I find it hard to remember all the different tasks associated with recording for an online diary and archive, I'm usually too busy making something or thinking about the numerous projects on the go. So five years later, my partner, Tigger, took some photos of it for me.
The Coral Garden Hat, 2008
(size: fits a human head)
discarded tapestry wool.
A local woodturner (Barry) made me a hatstand out of Camphor laurel and now I can display it properly along with The Whimsical Meadow. Visitors to the studio love examining it and have photos taken wearing it. The hat removes us momentarily out of the 'everyday' experience and transports us to a fun and fantastical place for a few moments. That is a wonderful thing!
What I love most about this hat are the expressions of surprise and delight it evokes.
Yeah!! I've worked out a new editing process for my photos. Some results:
This collection of small sculptural pieces was exhibited as part of my Entropy Collection exhibition I had at the Tweed River Art Gallery recently. I have used some of these pieces in a composition for the new gooseflesh banner.
The Diatom Collection 2012
75 x 135 x 5cm
discarded plastic shopping bags and stainless steel pins
...........and a mosaic of a few of the pieces
I don't think I'll sell this collection but expand it. Perhaps one day it will comprise 100's of pieces.
I saw some inspiring woven pieces in the Queensland Museum some time ago, by accident. Large vitrines filled with a collection of intricate aboriginal dilly bags, baskets, fishing nets and fishtraps etc., etc. Many of the pieces used a twining technique which intrigued me. I finally worked out how to do it with the help of some diagrams in The Journal of Polynesian Society.
The following experimental "skirts" have been made using this technique: double weft twining.
Bamboo leaves (picked dry) and hemp string.
Acacia leaves (picked green) and hemp string.
Bananan inflorescence (picked green) and hemp string.
Banksia integrifolia (picked green) and hemp string.
Dianella (picked green) and hemp string.
Allocasuarina (picked green) and hemp string.
All the materials were collected on my poperty and mostly used green, I'm too impatient to wait for them to dry.
This weekend I taught string-making and crochet at the music festival, Splendour in the Grass. The venue was a very large paper bark forest converted into camping and performance areas etc.. Apparently 25,000 visitors went through every day! I was teaching in a beautifully put together tent called Splendour in the Craft.
There were lots of young and happy faces enjoying making string from banana trunk.
It was noisy, hot and muddy....... and lots of fun.
Even the boys were getting into it.
That's me in the muddy mosh-pit, happy as a pig in mud!