something …..

I have been playing with a few new ideas here at Bird Lab. Layers of paper and frayed fabric. I’m not quite sure about them yet…. Whether I need to do something else… (another layer? shellac?) or well something else…. Maybe they would be better on a light box or in a lantern so you can see the textures of the paper… there is something about them i like.. a lot and something about them isn’t quite right yet….. (the photos don’t show very well the different textures in the paper back ground… but also a lot of the texture…

In a weird contrast to the beauty of this place I am in is the military training base just down the road. It has been a training base for 200 years. The land it uses to practice on is also apart of the wild life sanctuary…  or is that the other way round?? Gates Closed…. do not enter we are practicing. On my 2nd day here i was sent scuttling home after a tank crossed my path…. today i was joyfully watching the flight of a bird when yup… a tank fills the space in the binoculars…. the bird song…

rope

When I was coming to Harlosa i was asked if i wanted anything… I asked for rope as this is a material i have been using in Melbourne and sometimes it’s not so easy to find… I have been a bit over whelmed by the response …rope has been delivered to my door, big thick chunky worn rope. Its taken me a while to approach the rope, partly because other materials have taken my attention, and partially because my head has been full of what i would do with it in Melbourne… so i have been thinking that i need to…

rag rugs

Today i got give a box of hand dyed cotton that has been prepared for making a rag rugs….. Rag rugs are a traditional rug made here in the early 1800’s by the monarchy, and this tradition slowly trickled down to the farming folk. Linen, then cotton as it became more common and less expensive , was recycled, torn into strips, and woven into rugs… Rag Rugs were made to adorn the floors of the important rooms. As the traditional took hold, the rugs began to tell the stories/history of the people, as the cloth used held the memories of…

Bird Lab begins

Well here i am in Harlosa Sweden….. Today was spent on a bike riding from  bird sanctuary to bird sanctuary via the military training base that acts as a reserve when there isn’t target practice happening…. (Ate breakfast yesterday to the gentle sound of guns firing!!) Apparently the tanks have played an important environmental task…digging up the earth which brings the insects and flowers to the surface…. so now that they don’t use tanks the military go in with tractors to purposely dig up the land….. I have become very interested in the sounds that surround me… and have been…