Tuesday, August 28, 2012

seeing artists books...

Seeing Artists Books as Research

For one day only a temporary exhibition of artists books
at the Royal Society of  Victoria, 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.
Friday  7  September, 2012, 1 – 6 pm

Coinciding with The Arts Libraries Society Conference 2012

Collaborations: Artists, Scholars and Libraries in Research Ecosystems

one of my loooong books is making the looooong trip 
on the Australia Post truck to be a part of the exhibition

if you are in Melbourne town on Sept. 7 be sure to check it out

 more details check the website 



Sunday, August 26, 2012

art gesture sunday - week 34...

a windy (almost spring) afternoon

Retired school copy of 
New Fundamental Science

' Forces - Wind'

folded to become a paper plane

launched into Sams Creek airspace


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

playing favourites....

Around the house and garden today...

Favourite colour...

Favourite flowering plant in the vegie patch...

 Favourite thing we are growing/eating...

Favourite old work tunic - patched at last...

Favourite creative activity....


Favourite envelope of all time!!!!!

(it arrived from the States yesterday...... 
and I've been smiling about it ever since!)

It's hard to feel cold or cranky when you notice 
that you're surrounded by good things!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

whatta week of postal wonders...

Waiting for collection at the Post Office this week --- 

Uni library books (always good), 
a gift from Fiona (what a surprise!), 
the first booky treat (from Robyn) as part of the latest BAO edition 
(I'm not going to spoil the surprise and share piccies of her work just yet!)

and then there was something truly WOW

a fat little envelope from Ireland

(what could this be? --- shake shake shake --- squeeze squeeze --- rip ---tear)


It's a double DVD set from Denis in Dublin!

9 hrs of calligraphic goodness

oh my!

Now I've previously shared how Denis Brown was my primary calligraphy teacher/mentor (waaaaaaay back in the dark ages.... ie the early 1990s!) and we've kept in contact ever since (as you do... and social media for all its reported icks is wonderful for rekindling or retaining connections)

This morning I noticed that Denis has uploaded a fantastic extended video to youtube that comprehensively introduces his revolutionary educational program....


oh my!!!

(did you watch the clip all the way through?
yes its nearly 30mins - but by golly it's a tempting morsel isn't it!)

I can hardly wait until I get through to the end of my Higher Degree so I can immerse myself in the whole 9 hrs worth of video instruction and inspiration... (and I promise I'll tell you all about full program then). I do know that from the first moment I heard that Denis was putting together an educational program I KNEW it was going to be something special - something revolutionary (and not just in terms of calligraphic content) ---  and it IS!

mmmmmm calligraphy in the hands of a master is mighty mighty good


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

vale robert hughes....

I've just learned of the passing of one of Australia's finest...

Art critic, writer, TV documentary maker

Hughes' contribution to Australian culture cannot be overstated - he helped our nation overcome the 'cultural cringe' and allowed us to emerge from the spectre of Europe so that we could see where we were situated both geographically and imaginatively in the world. 

I loved his passion, his wit, his way with words -- even when there was a certain cruelty or elitism in some of his criticism (what's not to love about a guy who willingly called it how he saw it.... particularly when it came to the unholy alliance of art and business --- This is one of my favourite Hughes moments ).... His razor-sharp mind seemed only to be matched by his acid tongue.

His TV series and accompanying book -  'The Shock of the New' was released while I was in high school and I'm not exaggerating when I say it changed the course of my life - the series inspired me to undertake extra art theory for my HSC - his later series, 'American Visions' convinced me to undertake a BA - Art History.... (It's somewhat ironic that only yesterday a mate shared a story about the demise of art history in university programs....)

Hughes remains one of the biggest influences on my arts practice.

ahhhhhh today marks the passing of a cultural hero

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

art gesture sunday - week 31...



Retired school copy of 
New Fundamental Science
front page folded to become an origami boat

launched in Sams Creek 
this sunny and windy Sunday afternoon