Friday, September 12, 2014

From one extreme..........

The last piece I completed was very small (featured in my last blog post) I am working on something at the other extreme. This is HUGE! Ciment fondu. Or ferro-cement if you like. It sure keeps you on your toes working at both ends of the size gamut. The hardest part of working on something like this is getting the structure of the underlying mesh layers (which are all "stitched" together with wire) right. It is time-consuming and painful, but worth it for the joyous fun of slapping on the cement mixture!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


This doll was a commissioned piece - the challenge was to make a doll that resembled the boy in the movie "Hugo" (based on the graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret). My "Hugo" is quite small at 30 cms (12"), so getting the clothes to fit properly and look right was the biggest challenge with this piece. Although I took a fair amount of time making "Hugo", I really enjoyed the whole process and I'm looking forward to making a companion piece - the automaton. Now, that WILL be a challenge!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Early Spring

It's early Spring here.......another birthday come and gone and the late-winter-into-Spring weather has been magnificent this year! Loads of sunshine and magnificent wattle blossom.

The weather has been great for walking and one place close by that I love to visit, is Notley Gorge. This is a remnant of the rainforest that would once have been common in the gullies of the West Tamar - unfortunately not too much of it is left after clearing for agriculture and timber cutting. This is only a short walk, but it takes you down into a gully with manferns, mosses, lichens, fungi and very tall trees and there is a creek at the bottom. It is simply a beautiful place and I'm glad it is there.

The low mood I posted about last time has all but lifted and I'm looking forward to a busy and productive Spring and Summer......Bring it on!

Oh yes.........and the swallows are back!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Dark Place

I have been struggling a bit just lately......finding myself in that dark place where you just feel like curling up and forgetting the world. Motivation can be hard to find in that place. The only good thing about it is that it passes - you just have to ride it out. I feel it passing now, just as I feel an early Spring coming on. So different from August last year with endless weeks of wet, wet, wet!

I'm managing to stay focused enough to work on projects......just not as much as I probably should, because I always feel better for it. This is "Luna" - a cloth doll with painted, applied lace textures on the head and bodice. She has a lightly stained silk and cotton layered skirt. I really like these colours - a greenish blue with pale ochre and ivory. Subtle complementaries.

I'm also working on a large ferro-cement piece for the West Tamar Sculpture Prize - needs to be completed by the end of September. To be installed at Goaty Hill Vineyard for Artentwine in October. No pictures - keeping it under wraps!
My grand-daughter Leila has just turned 18 - so among the many celebrations she had, we held a family afternoon tea (but with champagne!) Here's a collage;

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Donna's Prize

Here's what Donna chose to have made for her as winner of my 777 followers contest Hope she likes it!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We Have A Winner!

And it is Donna from Twindragonfly studio! Thanks to everyone for helping me celebrate a milestone. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Little Contest

I decided that when my blog achieved the magical number of 777 followers, I would have a little giveaway - somehow it seems like too good a number to let pass by without some kind of celebration! I note that the counter has just reached that here goes:

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will pick a random winner at the end of the month. You can leave more than one comment if you like. I'll post the prize to anywhere in the world.

I will make the winner their choice of one of these:

.......or one of these:

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