Thursday, 18 September 2014

My Quilt for "IT'S TIME FOR COLOUR" - CQA/ACC Invitational Travelling Exhibition

In my print series "Printing the Alphabet - Extraordinary 
Prints from Ordinary Objects" I am exploring prints, 
textures and colour using everyday objects. 

For this quilt I chose to print with an onion.

"It's Time For Colour" will travel to approximately 20
different venues across Canada and be displayed at 
Quilt Canada 2015 in Lethbridge Alberta. The 40 quilts 
will be auctioned off, with the proceed going to 
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

I printed with an onion - black pigment on white cotton.

Once the onion print was dry, I used
Colour Vie pigments to overpaint
with a rainbow of colours.

I enlarged the onion image, made a silk screen, and
used it to screen print the large onion image on top
using metallic copper pigment.

Finished quilt 12" x 16"

Close up of machine quilting.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - O

O is for ONION

Onions are great little print blocks. Like a lot of different veggies 
and fruits - see my blog entry "A" for Apple!

1. Cut an onion in half (Let the cut onion dry on a paper towel 
for a couple of minutes before you print with it).
2. Mix your pigments (I use my own Colour Vie pigments).
3. It is helpful to print on a slightly padded surface - a piece of 
polar fleece or even just a few layers of newspaper work well.
4. Make a stamp pad from a piece of foam ( or apply pigment
with a foam brush)
5. Print away and have fun!

I printed the onion with black pigment,
then overpainted with a rainbow of colours


Student work 

Student work. Yes, you can cut the onion the other way too!

Student work Also in the onion family - Garlic. Makes
a great pattern, but be prepared to get a bit peckish.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Extraordinary Prints from Ordinary Objects - N

N is for Netting

On my printing passage through the Alphabet I have got to the
letter N - for Netting!

There are so many different kinds of netting that you can repurpose:
onion bags, the protective netting you get on your duty free bottles, 
no-slip carpet underlay, the plastic netting on top of mandarin orange 
boxes - even lace (plastic or fabric) - the list goes on and on!
Here are a few examples of what you can do:

The fabric was painted using Colour Vie pigments
then stencilled with metallic Colour Vie pigment, using the plastic
netting from the top of a mandarin orange box.

Painted with Colour Vie pigments. Carpet underlay was placed
underneath the painted fabric. The excess pigment was
scraped off while still wet.
I put plastic netting under the fabric and scraped off the excess,
so that the netting appeared like a rubbing . After the pigment had
dried, I placed a different plastic netting on top of the fabric,
and painted through that netting using a brush.
Colour Vie pigments can be thinned! Just add a pinch of salt to your
Base/pigment/Resfix mixture and the thickener breaks down to
become liquid. Now you can use the pigment for spraying
(or dyeing). Here I sprayed through a plastic mesh.
A lace curtain was placed under the cotton fabric,
which was painted and then scraped while wet.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Cool July Workshops

Hot Summer Workshop News

I invite you to come to beautiful Haliburton, Ontario July 14 - 18 to spend 5 exciting 
days with me while learning to design, print and create your own Memory Quilts!

A memory quilt is a unique and beautiful way to commemorate a family event, 
history, trip, celebration, other occasion. You will explore three different techniques 
for reproducing your favourite photos onto fabric in an inspirational and 
encouraging environment. I will show you how to print photos from the computer 
as well as the hands-on gel medium method for generating photographic fabrics. 

For your truly unique Memory Quilt you will learn how to mix your personal 
colour palette using environmentally friendly Colour Vie fabric pigments, as well as 
make stencils, stamps and a variety of textures. The photos and the printed 
cloths produced in class will be used to design anything from a quilt top or 
cushion cover to wall pieces. Just imagine the opportunity for creating 
personal statements on fabrics that you can use in your Memory Quilts 
and other textile projects!
No machine sewing is necessary in this class. $322.53

Please register directly with the college: 
TFN: 1-866-353-6464 ext. 3

"Dancing Dreams", collage transfers with lace by Gunnel Hag

"Ryvita Dreams Pillow", transfers by Gunnel Hag

"My Great Aunt Johanna", photo print by Gunnel Hag
(She was a weaver in Norrkoping, Sweden, who
emigrated to America in the 1800's and, like so many
emigrants, was lost to her family at home after only
a few years).

"Family - Tribe", photo, paint and screen print
by Gunnel Hag

Student with photo print

The following Saturday (July 19) I will teach “Irresistible Resists” - a one day 
workshop, where you will create gorgeous fabrics with exquisite colour 
and complexity. using soya wax and fabric pigments. 
Also at Haliburton Summer School of the Arts. Truly irresistible! $102.25
Please register directly with the college: 
TFN: 1-866-353-6464 ext. 3

Soya Wax resist with Colour Vie pigments

Student overpainting the soy wax resist using Colour Vie pigments

Monday, 23 June 2014

Whirlwind 11

My quilt "Whirlwind 11" won 3rd prize for Original Design in a 
Nonrepresentational Wallquilt at the National Juried Show 2014 
at Quilt Canada. I am very excited. 
Just to get accepted into this show is a great honour!

"Whirlwind 11" is a whole cloth quilt 50" x 50".
I painted the cotton fabric with Colour Vie pigments in layers
 using yellow, green and blue. While the pigments were still wet
on the fabric, I manipulated them with various ordinary
implements. In this piece I used a potato masher, a spool
of thread and a pastry mixer. After it was dry and heat set,
I added on the border, which I had also painted, using
 a pastry mixer for patterning.

"Whirlwind 11" close up
:Whirlwind 11" was beautifully machine quilted by Tracey Lawko,
who also won a prize for her own piece in the National Juried Show

 at Quilt Canada 2014.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


It's been a wonderful Spring with great workshops in my studio.

I would like to share a few pictures from the workshops with you.
Irresistible Resist workshop.
Carrole used a fork and tjanting to apply the soy wax to the fabric

Irresistible Resist workshop.
Using sequin waste to stamp the soy wax - plus some nice splatters.
Painted with Colour Vie pigments

Photographic Images on Fabric workshop.
Gord printed his amazing photo collages on fabric.

The World of Indigo workshop with Pam Woodward.
Clamping before dipping in the indigo vat.

The World of Indigo workshop.
Pam helps to reveal a clamped indigo fabric.

Guerilla Screen Printing on Fabric.
Irene's magnificent moose print.

Guerilla Screen Printing workshop.
Maria's polar bear printed on Belgian linen.

Add and Subtract - Discharge Made Easy workshop.
Veronica stencilling using bleach discharge thickened with alginate.

Add and Subtract - Discharge Made Easy workshop.
Carrole's gorgeous pole wrap bleach discharge

Add and Subtract - Discharge Made Easy workshop.
Clamped and poled wrapped bleach discharged fabrics
blowing in the wind.