Boho Banjo

Welcome to my Blog

BOHO BANJO - art to wear

Original and unique womens clothing hand made by Pearl Red Moon - WEAR MY ART!

The Boho Banjo retail shop is situated in Murrurundi, New South Wales at 71 Mayne Street (New England Highway)

Shop hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays 10am - 4pm,



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Legless in Murrurundi

Less than a week to go before my exhibition "Wear my Art" opens at Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain, Sydney and I'm working hard to get everything prepared. Yesterday I picked up the large digital prints of my art work and spent this day mounting them for display in the gallery.

To give an impression of the scale they are printed at this is me standing next to the largest print - "Siamese Pussy Whiskers"....I am 1.6m tall and so is the print....


Pearl standing next to the image "Siamese Pussy Whiskers"

Unfortunately there is a lot of glare across the middle of the picture, that is sunlight, not the print.

I mounted all 9 of the images for the exhibition ready to take to the gallery this coming Sunday.

(the light is so weird in that photo I look legless and floating in a disembodied sort of way....!!!)





Friday, 18 July 2014

Spoonflower competition and voting

I get my textiles printed by an American company called Spoonflower. They run many competitions and promotions, some of which I've entered. The one I most recently entered was the annual fabric design competition "Fabric8", sponsored by textile company Robert Kaufman. There were well in excess of 600 entrants and I was unsuccessful with the design below to be selected as a finalist.



"Planets Swirl in the Solar Wind" textile design by Pearl Red Moon, 2014

In the last few weeks 100 semifinalists were selected then 8 finalists from that pool. Spoonflower has now opened the competition for the final round of voting for the winner.

Perhaps I'm biased (!) but I really loved the work of the Australian finalist, Ali Benyon from Melbourne. So I voted for her. All the entries were fabulous but her collection really stood out to me - and that was before I realised she was Australian.

This is the link to the voting page at Spoonflower

Spoonflower Fabric8 - vote for winner


Ali Benyon, textile designs for Robert Kaufman Fabric8 2014

Have a look and vote for your favourite design collection






Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Pussy Whiskers

Pussy Whiskers, digital image by Pearl Red Moon, 2014


Two weeks until the opening of my Sydney exhibition and I'm working hard on preparing digital images for reproduction at large scale on photographic paper. The art will be on the walls along with the clothes that have made from the textiles printed with my art.

This image is called Pussy Whiskers and will be 50cm x 160cm when reproduced.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Lucy tunic


Lucy at Dawn, digital image, Pearl Red Moon 2011
I created this image "Lucy at Dawn" in 2011 and have applied it in numerous ways in my art. The latest incarnation is as this textile "Lucy Illuminata". Printed on polyester knit the image is 150cm wide and the repeat 130cm.

The textile repeat "Lucy Illuminata", 150cm wide x 130cm long

This is the tunic top I designed for the textile. The green and orange print on the facings, sleeves and sides is cotton voile and another of my designs


Lucy tunic, front

back of Lucy tunic, which features the larger version of the image











Saturday, 12 July 2014

Exhibition previews


        
"Orange Shift" is another of the garments to show in my exhibition - "WEAR my ART" - opening July 28th, at Breathing Colours Gallery, 446 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney.

Cotton knit with appliques and hand stencilling. The mauve/orange cotton voile fabric used for the appliques, facing and hems is one of my original prints. The florescent pink patterns are hand printed by me.

Its a bit African inspired I think....




front of Orange shift


Friday, 11 July 2014

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

new designs in my prints

I've been working away steadily for the last few months making new clothing designs and getting fabric printed with my art. Heres some of my recent creations

Green Woman tunic with my painting shown behind it

Sashi tunic. The beautiful image of an Algerian woman is an archival photo, late C19

Sunspot Daisy, with my original artwork on the wall behind, acrylic painting/collage


There are another 12 designs I haven't "revealed" yet.

My plan has been to publish and sell the patterns as pdf. But its been about 30 years since I did my trade certificate in patternmaking and though I've continually kept designing and making since then I haven't done much size grading. I keep prevaricating because I feel so daunted to take on that technical task.

I hope something will push me to "bite the bullet' soon!

Any comments on my designs are very welcome!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Tessuti Competition

Today I sent off pictures of two garments I designed for a sewing competition. The fabric shop Tessuti sponsors an annual competition where you can make anything you choose, but everybody has to use the same fabric. The  fabric offered was a knit in either a black/white or beige/white stripe. I decided to go with the beige because it would be more challenging for me to work with.

The Tessuti fabric shop has outlets in Melbourne and Sydney, according to their website, but I have only ever made purchases from their online shop. They have a wonderful range of fabrics and the service is very prompt.

http://tessuti.blogspot.com.au/   go to the Jaywalk competition to see the entries

I really hate being photographed, so this is likely the only time you'll ever see me modelling my own designs in a picture! It was a condition of entry that the garment had to be photographed on a person.

Trinity tunic, showing fullness and cut

back of Veronica tunic, the cut is the same at the front, just a lower neckline

Trinity tunic

Veronica tunic, sleeveless but shown worn over a top