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The Tree Project – First Installment

The beginning

It begins with a tree, I saw it lain down on the side of the road, partly dissected and incomplete. A great glorious tree, now saw dust, leaves and broken limbs fallen from great heights. An urge overtook me, well it took a few days to put this urge into action. I went and found a quiet back path to the place of the fallen tree. I gathered, planning on taking only what I could carry in my bright blue ikea sack, and I sat and photographed, and just was present with the tree for a while.

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Blog|4 Comments

Dyeing to Resist the Fold at Sunspace

On a beautiful sunny day we gathered and I facilitated some fast and furious Shibori techniques using local natural dyes. The dyes were prepared in the two weeks prior,  I gathered Citrus leaves from a day of pruning, turmeric had just died off and was ready for harvest, a branch of eucalyptus that I had been saving from a storm a while ago, good old faithful red onion skins and Zig Zag wattle seeds.

As this was all about the resist, I really wanted colours that would make it easy for the participants to see what they had achieved. We used Silk […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Black and White – No Shades of Grey

Learning new things, and just taking a short time out to play, helps me let go of the shoulds. Its so easy to get caught up in producing work for specific purposes, pre-comitted ideas that have deadlines and external inspiration. Going inside and forgetting all that grown up stuff, making marks and gestures with a medium, giving myself permission to make mistakes.

Kym Barrett’s cold wax workshop at the Noosa Regional Gallery ticked all the boxes, she is a teacher that is firmly grounded in her own practice. Comfortable and confident in sharing the techniques, and for this workshop the refreshing […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Blog, Exhibitions|0 Comments

The Churchie National Emerging Artist Art Prize

This is the first time that I have been selected for an art prize, so a very exciting and nervous time. Creating the Installation instructions, Packaging and delivering the finished work were all part of the learning curve. Arriving at the VIP opening reminded me of days gone by in Sydney when I lived another life.

Seeing my work beautifully installed, next to Robert Andrews works was a very happy moment. It took me ages before I actually went over and looked at my work, read the statement (as if for the first time), I felt quite shy about being near […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

eARTh Magazine ISSUE 7 Artist and Autodidacts

The Process of Ordinary

Sitting with women making, gathering and preparing materials for work is part of the way I remember my childhood. My mother is a maker, a sewer, a spinner, a weaver, and as a small child, for a few years, my family moved to Arnhem Land, in Remote Northern Australia. This was a traditional island, their connection to culture mostly intact, weaving, carving, bark painting, dyeing fibre, gathering, hunting in season and traditional law were part of their everyday life.

The innate knowledge of art and craft was imprinted in these early years, I never considered the process, it […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Tim Johnson UK Artist and Basket Weaver

This year has been very full of learning, and with the help of a RADF grant from the local Council I was able to attend a 5 day masterclass with UK artist and basket maker Tim Johnson. This was an incredible experience of learning new techniques and emerging myself in the teachings of a process based artist who has learnt his art from craft based practices, from historical and contemporary teachings from around the world. The level of skill and techniques, a lot from European decent, were translated into Australian materials and environments effortlessly.

It was fascinating listening to the talks […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:23+00:00 May 30th, 2015|Blog|1 Comment

Bower Bird Blues – Tambourine Mountain

A clear blue sky at a property in the Tambourine Mountains (Queensland, Australia), during the warm January of this year (2015). Posting this a little late, but the images from the days spent dyeing, sewing, and making amulets are a nice reminder of the learning. A trio of women conceived the idea and brought the blues to life. India Flint, Roz Hawker and Tarla Edwards were the hosts. The property where the workshop was held has an inspiring garden, nearly self sustaining in its practice. We had a tour one day and the array of food that is grown there […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:23+00:00 May 30th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Ephemeral Art

Ephemeral  lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: [ih-fem-er-uh l]1 

‘Ephemeral art is usually understood as reflecting a desire to dematerialize the art object in order to evade the demands of the market, or to democratize or challenge art museums.’2

There has been a few time in the past year where I have […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:23+00:00 February 27th, 2015|Blog|2 Comments

Interruptions and Exhibitions

The day finally came, the work was finished, stretched and hung. The mentoring process that Kim and Gallery 159 provided has been a wonderful nurturing, and helpful process. I felt very prepared for the opening, and it was a wonderful group of people both physical and online that showed their support and appreciation of our work. Please accept my heartfelt thank you to everyone that is participated in this ongoing process.

The interruptions of love and making artwork becomes a clearer and clearer path as my journey unfolds, over the past week there have been two tragic passings of people in […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:23+00:00 September 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Its Not All Blue

The pursuit of blue has taken me on lovely journey and into a new obsession with colour…. I was lucky to have a whole weekend where I could play, and with the easy to follow directions provided by Jenai of Alchemist Inside (link below) I was able to finally make some of the shibori samples that I have been looking at online and in books for what seems like ages.  It was so much easier than I had made it in my head.

IMPORTANT – use heavy duty thread i.e. linen or heavy weight quilting cotton thread, you can put a […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:24+00:00 August 29th, 2014|Blog|3 Comments