November 8, 2014

Recent studio experimentation has involved waratah pods. I had some trouble sourcing these and after a visit to a friend of a friend in the Southern Highlands I picked a bag of fallen waratah pods from the ground of a private garden. I had to scrape the soft centre of...

October 14, 2014

The simple Dynolite USB Microscope has given me the opportunity to investigate flora at a micro level.  The details of leaf surfaces, colors, patterns and textures can be observed and captured by mages and movies using simple software. This detail of the flower of the...

September 2, 2014

Winter is a wonderful time for coiling and weaving. The short days and long nights result in many hours to curl up on the sofa and stitch. Further exploration of pods from the Illawarra Flame Tree, Kurrajong and Gymea Lily has resulted in several new directions. Orb, p...

June 18, 2014

Exploration of an amazing natural form.

June 18, 2014

Recently I was able to participate in a class run by USA weaver Judy Dominic in the Blue Mountains. This was a wonderful opportunity to develop new skills and push the boundaries with some more sculptural works. Judy is a multi-skilled maker who is inspirational and nu...

May 28, 2014

Autumn 2014 brought a focus on foraged materials, from fine autumn crocus leaves harvested from weeding my front garden to philodendron fronds found in my brother's garden. Autumn colours of red through to brown. Most of the baskets made during this time have been made...

May 10, 2014

One of the lovely things about family gatherings is sharing our passions. Easter 2014 was a time to gather as a whole family with all my siblings and parents present. My sister is a great gardener, and I enjoy wandering around her garden and noticing the seasonal chang...

March 30, 2014

The fabric designs I have been working on for some time have finally come to fruition. These digitally printed fabric items are inspired by flora of the Shoalhaven. Five-leaved Water Vine-Cissus hypoglauca is a rainforest vine common to the area. These digitally printe...

March 3, 2014

My grandmother Ella made a coiled basket from lavender for my mother Dorothy. This lidded basket was used as my mother's sewing basket. After over 50 years, it still has the faint scent of lavender.

 

I visited my mother in January 2014. Her lavender bush was ready for h...

March 1, 2014

There are a variety of stitching methods for coiling. I have developed the use of blanket stitch, in an alternating pattern, to create firm forms and an overall weave appearance. I use an unwax linen thread, and tension every stitch before moving on. My forms emerge gr...

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