The Gift

The inspiration for my work came from my interest and research into Sydney’s historical locations. During my research I found a wonderful blog that shared before and now stories of notable places in our history. I found one location of particular interest, the Garden Palace in the Botanic Gardens. There was much fanfare, expense and labour involved in the building of this large structure in 1877, but all to be gone in one fire a few years later. The commemorative Palace Garden gate provides us some of the only evidence that the building ever existed. There is something I find particularly fascinating about being in a location that has a history that reveals itself through clues, if you take a closer look.

I visited the gardens, took a photo of the silhouette of the gate which I used for my artwork. I wanted to create extra dimension in the work. I did this by doing a photogram of floating flowers as my base, the strong silhouette layered on top, then beading detail on the gate. Found a vintage style frame to complete it, and project complete.

Pretty happy with how it all turned out!

Here it is 🙂

Garden Palace Gate

Garden Palace Gate



Project Complete!

Fabric Printing Supllies

Fabric Printing Supplies


Screenshot_2013-06-24-08-09-10-1_wmI had mentioned in previous posts I wanted to make a gift for Mothers Day, combining photography and textiles. I was happy with how things came together. I did manage to finish the gift on time, but been a bit too busy to share the results until now.

The Process

My project idea started with my learning about new fabric printing technology and experimenting with supplies. My first attempts with this process were hit and miss, but I stuck with it and once I got some good results I really enjoyed working with it.

The fabric printing process was quite straightforward, but to achieve a print with more depth I combined two processes. I started with a photogram and allowed it to dry. Then I applied more paint and used an inkfilm negative as an overlay print.  Details on the printing and processing as mentioned on previous post.




Expediture for items I didn’t yet have came up to $90, but  usage of those items was low, so I now have plenty of ink, film and fabric for future projects. (Paint brushes $4, cotton fabric $10, Fabric Ink painting kit $48, inkfilm transparency $10, Picture frame $18 = $90).I all ready had a camera, software and a home printer to take the photo, process the image and print the negative.

I’ll follow this post immediately with the big reveal of the gift and the inspiration behind it 🙂


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