Far too much has happened in the 14 months since I last update my blog to go into all the details and have spent very little time on social media or commenting on blogs I follow. Settling in to a new home in a new location has had its highs and lows, some expected and some not at all. But here I am living in a lovely home, I keep in touch with old friends and have made some interesting new ones. There is a variety of delightful walks close at hand for the dog and me, and Whanganui, while small, has everything I need for the most part.
In my last post I shared details about a pennant that has been to Sydney and since returned. The installation was co-ordinated by Mo Orkiszewki over at It’s Crow Time and you can see a stunning display of everyone’s work here.
Earlier this year I took a workshop organised by Fibre Arts Australia with Hannah Lamb where I stitched a memoir of sorts on a top that I wore until it died and then was deconstructed to use as a pattern. There is more of this work to come . . . right now it’s just notes and sketches.
An Internal Landscape: Beneath the Surface is a comment on my life. A family of orgin gone separate ways, seldom straightforward, occasionally unraveling, messier beneath the surface, support often unseen by others, always moving on creating a new landscape.
Later a 5 day course, organised by Fibre Arts New Zealand, with Mary Hettmansperger set me off twining (a skill I taught myself almost 40 years ago because I was fascinated by taniko) and working in wire.
Then it was gum nuts picked up on the riverbank . . . 100 gum nuts bound in cotton. Remains is a comment on individual difference. I also wanted to comment on how when a primary use, or perceived usefullness, has been served there is usually another purpose to be found. This came about when I was musing on the number of gray-haired woment were out that day walking their dogs and how they could be so easily dismissed as just a member of a particular demographic.
A converation overheard during the exhibition:
A: One is diferent. B: They’re all different.
I’ve continued messing around with a quick collage as a warm up most days or eight very quick androgynous sketches in acrylic and charcoal.
I continue to enjoy learning new skills, developing old ones, using them to express my thoughts . . . and generally enjoying my life.
A sun-filled studio has been set up in the house and another workspace in the garage so I can fling paint around. My last attempt to paint was a brief dalliance with oils about 20 years ago so I’m not sure why I’m drawn to it again: I always said I use paint but I don’t paint. At the moment I’m playing with colour and texture and aren’t at all certain of where it’s going. Somewhere? Nowhere? Does it matter?
I’ve taken a few painting and mixed media online courses with Misty Mawn and Jeanne Oliver. Both sources offerings are reasonably priced, specific and professionally produced by knowledgeable and supportive tutors.
More of my results with later perhaps.
That’s it! There are no plans for attending future workshops at this stage . . . time to consolidate and just work with what I have. And while I have work at a couple of outlets I’m more interested in developing the work than exhibiting or selling at the moment.
Catch up soon? Soon is a relative term.