a new home

last Thursday tsunami 2 was presented to the new principal of the school in Minami Sanruki that i visited 2 years ago. This school no longer has a school. The buildings have gone… although the GPS in the hire car says it is still there as it does with many locations ghosts hovering in a virtual landscape Instead this school shares the buildings with another school. next year the school itself will be merged with other schools. What makes a school? Its buildings or its teachers and students? anyway…. i presented tsunami 2 to the new principal… explaining that it…

Tsunami 1 and 2

Three years ago i went to Minima Sanruki, a small village on the east coast of Japan, with Polyglot Theatre.This village had stood in the way of a giant wave. (You can read more about that visit here) At the time i picked up a piece of black rope, a remnant of a place, a time, an event.and bought it back with me. On reflecting on my experience I wovewhat i called Tsunami.   In 5 days i will be returning to Minami Sanrukiagain with Polylgot I was sitting in my studio starring at the piece of rope that was leftwondering what…

Forest……..

Its been a month (or so) since Forest was installed iIn the Little Red Train at Ceres Environment Park….. All in all it was a success. A friend suggested that the measure of success was… did you like it in the space? Yes and Would you do it again… Yes below are a few of my favourite images For more images and comments go to….. FOREST     Standing in the space and just… listening beautiful Stef!                      (Mischa)         A wonderful travelling journey woven and dense with memory…

Forest

is an installation of nests and Textured Paper Drops that i am currently building in the Little Red Train at CERES Environment Part in East Brunswick , Melbourne. This installation has evolved out of 4 years of gentle development that started in the Solo Residency I undertook at Victoria University. I thought it was going to be a dance piece a textural poem that moved through the seasons telling a story of a tree and the bird woman who weaves nests….. but it seems it is an installation. the tree is woven through the space and will be echoed in…

the meditation of doing

Today my head is full of how to why to what to who to do it with why how what why and this continues as the energy waxes and wanes and confidence grows and dissipates with every success and failure and i finally sit pick up the needle and rope and start sewing tight stitches tighter than usual neat precise stitches that turn a rope found into a nest bound and to each stitch is attached  one of these thoughts and questions and i find some of the whys disappear as i remember why and some of the hows get…

The Runaway

Todays Nest…….. On my walk out on the breakwater in search of washed up bits and things to weave with i found this time thick chunky rope which made me think that a small boat (or maybe even a big one) had broken its moors and runaway out to the ocean to roam and explore escaping the wealth, glass and bad taste that the surrounding shores it was tied to have become So i gathered up these torn remnants of a brave adventure and scurried back to my studio to twist and sew and wind and bend them into a…

INTO THE LIGHT-The Unfolding Story

was held on the 1st of September at the Whittlesea Showgrounds in Whittlesea,  Victoria. In follow up to last years event…. INTO THE LIGHT-The Unfolding Story was made up of a   lantern parade with 12 primary schools from the Whittlesea, Kinglake, Flowerdale and Nillimbick Communities, a spiral, video projections that filled the side of the cattleshed, a 30 meter shadow play and so much more…….. Here is the video of the night……..

i stood in the studio

for the first time in a long time I stopped and stood in the studio instead of passing through on my way from brushing teeth to sleep I stood thinking i was only going to stand and feel the breath  of the space upon my skin and to think about maybe one day soon But the breath turned to a breeze and before i knew a night dance had begun moving me through space folding, falling, expanding, contracting a hidden story emerging from muscles and bone relief flooded me like when on old friend you thought you would never see…

reconnecting

How quickly a couple of months can go by a crazy time filled with work, lanterns, children, paper and cello-tape A time when personal projects/ my practice has been put on hold and the studio gathers dust and i lose track of what it was that i was doing and why i was doing it. But….. my work is creative, and i am earning a living from it and quite possibly this too is “My Practice” and as October turns from empty a space i was relishing as a time to return to ‘My Practice’ into overwhelming as i try…

The Lismore Lantern Parade

was last weekend It was fantastic we were blessed with a week of beautiful sunny weather. The parade continues to grow each year, although I’m hoping at 2000 people it has reached capacity!! This year i was only in Lismore for a week, thankfully i had some awesome people helping me to pull the parade together …….. heres a link to some of the media echo net daily northernstar and nastsky’s very beautiful photos Im in there carrying a fiery dragonfly…. my treat for managing the parade…. it can’t be all work…..