Here is a sneak peak at the Artland RMIT exhibition which opens to the public this Sunday and goes for a month. As part of MoreArt, it celebrates Moreland’s unique urban character and gives artists and the community a chance to re-imagine the place they live in. Definitely a worthwhile stop and why not grab a coffee & cheeky hedgehog at Green's on Sydney Road while you're there ; )
Di Tre Colori (Of Three Colours) is the name of a current installation at the Carlton Museo Italiano created by Anna Onesti for the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification. The works consists of 150 beautiful paper lanterns as you can see in the photos above in the colours of the Italian flag. The paper has been dyed with natural pigments and painted using old Japanese techniques.
It is a coincidence that this exhibition currently showing just around the corner from me as I am actually working on my own lantern called 'Ocean's Dreaming' for the Brunswick Artland Exhibition taking place next month at RMIT in Brunswick. I have taken these photos around Wilson's Prom, one of my favourite camping and surfing spots nestled between the beautiful National Parks, rivers and the ocean. I have transferred my prints on to a shiffon and look forward to my project coming to life hopefully by the end of the week. I best get to it! Gee this month has flown by..
Wool and silk are great fibres to colour with natural dyes. They seem to attach to a wider variety of dye chemicals than cellulose fibres such as cotton.
The two types of plant dyes that we experimented with were Substantive and Adjective dyes. Substantive dyes, require no mordants like the eucalyptus leaves; and Adjective dyes require auxiliary substances to become attached to the fibre ie. the parsley needed copper sulphate to fix the colour.
The length of the boiling time depended on the plant matter; berries and flowers needed little time but the leaves, roots and bark required soaking and boiling overnight.
Cotton is less suitable for many natural dyes.
Hi Guys! I wanted to share with you some snaps from my latest project. The bicycle cufflink designs have been really popular so I have decided to introduce a hot new colour with summer fast approaching; hot pink linen/ cotton blend with a black bike print! I would love to hear what you think of them. It has been quite difficult to get a perfect finish using such a fine print, but I think I have almost nailed it ; )
Drawing inspiration from the natural and urban Australian landscape, Hannah Cross’ designs for label hannmaid for evelyn are carefully hand-crafted using the finest materials.
From fun, coloured cufflinks featuring a road bicycle embedded in silver, to leather necklaces reflecting the bold urban architecture and design of the city, Cross’ designs are fashion-forward and beautifully made.
Our pick? The classic and soft lamb leather ties.
“The hannmaid leather tie range has been designed to offer an innovative yet classic addition to your wardrobe,” Cross explains.
“The subtle burst of colour offers a streak of fun and reflects the kaleidoscope of bright colours that can be found amongst Melbourne’s inner city laneways.”
The price-points are fabulous too – the cufflink sets range from $45-$49.
I made these dresses for Premiere a fashion trade show at the Royal Exhibition with help from my team of wonderfully talented helpers: Brianna Read, Hannah Cross, Haruko Ogiso, Allyssa Callow and Toshi Takahashi. Thanks to Nick Visser as well for showing me how to use a lathe to make giant knitting needles.
My gratitude also to Juliet Wilson associate producer extraordinaire and fashion icon for the State of Design for her invitation to participate. The dresses were made in an open studio at the event, with quite a bit of preparation beforehand and were created entirely from paper. Allyssa my gorgeous niece is wearing a silk top with the embroidered skirt as the bodice is still a work in progress. Allyssa and Hannah modeled the dresses and the dresses were transformed by these beautiful women into living artworks.
They really took my breath away. Allyssa was cheered as she glided through the hall and a stylist happened to pass as Hannah was dressing and felt compelled to do hair and make-up. I feel extraordinarily blessed by the opportunity to create, the people who helped me and the encouraging feedback received. I made some industry contacts that I hope will lead to these dresses being shown in magazines and some translated into wearable fabric designs.