Tuesday, November 22, 2016

interwoven...



  oh gosh

so slack

spending time hanging out in instagrammaland

instead of here

and then there have been Very Big Life things to deal with

but I managed to get a couple of things completed for this group show...


 which is still open at Spiral Gallery in Bega
(I think? see... I'm not paying much attention)


I put together a box of double-sided printed postcards
from what I'm referring to as the 'bound knowledge' series


(yes I'll post all 8 designs shortly -
hint - they have all been posted on my insta feed if you'd like to take a looksee)



 I also created 2 sculptural booky pieces for the show....

 (a wee detail)

  (another wee detail)



'Tacit Knowledge'

 Tacit Knowledge: repurposed bible, hand-twined string, crocheted cotton,
found feather, dried seed pod, cows tail hair, metal sprocket, glass.


"Tacit knowledge is the kind of knowledge
that is difficult to transfer to another person
by means of writing it down or verbalizing it."*
Riding a bike, knitting, making bread,
playing a musical instrument, speaking a language
are all examples of tacit knowledge.



'Explicit knowledge'


Explicit knowledge: repurposed bible, hand-twined string, found feathers, 
satin ribbon, metal washers, metal sprocket, glass.
 

 "Explicit knowledge is knowledge that can be readily articulated,
codified, accessed and verbalized.
It can be easily transmitted to others.
Most forms of explicit knowledge can be stored in certain media.
The information contained in encyclopedias and textbooks
are good examples of explicit knowledge."*

 
 installation plinth view

 


opening night pundits at 'interwoven'



 

*(thank you wiki)




Monday, October 3, 2016

reading matters...


Newest additions to my (heaving) book pile(s)



Dark Emu is small gem
all about indigenous agriculture in Australia (pre-colonisation)
I suspect it will become a part of the national curriculum
(its that important)

when I bought/read the title you can see it was shortlisted for
the Vic Premiers award which it subsequently won

 

The author, Bruce Pascoe, lives 'just down the road'
(ie a few hundred kms away)
He is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works
His children's books are rather special
(EJ recommends 'Fog a Dox')

If you are an Aussie you need to read Dark Emu



Talking of Aussies -- this one is quite a sweet delight...


full of evocative photos and reproductions of Joshua's work
(and yes - there are lots of lovely owls)


Not long after I devoured this book
I stumbled over an interview with Joshua in Dumbo Feather
he's what you'd call a real individual... 



I'm a total sucker for beautifully made books
(I joke that I only had kidlets to justify buying children's picture books!)
 
I recently encountered some images from 'The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue-Eagle'
and just had to bring it to my stacks


Yes, its a work of fiction
but its so beautifully and sensitively done

and given their heritage,
I thought this was important to pass down to our kidlets

(this title was originally released in the 1990s but there are reprints - obviously!)

 

Indeed I love collecting those books that made a big impression on me
like these two titles by Leonard Koren

I first read these titles when completing my MVA
(which was before my MFA) --- ooo how I miss my university library...

Again, these date from the 1990s so when I saw two sparkly new copies
in the bookshop at the MCA in Sydney
I took it as a sign - into my bags they went!
 


I'm always on the lookout for titles to add to my library
I'd love to hear your recommendations
what's the best book you've read this year?



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Friday, September 23, 2016

a post of few words


I haven't had time or the emotional energy

to post things that I had meant to post long long ago...

being (t)here treasures, recent additions to my library, current projects and events


I'm STILL unpacking workshop goodies
(I have one piece still to unwrap - its in the freezer of a 'being (t)here' friend)




so much has happened since going (t)here
mostly stuff that I can't really throw into a blog post

community grief, personal challenges

and of course still more sport than you can shake a hockey stick at
 

rather than wait until there is a moment free
I thought I'd share some recent pics (without the talky-talky)
from 'being (t)here' and being home...












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xxx for Noa xxx


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

(t)here, here, and all...

I'm just too busy to post a few more pics or whatsits from my time
being (t)here



mmmmmm pretty pretty scotts head - click to embiggen
 

(kiddies sport, more kiddies sport, still more kiddies sport, and a bit more kiddies sport currently has me chasing my tail)

India posted some delish pics
and an hilarious reply to an email that greeted her upon her return  


upon my return I received word that my 'all the...' booklets

(which were hurriedly finished hours before the deadline)

have been shortlisted for the Libris Awards


(yay team 'LookUP') 

and the Libris Awards will be on at the same time as Queensland Poetry Festival
where the LookUP project projection work will have another showing

(yay team 'LookUP')

so all roads seem to be leading back up to the north country

(including more sport sport sport sport sport sport sport SPORT) 

before I rush off to the studio
(ummmm ... yeah... about finishing those 'all the... ' booklets before the deadline
yeah.... nar... 
I didn't - I just managed to complete and to photograph one
so now I must hurriedly get the other two folded into shape)

here's a sneak peek of something from being (t)here before it entered the magical cauldron...


oooo the suspense eh! 


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

being (t)here....


This time last week
I was driving/flying/driving
my way from my home by a small creek
to this home by a bigger creek...


to spend 4 days (of a 5 day workshop) 
with the amazing prophet-of-bloom herself

India Flint

in a workshop with the title


'being (t)here'
a site-specific masterclass about being in place 


now anyone who knows anything about India would know
that 'workshop' is not really the best way to describe
what spending time with this natural wonder really entails ...
its more 'multi-faceted experience' than simply a workshop.

and anyone who knows anything about me would know
what an extraordinary feat it is for me to get anywhere these days ....
and to go far far away doing something just for myself is....
wellllllllll....
unheard of!

I'll share a few pics of my time in the next wee while
because I'm mindful that words and pics don't really capture
what is at the core of art-making and word-wrangling in place
with a gathering of what India calls 'stitch sisters'

I'm still digesting the feast

and rather than describe every morsel in detail
I think I'll just give you a small taste of things
(by-the-by)


I've been on quite a journey this week


 it has been the best way to launch myself into the next half-tonne of my life




xxxx




Saturday, July 9, 2016

'all the....'


At the risk of boring folk who connect with my bits on multiple platforms
I thought I'd share with you a recently completed project
(I've already shared many of these pics and info on insta and farcebook)



here is the first booklet from the 'all the....' series
based on work from the LookUP project


'all the sixteenths...' 

(all finished)

here's where things began...

like many of my book projects --- this project started with teeny tiny scrap paper models....

it took a few scrappy bits until I hit upon the form that I thought might work


   its a variation of a pocket concertina

then slowly

 I move from tiny models to larger more detailed versions.... 


folding folding

thinking thinking


changing

 measuring

refining

trialing paper choices

much more careful folding ...

 
then slowly the final form emerged....


'all the sixteenths' from the LookUP project

 concertina booklet with pockets and paper covers 

folded from Magnani Vergata Avorio 145gsm laid paper

contains 12 offset print picture/poems/postcards from the LookUP series

 from the 16th day of each month in 2015



The postcards slide in and out of their little pockets 

that reveal the picture on each while hiding the poem


The pocket concertina form encourages the viewer to remove the picture/poem/postcard,

to contemplate the image/words

and to reorder the postcards in the pockets
 
so they form new narratives


a paper band holds the concertina closed and also acts as the title of the work


'all the sixteenths...'
is the first in a series of 'all the...'
folded concertina books for the LookUP project


mind you -- you may need to wait to see some more:
it takes

F....O... R ... E ...V ... E ... R

to fold each one of these!

Monday, June 27, 2016

tura marrang now showing...


 I have loved bringing some of my booky works (old and new)

to the opening of the beautiful new Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre
in Tura Beach - far couth coast NSW
(ie just down the road a bit from my creek home) 


The new space is featuring some of my book-boat images

 

and little book boats I've made
as well as a book boat building site
for library patrons to make some little paper book-boats
to add to the display


I've cheekily popped a few boats in odd places... 


my video work looked FAB in the AV meeting room for opening day ceremonies...


but without a doubt my favourite thing
is how my 2 loooooooooooong books look
in the funny little wedge shaped display cabinet...



the looooooooooong books and boat installation
will be on display for a couple of months


( I think they like hanging out in this space...)

I love it when a plan that seems good in theory
actually comes together as hoped in practice

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"To build up a library is to create a life.
It’s never just a random collection of books."
Carlos María Domínguez



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