back to normal, whatever that is…

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Good morning everyone

….it is actually ‘back to school’ day today, so that means, I have my studio to myself again, which makes it feel like ‘back to normal’.

 

Not that I mind having my kids around me, but lets face it….now i can hear my own thoughts…. 

and luckily for me I don’t need the studio to keep on stitching, so even if I did stitch almost everyday, I did make time for reading

and playing,

eating – ice cream and cotton candy

laughing and coping with little sleep etc.

Hope you had a lovely holiday as well.

Back to the studio:

I am currently preparing for 2 group shows during February and March (more on this later). For the one I made small ‘new’ altered pages

, and for the other I am reworking some ‘older’ pieces-

why? because a work of art is never finished is it? And I feel that there is always room for improvement….

But now I have a question for you….so if the original work was exhibited in 2015, and now I’ve reworked it…do I date it 2015/2018 or do I take the previous date out and just date it as 2018? Please let me hear your thoughts on this.

I’m looking forward to share my thoughts, process and dreams with you this year…talking about dreams:

Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It’s never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

-Lyrics from the song: Dreams by The Cranberries

R.I.P Dolores (lead singer from the Cranberries)

 

 

 

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on the first day of the new year

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Happy new year dear friends!! May 2018 bring you what you need.

I offer you a small bunch of unfinished embroidered rubber flowers today. On this first day of the new year the wind is blowing outside and I cannot help but think of the song Winds of Change by the Scorpions…:

The world is closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

New years resolutions: To cultivate what maters, to grow wild flowers, play in the garden and appreciate earthly delights.

Do you have any resolutions/goals/dreams?

During this time I also like to reflect on some highlights of the previous year, and this time I’ve narrowed it down to 6 events, (excluding personal and family matters)

in no specific order:

 

*An impromptu film/photo shoot with a friend

*Being featured in the magazine Textiel Plus.

*Participating in the Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands.

*Being nominated for a Kyknet Fiesta award for the 3rd time, even if it was the 3rd time unlucky…

*Showing my work in Australia, with a group and solo show during the year.

*Showing my work in Philadelphia USA

I am grateful for all the opportunities, during the year, but the 6 above stand out because of what I learned from these, for example how to get work overseas and how customs work, the media- and the importance of good images of ones work (still need to refine my photography skills) , and how to handle disappointment.

 

 

 

Dark side of Christmas

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Titles of work from top left to right: “Don’t go there” and “When wishing still helped” Bottom left and right: “When the rooster crows” and “Hus met lang ore”

Christmas? No, “Don’t even go there”…

Did she believe in Christmas? Yes, she used to…”when wishing still helped”

which was during a time “Before the rooster crows”.

Now all she wants is to turn into a ‘Hus met lang ore” (*see footnote) – artist statement

Dear friends,

So the exhibition “Kers Nag” opens tomorrow at the Breytenbach gallery, in Wellington, and you are invited. It runs until the end of January 2018.

Invitation

Initially I received an invitation to participate in a show titled: “Dark side of Christmas”. Well while the work was in transit, I was told that the show’s title changed, since the board didn’t feel comfortable with the ‘dark side’.

anyway…don’t know if my contribution will still fit in, but here it is….feel free to decide for yourself.

*footnote:  “husse met lang ore” =

 When somebody is very nosey and keep on asking a question you do not want to answer you say “husse” and if they keep on asking you say “husse met lang ore”(husse with long ears).

The saying is supposedly from Dutch origin. They used to say “husse met je neus ertussen” (husse with your nose in between).
It was an answer to the question”what is for supper?” The Dutch verb “hutselen” or “hutsen” means to mix something, eg. a “hutspot” is a kind of stew, a mix of potato, carrots and onions.

 

 

about (m)others…

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The first time I heard Pink Floyd’s music was when I was 17. (that was a year before my mother passed away)

one of the pieces that will be part of the “Angels Tears” exhibition which opens early December at Grande Provence gallery

I was working as a waitress in an Italian Restaurant, and the owner played me a song which went like this…

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar,
You’re gonna go far,
You’re gonna fly high,
You’re never gonna die,
You’re gonna make it if you try…

Steve, wherever you are now, thank you for introducing me to Pink Floyd!

Talking about Pink Floyd…

Amanda Palmer recently did a Pink Floyd cover called “Mother” (link) which really resonated with me. It’s like a lullaby for our troubled times.

“People have said that lullabies are the space to sing the unsung,” Pettit said. “A place to say the unsay-able. You’re alone. Nobody is listening, and you can express the feelings that are not okay to express in society.”

Thank you Amanda for having ‘balls’ to sing the unsung, to say the unsay-able … also

“There is no… attempt to threaten, frighten or construct a scene,” Lorca said, “only to thrust the child into the song, alone and unarmed, a little knight defenseless against his mother’s reality.”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/many-lullabies-murder-ballads

Being a mother myself raising 2 boys, living in a world where (and I quote Kevin from Twitter).. “there is no shortage of infantile man-child’s running countries at the moment”

this mama doesn’t want all your nightmares come true..

this mama doesn’t want to put all her fears into you…

Mama wants you to fly, sing and dream..to climb over all the walls..

Another one for the ‘Angels Tears’ exhibition opening soon at Gallery Grande Provence

anyway….so my friend Lavender Fishoek recently told me about the story of David Blaine and his mother…she said it reminded her of me and my boys…WOW…seriously!!? this is the best compliment anyone has given me recently. But also an eye-opener and reminder, because I must admit, that after watching the interview, I realized that the older my boys get, the less I do things like that with them anymore…to really be in the moment-to go search for ‘King Kong’.

 

The story goes:

“One time I was walking through the park. And I was late. And she (his mother) was walking me before she had to go to work. And I was like: “Mom look! There is King Kong!” and instead of her saying: “No, no, we’re late, let’s go..” She said: “Where?”

So we walked all the way over and it was just a log.

But the idea that she let me imagine and believe and didn’t want to stifle that – that is what made her so incredible” – David Blaine

You can watch the full interview (which is very insightful about many things including fears and some advice from Mike Tyson) here 

On that note…goodnight friends. Sweet dreams

P.S recent earworm:  Mutter

P.P.S:

Let us not forget that the fundamental object of the lullaby is to put the child that is not sleepy, to sleep. They are songs for the hours and moments when the child feels like playing. In Tamames they sing:

Sleep, sleep, my child,

I have things to do,

wash your clothes

sit me down to sew.

-Lorca-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knysna Fine Art – 20th anniversary

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Trent Read and myself, back in 2015 when he opened my exhibition at another gallery

I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to work with Trent Read from the Knysna Fine Art Gallery for more than a decade. So I am feeling very excited and chuffed that my work will be included in a group exhibition (curated by Corlie de Kock) to celebrate the 20th Anniversary and this milestone with this gallery. The exhibition will open on the 9th of November 2017!

So I thought I will compile a ‘throwback-tribute” of some selected exhibitions I’ve had the honour of showcasing at Knysna Fine Art Gallery!

It all started back in 2003, when Trent Read gave me my first gallery show with an exhibition titled: “Siembamba, (the toys are us)”

back then I was experimenting with different mediums for example: plaster of paris and found objects; as well as Polaroids, and charcoal drawings

Trent was always very supportive and patient while I experimented with different mediums. “Cutting edge” followed in 2004: (unfortunately I do not have a lot of photographs from this exhibition):

by then I fell in love with saw-blades and dress-making pattern paper.

Trent has never been afraid of taking risks, and showcasing some daring exhibitions in a small town.  Shelf life in 2007 was a very fun and interesting project curated by Belinda Blignaut. It was the first time I undertook the process of a big installation. It basically contained elements of my processes, inspirations, experiments and works from 2002 until 2007

shelf-life, installation view 1

Installation view – shelf life

No strings attached followed in 2009: By then my son was born and I worked mostly with Dress-making Pattern Paper – interesting to look back now and see some experiments with stitching too…

and as you can see…’toys’ have always played a part in my work

as well as altered photographs

and more recently

2016 Implanted Memories:

It has been quite a journey, I’ve also met some amazing artists and collectors along the way! With some I even still have contact today. Thank you to all for the support and encouragement.

And a big thanks to the staff from Knysna Fine Art…it has been a wonderful experience to be able to work with you.

Congratulations!

Two decades is a milestone in any business but to survive as a gallery in a small town is quite special. As in any worthwhile journey there have been difficult times and none more so than the recent fires in Knysna which were an existential threat to the entire community. The reason we have succeeded is twofold – the support, work and friendship of wonderful artists and the same support and friendship from clients from across the country and around the world.

This anniversary exhibition also introduces our new curator, Corlie de Kock, and welcomes her to Knysna.

We would really love you to join us at the celebratory party if possible but do come and see us whenever you are in this wonderful part of the world.

Trent Read 2017