“Isaac had talked on occasion about about art, about famous painters and what made someone stand out from the rest.
‘Novelty’, he always said, ‘makes the difference’.
It was the fact that they were unlike the rest.
‘You can be a brilliant draughtsman’, he said, ‘but that means nothing if you’re not seeing the world differently.”
From the book “The muse” by Jessie Burton
A group of South-African Artists from conceptual Art, Design and Craft disciplines were invited to exhibit together. The exhibition explores instances where the boundaries between art, design and craft flow into one another. It focuses on artists who reinvent traditional techniques of “crafts” like embroidery, bead-work, weaving, carpentry and paper cutting. It also explores the meaning and importance of craftsmanship in contemporary art practices.
In the piece titled: “Safe”
the rubber canvas consists of tiny hexagon rubber shapes which were stitched together by hand to form the basis of this work.
In the piece above “I’ll be watching you” you’ll notice that once piece of a big tractor inner tube were used;
and in the piece below “Don’t make waves”, rubber squares were stitched together with an industrial sewing machine to form the ‘rubber-canvas’
Anyway, so if you are in the Bloemfontein area, feel free to pop in at the Flux group exhibition xxx
Due to tight deadlines my subjects ended up floating on the rubber surface.
This year I decided to rework the large works and create an environment for them. I started to embroider lots and lots of flowers on little pieces of rubber. Some flowers were inspired by real ones, others pure fantasy blooms. I work wherever and whenever on them since due to their size I am able work on them anywhere.
Now my subjects are surrounded by a garden of sorts. Some pieces I reworked entirely, up to a point where I am happy with where it’s going.
Meanwhile I also learned a new word via Twitter from Robert Macfarlane:
Word of the day: “physis” – ancient Greek term for “nature”, from the verbal noun φύσις, “phusis”, meaning “growing”, “becoming”, itself from φύω, “to grow”, “to appear”. From “physis” grow our words “physics” (in sense of ‘study of nature’), “physique”, “physiology”, etcetera.
I feel that this quote sums up my feeling about these works …. becoming something else, something more. To grow as an artist.
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’.
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
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)
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.