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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

May showing

In January, when i was looking at my year ahead, i made a commitment to show some work in May. Life, and work as it tends to do took me in a slightly different direction, On the day i booked a gallery, i was also offered a tour to the USA with Polyglot Theatre, needless to say i took the job and i leave on Wednesday. I did install the work into the studio one friday night and had a play with a couple of friends and….. and made a short video and here it is my May showing……. into…