• A window into my studio 11

    IMG_6632-1 The layers in a my Mediterranean textile art works 

    “What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul.”
    ― Deepak Chopra

    “The singing shore of the Mediterranean”

    As you have had a little insight (from “A window into my studio 10” ) to the way my creative mind works I thought I would share with you the layers of creative art work that form “The singing shore of the Mediterranean”. When I design my art works I visualise it in layers of texture, colour and depth. I look for the magic, the soul of the subject, so as you can feel the song. I see the art work in layers, each layer  connected to the last, each joined by stitch colour and texture to make a whole.

    I have only physically visited the mediterranean in Spain but I have collected many images and read stories and listened to people who have travelled to the shorelines it touches. I see it as a song that romances the shorelines. This Mediterranean textile art work is a commissioned piece measuring approximately 90 cm x 75 cm and it will be mounted and framed. I have used many techniques and mediums including paper, fabric, stitch, found objects and paint and of course many hours on the sewing machine. I am captured by the romance of the mediterranean, the architecture, the soul and the song.

    On my backing material I lay out the sky, mountains and city scape and then…..


    Stitched houses with background unstitched as yet.






    Mountains and Sky are stitched and more details such as trees, grass and laneways are added. The silk is added for the sea.


    The silk is painted and another layer added for depth and movement in the sea, it is then stitched.



    The piece is finished with boats, fish and a promenade added. Using found objects I have also embellished with fences gates and light posts,keys and locks for the doors.


    Dont forget I am teaching at the Berry retreat in August – I will let you know when registrations open – and on a Australian cruise in the tropics March 2017 http://www.craftours.com/trips/?page=australia_michelle_0317    https://chelletextiles.com.au/travel-itineraries/948/

    Soon to be announced – classes at Byron Bay  June 2016

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  1. Chelle says:

    Lola that is wonderful !!!! I am so pleased to read your words.I have not travelled past the Mediterranaean coast in Spain but have seen many images and have plans to.I feel a connections with the story the shorelines tell such a history and have there own song.I always here a song as the sea paste the shorelines.
    Thank you you have made my day.:-)

  2. I really am impressed by the colour and difficulty of your work.. Mastery
    Living as I live in the Mediterranean coast… I can feel your work as mediterranean in every details of houses.. Sea…
    Love it

  3. Chelle says:

    Thanks so much Carole I am very very happy to be an inspiration.:-)

  4. Carole says:

    Breathtaking as usual Michelle. You are such an inspiration!!

  5. Chelle says:

    Merci, je suis très heureux de recevoir votre message.

  6. christiane says:

    J’admire votre travail, je trouve superbe ce que vous faites, c’est merveilleux !

  7. Chelle says:

    Thanks Jeann so glad you made it to the exhibition and visited the real me :-).I am unable to capture the truth of my art work with a photon would love everyone to see them in real life.So god you did sorry you have missed some that had gone home but they are all on my website so you can look see and imagine.Thanks for your kind words.

  8. Jeann says:

    Travelled with friends to Yarra Glen to view your exhibition last weekend. Even more gorgeous “in the flesh’ than is shown by your photos. I just love the way you work with a whole variety of materials. And I love colour!

  9. Chelle says:

    Thats pleasure Annie andI would love to see what you come up with.

  10. annie! says:

    So beautiful…but even more delightful because it’s happy. I’m inspired to go make a few dozen houses. Thanks for sharing a bit of your heart.

  11. Chelle says:

    Thanks Toby I also believe life is a series of layers when all drawn together make a whole.I am glad you found it interesting it is wonderful to be able to share these insights.Maybe one day I will teach closer to where you live and we will be able to meet and smile.

  12. Toby says:

    Michelle – I absolutely love this piece. Your use of layers and textures and colours tell so much of the story. I enjoyed reading the article and learning more about the piece. It really adds to the piece understanding how you used the paint on the layers as well. Very beautiful piece! If I were nearer to Australia I would be very interested in attending your course !


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