everything in order….

Art portfolio- my work

The KKNK has officially started, and hopefully soon I will be posting more pictures about a lot of art on show here in Oudtshoorn.  There’s a lot of energy in the air….it is addictive.

I have some work on show at the ArtKaroo gallery. One wall is dedicated to 15 ‘orders’ of insects (found in the book “Ons eie insekte)  They are “The victims to domestic engineering.”

the "Orde" series: Victims of domestic engineering. (Embroidery on rubber)

the “Orde” series: Victims of domestic engineering. (Embroidery on rubber)

I added one sculpture to the mix:

The domestic engineer: Megatropolis (mixed media and found objects)

The domestic engineer: Megatropolis (mixed media and found objects)

So I hope to see you , if you are in the area….



Art portfolio- my work

I received this quote in a letter from a dear friend:

 “….Speak to us of Children.

And he said:

Your children are not your children.  They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday……….

I know it well….its from “The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran.

I wasn’t an easy teenager.  My parents didn’t believe in ‘time-out’ – they believed in a good spanking.

The last time I received a hiding was when I was 17.  My dad caught me smoking. After the hiding I ran away, and left the above quote in a letter.  When they found me I got a hiding for running away and for the letter I left.  That quote didn’t fit in their belief as parents.  “Children should be seen and not heard” was what they believed in.

Today I am a parent and I hope to remember these words above which made an impact on me then as they make now.  I also secretly hope that my children will be ‘easier’ teenagers than I was- or maybe I will be an ‘easier’ parent.

embroidery on rubber

embroidery on rubber

Orde: Lepidoptera – Pouoë, Emperor moths

“Dit is interessant dat die soorte wat sleg smaak, normaalweg heelwat langer leef as die gekamoefleerde soorte nadat hulle klaar eiers gelê het.  Die rede is ooglopend.  Die ou wyfies, wat sleg smaak, beskerm die jong wyfies deurdat van die ou wyfies opgeoffer word om voëls te leer om hulle soort te vermy.  Die wyfies wat hulle agtergrond naboots, moet weer na eierlegging gou doodgaan om te voorkom dat vyande aanleer om hulle kamoeflering uit te ken.” (from the book: Ons eie insekte)

It’s hard to unlearn the things one has been taught by your parents.  Sometimes sacrifice is needed.  It is easy to give children your love, but it is so hard not to try and give them your thoughts…..

Studio update….

Art portfolio- my work

Soon I won’t need to take orders anymore. I won’t be waitressing in the evenings because we will be relocating to another city mid April – that is if we find a decent house to rent. My husband found work at a construction company.  We will be moving away from the Klein Karoo, closer to the Coast.  Looking forward to unpack all my ‘stuff’ and start a new adventure.

Talking about orders, I am currently busy finishing the ‘orde’ series:

orde phthiraptera

Orde Phthiraptera: luise/lice

“Wyfieluise is meer volop as mannetjies en as mannetjies skaars word, kan die wyfies eiers lê wat uitbroei sonder dat hulle gepaar het.  Die eiers (of nete) word aan die vere of hare vasgeplak.  Die luise van seerobbe is so aangepas dat hulle net eiers op die robbe lê in die tyd van die jaar wanneer die robbe op land bly om self geboorte te gee en kleintjies groot te maak.” from the book “Ons eie insekte”

10 down 5 to go.  They must be finished in time to be exhibited at ArtKaroo gallery during the KKNK.

I am also in the process to create my own website.  I finally realized that a blog can not possibly function as a website and that the two is very different.  I am taking my time with it, but hopefully I will be able to launch it soon.

On my bedside table is the “Ultimate building book” by Steven Cane. I really enjoy it, but my boys are too small to do some of the projects yet, so I will make some notes so that we can build some amazing stuff when they are bigger.  In the meantime I am inspired to become a ‘sidewalk superintendant’.


“Even with insects- a novel” by Barbara Erasmus is another book beside my bed.  I love the following quote on page 119:

“He said that Eliot was wrong.  Home isn’t where you start from.  It is where you go back to.”