Lantern Season is over…for this year

Since returning from the  Bird Lab Residency is Sweden I have been deep in lantern land.

First the Lismore Lantern Parade
This year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of this fabulous event.

and then

INTO THE LIGHT – Cycles of Change.
This was the 4th year for INTO THE LIGHT, which started in response to the 2009 Black Saturday fires. Each year we have reflected on the process of healing and with a group of local artists,designed an event in response to where the community is at now.

It is a very special event. I feel privileged to be part of it
This years video is still in process but here are the last 2 years.

Between Land and Sky
The Unfolding Story

And now that lantern season is over
I have time to return to my studio.

This started with a shift from studio 2.14 which has been my home for the last 2 years to works in progressStudio 2.26 across the hall. (At River Studios in West Melbourne which is run my City of Melbourne’s Creative Spaces program)

A chance to dust of the dust and re look at everything that i have gathered or done or thought about doing. I now have a wooden floor, 2 white walls and a square space rather than a rectangle.

So i sat in it today
and stared at all the projects
started, played with , begun, thought about
and waiting
waiting
waiting
for me to start, return to , finish, begin , complete, start,
remember

So many threads and ideasIMG_1871
how do they inter link?
Do they inter link?

 

Is it all one creative journey ?

Or separate threads heading in opposite  directions?

Questions

always questions.

So I picked up some clay (my newest thread)
and blocked out the questions
and let my fingers play

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June

June has been an exciting month.

Into the lIght – The Unfolding Story won a national Local Government award for active arts.

This was very exciting, a great acknowledgement for us and the community and for everyone that participated and helped to create this magical event…..

needless to say it will happen again this year.

Unfortunately i couldn’t join Mahony and Lee in Canberra to collect the award as i was once again wrangling 2300 people for the Lismore Lantern Parade. Which was amazing.

The shift to Oaks Oval was massive, and while there were a few teething problems, the show was magnificent. The weather was divine on the day and we all worked really hard to make it happen! (that goes without saying really!)

here are some beautiful photos of the show c/o natsky

and the parade

and  more photos from the local papers!

I’m now back in Melbourne, attempting to restore the emptied energy glass and prepare for the next Into the Light which we are beginning to plan in Whittlesea Township……..

and so it continues……

On a personal exploration i am also learning pottery, and have a collection of reasonably ugly olive pip bowls…..
and some not so ugly pieces

i look forward to the first cup I can drink  a coffee from

and the first bowl I actually eat breakfast out of.

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…..