Janet M. McDonald - Artist - New Zealand
Yay, I finally get to see online the piece I stitched that is travelling the world for two years. The exhibition "The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry" depicts those that left Scotland and migrated around the world. My father's Scottish family arrived in New Zealand in 1862.
Packing Tape Lower Foot Sculpture
- I had a great time making a sculpture of my friend’s foot using wide sticky tape.
1. Wrap the area you want to sculpt totally in tape with the sticky side facing upwards.
2. Then repeat covering the whole area, but with sticky side of tape facing down.
3. Cut open the side of the sculpture just enough to slide the foot out.
4. Join the cut edges back together and tape together.
5. Put some pieces of tape overlapping on the open top edge to reinforce opening.
- The more layers of tape you put the more stiff the sculpture will be.
- I only did two layers of tape and it has survived being tossed around the room etc and holding its shape.
- Do not wrap tape to tight or it can restrict blood flow to the body/appendage.
- Take care when cutting the tape not to cut the skin or clothing.
Hi Everyone, I am having a break from fabric and thread and getting out paints etc. This is my latest piece: My "Outlander" books tribute art. All mounted on a black canvas. Pages from one of the books. Hand painted by me and the thistle. The words are the first verse of their wedding vows. 20cm square. What do you think?
This Black and White ink drawing I have done similar to the Zentangle style. It is of a Russian Doll I designed. As you can see the basic drawing I started with, and then I did freehand the Zentangle fillings. Also I hand stitched and beaded the design onto a quilt top.
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I felt privileged to stitch part of one of the blocks for the "Scottish Diaspora Tapestry". My ancestors (McDonald) arrived from Scotland to New Zealand (via Nova Scotia) on the Ellen-Lewis ship in 1864 to the area of Waipu.
This block above and many more have been hand stitched by over 25 communities around the world, where Scottish settlers went to. The tapestries are now travelling Scotland and the world in an exhibition.
I just have to save my pennies now to buy the book that features them all. Also in the panel above in the lower left hand side you can see my initials JMD. I stitched the green tartan shawl.
You can learn more about the tapestries here: http://www.scottishdiasporatapestry.org/
Above is an Owl quilt I made for my Great Nephew Ezra. I needle-turned the edges of the applique and then top stitched it. I used orange fleece for the backing.
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In my individual JMD Designs Needlework, Applique and Quilting designs for sale, I have added more photos to some of the designs so you can see them close up. Also they are now all instant downloads when you buy. No waiting for me to email them. All products are exclusive to this website
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