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to do: this weekend april 28/29

Apr. 27th, 2007 | 09:17 am

There's just one thing that I definitely want to get to this weekend: the Treasured Craft Creations Craft and Antique Fair. It's not as sprawling and awesome as the Subiaco Craft Fair, but there are always some great crafted things there and the antique element of it is an enjoyable novelty, beautiful old things and tacky seventies kitchenware. I got a fantastic sugar bowl last year, it's orange and tacky and I love it.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 9:30-16:30, Claremont Showgrounds.

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found art tuesday: green

Apr. 4th, 2007 | 05:52 pm

As soon as I saw the topic for this week's found artwork Tuesday I knew exactly what I wanted to create. Alas, with Swancon now less than twenty four hours away, I knew that at no point would I actually get the time and energy to create it.

Instead, in the midst of this final frenzied week of preparation, I found myself with an hour to spare. Things to do, of course, but no things to do right now, so I gave myself the time to do something I needed, and just sat there and mixed paints. When I was finished, I had painted this:

Everything on this is green, different shades that I've seen all through my life, but never all in the one landscape, living as I do in this dry place. The green of grass heavily watered; the Eucalyptus trees all year; the stems of the flowers I pass. Forgive the colour of this photo - the light was fading too fast, and I had many things to photograph. Forgive, too, the creases on my canvas - I took what I found and painted, not expecting to have an end product. I haven't put it anywhere yet, too late to do that now, and it's already Wednesday, but tomorrow, during my last minute frantic trips around the city, I will drop it somewhere, and on the back it will say, i call this things i have never seen

Rosa's is stunning, absolutely delightful, and it can be found here.

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to do: this weekend march 18/19

Mar. 16th, 2007 | 07:45 pm

I'm not sure how I'll find the time to make it to all of these, but I'm going to try, amongst my usual weekend exploits.

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sculpture by the sea, cottesloe beach

Mar. 15th, 2007 | 10:39 pm

Sculpture by the Sea is on until Sunday down at Cottesloe Beach. We went today, and it was wonderful. Most of the sculptures are stunning; my favourite was this positively steam punk submarine, with its perfect furnishings.

If you get the chance, I recommend dropping by; it's at one of our most beautiful beaches, won't cost you a thing, and is visually amazing.

Other highlights: hauling in the nets; ducks diving; and pregnant lady sun-bathing.

Full set of photos that I took can be found here.

other photos:
Dr K took some photos at sunrise, which capture a lot of the beauty of the beach and the sculptures, without the late afternoon sun behind (as I suffered from with mine).
Tama Leaver took some gorgeous photos here.

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found art tuesday: obsession

Mar. 13th, 2007 | 08:09 pm

This week I decided to participate in Found Art Tuesday. I wasn't sure if this would be a one-off, or something that I would continue with, but it was something that I wanted to do.

This week's theme is Obsession. It was my suggestion, but at the time I had no idea what form my artwork would take.

Not only do I love working with paper, but I felt it was an appropriate choice for this theme. From the pile of glossy, shiny magazines in my apartment, waiting to be recycled, I cut thin strips of celebrities. I didn't use a ruler or craft scissors, as I usually would, just freehanded my way through, carefully gluing it all together, because obsession isn't perfect, it's just what happens. The celebrities I selected were not at random - they're the ones with the obsessions, be it drugs or themselves or whatever. And cutting celebrities out of magazines made me think of stalkers, and fanatic fans, and that's a type of obsession, too.

At first I felt distanced from my work, but as I progressed I felt that I was understanding it. I had thought that I would have to start again, using things that were an obsession for me, not some part of the abstract obsession, but this was like writing, in a way, in that it can have nothing to do with me and still be pleasing to me.

The sun was already setting by the time I set out to leave it somewhere, so I left it on the foreshore, next to the tearooms. I left a little note, but this sort of obsession is (to me) so creepy, and vaguely unacceptable, and I felt uncomfortable leaving my name/a sign of myself on it. I think this correlates to my feelings above, of feeling distanced from the work. It was an obsession, yes, but it wasn't my obsession.

The whole experience was amazing, though, the thought processes as I went through. I look forward to trying again next week, and seeing what happens.

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william street, northbridge

Mar. 12th, 2007 | 07:45 pm

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giraffe shirt

Mar. 9th, 2007 | 09:09 am

I made this a little while ago now, but I wanted to blog about it anyway:

The design for the giraffe came from a combination of an old quilting pattern and my own modifications. The giraffe is in three pieces - the two legs on the "other" side are separate - and I think it turned out quite well! I used felt and wool for this one.

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Nedlands Public Library, Nedlands

Feb. 6th, 2007 | 08:09 pm

It was such a lovely day today, but I wasn't really in the mood to go training, so I walked to my local library instead.

I came across Nedlands Public Library when I first moved into the area some years ago. It's pretty easy to spot, there on Stirling Highway opposite the giant 6009 of the shire offices.

Though I knew of its existence, I didn't really learn to appreciate it until recently, when I was looking for something that LISWA told me would be difficult to get to. On a whim, I visited Nedlands on my way from somewhere to somewhere, and there was the book!

I love just dropping by on my way home, and nosing about for books.

It's not perfect, and it's small, but it's pretty good, and I'm glad for that.

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bowmen of melville archery club, leeming

Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 10:19 pm

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aveda, guildford

Feb. 2nd, 2007 | 06:46 pm

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