Saturday, March 21, 2015

Medieval Project is Starting to Take Shape

I have arrived in France ( brrr it's too cold!) to find some of the  gorgeous pieces that have been made for the Medieval Project which will be shown at  Pour l'Amour du Fil in the end of April, where I shall also be teaching. I can't tell you how exciting it is to open each package and find what new heights of inventiveness the makers have climbed to ( I feel almost ashamed of my ordinary paltry efforts) . I just love how stitch and colour transforms these pieces and that somehow they become the makers own  with a distinct expressiveness that seems to radiate from each piece.

 This queen has been embroidered and embellished by Libby Williams- and she may indeed have been these colours at Chartres Cathedral because it is now known that the gothic statues that adorn the Royal Portal were once coloured from traces of colour that have been found.I just love the sparkle and richness created in the dress.

The medieval rabbit has been stitched and reverse appliqued and some humour added by Emanda Fretwell- the detail in this is gorgeous and it so has that feel of the medieval!

And finally a king joins the ladies made by Denise Fordyce- the embroidery on this is subtle but rich with a bit of sparkle, just the right sort of feel for a medieval king!

I hope I shall see more  queens and kings and bunnies and dragons arrive- for what will hopefully be like a rich medieval tapestry.I hope they will glow and warm and inspire! The ones I already have here certainly exude that kind of feeling. They will tour in Australia after Nantes and premiere at the Berry Patchwork Shop Retreat at the end of August 2015.

And on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 I will be teaching lino-cutting and printing at Au Fil d'Emma in Orleans. there are still some places available. I will teach you the techniques I use to create my  own linocuts and how I print with them, and after the  wonderful encounter with Indian woodblocks, I think I may have a few new ideas!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Indian Fun

First of all- update  on Pozible pledges being delivered in France, Europe and the USA: I bulk airshipped books to France for posting to various places from France- I shipped before I left only to be told by the shipper that the books are stuck in customs in Marseilles- this is not unusual but simply means more delay. I am really sorry about this, but they have to pass through customs, so it is an unavoidable necessity and one which is causing more delay. We hope to have them in France this week so we can start posting finally.

The last two weeks in India have simply flown by. So many impressions and lovely experiences, and some creativity thrown into boot at  Creative Arts Safaris creative Camp- which I will share at the end of this post. We saw lots of things , and though I wished I could bring a suitcase of treasure the reality is that my suitcase already was pretty full with books, teaching materials and exhibition pieces, so I have had to be restrained! I did buy some hand made paper from Kadamb hand made papers in Jaipur. The papers are made from cotton t-shirts/jersey knit which has been shredded. This makes lovely paper which  takes stitching as well as water colour and writing- heaven!

So some impressions; people and modes of transport:

The ubiquitous motor-bike, noisy, and apparently you can ride them any where a person can walk- oh a turban helps as do super cool sun glasses!

Elegance in a little back alley in Ajmer!

More elegance whilst churning butter in Fiona's backyard!

And then there is door is a favourite colour, and despite rubbish, electricity lines and grotty looking alleys doorways are objects of fascination.

Little shrines in every shop and on every corner- with the smell of incense wafting on the air

And bling- so much bling, that i was overwhelmed and forgot to photograph though I did buy some- peacocks. But the reds are just wonderful and this bling belonged to wedding saris.....Beaded embroidered, silk just over the top bling!

And last but not least. Whilst at the Creative camp I played around with the hand made paper and made a book of sorts. It still needs a cover, but Fiona had given us off cuts from The Stitching Project and the printed fabrics they make in the workshop. We also played around with some of the wood block stamps they have designed at the workshop.  I have both water coloured and stitched the paper and used some of the stitched  off cuts and  used woodblocks to print the paper.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Glimpses of India

Just a quick blog post- so much to see , so much to  absorb, just such a wonderful world of colour and textile!

We have just come back from Jaipur with Creative Arts Camp organised by Creative Arts Safaris, where I could have spent another week or more- we went to some towns nearby to do some  indigo dyeing and print with  mud blocks. The results you can see on Fiona Wright's washing line.

 Some wandering around the village of Amber, in the shadow of the Amber Fort on the way to visit the Anokhi Museum  where the Gujarat block printing is beautifully displayed and demonstrated. The photos are of various things we saw in Amber village.

 It was also Holi- a festival devoted to the overcoming of good over evil and the height of the  propentious period for weddings- so lots of coloured powder  ( which I avoided) lots of noise and lots of music and dance.
  The different modes of transport- elephant car and bike, missing is the camel, motor bile and tuktuk!

  A wedding horse around the corner from Fiona and Praveen's workshop ( the Stitching Project)- the saddle blanket is entirely beaded in sequins and beads.

And musicians playing music and one perhaps not listening so well, by the looks of his hands over his ears.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

About to Set Off

My goodness where has the last two months flown??? I haven't stopped, but little work has come our of my hands- the book and the parcelling and meeting Pozible pledges has taken quite some time.
If you are in Australia and you would like  the book you need to order it this morning because at an ungodly hour tomorrow  I fly to India to spend some time at a Indian Creative Camp- looking forward to it and playing with my woodblock and embroidery threads and maybe some other things!

There has been some really positive feedback about my book and about the fact that it is a good read, so it has been a really good experience so far!  In Australia it retails for $49.95 plus $15 postage- for  those outside Australia I will let you know postage rates once I get to Europe after the 19th of March. Email me if you would like to buy a copy!

I will be teaching quite a bit once I get to Europe.

The whole month of May I will be in Italy- I am available to teach if anyone in Italy is interested. But I am mainly going to research for the next book- anyone care to join me?
There is a hint of some of the things I will be exploring in the newest issue of Through Our Hands which is available free to read on-line

Meanwhile if anyone in Melbourne is interested in  sharing my studio at Appleton Street Studios Richmond please please email me- I am away a lot of the time so you would have to space to yourself a lot, but it would also help me with the rent and who knows might lead to collaboration?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Book is Now Available for Sale

We have been very busy parcelling up books- gift wrapping them and ensuring the rewards that were pledged for in our Pozible campaign have been met. It has been a big job but tomorrow the last of   books will be air shipped to France and then posted out to the recipients ( including the United Kingdom and th eUSA) from France so we hope the wait won't be too long.

 One of the rewards for the pledges has been a hand made book- and this has also taken time to make because hand made books take time in the making and the binding which is all done by hand.We had to make 10 books in all as 10 hand made books were pledged for. My daughter  hand sewed and bound the books and I made many of the  fabric and lutradur printed inserts as well as stitched and hand painted inserts. I can now show you some of what we made:

 The cover and  stitched  binding made by Celeste Galtry.

One of the pages from the book
with a hand painted and printed lutradur page.

Languedocian  landscape with a facing hand painted and printed lutradur page.

Olive tree variation with a cloth hand printed panel of grapevine and olive tree.

Cocteau's cat, a page in the book and a hand painted and printed lutradur page

And the view from Le Mont St Michel with a colour stitch study on khadi paper and insert in the hand made book.

However we can now promote the book as for sale.We have had really positive reviews on Facebook with people saying it is a beautiful book and enjoying the fact that we have been able to show how the inspiration and the stories behind the inspiration has lead to the work.

This is one review printed with permission from Jane Monk from Tasmanisa- and Jane does some inspiring work herself- take a look at her blog and website:
If you only buy one book this year, make it this one. If you love textiles, art, anything French. If you have had the pleasure of spending time in France, you will be whisked away with each page of this wonderful book. I can recall the smell of the autumn air while walking down parts of the Seine River on the outskirts of Paris, the magic of the Louvre, the cheese, the coffee, the busy sound of a city at midnight and the early sounds of provincial mornings. This book has brought back so many memories, wonderful sights, sounds, architecture, people and more. I know this may seem far fetched but this book is like a trip to France with textiles and art thrown in. Dijanne Cevaal ... I can't say enough about this most wonderful book you have created and brought to life with such wonderful insightfulness and tactility ... I can almost feel those fabrics and designs ... Thank you for such a beautiful creation, I will treasure this book. x

 The retail price for the book is $49.95 and postage in Australia is $15 p&p- however to elsewhere it is much more expensive ( thank you so much Australia Post) I will also be sea shipping books to France so that hopefully I will have them available for sale late May early June when I am still there.

At the end of next week I will be joining Creative Arts Safaris Indian Creative Camp, so those wishing to order the book please give me time to post them out to you if you are in Australia. Simply email me and I shall give you payment details.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Medieval Project

I have been so busy ( and it's still ongoing) with the book and our  meeting our Pozible commitments that the Medieval project went on the back burner for a little.
These are some of the lovely pieces I already have to hand- by Anne Sushames, Robina Summers, Lesley Goddard,  Susan Mathews, myself and one  whose envelope is in my studio  and as I am not in my studio I cannot tell you the name of the maker of the lovely yellow piece ( as there is no lable on the back)

So it is time to update what is happening with  the Medieval  Project- because  we need to start seeing finished pieces please.
Robina Summers' lovely "nature" ethereal piece

There has been a bit of a change in plan in that I am going to India at the end of February to finally attend one of Fiona Wright's Creative Camps in India. This has been on the wish list for awhile, as Fiona was always saying come to India , but whilst my youngest daughter was still at school I could not justify it, and now that I  don't actually have a home as such I thought why the heck not- as it is on the way to Europe where Iam teaching and exhibiting in late March. ( does anyone in Italy want me to come and teach in May?)

So this means I would rather not carry all the pieces with me as my route is not direct and ask that you send your pieces to France direct.As the pieces are not large I don't think postage will be too onerous. If you are in Europe then the postage will be cheaper for you anyway! They will need to be in France by 14 April and if you email me  and if that does not work then on I will give you the address to send them to. I would also like to know if you are sending a piece for exhibition because I have to work out the logistics of hanging the pieces as I am going to device a back cloth on which the pieces will be attached ( as soon as possible and approx size)- I hope there will be as many pieces as with the Sentinelle project.I hope that they will come from all over the world because I have sent and sold prints around the world.

 There is a participation fee and again if you email me I will give details of how that can be paid- but as I am asking you to send the pieces directly to France I have decided to reduce the fee to $20 rather than $25.The fee is to cover the expense of travel for the pieces and their travel case and administration and labelling etc and return to you the maker.Also all pieces entered will be exhibited. I was so delighted with the quality and charm of  the sentinelle pieces that i will not jury.

 I can tell you the first exhibition event will be Pour l'Amour du Fil in Nantes from 22-25 April- an event organised by Quilt Mania and which is growing every year. Then the pieces will return to Australia for their Australian launch at the Berry Retreat on 29-30 August 2015 and then  Expertise events will tour them around- we are just  discussing venues and timing at present- but I anticipate it will travel as widely as the Sentinelles have and hopefully more!

So please please please let me know whether you are sending a piece!

All pieces will need a label with contact details . A hanging sleeve is not needed but if you could perhaps attach velcro dots or  strip this would be very helpful.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Book Launch

Have been so flat out with posting all the books( Australia and New Zealand) and parcelling all the books for Europe completely forgot to mention  BOOK LAUNCH tomorrow evening from 5-8 pm at 53 Appleton Street Studios Richmond Victoria on the 10th of Februrary ( and also a quiet birthday
celebration!) So if you are Melbournian you are most welcome- but just  message me so I know!