The humble nest has taken on a multitude of meanings, as I sit and construct and doodle in 3D, with whatever materials are on hand I find my mind drifting off on many tangents. As I become more aware of truly owning my footprint on this planet, value in everything that passes through my hands becomes apparent. Recycling and landfill become challenged as solutions for ‘waste’ that is created in our opulent society. I was given a glass jar the other day, (with some leaves that I was trying to get some dye from) I asked, “Would you […]
This story is about why I spend endless hours making scarves, why not ranges of garments, or ‘fashion’?.
My upbringing was that of a preacher and a teachers’ daughter in the Northern Territory of Australia, our childhood was full of experiences not possessions. So as we moved to the city in my teenage years ‘brands’ and ‘fashion’ consumed me. I loved sewing and making and so the allure to work and be fashionable took me on a journey.
(Golbourn Island NT Australia 1978 making paper Hats)
It is an interesting concept to explore the […]
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 search for the red eco print continues and the lightness of returning home from holidays fades, the weeks drag as the summer school holidays go forever…. (I remember as a kid that it seemed endless in a nice sort of way, plenty of time) and now as a mother its a different feeling. So I try and keep on top of the mundane, folding, washing, cooking and set myself little challenges fragmented by the ongoing interruptions of youth. I tried to do a embroidery in half an hour, thinking it would be like a life drawing, where you do […]
The year is off to a flying start and I have a space to sell my work in Hasting Street Noosa, so theres no more fluffing around. Its nice to have a purpose to my making, timely. I have been practicing and recording, playing and now I need to pull it all together and just get on and create. The school holidays mean that my work hours are shuffled into the moonlight hours…. and I find myself working by the light of the torch, and gathering leaves as I run errands and taxi the family around. My shed is neglected […]
Finishing the year on a high, I decided to take space at a new shop Local Labels Noosa, which meant the holiday season began with an intense burst of work to ‘stock’ the shop before I went away. Taking my family to visit our interstate relatives is a Christmas ritual now and it gets funnier as the kids get older and less used to being surrounding by city things and shops and escalators and lots and lots of buildings and people.
I have a Nanna that I never did meet, she had passed away before I was born. There is a space that surrounds her, that quietly bids us not to ask too many questions, she had five children that included two sets of twins, and she suffered mental illness for as much of her life as I have known. My grandfather, a staunch man who was very deaf, spoke little and heard less, was a nice grandpa, gave me her old singer sewing machine for my 18th birthday. The drawers were still full of all the trinkets and odds and […]
One of the things I love to do when I get a minute, is to walk and for the moment I am (yet again) obsessed by eucalyptus leaves, when I began dyeing at the beginning of 2012 the ‘red’ leaf prints happened effortlessly. I had no idea that I should be cataloguing and noting exactly where that leaf came from, the whole idea of windfall gathering was so seductive. Now I am on a mission to recreate the initial eco prints that I stumbled upon, its that attachment to results that gets me, as soon as I stop that and […]
Here is the latest out of the dye pot…. and they are now in the online shop….
And I will be at the markets. Love to see you there…
Friday 29th of November – Noosa Pengari Christmas Market – 2.30pm – 5pm 86 Nyell Road Doonan, Qld
Saturday 7th December – Chrystal Waters Eco Village 8.30am – 1pm 65 Kilcoy Lane Conondale, Qld
It’s so much fun giving permission to yourself to play, as an adult I find that my creativity is often hampered by the desire to deliver a perfect ‘result’. Initially when I started dyeing I was frugal with all my decisions, […]
‘Life’ is the leaves which shape and nourish a plant, but ‘art’ is the flower which embodies its meaning. (Charles Rennie Mackintosh).
To purchase any of the scarves pictured below click on the image and it will take you to my online shop.
The first collection for my online shop is called ‘And then the Rain’ I like to give my work a story, a context of where it has originated and what was happening in the workroom at the time. For this collection, I was working purely on aesthetics as I master my dyeing techniques, playing with fabrics and combinations of […]