Friday, July 9, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
This is my second large scale text based cross stitch of 2010, I've been completing them on black aida cloth in order to differentiate mine from the another style in the class, and also working in this large scale rather cold, freehand font. I've decided that although they are aesthetically contemporary and cleanlined, I'm going to work on some smaller cursive fonts in order to make these pieces a little more 'me', they will still be on the larger scale, just hopefully not so time consuming as I currently have about six to complete!
After many excruciatingly frustrating trials, involving cotton, crochet thread and embroidery threads, I've finally found a thread that has the strength to hold my manipulated shells, and here are some shots of the (almost) finished product - it's been pared back and simplified into oblivion, but I kind of like the fact that at least one thing in my 2010 portfolio won't be entirely over the top!
Despite this terrible photo of my translucent vampire skin vs. my flurescent red dress, and funny face - I finished another French knitting plait necklace last night, whilst waiting for Karl to finish cooking dinner - I'm planning on sewing two or three together, they're much more effective as larger more structural pieces!
I briefly checked out the happenings at Linden today, and Sarah CrowEST has some seriously intriguing and awesome sculpture/ceramic/figurine kind of things on show at the moment - glitter ah! And although I couldn't find any appropriate images, it was a pretty exciting exhibition, I loooveee seeing interesting contemporary ceramics in real life (as opposed to craft/art magazines) I studied ceramics as a brief minor in my first year at UB, and I really think that the lecturer stuffed up by not showing us much contemporary ceramics- instead we were told to research makers like Picasso and Rudy Autio - there is so much awesome ceramic stuff going on out there and if only we'd had a helping hand in finding it there might've been a lot more ceramic majors graduating this year!
Friday, July 2, 2010
At the beginning of the year I collected and cleaned a heck of a lot of smashed windscreen glass from sides of roads around my area, I was planning to use them in an installation at the end of the year- accompanying my baby quilt actually.
But as soon as I brought them into the studio, another student literally grabbed hold of my idea and has used them in a series of photographs, therefore, I haven't been able to use them at all, despite it originally being my idea and the object containing symbolism appropriate to my work.
In short, I've had to abandon the material, and find something else, which I won't be bringing into the studio, and thought that I would take some shots with the glass, just for fun, here are the more succesful ones - I was reinterpreting and old idea, having had adopted similar compositions in my manipulated Japanese novella piece from 2009.
Disappointingly, after taking a trip to my mum's, and driving around for a quite a while in the dark around Wonthaggi, and even going to the cemetery in the middle of my night by myself, none of those particular shots worked out - not a single one!!!
So out of the last few rolls of film that I've had processed these ones are probably going to be featured in my end of year series.
I'm beginning to be a lot more appreciative of my little apartment in the winter, it's relatively cosy and I'm quite happy to spend alot of time indoors, working on various projects I've also worked out that having numerous candles lit not only creates a warm aesthetic lighting but also works as an extra heating supply!!
I did a heck of a lot of cooking whilst down at my mums, lamb cutlets with lemon and garlic asparagus and honey roasted dutch carrots, not to mention vanilla almond and berry cupcakes, carrot cake and yoyo's!
I also found my new winter love, whilst I was spending my time in mum's warm lounge room crafting away, it is fresh lemon and mint and honey tea! It's so good and not too bad for you either (I assume!)
Thursday, July 1, 2010
These are some of Julianne Swartz poignant photographs, I'm positively obsessed with any incorporation of mirror into art pieces!
Currently I'm being extremely productive, but my creative juices are definately a little in drought at the moment, seeing works like these can definately lighten the mood!
Here are some pics of the finished baby quilt (almost finished, I still need to decide what to, and embroider a patch onto the underside and organize installation techniques, but these things have all been put on the back burner as I'm planning to exhibit this piece in the end of year show as opposed to the upcoming Melbourne show!) with mum's help and quilting expertise, we completed the quilt, with cotton batting, quilting in the ditch and a hand sewn binding (edging).
It's a lot smaller than I thought, and might take a few washes to get the flexibility that my installation ideas will require, but I truly love it and think it's a pretty good effort for a first quilt!