Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's Nearly Spring...

top of dress.

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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