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, so accurate a description of the way I sensed my life would unfold. ‘Artist’ seems so subjective and arbitrary, so laden with pejoratives sometimes and I worked! 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.
Long story but 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. Travel is cool.
But, I'm quite the recluse these days since my eldest son's diagnosis with autism a few years ago, so, 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’ve made some product-like things, which is exciting because commerce. These have occurred as spin-offs from the design process when proposing work for commissions and that has precipitated opening my Art Shop. I love my Art Shop! Have a look at my Art Shop, its where I put the things I like so much I think someone else might dig them too. Selling art is tricky & I’m not very good at it but I do like these
And Granny Corner! Now that's my womanly pursuits. Sewing. So you can buzz off & leave me alone with my sewing because sometimes, the only activities I can get my head around are those conducted in Granny Corner.
Since my early teens I’ve made most of my own 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 manufacturing 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 and being so isolated, as I am, that has been a boon I never expected, but for which I am truly grateful. 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 just in case someone hasnt connected it yet, sewing: do it for the Planet.
As far as my day job and all those commissions go, it may seem a little cryptic with not much clear photographic evidence on display here, 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.
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!