Blog

Thanks for dropping by.  Here I try to open and explore topics most textile and fibre artists would encounter, along with my thoughts and resolutions to problem solving.  It’s an insightful look into my experiences and knowledge.  

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit

Your work should be littered with rabbit-holes and Wonderland moments – those precious times when for whatever reason, we make a mistake!

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Fresh Eyes

Fresh Eyes

Sometimes, just sometimes – and it is rare – someone comes along and pinpoints a problem you know’s there, but you just can’t find the solution for. You just need fresh eyes.

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Christmas Wishes 2020

Christmas Wishes 2020

We all know what kind of year it’s been, particularly if you live in Australia – but, for me, this Christmas wish post is about two things – looking forward and being thankful.

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Find Your Whalesong

Find Your Whalesong

Like turning on a switch, that light-bulb of clarity appears.  But it’s in that world of shadowy, contemplative darkness we all need to turn from time to time, to enrich and renew our own whale songs, honouring the work we want and need to create.  

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Finding Zen

Finding Zen

Routine:  drill, practice, procedure, pattern.  Ritual: ceremony, protocol, order, custom.  Zen: the value of meditation and intuition. Even the most aspirational artist experiences challenges, so what exactly is it that gets you through your day?. That daily grind...

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The Design Equation

The Design Equation

We’re all inspired by something – that’s step one, but I think it’s that next transitional step of actually applying inspiration to create a design for textile or fibre art, that seems to obstruct the wheels of progress.  What to do?

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Dynamism

Dynamism

There’s one thing I want from a piece of art and that’s excitement.  I want to feel reverberating, unrestrained energy, not just glimpse it.  I want my eyes to gallivant all over the work, not just puddle in one place, if at all. And that’s exactly what Dynamism’s should do.

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The Attitude of Learning

The Attitude of Learning

The skill to learn is an attitude – the attitude of interpreting information to your wants and needs, not someone else’s.  It’s the measure of being able to improve, expand and refine techniques and ideas into your own artistic voice.

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Design Development

Design Development

My design’s finished and I’m happy.  It’s animated and full of life.  I love working this way.  Making mistakes, filling the whole page, making do and having confidence in the process. That’s what design development is all about.

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