The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year, New Beginnings

I am going to restart this poor sad neglected blog. 
All part of giving myself and my arts practice a kick in the pants
It's not that I haven't been doing anything
Just that I have been playing quietly by myself

I am back in the deep south of Western Australia
And it has taken quiet some time to get things back in order
and get things sorted 

But with a deep breath I think I am ready
to begin sharing again

people have been turning up in my art
and I have signed up for a good many workshops
this year to give myself more skills
and to learn more about areas that interest me

I will be participating in a year long course
called Pull Pen Paint here
This is working with Astrology and Tarot/Oracle Cards
plus writing and imagery

Over here I will be doing Sacred Landscape
with Ivy Newport

and here
I will be doing Soul dwellings 
with Kate Thompson

that would seem to be enough to 
keep me plenty busy
But I will also be mopping up a few unfinished workshops
started last year
Like Down Deep with Fonda Clarke Haight 

This is an image from that workshop
So a radical change of direction
image wise
But still focused on an 
all natural arts practice
and yes I am modifying all the 
lessons to my materials
the above image is mostly milk paints

Hopefully there will
be more posts and
more pictures

x te
P.s. I am also in the process of finding my 
Word for the Year
will let you know when I finalise it

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Reveal

 I am always amazed
at what a difference 
removing the blue tape makes
This time I remembered to take some pictures







the conundrum
now is
do I take these home
sell them off at a discount
or destroy them

decisions decisions

x te

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Using up Dye

I had some dye left over from a previous project
soaking in Meths (alcohol)
that I wanted to use up
before we leave
How the fabrics looked in the beginning
The white is cotton and the beige a linen
Both are a knitted fabric

Fresh out of the jars
cochineal, annato, lac and madder
So I put in the cloth and filled the jars up 
with hot tap water
and then left the out in the sun
for a couple of weeks

They are much paler after washing
possibly they would have been brighter if
I had left them longer

My plan is to use them on this skirt

much as I am using the indigo dyed fabric
on this skirt
the fabric is wearing thin so holes develop 
every time it is washed
The holes dictate 
where I patch this week
The original fabric is a knitted hemp

These will be part of my 
in the studio clothes
I already love the weight of my indigo skirt
it is a double layer 
and then the patches all that stitch
gives it a lovely weight
x te