Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
|Heirloom Hand-Made Papers|
Also, if you are looking for waste paper to re-cycle, a good source for raw materials are the offices of local law or architect businesses. Their shredded paper waste is usually made up of better quality papers and light card and they are usually o.k. with passing it on for paper-making purposes.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
|Measures approx. 30x37cm|
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
|The warp, showing a good dozen or so warp threads broken at the other end of the loom.|
|Pissing in the Wind|
|Chester...... With Spots|
Monday, September 19, 2011
My last post shows the sewing machine ready for action and the hand-made paper sheets drying on the cloths line outside, so best I up-date what they morphed into.
|"A Day Well Spent"|
As a child, comic books were very much frowned upon, so these pieces are part of a catch-up time for me as well as a salute to the often regarded "low-art" genre of the visual novel.
As an adult, street art is very much frowned upon, so I see this medium as a magnet for future comment......
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I have recently been making paper for a fibre based art-work that I have been putting together for the annual Franklin Arts Festival. I love making paper as it is a perfect balance for people like me who actually really enjoy instant gratification, but who choose to spend most of their creative time doing something as slow moving as tapestry weaving.
These sheets are going to be used in a multi-media piece, part of which is shown below.
|Paper sheets hanging out to dry|
|Sewing the paper and tapa cloth. Note the very clunky but gorgeous old machine being used to work on the piece.|
|Tea towel screen-print|
Sunday, August 7, 2011
|Weaving from 2002/2003 N.Z. Traveling Suitcase Exhibition|
20x20cm Hand-woven by Astrida Dahm
Saturday, July 9, 2011
|The final adjusted design ready for printing and tracing onto the working cartoon, which is then pinned up behind the warp as a guide for the weaving process.|
Sunday, July 3, 2011
|THE ORIGINAL PAINTING|
This is the original small oil painting which was used as the inspiration for the weaving shown below.
|CREATING THE DESIGN|
It was cropped to produce a width and height that I was happy with.
THE CARTOONThe image was then adjusted to create a weavable design. This is the most exciting and experimental phase in the design process for me. It is the time where the commitment to weaving time and detail is determined. How much do I want to deviate from the original painting? Do I want to pretty much retain the colour palette or do I want to change it completely? At this stage the warp count and all proposed materials need to taken into consideration as do the limitations of the actual loom it will be woven on.
THE COMPLETED WEAVING
This is the end result, and as you can see the weaving detail has been ever more simplified and altered as I have woven the piece. This is where the sub-conscious decision making processes of the artist-weaver takes control. It is where the auto-pilot kicks in and intuition takes over. You just go with where it takes you almost, and it is this some-what meditative state that becomes the tapestry weavers spell or magic that attracts different viewers to connect with each different weavers style of work, some more so than others.
Because I use my own images, during the weaving process there is often a certain amount of slimming down the details as can be seen in the finished weaving above “Beyond The Wall Of Melancholy”. If the tapestry were say 4 times larger than it is, obviously more fine detail could have been achieved also. As this weaving was a non-commissioned work that I was weaving to enter into an exhibition with a deadline to meet it was more a case of...Can I finish the tapestry weaving within the designated time frame I have allowed for.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The emphasis of this festival is to Interest, Educate and Inspire no matter what area of the fibre arts your particular interest is in.
The National Festival runs from 12pm Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th April 2012 and will be held at the Marlborough Convention Centre in Blenheim, with the Exhibition on display at the Millennium Public Art Gallery.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
|Time 4 Tea|
of view. It is all very well to show the woven end result, but some people don't understand that there is so much going on behind the piece.
These machine embroidered working drawings are part of the design process I have used for creating a future mini series of weavable designs. I have used tapa cloth, artist canvas, acrylic paint, cotton thread and my hand-made paper to produce fibre works that were fantastically playful to produce while at the same time are reasonably resolved fibre artworks in their own right.
|Male on Friday?|
|Me standing next to the machine embroidered works, showing the proposed cartoons I will be weaving from them on the right hand side.|
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
|Taking it all in my stride.....NOT!!!|
Friday putting up the tapestry weavings.
It is actually quite nerve wracking posting up the pics of the exhibition when you are not sure who is out there keeping an eye on what you've been up to.
|You really do have to be brave to do this kinda stuff, Ta da... it's me.... and this is what I do. I don't know that I will ever have a solo show again as I am hopeless at promoting myself and always fail in this area of my professional responsibilities.|
|I put this in the exhibition because unless you have visited my studio and seen this piece on the wall, you probably won't have seen it. It was woven during the anti-G.E rallies down Queen Street, Auckland in 2000.|
|Woven shaped Tapestry panels, sewn on canvas and laced onto pohutukawa branch.|
This sculpture is an idea that has evolved into the designing of a piece I am working on to submit for the NZ Professional Weavers exhibition next year.
|Waiuku Spinners and Weavers|
I was less than enthusiastic during the build-up to this show for strange and varied reasons, but of course the whole point of exhibitions is to see your work through the eyes of others to help you move forward with your work, to identify any weaknesses, to ponder on what was perfect and what could have been improved upon. And exhibiting is the final stage, a reflection as a grouping of work that allows you to move forward from that defining point. It is a place to share with others where you are at with your work so that they have a comparison point from which they can mark future work you create.
|Max at the opening, appreciating the fact that his Granky Steph appears to be as much into titties as he is.|
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Exhibition of Drawings, Sculpture, Hand-Woven and Embroidered Works. Franklin Community Gallery - Next door to the Library and Steel Gallery, Pukekohe.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
|On The Edge 48x38cm|
The need for me to experiment further with machine and hand embroidery has now arisen again because of illness. As my hands have limited movement at the moment I am being very selective about how I spend my time on the loom, and machine embroidery gives me the opportunity to make pictorial works off-loom.
I have an exhibition of these new works as well as a retrospective selection of older drawings and tapestry weavings that will be on show at the Franklin Steel Gallery, in the small Community Gallery space. You are invited to join me for morning tea on Saturday 11th June, 10.30am, where I will be discussing the work on display, share where I glean my inspiration for my art, and talk about the technical side of producing my images.
|Five small framed works measure approx. 6x6cm|
Sunday, April 17, 2011
If this is the first time you have visited my blog, welcome. For the best overview on what I have been recording of my work I suggest going to the Blog Archive shown here on the right. Click on one of the years to get a good overview of what I have been sharing.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Go to www.creativefibre.org.nz for more details about the festival or to join a Creative Fibre group near you.
Friday, February 25, 2011
This tapestry and the one below are the 2 entries I submitted to the 2010 Suitcase Exhibition. This and the one below are the finished works that I wove in response to the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen.
Temperature Rising is a comment on our desire for consuming goods and how our desires have a suspected influence on global warming.
The two tapestries were woven side by side. Numbered 1-3 above and below, you can follow the works progression and clearly see the cartoon behind the weaving indicating the design lines which need to be followed. With these smaller pieces I usually avoid marking the actual warp threads as the cartoon is small enough to flip up and down into view to use as an adequate enough guide.