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.




2017…and ACTION

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Dearest friends from the blog-o-sphere

It’s been a while ….

I do hope you had a lovely festive season and that you are as excited as I am about what 2017 may hold for all of us.

I was very fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends…old and new.

Tomorrow the school year starts again, which means my routine in the studio will be back to “normal”. I am looking forward to that.

As for new-years resolutions..mine changes constantly, but for now I’d like to quote Marie Curie:

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood”.

With that said….

I would like to share the following video with you. A dear friend visited me early this year and this is what we did:

“If there is any kind of magic in the world …it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something.” Julie Delpy

Besides my ‘fear’ for a camera and my broken spoken English, I appreciate that Hugo van Schalkwyk attempted to “understand” me and then to share a bit of that understanding. It was a interesting learning experience.

Best wishes



consulting the oracle of change 2014

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Hexagram 46: Sheng (ascending) -the result of a I Ching reading in the wee hours of the morning=  painted on my face

Hexagram 46: Sheng (ascending) -the result of a I Ching reading in the wee hours of the morning= painted on my face

The trigrams: K’UN: Earth, responsive.  SUN: wind, gentle.


Ascending.  Great progress and success.  He need suffer no anxiety when seeking an interview with the great man.  Proceeding towards the south will be fortunate.


Here we see the weak line ascending at the appropriate time.  The trigram denoting flexibility is joined to that denoting docility.  A strong line occupies the central place of the lower trigram, indicating that there will be great progress and success.

Seeking to meet with the great man will give him grounds for congratulation;  by proceeding towards the south his aim will be carried out.

Ascending denotes the rise of a worthy officer to a place of distinction.  He attains his position of eminence because he displays forcefulness tempered by modesty.  The time is now favourable for his advancement’  those in superior positions will look on him with favour.  The south is the region of warmth and joyful activity, and signifies his goal.

Trees and vegetation (sun) ascending the earth (K’un)  The superior man cultivates his virtue, accumulating small benefits until he has achieved merit which is high and great.



Festivities and other ties…

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"Tong uitsteek is soentjies vra" embroidery on rubber 2013

“Tong uitsteek is soentjies vra” embroidery on rubber 2013

What a curious month so far!!!

Round about the time of Mandela’s passing, our computer decided that it doesn’t want to switch on anymore.  Besides that we had a small technological meltdown.  The microwave had hiccups and my cell phone died every time I spoke to someone.

A couple of weeks later I am able to heat milk for coffee again.  I can have telephonic conversations again and am able to work on the computer.  This time I have to figure out Windows 8, feels strange, when you are used to XP.  I am not fond of change, but nevertheless I am pleased to surf the net again and have access to a ‘blikbrein’.  I could also listen to this interview/podcast, because i missed the actual program on RSG  ( listen here) – how strange it feels  to hear my own voice.  I use the word ‘interesting’ a lot…..anyway

In retrospect I appreciate the time without being able to go online.  It made me aware of time-management and cured me of my addiction to social networks.

As we near the end of the year I feel that I have my priorities in check (so I hope)

PLAY:  I intend to do just that with my family and friends.  As a matter of fact, my husband, the kids and myself do that already while on the beach or in the garden or at the river, slip and sliding in mud or while visiting the local nursery and learning about plants.

LEARN: I hope to never lose my curiosity.  Keep asking questions.

WORK:  Work to me isn’t a negative word.  I love working on ideas and new embroideries.  Currently I am preparing for 2 shows early next year.  *A group show called “Actuality and Illusion” at the Erdmann Contemporary gallery – and – *A solo show “Rubber ever After” at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK).  I am so excited- so many ideas so little time.  Watch this space for details.

MAKE OR TAKE TIME:  How does one say that? Make (productive) Take (forceful)??? To make or take time – figuring out time and making use of it.  To really make or take time listening to others, especially my little ones, since their ideas are truly fascinating.  To make or take time writing overdue letters. To make or take time to be quiet (in mind and body).

LOVE all of the above.

Now to love you and leave you, until next year, with warm wishes for a magical time during this time.