Happiness is when you get a studio visit from a poet and to have conversations about words, books, images and art!
The wonderful poet Rene Bohnen visited my studio a week ago….and we had wonderful conversations about all of the above!
Visit her site here: http://renebohnen.wix.com/renebohnen
or read her translated poems inspired by Goya here: http://versindaba.co.za/2014/06/09/rene-bohnen-boomklim/
Talking about words…..
I love paging through books written in the 1960 about womanhood:
but this weekend I am going treat myself and start reading this book by Nick Cave…
but before I do, I am going to read the lecture by Nick Cave about writing a love song which a dear friend just forwarded to me:
What are you reading at the moment?
I have a soft spot for books….even more when it’s artist books.
I am delighted to have started this collection:
1. BISM by Belinda Blignaut
for more pictures visit her website here
2. Alice Verloren by Gordon Froud and Co.
you can see more works by Gordon Froud here
3. The mad angel by Sandra Hanekom:
To view more work by Sandra Hanekom visit here
4. Untitled by Stephan Erasmus:
you can visit Stephan’s website here
It’s the first time ever I’ve done a commission.
Luckily it was one that I had free reign to do what I wanted. That also made it difficult, because I didn’t know the art patron well. All I knew was that she has written a book called “Dans met die rooi rok” and that she wanted an embroidered rubber doll. So instead of 1 I made 3 for her to choose from.
The first one I gave a red dress, because I’ve read about the book she wrote. Unfortunately I haven’t read her book yet, but it’s on my reading list! The quote on this artwork comes from the book: “Women wedlock and the world”.
The second “doll” is called “Blomme-meisie”. and the third ones title is: “Gouelokkies was eintlik n beer/Goldilocks was actually a bear”.
Instead of one she chose two!
These two found a home:
I do hope that she gets as much joy from these pieces as I had in making them.
Like clockwork each December old dear Nostalgia comes for a visit. Sometimes we listen to old cassette’s or LP’s (yes i still have those) or sometimes we page through old diaries and sketchbooks.
During one of those ‘sessions’ yesterday, I stumbled upon this photocopied page from a book pasted in my 2006 diary. I wish I wrote down from which book this quote comes from.
If someone knows please let me know, because i’m keen to read it again. This quote hasn’t lost it’s charm for me after all these years.