artworkerprojects

its like an online art work journal with lots of pictures. A blog even.

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This website serves me as an online library and for me to be somehow accountable in documenting and attempting to articulate the general & specific ideas in my art work. The making process is a primary driving factor, hence the 'project' thing: its a virtual filing mechanism.  There's also my sewing and womanly pursuits, which are very social, so for that see Granny Corner.

This page shows the projects I'm currently working on/recently completed and is the default homepage. Past projects are past projects.

For the monied art fans, I also have a shop, which is primarily to market my limited edition prints here. Sometimes I make things just for fun and those souvenirs are here. Artifacts, here, are occasional smallish pieces that might suit this kind of online art shopping most readily. To be honest Art Shop is more of an afterthought though, so please do contact me or Talia Marques for any enquiries. 

Post Colonial. Acrylic & oil paint, gold leaf & lacquer on MDF. W.275 x H.225 x D.100mm

Post Colonial. Acrylic & oil paint, gold leaf & lacquer on MDF. W.275 x H.225 x D.100mm

* I would note that currently I'm working every hour God sends to produce work for a solo show I'll be having in October 2016 at The Lost Ones Gallery in Ballarat. And I'm superstitious about posting progress pics of that right now, so it'll be quiet here for the next few months. Except for this progress vid of 9th July 2016, demonstrating my typically insane time intensive art making process. Enjoy.

The following are the latest riveting 'projects' updates prior to March 2016:

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Very large landscape, #1

1830 x 901mm. Loved working at this scale after all the teeny pieces I've been making for so long. With them my thinking has been that its an already crowded world and theres a helluva lot of art out there, it doesn't need more taking up valuable space. My house is well crammed with artworks, but I obviously still keep making because its second nature to me and its just what I do, but this way I'll try to not annoy anyone and make very small things. Then put them in a cupboard. Not asking anyone for anything, recycling old work & staying out of the way, being scrooge-like in my use of materials, and make good use of one of those lamps with the magnifier lens on a bendy stalk because EVERYTHING IS SO fkn SMALL .

Finished pieces go into a cupboard but my cupboards are getting full. So I feel both relieved and terrified that I've been offered a show with The Lost Ones Gallery in Ballarat, this October. Solo exhibition. Amazed at this incredible opportunity. Can make lots of BIG pieces! Lots!

Unmasking: memory and transience

New work. "The body mask; a sculpturally elegant, totemic, vessel-like form. Speaking of the masks that define and protect us. Viewers engage with the work, creating meaning, through their own associations and memories." True or false? You be the judge...

New year new work body mask for Susan

I made this piece for my friend Susan, who is currently undergoing a second round of chemotherapy, following surgery for breast cancer. I'd say there wouldn't be a woman alive who didn't feel a quick, sharp tug to the heart on reading that last sentence. I know I do. Take what you want, but leave my boobs.

Hits of 2015

End of year wrap up...well everyone else is doing it, so heres some of MY favorite 2015 pics:

Tessuti Kate top sewing comp; leather straps and fancy buckle sets

Ok so the only words I got there were "make a Katetop modified from the original pattern".

Swear to God I had this whole thing cracked in the first 15 minutes, then spent hours over the next two weeks getting it 'perfect", which of course it could never be because of that nitpicking. Swear to God I made the same mistakes, over & over. Metaphor for life, there.

Gold thread embroidery on landscape painting on canvas

Gold thread embroidery on painted canvas landscape.

Sewing sequin fabric the easy way - a quick & dirty midi-length pencil skirt

although my need for sequin skirt was acute, I dreaded the thought of unpicking all those little buggers. Every blog I read on the subject was agreed on this necessity before sewing but no! It is not so and halleluja sisters.

Little Thing

A pretty little thing. Someone told me this wasn't pretty. I think its a pretty thing.  Do you think its pretty? Well, regardless, its set in motion a whole new load of work. Nice work, better than pretty.

Companion Piece 1. From the Body Mask Series 2015

Assemblages that go together

The Changing Room. From The Body Mask Series 2015

There are obvious parallels between the Body Masks and this safe cocoon of our own creation. I have my studio and my laptop and from here I can make anything. He is in his digital playground where the communication is goverened by algorithms. It's an irony not lost on me that our enforced confinement has also been the greatest & most profound and sustained period of creative freedom I've ever known. 

Art shop. Get some here:

Yo, art fans, in response to many requests, selected artworks from a recent commission are now for sale to the public as limited edition prints on canvas & paper! The "Pop tribal PNG" artworks were conceived as commercial prints and are therefor available at low cost in both standard and custom dimensions; affordable art!

Curiosity: Nita Jane McMahon of Pattern Fantastique, interviewed.

...I became more & more curious about Nita Jane and the originality of her fashion designs; here was a woman who came across as refreshingly left field, a pattern making designer with a keen eye for the nuances of fit and ease, deftly combined with sharp cuts, bold drapes and clever construction.  

Works in progress Sept 2014

Its been a good month for studio work. 

New work August 2014

Working working working making making making. It's been a full one year since this my website has been online & the work that has been generated by the simple task of collating & publishing a post every two weeks or so is amazing, to me. 

This post is few words & all studio progress photos. Behold:

 
 
 

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Past Projects

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Gold thread embroidery on canvas

Embroidery on canvas, using DCM metallic embroidery thread with Scanfil metallic thread for couching. My first go at couching! My GOD it takes a long time.

Obviously I made this as difficult as I could, deciding that every single teeny circle had to be 'floating', ie, not 'run on' as much as guipure laces & corded laces are.

So I was plunging the thread through to the back, once the teeny circle was done, securing it, then pulling it back up to start the next teeny circle. Much and constant re-threading, cursing, and wailing and cursing.

 

Portrait of Femida H

Femida H. She is my close and very dear friend and I made this portrait for her 50th birthday present. We met as neighbours in London (hello, NW3) and she is an incredibly kind & loyal friend, and a gracious & generous woman. I hope I've done something nice for her here.

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