Sunday, July 12, 2015


I'm still here, tho' have been AWOL for a while.  Other than a little time on the sick list  I've been in full art-making mode.  Sometimes it's hard to drag myself away from the studio.

This might look like some grungy little bundle of rubbish....

....but, in fact, it is assorted rusty bits, wrapped in a cloth soaked in vinegar and water and put into a plastic bag for a few days.

When opened, I could hardly wait to unroll it.

How exciting...if a little out of focus.

The results were just what I wanted.

LOVE those imprints of keys, spanners etc.

Perfect for this project, an 'art apron' 

Sorry the image is a little blurred.  It's the best I could get from Facebook. 
Here is some more info:
"Fundraiser for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter  Saturday 15 August 2015      Hornsby Lions Club is a major supporter of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter for women who are the victims of domestic violence and homelessness. Our next major fundraiser for this purpose is a Gala Event at Hornsby RSL Club on the date shown above. Entry fee will be $65 per person providing an excellent meal, great entertainment by the Street Party band, dancing and singing along to the tunes of the 50s,60s,70s and 80s and the opportunity to participate in raffles, auctions and games the proceeds all going to the Shelter.
Tickets are available by phoning Ted Henebery on 99403889 or online through Tell your friends, family, workmates about it and organise a table. It will be a great night's entertainment.
If you have some items which you can donate as prizes or auction items or simply would like to help with the Gala Event in any way please give John Lockyer a call on 0407044422"
Your support for such a worthy cause would be most gratefully received.
I hope it is a ripper of an event, and am honoured to have been asked to do an apron.


  1. What a fabulous art apron Jo!
    What is it about rust that delights us so (my father spent most of his life trying to keep things from getting rusty!).
    You did get wonderful rusty results and how you've used your special fabric is really great too.
    Sounds like a really special and well planned fund raiser.
    Hope it is a great success.
    p.s. glad you're feeling were missed

  2. Fantastic - Jo - you are in fine company with this!! Love your experimentation and also great project - hope it raises good funds to help!!! Cheers!!

  3. Great dye effects, you really captured that wrench. Fab apron. Xox

  4. Wow how fun!!! Good luck with it all.

  5. Inspirational! Thank you. Hope you are feeling better.

  6. Good to hear from you again Jo! Your rusted pieces and fabric are really fantastic as is your art apron! Such a worthy cause for fundraising. Only wish I'd be able to see all the aprons in person.

  7. Very inspiring! I love anything that's rusty. Good luck with it all.

    Gaby xo

  8. Your rust-dyeing came out beautifully, and I can't wait to ewhat the apron will look like. It's great that your part of such a worthwhile project, too.

  9. fun project, Jo, and I loved your little travelogue below as well, looks like you have been very busy and enjoying yourself immensely, good for you!!

  10. Great project and love the rust impressions created, and the result!