Sunday, 30 November 2014

Materials ... and materials

Spent today deconstructing a vacuum cleaner and a Swedish Facit calculator (they were somewhere in between abacus and battery operated hand held devices in the 70s) - and with hundreds and hundreds of pieces and a perfect afternoon in the studio ... played with hybrid forms. Lots of interesting things happen when a material is taken out of its original context and re-imagined. Cogs become scales, armour plating, flower gardens - hoses become defense systems and numeric keys turn into feathers. Experiment. Experiment. Experiment. Plenty of ideas for mark making and fabric too ...  great to be getting some "zing" back!

Monday, 24 November 2014

SAQA and Sentinels at the Festival of Quilts

Wonderful to be back at the Festival of Quilts in 2014 - and be able to share SAQA's 25th Anniversary Trunk show with so many visitors. caught up with Dijanne Cevaal who brought the Sentinels exhibition to Adelaide - spectacular exhibitions and wonderful to be able to see it in the cloth, as was Brenda Gael Smith's  Living Colour exhibition adjacent to my SAQA table. 

Life in Layers workshop - Adelaide

The SA Guild sure knows how to put on a workshop and look after a tutor.  Life in Layers at the Fullerton Centre was made so much easier with a great group and fabulous support crew. Ten participants each explored a different concept or idea about life through lots of experimentation and sharing of techniques, brought together in the creation of an art quilt - very challenging, inspiring and a pleasure to share Life in Layers with such an open and thought provoking group.We were able to effectively start the workshop weeks ahead of our get together through an online component so that when we finally met in Adelaide, a lot of pre-thinking and visual diary work had already been completed ... or ideas progressed sufficiently to let us make the most of our two days together. A fabulous weekend! Thank you everyone.

Murray River flows again ...

A wonderful few days at Victor Harbour and making the trip to see the mouth of the mighty Murray river - an exquisite experience crossinh the controversial Hindmarsh island bridge, then travelling a further 10 - 15 minutes to see the ocean The foliage was sublime - muted and softened in what must be a rather harsh environment. Next stop (for those thinking of swim) ... Antarctica.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Home grown ...

Today's challenge, after the printer deconstruction, was to work a little gastronomical wonder from the pantry and garden. So .. some sesame seeds and flat breads toasted; labna made earlier in the week from pot set yoghurt - now rolled into balls and sprinkled with garlic, freshly chopped rosemary and olive oil; home grown beetroot steamed then puréed with balsamic, garlic, chilli oil, olive oil and a little salt; and some puréed chickpeas, sesame seeds, pepper, bush lemon juice and parsley ... and more garlic! Thank you Stephanie Alexander for your wonderful recipes and a wickedly delicious Sunday  lunch.

Deconstruction of a printer ...

Latest sculpture project is to de-construct a large item and reinterpret it ... this could also be named "never-complain-about-the-price-of-a-printer-again". Every possible piece of wire, screw, spring, roller, motor, clip and circuit board has been laid out while its new context is considered. Many ideas ... and a deadline approaching. Still counting and labelling the components. Wonderful Sunday!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Scale, proportion, context and strawberries

Studying sculpture, along with time spent thinking about anything in depth, is providing food for thought in terms of the language of materials, scale, proportion and context in my own works. I walk by Her Maj in the park every morning en route to work. Her austerity and formality is both irksome and comforting. Fooling around in the office with this giant strawberry ... well that's just fun!