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.
This design had been in the back of my mind for a long time. Inspired by the colours and textures of our beautiful Australian flowering gums and those cheeky, raucous, magnificently coloured Lorikeets - it seemed as though this work came together of its own will. Now,...
I’m not perfect, I still encounter difficulties and issues, but it’s up to me to make the changes that will move me forward. And I want to continue in this format, so I have to do it better – and I will.
It's all about how you view things. Income or expenditure - Is only one of value, or are they both? I'm talking about the income of investments, those we make in ourselves and our time to gain knowledge and skills and to build relationships enabling us to create and...
It’s those artists whose work dares to be different, who you can see have worked at and were dedicated to achieving their vision that stands out in my mind.
All my design work begins with a line. It's how I build, construct and create my designs. But there's one area of line I usually ignore - for no good reason. We all know the power and potential in a simple line - expressing emotion and mood, conveying texture, form,...
I’m the sum total of all my interactions and it’s up to me to choose how I cope or deal with those interactions.
These are simple tools that have the ability to lift any work from hum-drum to amazing, but only if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, and when you do and you step back and look at your completed work with satisfaction, that’s a pretty amazing feeling – and it’s all your own work.
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Yet with such a rich heritage supporting textiles in the 21st century, the conundrum of what constitutes art still abounds. Who’s making that decision? Who?
Ok, stitching out a large design is no picnic – but I’m perverse and love every moment of it. Sometimes problem-solving is extremely therapeutic and gratifying. You have a problem, fix it right – next? That’s my attitude.
So how did I transfer this larger-than-life, fairly intricate design? By tracing every line, mark, dot and pattern on my drawing.
This beautiful process needs to drip through like fragrant, aromatic coffee, and the longer it filters and percolates, the better it seems. It’s just such a relaxing and soothing undertaking, wrapping around me like a comforting hug from an old friend.
Working differently, including gorgeous repetitive, rhythmic pattern, seems to have charged my design batteries.
Using social media is one way to promote your work, and your brand – as well as getting messages out there to people who’re genuinely interested in what you do.
Think about the ambience – the tone or spirit we surround ourselves with while we work, and the tools that can, surprisingly, help nourish and nurture our workflow.