Monday, January 19, 2009

Works in progress ...

Trying to make some magic in my kitchen for an exhibition at Pataka starting on Waitangi Day (6 February). A collaborative venture with other local textile artists. A major influence is India Flint who is currently in Aotearoa creating mystical works and atmospheres up at Whitireia on the Kapiti Coast. India is the author of Eco-Colour, an invaluable resource for any adventurer who likes to play with colouring cloth.
I love India's approach to what she does. I get a bit tired of pretentious superficial folk and their speak in the art world sometimes. Call me naive if you must, but I love creating and crafting for the pure joy of it. If you like what I make, then awesome. If you don't, I'm ok with that. My friend Cleo and I are earth-girls, we love to keep it simple and make beautiful things. India is not complicated. She is pure unadulterated inspiration. Without the drama and vanity. Having done a couple of workshops and watched others from an envious distance, I am excited about next week.
I am taking my post-natal self off for a week with India and the wonders of her pots. It is definitely my kind of post-birth/surgery/hard year healing tonic. Exciting to see we will be felting and stitching our journeys - Wheeeeeeeee. I am also taking my wee babe Knuckles and my mum from Brisbane too. We will be spending a wonderful week there with India doing her workshop with other textile explorers and eating yummy cheeses and ice creams. Great way to knock some of those post-natal blues on the head.
Envious? You should be. There are still spaces left. Jump over to India's website and see what they are creating this week. http://prophet-of-bloom.blogspot.com/

Below are glimpses of my works in progress this week ...





Memory Blanket: Do you remember this blanket from mid-way last year. I started stitching pieces of fabric including some silk lace from a friend's Swiss wedding dress, remnants of silk clothing and woollen blankets on a couple of secondhand baby sheets, and crochet/lace around the edges. Well, there was a little resistance from the folk who love the whole 'white-on-white' look but I immersed it into my flax harakeke pot yesterday for a little botanical alchemy of my own and ...

Check out the results. That lace looks phenomenal. The felt looks pretty amazing too. All the different textiles (silk, cotton, wool, linen) took up the colour from the dyepot in unique ways. Funny how a piece of polyester snuck in and fooled me (which isn't hard cause I aint no die-hard fabricaholic). It is pure white in a landscape of rich and muddy browns and golds. Imposter. Now it will have to stay and out-me as the fabric novice I am. Still can't tell a natural fibre from a synthetic one. Hahaha, and it will be there on the art gallery walls for the whole world to see. You should see my friend Cleo's works. More magic. I will see if I can get some sneak peeks for you ... with her permission of course!

9 comments:

Cheryl M said...

Well, you certainly have been keeping your creative self busy, as well as your Mama self! Your babe is gorgeous - can't wait to see that smile in person when I get back from Auckland.
And your Memory blanket looks sensational! Definitely magic in the air there.
Sending you a creative hug, and a snuggle for Knuckles, Cheryl

Robyn said...

There are so many exciting images in this post. Your Memory blanket is stunning. The thought of attending one of India's workshops!!! .....I am envious indeed! How wonderful for you to have mum along to watch over Knuckles. Beatiful photos of your family in the previous post.

india said...

India is blushing....and looking forward to another cuddle with Knuckles!!!

yvette said...

i must see who you are, when i saw you commented on india's blog. what a wonderfull woman you are! making such beautiful things. being so brave after the birth of your beautiful son. indeed i envi you, but india is coming to thr netherlands too! i want to follow you ..is it ok when i put you on my favorits ?
have a amazing relaxing week with india and your mother taking care of knuckles
love

twisted sister said...

Envious I am
not so much about the course,
India,
New Zealand in the summer (sigh)
mostly about wee knuckles
Been going to New Zealand in my dreams recently
there in spirit...
oh by the way...
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful Baby Boy x

jomac said...

Hey

I am a another northlander , living in Singapore and i just chanced upon your work.

Its beautiful, i love the photos

Warmest regards

Jo

Beautiful Mo said...

great work daughter. mum

Pam de Groot said...

Your work is truly amazing. Congratulation on the birth of your son. I too have 3 sons.

Miriam said...

wow, i discovered your lovely blog through Indias blog. I am very Jealous of the week long workshop you took with her, I am yet to have one of her magical classes. Your work in this post is stunning :)