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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+10:00August 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+10:00August 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+10:00July 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+10:00May 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+10:00May 30th, 2015|Blog|0 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+10:00September 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+10:00August 29th, 2014|Blog|3 Comments

Colour and Inspiration

Upcoming Exhibition

The last few months have passed in a blur, my head down working on the final preparation for the upcoming exhibition in September. Contemporary artist Kim Schoenberger has been mentoring me while I put together a body of work entitled ‘Lovingly Interrupted’ which will be shown along side Kim’s own established work ‘Expressions of Love II’. I feel immensely gracious to have this opportunity and petrified as well to really, truly have a body of work that will be in a public space, opening 14th September 3.30pm at Gallery 159, Payne Road, The Gap, Brisbane.

By |2017-02-27T15:02:24+10:00August 11th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Materials of Place – The final chapter

Using materials from our surroundings to make art and objects was imparted on me at a young age. I was born in the city, and moved to Arnhem land in the Northern Territory as a child. This was a traditional island, weaving, carving, bark painting, dyeing fibre, gathering, hunting in season and preparing in the traditional ways was part of everyday life.

We were there for a few years, this planted the seed and my mother is a maker, spinning, weaving and stitching in the background. So my younger years were spent in this way. As a young adult my path […]

By |2017-02-27T15:02:24+10:00June 10th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Learning Materials of Place

Preparing for the Workshop at The Cooroora Institute and mini Exhibition for Materials of Place meant a new body of work.  I have been exploring my own journeys and surroundings, using the dyeing process for a few years now. This was the first time I had been invited to present and explore. Having accountability and purpose really helped me stay on track, the workshop and exhibition are proving  a wonderful way to hone my skills and make the process repeatable and documented in a way that can be shared. My mud map and the initial collection pictured above is entitled […]

By |2017-02-27T15:02:24+10:00May 24th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments