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PAINTING ON FABRIC (article first published : 2001-01-5)

A Struik New Holland publication, Painting on Fabric is aimed at those who wish to paint on fabric for their own use, or make up as gifts or sell at craft markets.

Pretoria author Anika Pretorius went to collect her daughter from nursery school one day and found herself intrigued by the sight of brightly-coloured tablecloths drying on a line in the schoolyard. Later she was to meet their creator, fabric artist Tharina Odendaal, only to discover that they had been to nursery school together as toddlers and had been closely associated throughout their schooldays.

Tharina Odendaal obtained her graphic arts degree at the University of Pretoria. She was also a décor designer at the SABC and worked as curator at Melrose House in Pretoria, a Victorian home museum, and as a designer for a firm of screen printers. Anika Pretorius, who has degree in mathematics and botany from the University of Pretoria, is the author of Gifts from the Home, also published by Struik.

Together, these likeminded women decided to combine their talents to produce a book about fabric painting. “May every reader make a great success of every project undertaken. Who knows, you may even discover a talent in yourself that you never even suspected you had before,” says Tharina Odendaal in the book’s introduction.

The book claims that painting on fabric is an inexpensive hobby and the tools uncomplicated. “There are no rules. Any technique is permissible as long as you find it attractive and you enjoy painting” is the advice given. There are clear explanations as to the choosing of suitable fabric, the buying and mixing of paint and hints, choice of designs and their enlargement, reduction and application. There are also sections on colour usage, painting techniques and the assembling of the final product as well as hints on how to improve your technique and to avoid wastage.

An added dimension is the use of wadding for pot holders, oven gloves or place mats. Detailed instructions are also given to produce your own designer Roman blind.

There are 15 pages at the back of the book dedicated to outline drawings which can be used as transfers. The book also features Tharina’s painted designs. Photographer Craig Fraser has placed the end products in a home environment which suitably sets off the dramatic quality of the articles.

Painting on Fabric is a 128 page soft cover publication which is also published in Afrikaans as Skilder op Lap. It retails at R99,95.




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