this moment 2
© Ruth de Vos 2016
87cm high by 88cm wide
Fabric paint, cotton fabric, cotton batting.
Screen-printed, machine-pieced, hand- and machine-quilted.
For local clients (Perth, Western Australia), I can include a frame (email me for details). The artwork comes with hook and loop tabs for mounting into a frame. Alternatively,the artwork also has a fabric sleeve stitched onto the back for hanging purposes, and can be hung without a frame using a gallery-style hanging system, or with two screws in the wall. More info including pictures here: http://ruthdevos.com/blog/how-to-hang-an-art-quilt/
We've been half a family this week. Three children are staying with friends and family in Albany, and Phil has been riding from Albany to Perth (via Walpole, Pemberton and Busselton) as part of a fundraiser. So it's just Jason, Marcus, Aaron and myself. I suppose this means that our pace of life has been slightly more normal, but it feels a little too quiet, and we can't wait for everyone to come back home. Aaron's idea of 'fun' doesn't always match up with mine, but we did enjoy a special day out earlier this week. How can you go wrong with lunch and books at Millpoint Book Caffe? From there we headed to Perth, as I wanted to check out a small business I'd discovered on Instagram. Which is actually the point of this post.
Beau Est Mein is a printmaking studio on William St in Perth. Downstairs is a lovely shop, which includes prints and reproductions by Magali Dincher. I've admired her work since I discovered it a couple of years ago, and was pleased to discover that this business is her brainchild! Upstairs is a print studio. A range of printmaking workshops are held here. Or if you are experienced in printmaking, you can make use of the studio facilities independently in Studio Access days. There are workshops for kids and for adults. Sounds like a fun day out with a friend (trumps pedicures and day spas any day in my book!)
People often ask if I'm planning on teaching another screen printing workshop. I would love to, once the kids are a bit older. Meanwhile, this is a great place at which to learn assorted printing skills.
Little Boy Pointing
© Ruth de Vos
These screen-prints are made by hand by me, inspired by the childhood journey of discovery that all little children are on.
The little boy is printed onto a background of watercolour paper and screen-printed vintage textbook pages.
Paper size: 21cm by 29.7cm (A4 size)
Available here (http://shop.ruthdevos.com/product/little-boy-pointing)
On another similar note, you can read more about how I organise my studio in this interview over at Heather Power’s blog.
I've been working on some small (40cm) childhood artworks again. This size fits so nicely in the frames I like to use. It's also a great size for tackling within a week, all being well. The current work-in-progress required some screen-printing. That screen has been sitting outside too long – I found a little friend on it part way through the printing process!
People often ask 'how do you find the time?' Or 'where do you get the energy?' To be perfectly honest, I have had to push myself a bit to start working on new art quilts. I didn't really feel like sewing – yes, that happens more often than you think:), and I don't have any deadlines to work towards. But working on my art is good for my head. Too much sitting around resting is not so good for my head :). It's OK, though – these are small pieces and I'm working on them at a slow pace. I promise!
These are such fun little pieces to make. I made this batch with botany in mind (in keeping with being feature artist at Aspects of Kings Park during the 2014 Kings Park Festival). Each artwork incorporates some of my hand-screen-printed fabric.
They are all around 19cm square and are available at Aspects of Kings Park for $60. They come unframed, but mounted on foam core board all ready to be inserted into a 25cm square IKEA RIBBA picture frame (check out some of the framed pieces in the shop when you visit to see what I mean). If your budget extends the far, I love how they look displayed as an array of four – a perfect feature for a gender-neutral nursery!