Saturday, 15 December 2012

Season's greetings.

The photo that Val seems not to have taken.......her lovely festive table centre!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Of course they are right - I should not have cut my piece up, but I didn't know what to do with it!  This is where GTA is such an excellent group; critical, constructive and sometimes we even take the advice.  I machined into my fingers three times making that piece of work which was extremely painful, not to say dangerous!  Now I am trying again but using my quilting Big Foot to keep my fingers away friom the needle so I hope I shall have a new piece for next month, and my reputation redeemed......


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

December meeting and Christmas lunch in Long Ashton

 Members helping Sue with ideas and suggestions
 Ira shows her new work-in-progress
 Kirsten has to make a decision
 Jenn needs  a hanging solution
 Everyone has an opinion about Sally's - she should never have cut it up!!

Afterwards we're all very ready for our lunch
 Unfortunately the cameraperson didn't remember to take photos until we'd almost finished the food
 which was all very delicious, especially the puddings.

 Everyone brought a card they'd made, which had to include a decoration to hang on a Christmas tree.
There were some very pretty designs, and one or two surprises.  We did a lucky dip to receive a card.


Thursday, 15 November 2012

This piece of work is is part of a series I have done based on vegetables.
The background is strips of fabric of various types, woven, machine stitched and dyed with onion skins.
The variation in colour is achieved by using different mordants on different fabrics.
The stylised onions are worked in a similar manner and applied.

The finished piece is a soft hanging and will be in the next GTA exhibition at Nature in Art.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

First TAGs Meeting

Some of our more longstanding members have now retired from exhibiting, but they remain connected to the group and are known as the TAGs.
First Meeting of TAGs 25th September 2012 (posted by Anne)
There were four people present at the meeting : Sue Haysom, Pam Jeans, Verna Crowhurst and Anne Coleman.
We met at the Grant Bradley Gallery for coffee, so were able to have a look at the GTA exhibition at the same time.  We decided it was well up to standard, and very enjoyable, in spite of the fact that we had moved on!
We discussed plans, but did not really agree on a format for future meetings, except that we would probably meet every two months.
We did plan a date for the next meeting however, and this will be open to all members of GTA, both past and present.
Lunch on Tuesday 27th November,
More Details of the venue in the GTA monthly newsletter.
We hope that as many as possible will be able to come.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Hello all,  just having a go after Janes lesson

Preview "Explorations", Grant Bradley Gallery

Exploring the Moors Debby Bird, batik on silk
Exploring the Coast Debby Bird, batik on silk

Excellent preview evening and lovely to share our wor with so many friends.

My two batiks left are shown as part of our "Explorations" show.

Explorations preview

Sian Martin and Jane O'Leary at the Preview of our exhibition at the Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol on Friday 7th September.  The exhibition continues until 29th September.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Welcome to the blog for Gordano Textile Artists. Here are some pictures from our June meeting.

Jane shows off her latest creation.

Finding that perfect background colour.

This photo shows the lines added to my work as a result of input from the group - thanks.
It is one of the end results of my explorations into colour mixes - when does blue become purple - when does purple become red?
This piece is now waiting to be hung in the Grant Bradley Gallery - opening next week.

Friday, 10 August 2012

More Pictures from the Play Day

 Above - Sally, Jane and Debby deep in thought.  Below Deryll and Anne working on their printing plates.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Play Day - Making Collagraphs

As promised, here are some photos from our play day on Saturday. Sally very kindly (and bravely) offered the use of her house, and five of us made collagraphs using a pasta machine as a press.  Debby offered guidance while we experimented.  We made plates from small pieces of mountboard or stiff card and created textured surfaces by gluing on scraps of fabric, leaves, stitching and embossed wallpaper, and also by cutting into the mountboard and peeling layers away.  Before using the plates, we sealed them using button polish or Mod Podge.

Anne, Deryll and Debby preparing printing plates.

It is possible to use the one plate to produce very different prints, either simply applying paint to the surface  or working it into the texture and wiping off the excess (intaglio). When printing on paper, it needs to be soaked first for intaglio prints so that it is pushed into the grooves, but with fabric, we tried wet and dry to see the different effects.

And here are some of the results, which may find their way into new pieces.


Saturday, 4 August 2012

Play Day

Today we have been playing with collographs - pictures to follow soon.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Today I have been following some of the suggestions made at last week's meeting.
I have had to cut a piece of fabric to the right size, rinse it and let it dry in the sun - a bonus today as the sun really did shine!

Tomorrow a bit of assembly work and adding threads - watch this space.