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

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



...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

tura marrang....


I've been invited to create special projects
for the opening (next weekend) of the new
Tura Marrang library and community centre


I've created a community book-page origami boat activity called 

'what book floats your boat?'

this is based on images of my many book-page origami boat activities


(like 'Navigo'  - gosh can you believe this is from 2007-8? where has the time gone?!)


Library patrons of all ages will be encouraged to create book-page origami boats
and perhaps tuck a little note inside telling a personal tale (or three)
about what books mean to them

maybe they will share the name of their favourite author or book?

maybe a secret guilty book pleasure?

perhaps a moment where a book changed their life?


it will be fun to see what folk make of it
as the activity is designed to challenge the notion
of the preciousness and purpose of books in the digital age

(oh - and it will be loads of fun!)
yes --  I promise I'll share some install pics as the project develops
and the created origami books are added to display cases in the library space


I'm also installing a couple of my looooooooooooooooooooong books...


they will have an extended stay
in a funny shaped display cabinet in the new space..
(pics will follow I promise)

AND

I've been creating a small video work
I've titled 'oh books - you light my fire'
developed from this series of book/fire/water ephemeral works from 2010...

I'll share the whole piece by-the-by

soooooo its been a busy couple of weeks but nice to bring my old friends out to play

(most folk in my home region haven't seen much of my work
funny how you can be anonymous in your own town eh?)



ps everyone is invited to the opening celebrations
next saturday
come on down!


Monday, May 23, 2016

an emerging series...


It all started innocently enough...
I had some old books, 
I wrapped them with some neutral cloth
 

bound, bundled, swaddled, crossed

  and set them out as gifts...


thinking about knowledge and place...


the series emerged...


a book bound with various materials
(here its a very long kikuyu runner)


and then set out

accompanied on insta with a philosophic musing

(of sorts)


so now I'm binding books an all manner of ways with all manner of things...




I'm even taking books with me

to seize a bound book moment


why not drop over to my insta space
to check out the offerings

....



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Adventures of EJ and Archie...


won't you please all say g'day to the newest member of our household

 ARCHIE


or - to be more exact
ARCHIE NIGEL McPHERSON - JRT
(Jack Russell Terror.... yes you read that right... TERROR) 

Archie is EJ's very first fur baby 
(don't you love the name she has given him?)
what a delightful
(and delightfully WICKED)
little man he is


Archie is a Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) 
he is now almost 12 weeks old and he joined our gang just over a week ago
after almost a year searching for
just. the. right. mini-hound.


WHAT and action-packed time he has had already!


EJ & Archie at Parkrun 


EJ & Archie at hockey


(hey Archie - where's EJ?)


EJ & Archie at soccer


EJ & Archie at cross country


PHEW!

I think you can see why it took us a while 
to find just the right mini hound for our maxi sport grrrrrrrrl

and how perfect the breed choice is...

EJ is the human version of a Jack Russell!


But its not all sport sport sport sport sport 


a grrrrrrl has to feed and clean and train her fur-baby

so far Archie has learned his name and to come on command
he has learned to sit 
(including for his meals - without prompts either -- good boy!)

he has learned to travel and settle quietly in his HUGE crate
(he gets to sleep beside the grrrl child in his crate --- lucky boy!)

he has learned that balls at WONDERFUL fun
EJ is now teaching him to fetch and return items 
and to play soccer 
with a full sized football 
(good grief !!!!!!!!)


and he has also learned to snuggle for lovely laps.... 



sweet dreams



xxxx




Friday, April 22, 2016

ephemerality...

Anyone who has been following my little insta space would have noticed

I'm doing things with (and to)
 those books in my collection again...

 

just small things


booky and ephemeral things


 interacting and collaborating with nature


and creating things that speak of my dual interests in knowledge and place


instagram makes sharing and interacting so easy -
no downloading, resizing, uploading, arranging etc etc ---- wheeeeeee
(which of course means I've been neglecting this space somewhat)

I've dropped a few things in here so those not on IG (or farcebook)
know I'm alive and well (and flexing my ephemeral arty muscles again!)


ahhhhhhh its good to be home.