Thursday, 5 March 2020

Friday the 13th is coming

Two more coats to be seen in "Thirty Coats"

The exhibition opening night is Friday 13th next week... perhaps I should offer as an inducement to attend a free roll of toilet paper and facemask to everyone who comes? In the last few days the run on toilet paper has made it a valuable commodity. I am honestly gobsmacked over this. Stupidity is apparently as contagious as diarrhoea. BTW, for those who were late to stockpile and might be anxious what to do should they be caught in an awkward situation - I read with amazement in the latest issue of Peppermint magazine that you can buy "reusable toilet paper", see page 131 to order.

Perhaps I should have had less indifference to superstition and not scheduled the opening for Friday 13th....?

front of Romance is Lace coat by Pearl Red Moon 2020

back of Romance is Lace coat by Pearl Red Moon 2020

detail of Romance is Lace coat by Pearl Red Moon 2020

The image of the Japanese woman on the back of the coat is from a vintage 19thC postcard. I altered and enlarged it in Photoshop and sell the printed cloth by the yard/metre in my Spoonflower shop...there is a link to the on the right sidebar ....Boho Banjo Cloth
front of Spirogyra coat by Pearl Red Moon 2020

back of Spirogyra coat by Pearl Red Moon 2020

detail of print on Spirogyra coat

Monday, 2 March 2020

Golden Bird winging it

front of Golden Bird coat by Pearl Moon 2020

back of Golden Bird coat by Pearl Moon 2020

detail of Golden Bird coat by Pearl Moon 2020
Above are pictures of Golden Bird, another coat to be seen in my Thirty Coats exhibition. The main fabrics used have been upcycled from 2 doona covers and a remnant piece of crimpilene fabric found at the Aberdeen community shop. The crimpilene is that beige piece with the spots and crosses. Those of us older than 60 would remember crimpilene. A horrible man made fibre that didn't breathe - it was like wearing a plastic bag - but had the upside of never needing to be ironed. I've only used small pieces on this coat so the wearer won't feel like they are going around wearing a mobile steam bath.

I was thrilled to receive these pictures a few days ago. In October last year I taught a class about stenciling and embellishing fabrics in the techniques I've developed. The fabulous jacket above was made by a student with the fabrics she made in class. The pattern is my "Zambeesi Jacket".

I'll be teaching this class again on the last weekend of my exhibition in Newcastle, in the workshop area of the Newcastle Art Space gallery, except this time students will make a skirt rather than a jacket. All the information is on this poster below.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Nirvana is blue polka dots

Though I'm reluctant to show any more of my art to wear on this blog into the future feels like throwing my house open and inviting the thieves in to help themselves...
I really love this coat that will be in my exhibition next month and wanted to share it with people who appreciate textile art.

"Nirvana is blue polka dots" coat by Pearl Red Moon 2020

Like all the coats in the exhibition this one is made entirely from thrifted and used fabrics. I only bought the fantastic blue polka dot cotton seersucker from the thrift shop at Aberdeen 3 days ago. It was a donated textile remnant, about 2.5m, costing $2. I had made the fairly intricate patchwork piece with the emerald/grey/red from polyester cotton sheets about a month ago. As sometimes happens I got stuck with where to go next and set it aside.

upper left front of "Nirvana is blue polka dots"

close up detail of large patchwork section on the lower back of the coat

back of "Nirvana is blue polka dots"

I hope some people will come to the official opening of "Thirty Coats" on Friday 13th March at Newcastle Art Space, 6 pm. I'm greatly honoured to have Anne Kempton, the owner of Timeless Textiles Gallery, give the opening speech.

There will be 28 more spectacular coats along with the 2 shown here today. Also, they are all amazingly affordable if you actually want to buy and wear one these pieces! Prices will be between a mere Aus$200 to $500! (though of course, if you wait a month, you'll probably be able to buy a crappy ChicV fake ripoff for US$48)

Be kind to Aspies, we struggle...
This morning I heard from somebody who recently purchased the Sencha Kimono PDF pattern and she wrote to me with some kind comments about her interest to read about my one sided debate where I refuted the contention that using "kimono" was an offensive appropriation. As all that happened about 6 months ago I was surprised to still feel so emotional that remembering made me cry. I am quite prepared to acknowledge that my position may have been wrong(?) - that is why I wanted to talk about it!!!! - but what really hurts is the way all the people who publicly called for making it an issue of action and recognition not only totally ignored my desire to discuss - I was actively censored and ejected from various FB groups, blogs and Instagram followings. Even called a troll and a racist. As an Aspergers person who has been regularly bullied in workplaces when I query stuff it just confirms that withdrawing to my default comfort zone of non-communication with NTs is the safest place to be. 
I remain baffled why questioning was such an outrage....

Friday, 7 February 2020

Thirty Coats exhibition

I regret having to deface my poster in this way, but if I don't every picture of my art I show here is an item the Chinese manufacturing ChicV feels entitled to steal.

My exhibition of art to wear opens next month in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. I'm heartbroken not to have been able to regularly blog and show pictures of the fantastic work I've been producing to exhibit in the last few months.

In my last blog post, on New Years eve 2020, I was sardonically wishing it would be "interesting times" (this sentiment comes from ancient chinese curse)....and sheeeesh, with the bushfires, drought and now a worldwide pandemic possibly looming I truly hope I had no influence with heaven.

As much as I've been infuriated by the Chinese manufacturing company which has been stealing and faking my artistic production (and defrauding 10s of 1000s of innocent customers to make their illegimate profit) I bear the Chinese people no ill will and I'm horrified at the situation they are in. Being exposed to the Coronavirus and millions of them quarantined in their homes and cities. It is dreadful and I dearly hope they, and all the rest of the world, can return safely to normal life soon.

I wish ChicV had acted honourably and negotiated for legal permission and a contract to make copies of my art to wear. They could have paid for that right and I could have ensured high production standards and it would have been a win/win for all.