Friday, December 30, 2011

Flashback Friday... arty style!

Flashback Friday
Marcus and myself at Mallee Cats exhibition in Swan Hill, I had just finished year 12.


When I was visiting my mum's house over Christmas, she gave me a bunch of clippings that she had kept from when I was a kid.  It was funny to see how much I was into the arts when I was a student, going to exhibition openings, visiting the theatre and poster girl for school art shows!

It's pretty funny really and I thought I would share these blasts from the past!

Flashback Friday
Installing some student works during high school.


Flashback Friday
Celebrating International Women's Day at the gallery, me on the left with my wonderful mentor, Director Linda Lucas.


#flashbackfriday not on a Friday! My mum & I when I was a kid, me and my love of hats!
My mum and myself about to head out to the theatre.

Does anyone else have some great 'blast from the past' newspaper clippings?  Please share!!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Flashback Friday: Tapestry...

A really old tapestry of mine... Circa 1999... "laugh at you stupid"
Tapestry by Mardi Nowak, 'Laugh at You Stupid'.


I've been attempting to organize my sewing room in our house.  It's been quite a task and I've been going through boxes that look like they haven't been opened for about 5 years and sending stuff to the charity store as well.  It's a great feeling to de-clutter and create a work space that is much more focused and hopefully easy to use.

While going through everything and trying to organize all of my bits and pieces, I came across this little tapestry that I made in about 1999.  It's called 'Laugh at You Stupid' and is much finer than the tapestries that I make now.  I do love this little work as it still stems from a collage starting point and was about the start of me using text in my work as well.  Also, the word 'stupid' looks great woven!  I now have this work hanging above one of my work desks as a little reminder of how my work is progressing.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Round up: Vanish/Survive Exhibition

Vanish/ survive exhibition catalogue
The Vanish/Survive catalogue.


It's been a while since the exhibition Vanish/Survive was on show at ARKA gallery in Vilnius, Lithuania but I thought I'd do a bit of a round up seeing my works arrived home the other day.

I had three works in the exhibition and my take on the theme of Vanish/Survive was about shadows and silhouettes.  In terms of tapestry, I'm always very interested in shadows and silhouettes and how they translate into the woven form.  For me, a shadow alone is something that is fragile and almost deathlike.  It isn't alive at all.  But there is something that survives to create the shadow or silhouette, it is alive.

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Some installation shots of the exhibition, courtesy of the gallery.


The gallery sent me some photos of the installation and as you can see it was a diverse, yet quite beautiful show.  I love the look of the gallery with it's airy ceilings lined with beams and beautiful wooden floors.  I would of loved to have gone to see the exhibition and I have to say when I do go and visit Lithuania, I will definitely be going to check out ARKA gallery!

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If you look carefully, my series of works are on the back wall to the left!

I was very happy to get my tapestries home from the show.  It's always like sending your babies to boarding school.  You sometimes forget what they look like and then they come home and you think, "wow, they look better than I remember!"  The works came back with a copy of the catalogue.  I loved flicking through and seeing all the other works in the show.  It's great when a catalogue has images of all the works that were in the exhibition.

Vanish/ survive exhibition catalogue
My entry in the catalogue in English and Lithuanian.


I also love seeing the translations of my titles into another language.  I remember having my work translated into German and now into Lithuanian,,, I love the look of it!
A big thank you to the curators of the exhibition and ARKA gallery, they were such a great team to work with!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Bit of Arty Silliness...


Art bollocks


I enjoy playing with these 'Let us create an absurd artist statement, title for a show etc' programs that you can find on the internet.  I love it when they produce something that actually sounds like something that you would use or have seen before.  As a curator I enjoy that I can still poke fun at what I do and the art world that I work in.  It's not all like this but every now and again when I need a laugh, I do visit one of these sites!

You can visit www.artybollocks.com to make your own artist statement too.  Here is one that I got that made me giggle.

"My work explores the relationship between Critical theory and romance tourism.
With influences as diverse as Nietzsche and Andy Warhol, new insights are manufactured from both explicit and implicit dialogues.

Ever since I was a student I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the moment. What starts out as triumph soon becomes corroded into a tragedy of futility, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the dawn of a new synthesis.

As temporal replicas become frozen through studious and academic practice, the viewer is left with a summary of the corners of our existence."

Thanks Arty Bollocks for making my day!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mad Square exhibition...

Mad square exhibition
A Lissitsky work promoting the exhibition.

Last weekend we popped along to the National Gallery of Victoria to check out the Mad Square:  Modernity in German Art 1910-37 exhibition.  The exhibition covered some of my favourite periods of art; German Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism and Bauhaus. 


Mad square exhibition
Cover of the catalogue for the exhibition.

I would say that this is probably not going to be the 'blockbuster exhibition' like some of the Winter Masterpieces exhibitions at the NGV but it is one that appealed to me.  The works on show never get old to me, they still express a raw innovation, an excitement of the new.  I was pretty excited to view a series of Hannah Hoch collages in the flesh.  Her work was such an inspiration and influence on my own practice in terms of what could be achieved with collage.


Mad square exhibition
Some of the beautiful Hannah Hoch collages.

It's funny because I feel like I've gone to quite a few exhibitions that covered these works recently (well in the last 12 to 18 months).  We visited a huge Bauhaus exhibition at MOMA in NYC when we were there last and I stocked up on lots of books about the movement and various artists.  It was pretty funny that some of our favourite works in the Mad Square exhibition were by El Lissitzky.  When I came home, I had realized that I had purchased a great little book on his work in New York.  It's weird how these artists and works keep popping up in my consciousness.  I am sure that they are filtering into my work but in a very uncontrolled manner.


Mad square exhibition
My gorgeous Lissitsky book from NYC.


I guess the things that I loved about the exhibition were that:
  • these works are still so exciting, fresh and innovative even after all this time.  To me, this was one hell of a time in the arts!
  • I loved the ethos of the Bauhaus movement and seeing the camaraderie amongst artists and designers, creating works that were practical and that crossed mediums as well.
  • Women artists during this time were having such an impact on the scene!  They were making works that were challenging, political and equal to the men.
  • As a tapestry weaver, I loved seeing woven works being created and designed by artists to bring these ideas into the home as well.
If you get a chance, go check out Mad Square at the NGV.  I think that it is on until early March 2012.  I can see that I will probably go back for a second look too.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Flip book Miss Nina...

You may need to click on image to view the flip book on your mobile device!

OMG, yep it's a crazy cat lady post!!!!  It's always so difficult to get a snap of Nina so I always end up taking heaps and heaps to try and capture her actually looking at me.  I am facing the fact that I will never be a professional pet photographer!

Enjoy this little flip book of my pretty little lady...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fashion in the Mail...

New ugglebo clogs & #marimekko dress combo
My new Ugglebo Clogs and Marimekko dress.
Wow!  Friday was such a great mail day!  I love getting lots of parcels in the mail, especially when some of them are unexpected.  I was not expecting my new Ugglebo clogs to arrive.  Aren't they just the best dark purple colour, they really go with all of my Marimekko dresses.  If clogs are your thing, then check our Ugglebo as they do custom orders and they are all made by hand.

Stamps on the box that my clogs came in... Too cute!
The gorgeous stamps on the Ugglebo packaging.
My gorgeous clogs arrived directly from Sweden packaged up with the cutest stamps.  I managed to peel some of them off the packaging to keep for collages.  It's a lovely way to remember where they have come from and seeing my work involves a lot of fashion images, it seems very appropriate to add how these great fashion items arrived to me.

Look what came to my door today!!! #clogsrock
Ugglebo Rocks!
Also, I am in love with the Ugglebo owl.  He (or she?) is quite adorable with his feathered ears.  They are definitely one of my favourite shoe companies.  I was also pretty stoked that my new shoes match my new Marimekko dress perfectly!

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Omena Dress by Marimekko. Pieni Hedelmakor by Mika Piirainen for Winter 2011. Print by Annika Rimala.
This is one of my new Marimekko dresses.  I love the random coloured parts of the print, like a weird little surprise.  I'm also a huge fan of this style with it's large pockets on the side.  I may look like a child wearing it but it is so comfortable.  I usually get my Marimekko stuff from Kiitos Marimekko in New York City.  They are an independent store but they give the best service and ship to Australia too.  There is a bit of a push in the USA to shop small, local and independent stores.  I think that this is a great thing to do where ever you live.  I do feel a little bad buying this from New York but the Kiitos store does feel like my local as they know who I am whenever I am in New York.  In a way, I feel like a local!

I hope that you are enjoy the crazy clash of patterns here and all this beautiful Scandinavian design!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Marimekko catwalk show in Tokyo




I am in love with all of this!!!  I especially love some of the long dresses which is inspiring me to try and make a great maxi dress for Summer.  Beautiful show!!  Thank you Marimekko, so inspiring, so beautiful, so simple.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries...

Blue Envelope:  Library Betty Composition
Blue Envelope: Library Betty Composition, 2011
woven tapestry, wool, cotton and linen, 29cm x 27 cm


My work above (pictured still on the loom!) was shortlisted for the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries.  You can check out this exhibition until 18 November at The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne.

The Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries is open to all professional and international tapestry artists and features a non-acquisitive award of $5,000 for the winner and a non-acquisitive award of $1,000 for an emerging artist who has been practicing for less than five years. The Workshop received 63 submissions with 43 finalists selected.

The Award celebrates Kate as an accomplished artist, respected teacher, avid supporter of the Workshop and ambassador for Australian tapestry. She was a wonderful role model and leader, and she influenced the lives of so many young artists. Susan Morgan, a long-time friend of Kate, was inspired to fund the Award after learning about Kate’s deep commitment to the Workshop and the art of tapestry. This Award is one of the ways that the Workshop and Kate’s friends can remember her and her legacy.


The judges for this year’s Award are Professor Kay Lawrence, AM, University of South Australia and a member of the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s Board, and Jason Smith, Director of the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Generously supported by Susan Morgan and the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, the Kate Derum Award was created in honour of the former Deputy Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop who passed away in 2008.


FINALISTS
Margrethe Agger (Denmark), Mog Bremner (Australia), Dorothy Clews (Australia), Chris Cochius (Australia), Amy Cornall (Australia), Jilly Edwards (UK), Alex Friedman (USA), Renee Friend (Australia), Saffron Lily Gordon (Australia), Hilary Green (Australia), Tim Gresham (Australia), Birgitta Hallberg (Sweden), Sally Harvey (Australia), Beate von Harten (Austria), Joyce Hayes (USA), Susanne Henriques (Sweden), Inyul Heo (Korea), Maureen Hodge (UK), Fiona Hutchinson (UK), Anne Jackson (UK), Feliksas Jakubauskas (Lithuania), Valerie Kirk (Australia), Elina Lusis-Grinberga (Latvia), Jo McDonald (UK), Lindsey Marshall (UK), Susan Mowatt (UK), Mardi Nowak (Australia), Julie Paul (Australia), Judit Pázmány (Hungary), Michael F.Rohde (USA), Deann Rubin (USA), Christine Sawyer (UK), Freya Sewell (UK), Ann Shuttleworth (Australia), Joy Smith (Australia), Christina Sobrino (Spain), Joanne Soroka (UK), Emma Sulzer (Australia), Verona Szabó (Hungary), Jaroslava Têšínská (Czech), Cheryl Thornton (Australia), Anton Veenstra (Australia), Méabh Warburton (France)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My tapestry is off to it's new home!

@missmardi and @polyxena
Artist, Mardi Nowak and art lover Anne, with Stop and Listen.


My tapestry, Stop and Listen, 2011 (pictured above) has gone off to it's new home here in Melbourne.  It's always such a great feeling when your work ends up in the homes and collections of people who will adore it.

I am sure that Anne will get much enjoyment out of it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Last Days of Piecework...

Tacit Piecework article Progress Leader 11 October 2011
Article in Progress Leader:  10 October, 2011.


Oh no!  You only have a few more days to go and check out Piecework, my exhibition with Adrian Conti!  If you want to go and see a bunch of tapestries, cool paintings and collages then head to Tacit Contemporary Art before 5pm this Sunday 16 October.

Adrian and I will be at the gallery on Sunday 16 October from 3pm to 5pm to chat with folk, answer questions and naturally have some wine.  The wine isn't just for us, it's for you too!

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Totally spoilt... Cartier Cats!

Cartier group
(top) My clutch purse! (bottom left) all wrapped up - (bottom right) seal of approval!

My husband totally spoils me! I received an early anniversary present from him, a stunning Cartier Panther Gold clutch purse, which I totally am in love with!!! It is simple, stylish and sleek, obviously everything that the panther embodies!


Don't get me wrong, I'm not a crazy luxury brand person but I do have a very special spot for the Cartier panther range as it's all about cats, it has a beautiful art deco edge to it and it's simple.

Cartier cats! I heart them and my new clutch from my gorgeous man!
My clutch matches my engagement ring!

"Louis Cartier's creative partner was nicknamed ""The panther"". The feline motif is a tribute to devastating seduction, mysterious beauty and untamed character." (from the Cartier website)


I love this line about the panther series, I definitely feel mysterious and untamed when I wear my panthers!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Feeling the Ugglebo Clog Love!

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Me in my cute metallic Ugglebo Clogs.


As you all know, I have a HUGE love of all things Scandanivian.  There is something so slick and beautiful about their design as well as being practical!  Last year the lovely Sofia from Nord Living put me onto Ugglebo Clogs and well, I haven't looked back!  The guys there were awesome and happily made me up two pairs of cute clogs to my specifications.

It seems that fashion has followed along and everyone is sporting gorgeous wooden heeled clogs! Yep, finally we've all decided that comfort (as well as good looks) are the way to go.  Having a dad that was a boot maker by trade, I know the importance of a stylish shoe that is also good for your feet too so my love affair with Ugglebo Clogs has meant that our fling is now a serious relationship!

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Some of the clogs on offer for the new season at Ugglebo.


I've been drooling over the latest range from Ugglebo Clogs for their Fall/Winter Collection 2011.  I especially have my eye on the gorgeous teal coloured clogs with studs (featured at the bottom right in above photo).  I have a few dresses that these will look amazing with!


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The Shearling boots from Ugglebo.

Though the boots that make me go "OMG!" are the high shearling boots!!!  I described these to a friend of mine as 'tough ugg boots'.  The gorgeous shearling fleece will keep your legs warm, while the Ugglebo wooden foot bed will keep your feet in good health.  Win, win situation isn't it!  Even though we are going into Spring here in Australia, I think that I will get a pair of the boots now for Winter anyway.  I mean, with the crazy Melbourne weather we have been having, I could probably wear them now anyway!


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The factory process at Ugglebo.


The best part of my love of Ugglebo Clogs is that the awesome guys there have given me a 15% voucher to use on my next order (watch out teal coloured clogs!) The even better part is I can share it with my fellow fashionistas!

So head to www.uggleboclogs.com and use mardi15 at the checkout for 15% off your order, my fellow clog lovers!  I'd love to see your photos if you grab a pair too!  Hit me up clogsters!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Piecework is all open!

Piecework exhibition
Adrian Conti (left), fellow artist Samara Adamson-Pinczewski.


My exhibition with the amazing Mr. Adrian Conti opened at Tacit Contemporary Art on Wednesday evening.  It was a crazy night with Melbourne having some of the worst weather ever!  It was thundering and pouring with rain but fellow art lovers still made it to the gallery to help us celebrate the launch of Piecework.


Piecework exhibition
John Hendriks and moi!


Piecework is the first exhibition of my work in Melbourne for about 3 years, so I was pretty excited to show off all the tapestries and collages that I have been working on lately.


Piecework exhibition
My two favourite Maltese folk!  My husband Mark and the lovely Bel!


The exhibition includes woven tapestries, a small series of original collages (the working collages that have inspired many tapestries!) and some beautiful paintings by Adrian. 


Piecework launch
Delicious cheese from Cornelius.


A big shout out to Matt from Cornelius in Canterbury for helping me select some great cheese and pickles for the opening night.  The Dutch hard cheese pictured above was absolutely amazing (it was also about the size of my head!) and the Belarus style pickles went quickly too.  If cheese is your thing, check out his store!


Piecework launch
Beautiful paintings by Adrian Conti

It was a great evening and we were very happy to have a couple of sales too!  Piecework is at Tacit Contemporary Art until Sunday 16 October.  As the opening night weather was absolutely crazy (and it was a little difficult to get there!) we are also having a closing afternoon party!  Join us on Sunday 16 October from 3pm to 5pm for some wine, cheese and arty chats!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Piecework exhibition opens next Wednesday!!

You're invited!


YOU'RE INVITED!!!  My exhibition with Adrian Conti, Piecework opens next Wednesday evening at Tacit Contemporary Art.  This is the first time I have showed works in Melbourne for about 3 years so it is quite exciting!  Please visit my upcoming exhibitions page for dates, times and all of that.

Here is some information about the show:

Piecework is an exhibition of paintings, woven tapestries and works on paper by Adrian Conti and Mardi Nowak. Although both artists work in very different mediums, they share a common language of saturated colour and fragmented shapes.

Mardi Nowak (MFA Research) works primarily in woven tapestry and finds her inspiration in fashion magazines, torn advertising billboards, street graffiti and the everyday.  Works are created by collaging together images and photographs from magazines with old drawings and photocopies to reproduce the many layers found on billboards, similar to wallpaper plastered over old wallpaper.  These collages become the cartoon for final tapestries. 

Notions of time play a factor in her work.  There is a disjunction between the disposable and fast flow of images in contemporary mass media against the deliberation and slowness of a woven construction.  A fashionable dress produced in a tapestry may be out of fashion by the time a tapestry is completed.

“My recent series of works have utilised a constant flow of collaged elements; that of the envelope and the ‘Hello My Name Is’ stickers. Both of these products give me a large aesthetic scope within the collages but also have a variety of meanings. The envelope speaks of things hidden, messages and a holder for fragments. The ‘Hello My Name Is’ stickers play with the language of street graffiti. To me they are also a symbol of identity; something which is constantly challenged within fashion media.” (Mardi Nowak 2011)
Adrian Conti's recent works have emerged out of regular drives to Fulham Correctional Centre in East Gippsland. Stagnant inside an interior for the two-hour plus drive, the external landscape shifts and changes. Conti's work seeks to describe this landscape but with no fixed point of reference. Painting from memory, his vista is the constancy of the horizon line through my driving window and the amalgamation of shapes throughout the journey.
"I live predominantly immersed in an urban environment with little connection to the rural land. This journey interspersed with ever changing brackets of industry and nature has engendered a response to the juxtaposition of our planned and sometimes regimented environments with what it is to have and enjoy natural space.


My re-interpretation of the physical landscape is via the lens of a ‘city boy’, the abstract nature of the image both references the ‘actual’ and internal landscapes. It is here that I’m caught, investigating the dichotomy of the ‘real’ and imaginary, the inside and outside, urban and rural." (Adrian Conti 2011)

The use of contemporary materials, the abstract and graphic depiction still acknowledges the concept of ‘real space’ and the traditional use of the ‘horizon’ within landscapes.

The use of industrial materials like spray paint enables the simplification of form, clean lines and the absence of marks, all this serves to heighten the sterility of the experience and of his destination.

Both Nowak and Conti place emphasis on the interplay of positive and negative space; each part sharing equal importance. Their works allow the viewer to be submerged into a variety of surfaces and fragments, with the viewer discovering new elements with every look.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Vanish/Survive exhibition in Vilnius Lithuania

Vanish/Survive invite Vilnius, Lithuania


The Seventh International Biennial of Textile Miniatures
VANISH/SURVIVE
September 21 – October 8, 2011

The seventh International Biennial of Textile Miniatures Vanish/Survive is dedicated to the problem of existence of contemporary human. Even 125 artists from 31 countries – from the Baltic countries to the most distant parts of the world (Australia, Japan, China, Latin America) in their works reflect on the different aspects of human existence and the role of individual in the modern world.

Opposition between survival and vanishing is analyzed by the participants of the exhibition through the interaction of life and death or just being and the beyond world. They tackle the problems of ecology and human responsibility in the world full of social, political and religious contradictions. They are interested in the future of textile, the problems of its survival and transformations in the contemporary art, as well as the fate of national and spiritual values under the conditions of globalization.

The artists as if seemingly ask – what is awaiting us tomorrow, what did we find and what shall we leave after ourselves, whether we imprint the footsteps in our time? The works exhibited in biennial are different with respect to style and technique combining both traditional and innovative methods, reflecting individualities of the authors’ and dominating textile tendencies.

Text by Dr. Lijana Šatavičiūtė

I really wish that I could of made the opening of this exhibition!  I had started planning to go but then work committments, other exhibitions and life in general took over.  I can't wait to receive the catalogue and to see the other works in the exhibition.

Vanish/Survive is at Arka Gallerie in Vilnius, Lithuania.  If you're in the area, drop in!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Bit of model posing for The Carisbrook Mercury!

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Me and my supermodel pose!


I was in Maryborough last weekend to present a floor talk and to officially launch the last installment of About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry 1975 to 2005.  It was great to be at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery under the watchful eye of the director there, Kay.  (Kay was awesome!)

On the next day, I also presented to a group of year 11 and 12 students about my arts practice and curating.  Presenting to students is something that I always enjoy as I remember what I was like at that age and how inspiring it was to meet other artists.  I was very chuffed that one of the students wrote in the visitor's book, "You're work is really cool and I like your dress too."  That totally made my day!


And I feel like I'm totally matching Sara Lindsays tapestry today!!
Marimekko dress and a detail of Sara Lindsay's tapestry.
I had to put together this detail of my Marimekko dress alongside the detail of Sara Lindsay's tapestry, we totally were matching!  Many of the visitors to the gallery found it quite amusing that my dress matched the works!  (Also, this dress got quite a lot of compliments!  I love Marimekko!)

Maryborough exhibition
My work on the right at Central Goldfields Art Gallery.

This is the last stop on the tour of this exhibition.  It's been great seeing the show at the different venues and the responses.  I think I will miss heading out rural way to chat to the crowds!  Thanks to Anthony Camm for curating this great show.!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Some new collages...

Some quick new collages to add to the envelope series...


Collage: envelope series
Under the Radar, 2011


Collage: envelope series
The Broken Act, 2011


Collage: envelope series
Questionable Youth, 2011


Collage: envelope series
True to Heart, Hola!, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Marimekko Scribbles...

Marimekko


Marimekko



I love this Marimekko tee as the marks are reminscent of knitting, or chain mail. I guess if you get too tired of knitting for real, you can always just pick up a pen and draw the knitting onto your t-shirt!

Yep, I guess it works for me!  I hope that everyone in Melbourne is getting out and about in t-shirts in this amazing Spring weather that we have going on!  (Though just between you and me, I've still been turning the heating on in the morning for our kitty!)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's Nearly Spring...

Marimekko
top of dress.

Marimekko
bottom of dress and my crazy blue stockings!

It's so close to Spring here in Melbourne and I have been sporting my Marimekko tree dress quite a bit in this lovely weather.  I love the bold graphics on this dress and it always seems to put me in a great mood!  The last time I shopped in store at Marimekko I went on a crazy buy up of black and white, which really isn't me when I'm at Marimekko.  But there is something special about the boldness of shape when it's in black and white and I have to say that I think it is filtering into my work!

I hope that everyone who is in Melbourne are enjoying the sunshine that we have had recently!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry exhibitions last stop!

Studio Tapestry front invite


back of invite


The exhibition About Time: Australian Studio Tapestry 1975 to 2005 is about to go to it's last venue in September!  If you would like to come by to the Central Goldfields Art Gallery in Maryborough, the exhibition will be officially launched by yours truly on Sunday 4 September at 2pm.  I will also be giving a floor talk prior to the opening, so it is a fantastic opportunity to ask me all those burning questions that you've been wanting to ask!

I hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Loom of Excitement!

preparing the loom
My current Scaffold loom which has been with me for about 15 years!


Yep, I'm pretty darn excited!  I've been contemplating purchasing another scaffold loom seeing I'm back in a decent studio space.  I wanted another loom, slightly smaller than the one that I currently work on, to weave smaller pieces while I'm working on large works.   I have a tiny loom which I hate working on.  I never seem to get a good tension going on it and it's so little yet clunky... blah!

So, I did some internet research and found a lovely company called Australian Scaffold who didn't think that I was a crazy person when I rang up and ordered a very small amount of scaffolding to create my new loom!

What I loved about them was they could customize my loom to my requirements and they were super lovely and friendly on the phone.  They even have 'scaffolding experts'!!! Who doesn't want one of those?!  Also, they deliver it all to me within a couple of days!

I can't wait to get my new shiny scaffold loom and warp it up for something smaller while I'm still working on the yellow monster currently.  Is it weird to be so excited by a loom?  Possibly!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Talking Tapestry in Swan Hill...

Swan hill tapestry talk



The touring exhibition About Time:  Australian Studio Tapestry 1975 to 2005 is currently on show at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery until 14 August.  I made the trip up there last Saturday to present a talk about studio tapestry and my own practice as an artist and a curator.


Swan hill tapestry talk


This was my second talk in the series that I am giving as part of the touring exhibition.  It took a slightly different approach from the Horsham talks as my audience was much broader.  It gave me the opportunity to talk a little bit more about what tapestry is, how studio tapestry is different to workshop tapestry and also to highlight some recent works which I have completed too.

Swan hill tapestry talk



I always enjoy taking some tapestries with me for the talk as it gives the audience the opportunity to get up close and personal with the works.  The rules of 'don't touch' in the gallery can be thrown out and people can see how the works are finished, what they look like from the back and also see the individual threads that make up the weft.  It was lovely for me to see some recent works all laid out together too, I can't wait to see them up on a wall together for an exhibition soon!

The audience at Swan Hill were awesome.  My parents came along to hear the talk and there were some artists and art teachers that asked some great questions too.  I think people left with a greater understanding of tapestry and also my working methodology and how everything I do, whether it be curating, making art or just life in general; feeds into each other. 

About Time:  Australian Studio Tapestry 1975 to 2005 heads to Maryborough next and will be at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery from 4 September until 9 October.  I will be presenting two talks at this location too but will let you all know details a bit closer to the date!
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