About Artworker Projects
There once was an artist’s advocacy group (now defunct) I first came across as an art student in the late 80’s, The Queensland Artworkers Alliance. I loved this title, "Artworker" seemed so real, so accurate a description to me! And “artist’ seems so subjective and arbitrary, so laden with pejoratives sometimes. I work! And this is my profession. So it’s been my self-awarded title ever since. I'm always working. I make artwork. I’m an art-worker.
With my eldest son’s autism diagnosis a few years ago, I cut back my work commitments and now work almost exclusively from my studio at home.
My son sits in the middle of the autism spectrum, with significant needs, and its been astonishing how much good has come from the acute and unexpected change of circumstance. I though home schooling would be the end of my life but in fact, its been a career defining period of prolific art-making.
So, finding myself more limited in professional work opportunities, I began this website & committed to maintain a self-accountability through it, developing the personal work that is at the heart of my practice. Essentially, I'm a working artist who has by design or accident specialised in commissioned artworks for commercial projects, with a passionate interest in process, materials and how they convey meaning and beauty. A website is the perfect framework for collating & evaluating the information that feeds and informs creativity. Working in the arts industry, working on commissions to a brief, I've kept my own work more or less to myself all these years, its been a pretty private occupation till now. The chip has fallen from my shoulder regarding that but creativity most certainly doesn't thrive in a vacuum and endless interior spiraling is self-defeating. Believe me. I've done lots of it. So I started writing it up & compiling images, sorting through the work and following tangents; making conversations-with-self, in an effort to distill & articulate what it is I’m really trying to figure out. Meanwhile things get made, and thats the thing. In my work, it’s all about time; time as a concept and as told by the practice of artmaking.
To quote the well quoted Chuck Close: “All the best ideas come out of the process: they come out of the work itself.” So it becomes immaterial what the end result is. I like to figure out how to make things. Translating ideas into things. It’s in between the idea and the product that the art happens, it’s in the practice; work is created while I work, and everything is in the making.
Granny Corner, now that's my womanly pursuits. Sewing. Not arty at all, what a relief; sometimes, the only things I'm up for making are conducted in Granny Corner. I've always made most of my own clothes, its a natural extension of my 'making' & I like making nice things to wear. It's a great domestic occupation with the obvious benefit of receiving a fairly immediate reward: fashion! Everybody loves fashion & its far easier to hit the like button for fashion than art. Art can be confusing, it confuses me all the time. I get a lot of support from the sewing community, online as well as IRL and that has really been a creative boon I never expected, but for which I am regularly grateful.
Even though I keep saying that this website is something I do for myself, I am keenly aware that at heart its exhibitionism and that I'm addressing an audience ( at least 6 at last count on my analytics!), so yes, it is self conscience to a variable degree, but I'm just floundering around here, like everybody else. And what you see here is a large part of the way I do that, interesting or not, but please be kind, world, with what you see here. Its my heart on a platter really and just like you, that exposure leaves me vulnerable...and... I dont know where I'm going with that but I'll cut to the chase: over & above everything is my firmly held belief that the best is yet to come, just keep doing the work. The best is yet to come! Keep doing the work. And wear nice clothes while you're about it.