Friday, 15 August 2014

ARTastic August Challenge - Use fabric

This month over at the ARTastic Challenge Blog we are being urged to use fabric on our work and we are being inspired by this wonderful piece of fabric art "Gypsy Caravan" by Kristen Doran.

Kristen produces unique screen printed textile designs on natural fabrics. With a background in fashion and graphics, Kristen has created a range of products and fabrics that are both bold and whimsical. The aim of Kristen Doran Design is to make sewing contemporary and fun.  All Kristen Doran Design fabrics are designed and screen printed in Sydney using environmentally friendly inks.

Recently I visited the National Gallery in Canberra and, while I was there, I bought several post cards of my favourite artists. I was determined to scrapbook the postcards rather than just let them sit around somewhere in a box. One of the cards was "Men's Wear" by John Brack. 
I thought the subject of this piece suited the "fabric" theme perfectly. I often use fabric flowers and ribbons on my layouts but this time I wanted to do something different. So, in keeping with the Brack's artwork, I did my design team layout in an ultra-masculine style. I kept to fairly clean lines and layered lots of mats under the picture.  I made the shirt by paper folding and the  tie with fabric. I used the embellishments  (stitching, tape measures, pins, threads and scissors) because that's the paraphernalia used in sewing.

I enjoyed combining the art and fabric themes. I hope you enjoyed looking and I urge you to join us over at ARTastic for this months challenge. Cheers :)


  1. I really like this one Wendy x

  2. I love the fact that you found a use for the postcard. I often do the same. Buy a postcard at a museum or art gallery and then much later find a purpose for them. The tones of this piece are perfectly matched, even the little scissors work in beautifully, Wendy. I love it. Well done.


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