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! 


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....
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

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


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




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!