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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, 27 August 2014

Green dress, red roses

A new image "Green dress, red roses"


Green dress, red roses; digital image by Pearl Red Moon, 2014


And the image below is the repeat to be printed on fabric. Very large at 160 wide x180m long.


Green dress, red roses; digital image by Pearl Red Moon, 2014.  Repeat on textile

I haven't posted much lately but various projects are still coming together. I'm looking forward to launching my range of womens clothing patterns and, as ever, I'd optimistically speculated a few months ago that I'd be able to do that by the end of last month....heh.

In a May post I talked about my uncertainty of taking on the task of grading the patterns into multiple sizes. Though I trained as a Patternmaker in the late 1980s and know the theory of grading I haven't done it enough to be confident of doing it well and properly. I let my indecision over this paralyse me for several weeks, then came to terms with it and sought out someone in the industry to contract to do it.

I'm waiting on getting back 4 designs and in the meantime are writing up the making instructions. I'd like to be able to say when the designs will be ready for marketing - but having already let my enthusiasm suggest wrongly! - I'll just settle for predicting "as long as a piece of string"

My patterns will be different from the old fashioned, established commercial companies (you know who they are!) I still remember my very first school sewing project back in 1972. I made a little sleeveless blouse with darts and facings, from cotton fabric with little pink flowers (ick! is everything designed ever since a reaction to that pink flowered fabric?!) What a shock to open up the Butterick pattern instructions and try to decipher the weird and arcane method of making up. We were actually taught how to do something called tailors tacks (don't ask!) Within a few weeks I was purposely sticking pins through my cheeks so I could get detention and be sent out of the "Home Economics" class, I kid you not....

My distaste and aggravation for the making up instructions of the commercial pattern companies has only intensified over the years. For the short period of time that I bought commercial patterns (until at age 23 I went to TAFE and became a trade certified Patternmaker and Sample Machinist in 1987) after opening the packet I would simply discard the instructions unread and figure out how to do it through my own system of logic.

I'll be applying that same system of logic developed over the last 40 years in the patterns I design. No ridiculous 5/8" seams! phooaar!!...as for tailors tacks, haha harreddy haha! Patterns will be really simple too, so far of the 15 patterns I've developed none of them has darts or zips, I even hate using interfacing!

Wait and see...coming soon!... when I get to the end of that piece of string...





Wednesday, 13 August 2014

more Lucy

"Lucy loves Paisley" digital image Pearl Red Moon, 2014


I've been using a face I call "Lucy" for about 5 years in my art. To date I've made about 15 different versions. Here is another digital interpretation that will be printed on fabric soon. The repeat will be very large, the image above being 142cm wide and 170cm long when printed.



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Wear my Art exhibition up and running...

Yesterday we were in Sydney setting up the show at the Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain. My amazing husband constructed a fabulous frame to enable the clothes to be hung in the middle of the room and walked around. The 9 large digital prints were displayed on the walls.

I was incredibly pleased and proud of the finished result and the display immediately drew attention from passersby. One lady who came in off the street had lived in the area for decades and hadn't ever been in or noticed the Gallery for the 5 years it has existed!

We only stayed around for about an hour after the installation was finished as we faced a 4 hour drive home. In that time more than a dozen visitors came in and were already making sales! ....perhaps I'll become an overnight sensation after 30 years making art and exhibiting!!!

Rodney took these great pictures....

Blue Tattoo dress and digital image on the wall behind

The front row of the gallery display

Showing the 3 rows of garments on display

view from the front window of the gallery

from the footpath outside Breathing Colours

second hanging row of the installation

just inside of Breathing Colours front door

Sashi tunic and digital image "Carbon Sisters" on the wall of the gallery

"Chrysalis Woman" painting on the gallery wall behind tunic featuring the same image

from left to right - Sashi tunic, digital image "Pussy Whiskers" on the gallery wall, Sunspot Daisy tunic, and part of the digital image "Blue Tattoo " on the wall

Pearl peeping out from behind Sweet Leah tunic

The exhibition is open normal working hours until 5pm on Sunday 3rd August 2014. The Gallery address is 442 Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney.

Rodney and I will be in the gallery on Saturday 2nd August between 2 - 5pm and would love to invite everyone for wine and finger food.

See you there!




Saturday, 26 July 2014

more art to wear

A day and half until setting up my exhibition in Sydney. We are all packed and ready to go tomorrow on the 4 hour drive.

Here's some more pictures of the art and dresses....



Sunspot Daisy tunic, 100% cotton knit and my artwork for the print on the wall behind

Blue Tattoo dress, 100% cotton sateen. On the wall behind is my shop logo "Boho Banjo" which also features the Blue Tattoo image

The Blue Tattoo, digital image, 120 x 81cm, on high gloss archival photo paper


On Monday 28th July Rodney and I will be at Breathing Colours Gallery setting up the exhibition and it will be open until the following Monday 4th August.

The gallery is open 7 days during normal working hours.

Please call in and see the show and let me know what you think!





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