Friday, August 5, 2016

The magical world of plants

It's been a while... I have found myself amassing pots and leaves.. inspired by attended Cath's workshop recently... here is a snap shot of what happened


Eco dye workshop with Cath Derksema of Prints Charming Fabrics from tara axford on Vimeo.

It was super to take home sample snippets...




The darker colours eucalyptus, followed by rust water...


The pinks - crushed up cochineal bugs, the mustard colour is tumeric powder

work in progress...


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Eco dyeing workshop

Various things happened in May, lots of them involved plants.
One of my highlights was attending a 2 day ecodyeing workshop with Australian textile artist Gina Mastio. Held in the Royal Botanical Gardens, it was a wonderful experience watching the mostly foraged plant matter being transformed into colourful jars in the Autumn sunlight. The workshop looked at submersion dyes and ecoprinting with plants, here's a peak:


Gina Mastio - ecodyeing. By Tara Axford from tara axford on Vimeo.

For more info visit Gina Mastio.com

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Don't ask me why...

So there I was Day one of my holiday, 2 days after we turned the studio into a 'night club' to host an 18th birthday party for our twins and 80 'close' friends. I was kneading away at the fimo, maybe as some kind of therapy, who knows? I have to say some of it is pretty hard to soften up - there must be a hack for that.. Anyway.. then I took my little creations out to play.. here's how that went...
at the beach...











I'm not sure if it was successful - it was challenging to find the right spots, but also the light was so bright, I couldn't actually see what I was shooting really...
I was also keen on experimenting with the idea of 'if rust had foliage'..
 Cockatoo Island was perfect for that...






Thanks for dropping by... back to what i was doing before that... 























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