The first couple of hours of my day are spent on the deck making stuff and drinking tea. If I get hungry I reach out and grab a banana!
They taste like real bananas should. Of course, I have to share them with possums and fruitbats. If I need some material to weave or make string I have a ready and plentiful supply.
A grass nest, some tools and tinkerings. My property used to be a pasture and watering hole for cattle, so there's no shortage of grass for me to use or for Hariette to chew. It grows to 2m and has wallaby tracks through it. Slowly, slowly we are eliminating the grass and replacing it with wetland plants and rainforest trees.
The trug with banana pith (excellent for string making), emu feathers and tools. Thatching I made from Miscanthus zebrinus prunings and toes.
More materials and experiments.
and a teeny nest found by Noah a couple of days ago.
Time for tea or maybe a banana smoothie.
*Disclaimer: These photos were taken with my laptop. Not easy trying to frame photos with a laptop, hence the toes.
I find it hard to remember all the different tasks associated with recording for an online diary and archive, I'm usually too busy making something or thinking about the numerous projects on the go. So five years later, my partner, Tigger, took some photos of it for me.
The Coral Garden Hat, 2008
(size: fits a human head)
discarded tapestry wool.
A local woodturner (Barry) made me a hatstand out of Camphor laurel and now I can display it properly along with The Whimsical Meadow. Visitors to the studio love examining it and have photos taken wearing it. The hat removes us momentarily out of the 'everyday' experience and transports us to a fun and fantastical place for a few moments. That is a wonderful thing!
What I love most about this hat are the expressions of surprise and delight it evokes.
Yeah!! I've worked out a new editing process for my photos. Some results:
This collection of small sculptural pieces was exhibited as part of my Entropy Collection exhibition I had at the Tweed River Art Gallery recently. I have used some of these pieces in a composition for the new gooseflesh banner.
The Diatom Collection 2012
75 x 135 x 5cm
discarded plastic shopping bags and stainless steel pins
...........and a mosaic of a few of the pieces
I don't think I'll sell this collection but expand it. Perhaps one day it will comprise 100's of pieces.