Friday, November 23, 2007

Julie Ryder Textile Artist.

This is a bus shelter Julie Ryder produced for Domain 2007 in Canberra. The shelter was in Alinger ST civic, Julie and fellow artist Sara Freeman were interviewed on The Program. Here is a link to the interview, The Program . There are images and a link at the bottom of the page to the Audio interview. Julie is an amazing artist, a mentor and friend, as a textile artist she has an amazing affinity with colour and pattern.

Colour and pattern always inspires me, after so much white weaving colour is next on the loom.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Well I have been fairly slack lately with the blog - flu and busy-ness I guess... anyways, here are a few of my favorite things...

I love these cloisonne enamels...
This little basket was made by a friend and artist Virginia Kaiser...
And textures of sea-creatures are always fun...
Anyways, I will be sure to blog more now - I promise!
-- cheers, Mel.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Setting up

I love this little piece of glass. It is an off cut of some work my friend Lucette made. It move from the studio to my garage on the loom ( stuck with bluetack) so I guess it's there to stay.

Well today has been a short day. Yesterday I returned from Melbourne, after a little rest I was into it, house work that is.
So after a sleep in I went into the garage and started on the loom. with lots of intervals of lawn mowing, wash etc.

But the loom is now ready to go!!! My friends delivered an old floor mat for me to put down under the loom so I will con a few people into helping lift the loom and sliding it under. Hopefully that will be tomorrow.
I can now start to weave my blankets, I hope they are well received or family will be getting them for Christmas. I hope to spend a day with Mel this week and do a little dying of Mohair.
I am still procrastinating over simple things but I feel if I get at least this warp woven it is only 5 mts longs so should not take to long and them I can do some real stuff. The fluro wire is waiting.
My daughter Lauren took some photo's of me threading and I took a few as well so there goes. Lets see if I can get them to load to the bottom of the post.
Nope just went to the top again.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Carly Prowse

I received this image from my friend Carly. Carly is a textile artist studying at RMIT Melbourne and working with fellow artists on animation and these are some of the caricatures Carly has made for the production. I just love the image and had to share it.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


Mel and I caught up for a quick late lunch yesterday. Avi Amesbury my work colleague and I had been to Sydney to visited the Smart Works exhibition at the powerhouse museum. A very interesting exhibition of Australian and New Zealand craft and design practitioners.

On our way back from Sydney we stopped to see Mel and visit Sturt Gallery in Mittagong.

Over lunch Avi made the comment that I procrastinate, now the debate started, was I or Mel the worst procrationator? I say Mel but of course I would, but it has me thinking why do we procrastinate and is it procrastination if we think about projects and mull them over in our minds but not put into a sketch book or diary? If projects take longer than others to materialize or we think, mull, think and decide that is not the road to travel is that still procrastination?

I have to say I do procrastinate but why?, is it because I just am not interested or I don't know which way to go to produce an idea. I keep thinking that I should draw more. My visual diaries are always filled with text not drawings but is that not a way of drawing any way? I always feel intimidated as there are many wonderful textile artists out there and I am not in that league.

So today--- I have started some new drawings in my diary, I have wound a new warp on my small loom, I have taken some images from old weavings so I can play in photoshop. So today I am not a procrastinator!!!!!!

My other thought for the day is, Is having a dead line eg: assessment or exhibition opening a way to make you develop ideas and get on with it or will we still procrastinate until due date is approaching?
Maybe study is a way of keeping going and not procratinate, so is that my answer do I need to do more study (maybe think of my MA), find a topic/subject research and make/produce a body of work and there you are, lots done and hopefully no procrastination.

The above image is one of today photos and now I have to work out why they always go to the top of my post and not where I insert them.



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