New perspectives

3 07 2015

I have some of my weaving experiments propped against a wall in my living room … to offer inspiration, encouragement for more exploration.

I’m very particular about how I display them … the orientation (landscape, portrait), the ordering of the colours, the order of the panels.

when cleaners attack

when cleaners attack

I’ve had to come to accept that my cleaners don’t have a photographic memory to remember how the panels were before they moved them to dust … and so, on cleaning day, I return home to find them rearranged quite randomly.

It has been known to cause me angst. Though now I think I’ve come to appreciate the new perspectives an unexpected reordering can give me.





SHAME Target, SHAME

30 06 2015

Regular readers will know of my love of Peaches + Keen – gorgeous women, beautiful artwork, amazing process and just all-around wonderfulness.

Perhaps you saw the segment featuring them on ABC 7:30 Report last night (29th June 2015)? If you haven’t yet, get on it.

Effectively Target – the retail behemoth – has been caught ripping off their designs.

SHAME Target.

I ask how can they possibly defend such an act?
The answer is pretty clear that they can’t – they ‘declined’ to be involved in the segment.

I can’t help but wonder:

  • did they buy the design from someone external to the organisation? If so, have they ceased all contracts with that external group, for they are essentially THIEVES
  • or were the designs made in-house? If so, Target is guilty of THEFT. Unacceptable.

It is absolutely certain this isn’t the first and only time – how many times have you done this Target? When will you STOP doing this?

Peaches + Keen have my highest regard and utmost respect … they already did, but they were so impressively strong and dignified in this interview! I feel they’ve handled this horrid situation in an elegant and courageous way. As many have said on their Instagram feed, “nailed it”.

If this were to ever happen to me (of course that’d require me to make something worthy of admiration and replication … so that’s clearly almost impossible), I would contact the IP lawyer in the ABC segment and also the journalist. If this has happened to you, perhaps you could do the same.

I hope this gives other independent artists encouragement to name-and-shame any retailer doing the same. I think it’s important to highlight such SHITTY behaviour. There is so much support in the community, you can be assured of like-minded makers and lovers-of-makers to get behind you and withdraw their spending from organisations engaging in such disgusting behaviour.

Also: my story from a number of years ago , “Copies and rip-offs

Know what though? I bet Peaches + Keen want to put all this behind them… and I really really hope that being so brave to tell their story will mean that many many more people will become aware of their amazingly beautiful work and that they will be loved more and by more <3

Want to see some lovely things? Check out previous stories …





Metal price update

19 06 2015

My last update was a little over three months ago … erm, not much to report really.

1. Gold per gram in A$ :

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

1a. Gold per gram in US$ : the difference to the above graph will be due to the A$/US$ exchange rate:

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

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2. Silver per kilogram in A$ :

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

as at 19Jun15; click on image for original source

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previous metal price update: 10th March 2015

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Experiment 9

8 06 2015

Mmm …

‘Study 009, Yellow-ish … but not quite as retina-burning as I wanted’

As you can tell by the title, it’s not quite what I was wanting to make.

Study 009

Study 009

It’s quite odd that I wanted to make a bright yellow weave … yellows and most oranges, and yellow-greens, are my least favoured colours.

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Experiment 8

3 06 2015

‘Study 008, Hamlet’

Inspired by the recent discovery of a phrase from Hamlet, in which his father’s ghost says of his tale that it would “harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood“.

experiment 8

experiment 8

I’ve obtained some of those little pins that are used to display insects and butterflies … I like their little heads better than the flat and more obvious ones of simple sewing pins; plus they’re not so shiny-shiny.

experiment 8

experiment 8

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Experiment 7

18 05 2015

Study 007, Silver

Oh this is my favourite experiment to date, by far.

Every silver-ish tinted paper I have in my collection has been included. No particular ordering has been chosen, in fact it was woven in the order I found them in my papers folder (yes, I have a folder; I’m an organisational fiend, I’m sure I’ve told you).

Study 007

Study 007

I love how the raking light brings out the different tints – separately, each paper doesn’t look so terribly different from the others, but at different angles and when next to each other the tones are amazingly different.

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Experiment 6

17 05 2015

Still not bored yet…

Study 006 Stitched Blue′
I had a dream (seriously this was borne of a dream) in which I stitched the woven paper.
I had thought to do it on the previous study, but couldn’t bring myself to do it as I thought it was so pretty in its simplicity. Further though, I thought that perhaps the 1.5mm papers are too thin to stitch through (though since then found that’s not so).
I’ve used plain everyday printing paper, in 2mm strips.

study 006

study 006

study 006

study 006

I think there’s more to explore here.

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