Posts Tagged ‘textiles’
It was with great delight that the Dames accepted another gracious invitation to afternoon tea with the fabulous artist Trish Little! You might remember from our last visit to Trish’s studio, my gushing about her beautiful decoration of her home with lovingly restored furniture, quirky and artistic objects, especially the various hand hooked rag rugs scattered about the house. And so our merry party did herald a special occasion: the unveiling of a custom-made hand-hooked rag rug especially for MOI!
It was love at first sight, and the love only burned brighter as Trish described the various recycled “rags” that had gone into its creation, a treasured length of fabric that was meant to be made into a skirt (or was it a jacket?), a print designed by an Aboriginal artist with a decidedly “Ken Done” colour scheme, and the green accent fabric meticulously dyed by hand to just the right colour to finish the zig-zag border of the rug. The artist masterfully wrestled with this 1.3 x 1.9m beauty, hooking lengths of fabric through a hessian base in arduous 85+ hour long process. Delicious texture underfoot, and jewelled colours glinting in a gorgeous harlequin pattern, this truly is a “magic carpet” which i will treasure forever…
…and as suspected, it looks completely wonderful against my 70′s “violent orange” loungeroom floor!
As if our delicious afternoon tea and the unveiling of the magic carpet was not enough, Trish very generously gifted to us some more of her vintage textile treasures. Dear readers, it is a great surprise we did not hyperventilate with all the gasping we did as Trish unveiled (with great bombast) one deeply fabulous garment after another. Stay tuned for a studio tour of Trish’s artistic abode and a photo story of the gorgeous garments!
If you would love a hand-hooked rug of your very own, Trish has several stowed away carefully, waiting for a loving home to go to. Email us if you would like us to put you in touch with the artist!
How spoiled are we?! Homemade brownies and fresh mulberries from the garden for tea… Is it just me or are we suddenly characters in an Enid Blyton book?
The Dames’ first forray into the wonderful world of retail was a roaring success! We jumped at the chance to be part of this temporary pop-up shop, Art2Go, when invited by co-ordinator Tina Bryce from Mallee Girl. The shop made itself at home on Hannan St, and though open only for 13 days during the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Raceround, the shop averaged over 100 visitors a day and made over $10,000 in takings overall!! An amazing effort by all the talented artists involved and especially by the vibrant miss Tina, such an exuberant and positive lady with the most infectious giggle!
As our first real test of the market, we were thrilled that our fashion accessories were received so well, with Carly’s stunning aprons completely selling out. Also popular were the unique and modern designed fashion headpieces and blossom pins, snapped up by lovely ladies wanting something a little bit different to add to their raceday outfits. And of course, what better reason for the Dames to get all gussied up than the Spring Racing Carnival!?
Carly’s deeply fabulous frou-frou aprons were a hit and completely sold out!
More hot sellers: divine headpieces by Paula (Modeled here by fabulous dame and hairdressing doyenne, Vikki Brown!) and beautiful blossom pins by Carly, made with silk, organza, satin, tulle and swarovski crystals
The beautiful chaos of creation! Designing custom headpiece “Sunshine Pine”.
Left; Paula does her little turn on the catwalk- competing in Fashions on the Field on Ladies Day! Right; posing for a pic at the crooked blue house- block felted skull cap by Studio Olive, Dress by Chitra’s Closet and shoes from Indulge Clothing.
Here we are indulging in a hard-earned pink champagne at Kalgoorlie Cup during the Raceround. How CUTE does Carly look in her nautical-inspired ensemble!? Paula wearing pillbox hat by Bird Millinery, and blue Silk Rose pin by Studio Olive. Carly wearing “Riviera Girl” straw hat by Gwendoline Grace & Gatsby.
As the two crafty dames are soon to pop over to Tasmania and Melbourne for extended adventures in retail, craft and cuisine (with obliging fiance and sister in tow), I wanted to get together a gaggle of our most fabulous arty friends for a leisurely Saturday luncheon. Imagine my delight, the planets seemed to align and all 7 of us were able to attend! Tina, Trish, Alison, Debbie and Ellenmary joined Carly and I for a lovely afternoon filled with giggles and gossip, fueled with champagne and yummy food.
We chatted about all the usual things, the roaring success of the Food for Thought exhibition, and planning lots of other fun events like establishing a “crafternoon” or studio circle, and working on a pop-up shop concept for Kalgoorlie. (Watch this space)! On hearing about the two crafty dames, the eyes of our party collectively lit up and offered us lots of encouragement to create beauteous retro themed garments and accessories, including a few pre-orders! Prolific artist and all-round fabulous dame Trish Little was particularly incensed and said she had just the thing for us– a swag of fabrics she had been hanging on to and had never quite got round to turning into something new… Who could resist?!
The swatch on the right is actually from a beautifully cut dress waifish Trish wore in the 70′s. With a sharply tapered waist and box pleated a-line skirt, it would be a shame to cut up this beauty… Carly insists it wouldnt fit her but I am not so sure!
We joined Trish for a cup of tea this afternoon and she gave us the grand tour of her lovely 1950s style home and wonderful light-filled studio. A feast for the eyes, with lovely details everywhere you look; artworks collected from friends and her travels, and of course her own artwork, ranging from mixed media framed pieces to gorgeously vibrant and vibrantly gorgeous hand woven floor rugs (I want one – it would go perfectly with the violent orange carpet in my living room). Trish admitted that all of the furniture in the house was bought second hand and lovingly restored – partly from determined thriftiness while simultaneously raising a young family and studying – and partly from not finding any new furniture she liked at reasonable prices. I was particularly taken with the dining table chairs that were repainted fire engine red and re-upholstered (by trish) in a gorgeous brightly patterned fabric. Suddenly my good ol’ Herman chairs from IKEA lost their appeal when compared with these revitalised beauties. (I can feel a home decor project coming on…)
It was a real treat to be invited into Trish’s studio, where she proceeded a show-and-tell of her latest artworks, and the fabrics she was not yet ready to part with! Finally she unveiled the swag of retro florals she had been carefully squirreling away…. some she had regifted from other friends, others were garments from another time, some were suprising finds from poky fabric shops estate sales. All of them fabulous! Thank you Trish, we look forward to revamping our regifted retro fabrics into new creations! x
When invited to be part of the Food For Thought exhibition I just knew I wanted to do something along the Marie Antoinette “Let them Eat Cake” theme. (Although apparently the Dauphine never did utter those words and was just a victim of bad publicity/resistance propaganda). At first I wanted to make a Dolly Varden style cake, but lacking time (and skills!) I decided to make an elaborate necklace themed around the lavish fashions of Versailles.