Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A surprise win


Last year I entered a few pieces into the Winmalee Artfest and it was a great success - sold all my pieces and got lots of positive feedback. This year I seemed to manage to line up all my exhibitions at once and didn't have anything spare to put in at Winmalee (I was literally taking artworks off my own walls to make sure I had enough works to include in the three exhibitions that were going on at once). So as a last second thing I put a series of 5 older pieces from my dye drawing range into the artfest - and might I add at a bargain price in the hope of offloading a few.

I went along to the opening, enjoyed the great food and entertainment that Winmalee is known for and then got a very pleasant surprise. One of my little pieces was chosen as the best in show mixed media artwork. It was quite an honour to be selected as there was a great range of work on display and it is always great to see my work appreciated.

This has prompted me to revisit the dye drawing artwork process and try to create some new works using this technique. I was originally drawn to this technique because it is very spontaneous and organic (a nice break from the tedious embroidery work my other pieces demand) and I love to watch the colour pulse from the dye granules as it flows over the paper. I hope a revisit to this process is fruitful .. could be the start of a whole new direction.

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