30 June 2008

from the train window on the trip down to bunbury from perth.
it seems that the bushlands are so untouched in comparison to the east coast. these huge grasstrees (
/blackboy) are everywhere, alongside proteas and other native flowers and flowering trees...

25 June 2008

my studio emptied on sunday of the twelve dolls i've been working on leading up to my exhibition at the 'footpath gallery' and has given me time to clean down surfaces and start on new things.
these three cojoined twins are the result. they will be going over to melbourne very soon for an exhibition at milly sleeping

24 June 2008

'...the little red shoes still danced off into the forest...'
this piece was made a while ago and recently came back to me after exhibition 'brew' finished at milly sleeping earlier this year in. it was also originally part of an exhibition called 'shoes change lives' at the lovett gallery in newcastle last year.

22 June 2008

another great exhibition at the moores building contemporary art gallery, 'the garden project'.
this piece by Arif Satar is titled 'lawn series'. strands of grass built from clay. they look like hairs growing from the skin.

16 June 2008

this might be an unusual thing to find here in this blog...most of the things that end up here are design or art based...but this system does fit in with the recycling aspect to my work and interests.

i have always been interested in where our rubbish goes once it is picked up from the streets every week. i grew up driving past an open tip in dudley {nsw} on daily trips to the beach. it stank sure, but we all knew where our rubbish went and could see the pile from the road through the trees. we also went there to collect stuff that other people didn't want. it is harder now to know what happens to the things we through away. there is a lot more being consumed so it must be a growing amount of waste.
just recently i discovered that fremantle shire is quite unique with what they do after rubbish collection: it all goes to a big waste site where it is sorted very carefully; all the organic matter plus dirty papers and other biodegradable items go into a huge composting system; which is the second largest of its kind in the world. then all the non-organics get sorted into recyclables or landfill items.
this not only reduces the amount of landfill it also creates a rich compost that can be redistributed into the community.
they do tours of the whole site every week, these pics were taken for me by J when he was there last friday. so we can again see where our rubbish goes.

10 June 2008

moores building contemporary art gallery in fremantle always something great to wander through while at the cafe next door.
this installation from the exhibition safety measures is a particular favourite. artist Marzena Topka
not only displays an incredible devotion to crochet, she also cleverly incorporates elements of architecture. it took a while to work out that they were crocheted floor plans. it reminded me of a completely sewn interior of a house in the sydney biennale many years ago. made from sheer fabric and all to life size scale... an amazing exhibit.

6 June 2008

beautiful sketches and drawings are so inspiring. i love the work of leah muddle. i have once before posted another of her amazing cards she is indeed a very talented woman.
her skills are varied and very proficient. today i was surprised by these two beautiful hand sewn letters neatly packed into a post-pack... i noticed some of her letters in the window at milly sleeping when i visited her there in melbourne earlier this year. they are printed, appliqu├ęd, stuffed and hand embroidered

2 June 2008

these dolls jason & guthrie were made years ago now, but i just found their photos again and thought i'd see if they have found a home yet. i have a little blog of their story as far as i know it on the right side of this blog called last seen. they went over to new york as a wedding gift but never made it to the couple...so they are perhaps languishing in a postage pack in a forgotten postal service room or went to the wrong apartment and have found a new home... i'd love to know where they are and what exciting adventures they've had. maybe one day in years to come paths will cross...just thought it was time to blog them again...

1 June 2008

it was an overcast morning of riding around the undeveloped river side of perth... old industrial sites along the swan river are now very much prime real estate. but these old coal and power systems have such character... statuesque and dilapidated and a landmark

it is only the underneath structure of a bridge across the swan river near the old power station, but would be a great pedestrian or bike path too...just something from pillar to pillar and it would take us across...an amazing gallery of pillars, the reflection are especially striking...