The highlight of last week was Kim Schoenberger’s exhibition at the Noosa Regional, I went to the artists talk for the exhibition “Expressions of Love II” and came away completely in love with the work and process, inspired to get going on some of my own projects. Kim began her journey with her mother over a cup of tea and in 2010 presented the first collection of work that shared her story of her mothers passing, using traditional women’s skills she crafted a quilt and other objects that were made entirely of tea bags collected by her mother and friends. The attention to the finest detail and the time taken to ‘process’ the tea bags so they can be spun, stitched, latch hooked and reworked into intricate, beautiful art, is what really gives this work its meaning. The second collection takes you on a nostalgic journey of the memories from the past and places you in a fresh contemporary space challenging the age old debate of craft verses art in a lovely dialogue.  EXHIBITION DATES: 22 January to 16 February, 2014

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For me it feels good to be out of my comfort zone, with school holidays behind me and the first two weeks of both my children going to school five days, I am loving being able to get stuck into my own work. Last year I put a lot of energy into setting up the backbone business side of this new life, website, facebook, blog and working out exactly what it was I wanted to be doing. And now its time to get it all happening.

The last week of the holidays, I felt like I needed to do something BIG to mark the significance of the change, and produced my first large diameter random weave basket,  from bamboo off cuts. Using the a small table upside down as a frame, helped get a bit of structure into the chaos. The finished Basket is 1000mm x 600mm deep and I think it may be the first of many.

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With the beginning of a new year, I have announced the first round of workshops that I will be running, and was happy to promote these at the opening of our local cafe SunSpace here are a few pics of the stall. Sunspace Cafe on the corner of Beddington Road and Noosa Eumundi Road, Doonan  is now officially Open… take a visit and see what you think. (link below)

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Creating new stock for Nest at the Old Bakery in Eumundi, has got me looking for Green in my dyeing processes…. having found red satisfying I really wanted something lighter and brighter to celebrate the end of Summer. These scarves are a beautiful fine cotton (vegan friendly) 2200 x 600mm $85 each.

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mmm only one picture of green… but there are more soon… and I couldn’t help loving the other pot that I put on that had bloodwood bark and iron findings in it that produced these lovely shades of grey, using local plants Grevillia and Eucalyptus to give interesting contrasts. (and a hint of pink from my treasured pernambuco as a highlight).

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Another surprise was being selected to have some product shots in the upcoming issue of ‘Salt’ a quarterly sunshine coast lifestyle magazine, so I rushed around organising photos, something I haven’t done for about 10 years… it was thoroughly enjoyable to be styling and doing a photo shoot.

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Lastly I am happy to announce that ‘Handmade Exchange’ an online Facebook market and website will be promoting and stocking my work. My first market will be early March so stay tuned for the dates, and if you are on Facebook go over and like my page (and theirs) so you don’t miss the shoutout.

Links:

Kim Schoenberger Website

Annies Workroom Website and Workshop Details

SunSpace Cafe Doonan

Nest at the Old Bakery Eumundi

The Handmade Exchange Website

Salt Magazine