Sunday, 15 November 2015
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Arrived back in blogland after a break of some 5 months. Actually I was curious to see if anyone noticed. I questioned how many people still use blogs as a primary source of information over, say, instagram or Facebook or Twitter or YouTube ... or insert name of whatever is coming next. Also, it's easy for life to get in the way. It's easy to release the vigilance and commitment required to keep providing words that are of interest to others. I find it challenging to be in the moment and stay long enough to find meaning - not getting caught up in the paraphernalia of smart this-and-that, pick me, pick me. So I stopped taking so many photos that I forgot to pause and drink in the view simply because I could. I took a break from a brief romance with instagram to taste an idea. Finally, I got to Adelaide last week and be with my South Australian tribe. Surrounded myself with givers and lifters - of quilts, stitching and ideas. Bathed in the smiles and laughter of dear friends and generous spirits. Somewhere in the midst of day 3, someone asked what had happened to my blog. Nothing, I smiled. Absolutely nothing. And that's where I needed to be so I could come back. And it feels great.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
On a recent visit to the Queensland Art Gallery I came across the works of Eko Mugroho, an Indonesian textile artist and machine embroiderer. I like the subversive political elements of his works, his use of colour and stitch and how he creates texture. Great use of contrast and I find it interesting to see how visual balance has been achieved in each piece. His cartoon like speech bubbles deliver a shared irreverence for the political elite. Eko's use of rayon thread gives each piece a sheen and always invites closer inspection. A visual treat around yet another corner of another gallery in the QAG ...
Thursday, 18 June 2015
From carrier and protector of mushrooms - breaking down the fibres through scrunching, folding, unfolding and repeat. It now has a velvety quality when held .... just like the mushrooms before they too were transformed. And now for the yum part ...