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 […]
‘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 […]
The tanks are low and the vines are hanging from the trees its good weather to dry fibre… but I am obsessed with dyeing at the moment, and for good reason, I am going to be selling my scarves in a beautiful little shop in Nest at the Old Bakery in Eumundi. My dreams are slowly becoming reality, as I am able to spend more time in the workshop making.
After 18months of learning, I have such expectations of what my finished dyeing is going to look like, but have to continually let go and accept the results that appear. Such […]
It seems that although my child free hours are growing, my dyeing gets going in the last hour before school pick up. As this is all new and exciting, I have been cramming in as much learning as possible. To refresh everyones memories, or bring you up to date, last year I began my dyeing journey with big ideas and a not much knowledge. So I started learning, and researching and experimenting. Using Eucalyptus and Red Onion Skins initially.
Who is Stanley? Stanley is a new friend, he stands 18 metres tall and is on the highway as you head into Lightning Ridge. He is an emu and is the brain child, well probably blood child of John Murray local artist of The Ridge. It has been such an inspiration watching this project come together, originally it was conceived as John drove across the desert near Birdsville, but thats 10,000 kms from Lightning Ridge and the logistics and funding just made it impossible. So John decided to make him in his hometown, and it has brought many parts of the […]
The highlight of the week was sharing my love of weaving, fibre and form with a group of wonderful people at a workshop I ran at the Rosebed Street Gallery in Eudlo, I loved it. The week leading up to friday was hard work, I had both kids off school sick for the whole week, husband away working and I added 21 hours of cleaning and dressing sores, not to mention being screamed at, hit and abused whilst trying to get them to take their anti biotics…. which as my son has severe food intolerance’s, means he cant have the […]