can see how to do some of this stitching on this blog.  Chitra has a number of tutorials on Kutchwork.