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 […]
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 […]
A very quick trip to Melbourne, partly to source some new fabrics, trims and ideas and just as a break from the intensity of motherhood. After my last trip I am starting small this time 36 hours away and I will build from there in the next year. If you remember last time I went away to the Selling Yarns conference in Canberra I was away a week I had a great time… but at home I spent the next 6 months getting the kids back to functionality. Sounds dramatic, but one of my children is so very sensitive […]
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.
A collection of art and objects created to tell the story of being a mum, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend and my struggle to actually make something, during the chaos that mostly surrounds me, and also the journey of finding the courage to explore this creativity that I have always had, but never given value to.
The exact date in 2014 and details will be announced later so keep your eyes on my Facebook page or Subscribe to my BLOG to see whats exciting and new….
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 […]
780 Belli Creek Road, Cooroy, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
11am to 4pm Exhibition, Music, Workshops and Food.
What if we used wild birdsong as an indicator of success and status? Instead of asking about jobs or money, we might ask of any process: “yes, but does it produce birdsong?” The currency of birdsong would be seasonal, diverse, and biogeographic; bird habitats would be more important than banks; value would be tied to the ritual of everyday’s dawning and twilight; outside life connected to local places.
About the Process… My passion for the environment underpins all that I create. I am a windfall gatherer, sometimes […]