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, not just the solidarity & fellowship inherent in a word like 'alliance', but "Artworker". It seemed so real, it felt so accurate a description of the way I sensed my life would unfold. ‘Artist’ seems so subjective and arbitrary and airy-freking-fairy and I worked! I dont muck around. 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.
Long story short story, I have been artworking for quite some time in various locations and I work now from my studio at home in Sydney.
I'm an art consultant by day and have been commissioned many times to produce artwork for 5 star hotels and resorts internationally.
I am, however, quite the recluse these days since my eldest son's diagnosis with autism a few years ago, hence home studio. We homeschool! My son sits in the middle of the autism spectrum, with significant needs, and it’s been astonishing how much good has come from the acute and unexpected change of circumstance. I thought homeschooling would be the end of my life but in fact, its been a career defining period of intense creativity & prolific art-making. And most surprisingly of all, lots of laughs, even if its at the sheer absurdity of our situation. Home schooling! Riot!
So I’ve been exploring & developing, expanding my vocabulary, reading & sometimes understanding issues at play in contemporary art practice, experimenting with processes & materials and studying how all these things convey beauty and meaning.
I began this website & committed to maintain a self-accountability through it, writing & compiling images, sorting through the work and following theoretical tangents…making conversations-with-self…and generally just doing a lot of gilding.
I think, in my work, it’s all about time, time as a concept and as told by the practice of artmaking.
Translating ideas into things. To quote the well quoted Chuck Close: “All the best ideas come out of the process: they come out of the work itself”. I’ve found I make some things collaterally, spin-offs from the design process when proposing work for commissions or other investigations and that has precipitated opening my Art Shop. I love my Art Shop! Have a look at my Art Shop. I make a lot of samples when testing new techniques & processes & they can be pretty cool in their own way so I list them as either Souvenirs or Artefacts, depending on how I feel about them or if its a Wednesday. Just kidding you. Check both!
And Granny Corner! Sewing. Sometimes, the only activities I can get my head around are those conducted in Granny Corner. So you can nick off & leave me alone with my sewing
Since my early teens I’ve made most of my clothes, it’s always felt like an obvious, natural occupation, an extension of my art making & I like making nice things to wear. It's creating objects with the benefit of receiving a fairly immediate, joyful reward: fashion!
I get so much emotional support from the sewing community, online as well as IRL. The friendships I've found have saved my bacon many times, even daily really. Feeling connected to and part-of when I'm here alone with all the thoughts and home schooling.
And just in case someone hasnt connected it yet; sewing for yourself: do it for the Planet.
As far as my day job and all those commissions go, it may seem a little cryptic but a lot/most of my work is shrouded in confidentiality contracts which sounds super serious, but modern life. I respect art lovers who keep it intimate & I deeply appreciate the opportunities Ive been afforded. All artists need patrons who keep the faith & drive creativity. And money.
Over & above everything else I truly believe that the best is yet to come, just keep doing the work. And wearing the nice clothes.
Fellow travellers, thank you for stopping by!