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5th July….

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The weather has been lousy here in the South-West of Western Australia but having said that it is winter!!  But normally its not this cold, very low temperatures, which is unusual.  Apparently there’s even been snow in some areas Ouch!!!!!  So I have been hibernating inside doing paperwork, blogs etc. as the workshop is a bit chilly even with thick socks and big boots.

I have been working on shadow boxes recently and have done quite a few of different sizes and am enjoying the process of adding my found objects to form a scene, an each one is unique.  I am saving them for my second solo exhibition in Busselton in November.  Lots of work to do and I’m both keen and excited to announce a second exhibition in January at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery which I’m collaborating with the very talented Sharon Hinchcliffe of  www.arlidesign.com.au so my life is out of control at the moment trying to work on two exhibitions and my normal production line.   But I always work well under pressure and I need time to beachcomb as the swells have been fantastic lately so much to explore.  I will keep you posted….

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24th June….

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Hi all, thought I would do a quick note to self to NOT FORGET MY BLOG!!!  Sometimes when I am busy I forget the media updates, like my blog, instagram,facebook etc. etc.   I wish I had a personal assistant (never gonna happen!) who could do all the media and bookwork and ordering and emails and packaging so that I could just get on with the lovely side of my art practice, which is actually making art!!!

Its awful when the running of a business overtakes the pleasure of doing the art and that is why you started the business in the first place.  Oh well enough whinging from me.   I just wanted to let you know I have uploaded some more photos to my gallery page so that you all can see what I have been doing lately.

12th May…

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Hello to all my long lost Bloggers!!!  I am still going and thought I would send you all an update of what is happening down this way in the South-West of Western Australia.  I have been very busy producing and selling my work & have tried to stay in the workshop as long as possible.  I have started expanding my range to include more functional wares & also adding home decor to my list of achievements.  Recently I have been doing some markets again as well which I have really enjoyed.  While I was there diligently working (bottom photo)  I was thrilled to watch printmaker Lynne Mitchell do a quick hands on demo.  I wish I had more hours in the day so I could try and do everything that interests me!!!  I would love to do printmaking it’s so hand on and except for the lino cutting seems to be a beautiful process for making art that can appeal to everyone. (plus its so much easier to transport!!)  That of course is the pleasure of going to markets, that you get to talk & debate with other artists.  Sometimes being in the workshop all the time can be very isolating & your mind starts to play tricks on you.  I recommend getting out into the sunshine & finding your closest market where you get feedback from all the customers even the negative ones!!

29th March….

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Recently I was given a stack of Cuban Cigar boxes.  They are so pretty and well made, I personally don’t smoke cigars but I really wanted to use them and show off there pretty designs.  Of course, originally the 9 x 5 artwork phase started from a cigar box so I thought it was keeping good company to restart another form of cigarbox art.   Now I have gone mad!! My poor friend is apparently smoking madly to keep up with demand!!  (I feel slightly guilty about his health) but they are so lovely to work with and I have been trying to keep to a cuban theme.  I have been doing little boats sailing along, with a cuban vintage map in the background and some other form of display with the boat.  Ive made them so that they can hang on the wall and I’m currently in the process of changing the artwork and incorporating an Australian theme.  I particularly like them in the portrait configuration but the only problem then is that the box artwork is the wrong way but I think i’m being to picky.  Its fun that the lid can close and open when its on the wall, like a little surprise really.  I will keep you posted……

31st January…..

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I’m still enjoying my little boats and using the found objects to add the beauty and appeal to each one which makes them truly individual and completely unique!   At the moment I am making wall tiles and I will add shells & other found pieces to the finished glazed tile.

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I love the patterns on the ties they remind me of Moorish styles.  I would love to go to Morocco one day to explore their beautiful ceramics.  But inn the meantime I must explore my own workshop and start producing more work.  I am experimenting with wall pieces, still using clay and found objects but doing it vertically in shadow boxes etc.  I will let you know how it goes…    Adios Amigos

28th December….

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Well Ive finally finished shifting my entire house, my family, my workshop and everything done while I was working as well.  In the meantime I went to Bali and did a sabbatical and found some mojo!!!    I still havnt had my kiln connected so things are slow but I have managed to do a few things in my workshop and have a wishlist as long as my arm.  But now Christmas is behind us and the New Year is looming I have grand plans for doing lots of fossicking in the beautiful South-West of Western Australia and showing lots more photos of my travels.

Happy New Year !!!!!!!

8th September …..

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Yesterday I spent touring the countryside, the Balinese were preparing for Galungan a religious festival that is very beautiful, so the decorations were up in front mod every home, some were excessive and others modest but my driver assured me they all would be up by that night as the ceremony was the next day.  

I also went to the rice terraces up high in the hills above Ubud and the cool breeze was lovely, the rice was only small so the visual impact was not the same but the setting was pretty spectacular! 

   
Today is my last day in Ubud and I am heading down the hill ( so to speak) into frantic and noisy Legian which I’m not looking forward to that side of it but my daughters are there so that will make it all worthwhile, they of course want to shop!!!  I expect we will need another bag to fly home!

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