Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gorgeous winter wattle

I took my camera out on a walk this morning as I've been seeing these amazing winter wattles in flower everywhere and just had to capture some of the magic!

Isn't it just spectacular! It's the Acacia Podalyriifolia or the Queensland Silver Wattle: a perennial, fast-growing tree which is widely cultivated. It is an Australian native but is also naturalised in Malaysia, India, Africa and South America.

I hate cutting plants but I'm thinking of cutting some of this so I can get a good section to draw, incorporating all the parts that make up the plant - the buds, the flowers and the leaves - as I'm seeing a textile design developing here...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

An exhibition, some catalogues and a charming cottage by the park

Gee... my poor neglected garden blog... about two and half months since I've posted anything here so it's time for a bit of a catch up!

For most of the time I was busy working on pieces for an exhibition that ran from 4-8 June. 'Now in its fifth year, INTERWOVEN is a curated exhibition of textiles and fashion from fabric designers and textile artisans in NSW and VIC. It aims to increase industry recognition and understanding of how textile designers and designer-makers operate. As a highlight of the fashion and textile calendar, INTERWOVEN showcases the work of exhibitors ranging from emerging designers to more established designer-makers.'

The exhibition is run by the Design Institute of Australia and I was really happy to be involved. I met some lovely and talented people and also got the chance to work on textiles as art, something I've wanted to do for a while now, to complement my commercial textiles.

You can read all about it and see the images in these two posts over on my other blog - here and here.

Of course it relates to this blog in the sense that, as my other work is, it is inspired by and references nature. The wattle design in the centre was from a photograph taken in my front garden (and it also features on one of my eco-friendly greeting cards)... the golden yellow leaves are printed from cuttings taken from my mum's back garden and the printed circular motif is the 'flower of life' design that also features as fabric meterage / yardage, ready-made off-the-shelf homewares and my pure linen tea towels.

I've also been busy chipping away at plans for the business, it is an ongoing process trying to get it where I want and learning along the way. I'll be sharing some new products soon, so stay tuned but in the meantime here are two more exciting projects I've done recently...
- the first is a series of catalogues showcasing my products by design and colourway. Mostly shot in natural locations to convey the inspiration I drew from nature.
- the second is another photo shoot I did at a customers home, just the other day, in order to show how my products can look at home in a residential interior.

So I haven't been out and about with my camera other than related to the business projects but I've seen some gorgeous wattles in flower on my daily walk, plus a couple of other photo worthy things so I'll be doing that any day now and will back to share them shortly.