Monday, January 31, 2011

Little ideas

I love woven samples almost as much as the end product. These samples that didn't make it onto boards are little ideas that were then worked into proper samples of the right size. No one really gets to see them. They end up languishing in neatly filed notebooks with details about warp and weft. Here are some of my favourites. A range of upholstery samples all woven on a grey linen warp using simple weave structures. I called the range Ode to Olivetti, after the Italian typewriter manufacturer and named each of my samples after subsequent typewriter models. I have wanted a Olivetti Valentine since I saw an exhibition of Ettore Sottsass's work at the Design Museum in London quite a few years ago. I am yet to own one but perhaps one will turn up for sale in the coming months.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Apricot season

Mid summer brings with it the arrival of one of my favourite stone fruits, apricots. The best kind always come from backyard trees and are no comparison in flavour to the commercial variety. They just don't cut it. After picking a few boxes off Trish's tree, I've made a couple of these apricot frangipane tarts, with the rest about to be quickly stewed in a vanilla sugar syrup as a delicious breakfast treat. It is going to be a lovely weekend, enjoy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wandering around Melbourne

What a perfect day it was yesterday. Cloudy and grey gave way to a lovely sun filled afternoon. In the mood for some inspiration, I met Kayo in the city for an excursion to the NGV International. I love visiting smaller exhibitions, often filled with work from the permanent collection. There was so much to admire and a few of those goose bump moments. A Eugene Atget silver gelatin print, exquisite lace samples with incredible fine detail, and a tapestry I saw being woven at the Australian Tapestry Workshop more than two years ago and now completed. Titled Alice Bayke, the work depicts a young woman in an ornate white dress staring blankly off into the distance, her black mass of hair melting into the background. Yvonne Todd, listed as designer, is the photographer commissioned by the Queensland Art Gallery to take the photograph which was then woven ever so skillfully in the Tapestry Workshop by two weavers, Sue Batten and Amy Cornall. It must have been a challenge to depict a realistic portrait, and replicate not only the subtle deep colours of her hair, but also the transparency of the sleeve of her dress along with the lace and embroidery details. It is well worth seeing up close. Clouds having eventually given way to sunshine, we wandered over to Gallery Funaki to try on some Karl Fritsch rings, unfortunately which I had to leave behind. I did however, purchase the catalogue below to add to my book collection.
I thought I would add some photographs of a concertina book I put together mid last year for my Luna work. The idea was to document some design ideas and pattern repeats that I was using, along side a small sample woven on a square wooden frame.

Moon image on the right taken from a small dvd catalogue which documents a collection of films by Jean Painleve called Science is Fiction.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pappa al pomodoro

I've been wandering around my father's garden in the afternoon sun whilst plotting dinner and lunch for the next few days - my brain ticking over with all sorts of delectable edible things. Having grown up in a household where the backyard garden is full of fruit, vegetables and flowers, I can't help but think about food. Tonight calls for pappa al pomodoro, a Tuscan bread and tomato soup. The greengage plums, so sweet and brilliant green, will be made into a birthday frangipani tart for Felicity.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Visual diaries

Nothing like looking through a friends visual diary. Finding out those things that interest others in their making is always facinating. I love using those middle sized black moleskin books but the paper is not the best for drawing on, especially with ink. I usually draw onto heavy based papers that don't bleed and add them at a later date. So in light of a new year, a new studio almost all set up and a new visual diary, I thought I would post photographs of mine from the past year.

Emmet Gowin photograph on the right.

Drawings of work from RMIT Schmuck show.
Karl Fritsch jewellery on the left. I would love one of his rings one day.
Ivan da Silva Bruhns carpet on left.
A neckpiece I made late last year.
I thought I would end on the last two things I made in 2010. Kumihimo braided rope for neckpieces. On the left is a charcoal silk piece I'm wearing wrapped around my wrist a few times over. Looking forward to plenty more making this year.