Hello Heide!

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageOkay. I am not going to pretend that I am overly knowledgeable in the art area. I had never heard of Melinda Harper until I saw this exhibition at Heide advertised in The Age a couple of months ago. I was drawn in by the colour, shape and line in her work. But just because you haven’t heard of an artist doesn’t mean you can’t view an exhibition, does it? It’s a chance to learn a little something!

During the week, I spied a window of opportunity between dropping off my boy not too far from the gallery and before my afternoon commitments beckoned. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Heide, you can read about it here. I super enjoyed wandering amongst the vibrant works of the exhibition which encompassed paintings, collage, embroidery and playfully decorated found objects. There were also a couple of things I really loved in the accompanying curatorial information. Harper said that she didn’t pay attention to colour theory when creating her works, but just to what seemed harmonious to her eye, and any ‘mistakes’ she worked around. She also noted her work process – ‘The slowness is an important part of the process, it allows me a lot of time to look.’ I think these are lovely messages about creating with your instincts rather than being constrained by rules, about accepting imperfections, and mindfulness.

I also had a wander around the beautiful gardens. How could you not on such a glorious day? Sculptures are scattered throughout the grounds, some boldly on show, others nestled amongst the gallery’s architecture or its many trees. The kitchen garden was blooming colourfully and buzzing with bees. There were friends sitting on the grass chatting and sipping drinks, and a picnicking school group. I was amused to see the kids all decked out in their hi-vis vests! I overhead a gallery staff member saying they need to wear them on excursions. Bit of a change since my boy and girl were at primary school. Super cautious times!

If you are a Melbourne person and this exhibition looks up your alley, you have until October 25 to pop out and see it. Or maybe you’d just like to sit in the garden? Or perhaps you could take the kids and play ‘spot the sculpture’!

Well that was a nice day!

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image image imageQuite a few months back, lovely Ballarat gal, Emily, of squiggle and swirl, suggested we visit the touring exhibition of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. So tickets were booked, vline timetables consulted and as my girl jumped – sorry, dragged! – herself out of bed for the first day of term, I bounded out the door for my day in Ballarat. I have to say, I was quite excited! I’ve travelled by train on overseas holidays but I’ve never done any longer distance travel at home. I felt like I was going away on a vacation, even if it was just a day trip. There was something slightly decadent about getting out of the city and doing something arty and friendly whilst the rest of the family was going about its normal daily routine. I’d popped my book into my bag thinking I’d have a read on the way up, but in the end, I just looked out of the window most of the trip, watching the green pastures slide by, spotting sheep and cattle grazing, a pelican and some llamas! Continue reading

Here’s something I made!

imageHello lovelies!  How ARE you today? I hope all is well and happy with you.

I have just finished this cot blanket for donating. I hope the recipient likes it and that it keeps a little body nice and toasty.  I’m quite happy with it.  I like the colour combo and the fancy schmancy border.  I’ve never done a border before  – feel quite the clever clogs!- and I think I’m now hooked! No pun intended, I swear!

I used the solid granny square pattern by Lucy from Attic 24 but just added an extra round and Bec from handmade and home inspired the border pattern. I just pared it back a little.

Do you have any crafty projects on the go?  Are you happy with how they are progressing?

Collage Club: Black and White

Well this is exciting!  As a member of the Collage Club for only a few months, and a VERY new blogger, this is my first collage post!

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Black and white. When I saw this month’s theme, lots of images sprang to mind… Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, the beautiful photography of Man Ray and John French, Matisse line drawings…I envisaged a collage that was quite glamorous with maybe a graphic element added in.  And then as I thought more about black and white images, I started to think about black and white THINKING, how people can be black and white in their views.  Now this is not necessarily bad. If we are talking about good manners – there’s nothing arguable about being polite and respectful to others – this standard should, in my opinion, be rigidly adhered to.  If we did so, I think we could create a pretty cohesive community. But there is a lot of black and white thinking that seems to be present in society which is not for the best.  I don’t really want to get political, so I’ll keep my comments to generalities.  Black and white thinking often leads to snap judgements, prejudice, a refusal to engage in discussion, to find compromise, or to become more progressive.  So my collage became one of viewing the world in black and white. I flicked through my pile of magazines to try to find a variety of images – the film strips and Vivian Maier showing the act of seeing, beautiful ones (the good black and white stuff!), some reflecting those which feed prejudice and then the image of Casey Legler to represent the opportunity to see the world beyond rigid black and white categories.  I hope you like it and that my thought process makes sense! I’d love to hear what you think.