Monday, January 28, 2013

Sampler Open!

Hanging with Kylie!
John and I with Kylie.

My exhibition Sampler opened on Thursday 24th January to a great crowd!  This is the first solo exhibition in Melbourne for a while so it was lovely to see so many people and people who I hadn't seen for awhile.

Gals talking about tapestry!
Gallery patrons.

The gallery is a small shopfront like space, so I intentionally decided on much smaller works for the exhibition.  This was such a change of pace for me but something that I really enjoyed.  It is also very interesting to see which works different people are attracted to.  You could say that it says something about their taste and style.

Sampler exhibition shots! #tapestry #mardinowak
through the window.

The exhibition is open until February 16.  I will be popping my head in on Saturday afternoons around 1 or 2pm to chat to patrons about the work, how tapestry is made and the themes behind the show.  If you would like more information, drop me a line at or contact Hand Held Gallery!

Monday, January 14, 2013

January Sponsor on Tractor Girl

Bobbins in action #speedweaving
Bobbins in action!

While I am madly weaving and finishing off works for my exhibition Sampler, you can also find me on Tractor Girl! I am one of the lovely Julie's featured sponsors for January and February!

Go and check out her blog as well as her small feature on me. There's some other super lovely artisans on there too so you will definitely get your art/craft/design fix at Tractor Girl! 

So, don't mind me, I'll be still weaving...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Featured on Curvy Mag!

Hey!! There's a bit of action on about my upcoming exhibition!! Super!!

Wow! I am super stoked to have my upcoming exhibition featured on Curvy!

If you don't know much about Curvy, you should definitely get on their bandwagon! Their mission is to "inspire and celebrate the most creative women in the world through their books, events, website and other initiatives." Such a good mantra!

Don't forget that my latest solo show Sampler kicks off on the 24 January at Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Getting Ready...

The pile of tapestries!

I'm madly trying to get everything ready for my upcoming exhibition Sampler at Handheld Gallery from 24th January.  This weekend consisted of getting works ready to mount.  As you can see from the image above, it's a big pile of ends and wool!

Sampler runs from 24th January until 16th February  at:

Suite 18 (upstairs),
Paramount Arcade
108 Bourke Street

They are open from Wednesday to Saturday midday to 5pm, however you can see the exhibition outside of these hours through the windows!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Best of 2012... (in a nutshell)

The best

My 2012 Highlights have been:
  • Hiking at Yosemite National Park
  • Making some lovely new friends who are super arty and supportive. (Love my craft tweets!)
  • Visiting the Thomas Demand exhibition in Sydney as part of the Kaldor Art Project.
  • Finally finishing Mark's knitted sweater!
  • Going to both the Sydney and Melbourne Marimekko store launches!
  • enjoying the fruits of Mark's labour in the garden, broadbeans, pumpkins, pickes etc... an amazing crop this year!
  • Making delicious lunches to take to work instead of eating crappy and expensive sandwiches
  • getting gorgeous snail mail from new pen pal folk
  • getting a little more serious about my arts practice, documenting stuff, applying for shows and starting a 'serious' arts based website.

Things I've loved

Things that I have loved:

  • improving my knitting skills
  • dying my own yarn!  woo hoo!
  • being able to work more in the studio
  • Bruny Island Cheese Club - oh my!
  • Mark's homemade bitters in cocktails
  • Apple TV, how did I live without you
  • Pandora music app, finding new bands!
  • reading magazines on the ipad
  • knitting during my lunch breaks

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