This piece, "Fragment" was what I made to exhibit at "Festivale" (Launceston's annual food, wine and culture festival). As an award winner at last year's Artentwine, I was invited to put a piece into this exhibition for the weekend. After a false start and a massive fail, here is what I came up with - I experimented a bit with materials, using cement and plasticiser-soaked hessian over a wire form to construct this. I am quite pleased with this as a sculpting medium - not sure about the longevity of this as a medium to make outdoor pieces from, but it did survive some very wet weather over the "Festivale" weekend with no adverse effect. Now I have it at home and I will just leave it outside in the garden and see what happens........I actually think a bit of weathering will add to the feeling I was trying to achieve.
As some of you may know, I have been photographing the full moon quite avidly over the past couple of years. It all started when I noticed a fabulous full moon rising as I drove home after my late husband's funeral in April 2013.........so I stopped and took a photograph of it, driven by some compulsion I didn't quite understand, to do so. The next month, there it was again, visible in a clear sky. I might add, that in Tasmania, given that we have a lot of "weather", the full moon is often not visible because of cloud. But astoundingly, for 23 months I have been able to photograph the full moon clearly visible each and every time. It is quite unbelievable to me that I have been able to do so. There have been eclipses and "blood moons", enormous orange harvest moons and she is differently beautiful each time. I have become very moon-aware. A few nights ago, I recorded the Twenty-third Moon. Next month will be the twenty-fourth......two years of full moons. If she is visible next month, I will take the last of these photographs - I think they have served some arcane purpose and I probably will have got something out of my system - I'm not actually sure quite what!
The different moods of the twenty-third moon.
Back to more down-to-earth matters: a bit over a year ago, I worked out how to knit a little elephant using four needles and knitting in the round - I wrote down the bare instructions in a kind of knitters' shorthand, then promptly mislaid them. Recently, I found them again, so I knitted up another little elephant. This time I positioned him on all fours instead of with "arms" and legs like a teddy-bear. I've had a few requests to offer this as a pattern, so that means knitting another one and taking progress photos. I will then be able to offer this little elephant as a downloadable PDF pattern in my Etsy store (www.susiemcmahon.etsy.com). Needless to say, I find knitted toys so very comforting and such FUN to make.
I have a few other ideas for PDF tutorials for my store that I plan to work on in the next few months.
"Freja" is the small (11") jointed cloth doll I took to String Camp to finish in my "spare" time - what little there was of it! So in between the Hindemith and Dvorak, chamber music and a couple of concerts I managed to get this little girl dressed. A few people commented that she looked Scandinavian, which hadn't occurred to me, but I agree.......so I gave her the Scandinavian name "Freja". By the way, the music camp was wonderful.....it was the 25th year that it has been held and it has grown very large over the years - 160 players, 40 staff (conductors, tutors and other helpers) and four orchestras of different standards starting with an entry level orchestra. For the last two camps I have found myself in the second violins of the top orchestra. playing full scores in sometimes difficult keys, some of it very fast and with lots of contrasts and changes in dynamic etc. Whew! Hard work, but I managed to keep my head above water, Just. Still recovering. Because it was the 25th year, we held a celebration dinner on the Wednesday with cake, balloons, presentations and speeches from the founders. All good fun. I have no photos - I was too busy - but you can go to the LYCO website http://www.lyco.org.au and you should be able to find some pictures there. Just go to the Summer String Camp link on the left - it will probably be a little while before the photos are there........everyone is recovering!
New year......new page turned........365 pristine pages waiting to be written upon. I hope the story you write for 2015 is full of all you wish for. Me, I'm planning a year full of exhibitions, teaching and art-making. And music.