Almost Spring…a studio update

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I survived my birthday and conquered the blues!  In the end we didn’t bake a cake, but instead opted for blue velvet cupcakes…and the kids helped me to decorate them.

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I’ve been sort of absent for awhile, because I received marvellous books as gifts and so I spend my time divided between stitching, reading, dreaming, cooking, cleaning, catching up with friends and gardening with the kids.  Bliss!

The books I mention above are the following:

  1. The gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
  2. The art of Edward and Reddin Kienholz
  3. Art Brut (I’ve read it years ago and finally have my own copy!)
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. Buys by Willem Anker (this is actually a library book…which the librarians kept aside for me because I was asking for it for such a long time)

At the moment I am busy with number 4 and 5 on the list above……

that is until a few hours ago, when a courier arrived with another one: “Seven days in the Art World” by Sarah Thorton….so I decided to pause reading the other two, because curiosity just got the better of me….

I’m still at the introduction of this book but got stunned by these words: “Painting, or all art, has now become completely a game by which man distracts himself…and the artist must really deepen the game to be any good at all”…..

oh boy…..anyway…talking about art….

I am pleased to announce that I have work up on exhibition alongside some awesome fellow artists in a group show called  “Saints and Sinners” at Galerie Noko, in Port Elizabeth:

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and on the 12th of September my work will form part of a group show called “Signature” at Gallery Grande Provence in Franschoek. For more information feel free to contact the gallery.

From the 11th until the 13th of September 2015, I will have 2 pieces at this years FNB Joburg Art Fair. I am very excited but I will share photos of these works in my next posts closer to the time.

I am also working towards two solo exhibitions in 2016! More information to follow in my summer studio update.

Here is a peek of a work in progress…

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Oh and we started to plant some seeds yesterday! I hope it’s not too early since it’s not quite Spring yet, although there are days that makes one wonder.  Our youngest son woke up this morning and asked me if the plants have started to come up during the night…mmm…wishful thinking 😉

 

Studio news…almost Winter…

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The days are getting shorter and the nights longer…winter is in the air, and since I’ve just finished reading the book: The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson, I thought I’ll share this quote with you:

“There was a world formed out of Nothing, and from the Nothing grew a tree, and in the tree sat a bird, and in the bird’s mouth was a worm, and the worm that had lain in the earth knew all the secrets of life and said, “There is a world, forming out of Nothing, and out of Nothing will come a tree, and in the tree will sit a bird, and under the tree there walks a man, and that man will learn the language of birds, and find that the buried treasure is really there.  And when he has dug it up, he will spend the jewels and the gold, and last of all he will find a bag of seeds and when he plants them they will grow into a forest whose leaves are a canopy of stars.  And one day he will climb the tree, and put his hand out to a star, and the star will be his home.”‘

‘Forever?’

‘Until the leaves fall.’

‘And then?’

“And then it will be winter.”

pg 109 The Stone Gods by Jeanette winterson

*Besides reading I am working on 4 different embroideries at the moment…3 Giant ones (can’t wait to share it with you) and a smaller one….but more info at a later stage.

*I’ve started reading “Wilt” by Tom Sharpe…and find myself laughing out loud, which is a good thing, because I’ve had the blues on and off….

* Cutting and cleaning some inner tubes… and I’ve started to experiment with a sewing machine to prepare my rubber canvasses…Initially I didnt want to use machine stitching anywhere in my work, but if it turns out well I’ll tell you more about the why I started to do this.  The embroidery part will only be done by hand!.

*I am in the process of preparing for two different Art Fairs…but again it’s too soon to tell you more.

*Trying to organize ADSL uncapped internet for our home/studio, and oh dear, what a process…I’m not even going to start trying to explain!

*Working on some ideas in notebook/sketchbook.

*I’ve tried yoga last week, next is pilates, karate, badminton, squash…I would like to try everything at least once and then decide…since I am mostly in front of needle and thread, or the computer, I realized I have to do some sort of activity besides jumping trampoline or riding bike with the kids….

On that note I’ll share this image with you….

 

from the ongoing "young wife' series

from the ongoing “young wife’ series

 

Safe

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"Safe" Cotton thread, rubber, batting and wood

“Safe” Cotton thread, rubber, batting and wood

Sometimes it’s ‘safe’ not to say anything.

or

Sometimes I wish I could lock up my words to keep the ‘safe’…

Anyway so I’ve tried to make some time for reading because a new Douglas Coupland book has found it’s way to my bedside table!

So I will say goodnight with a quote from the book: “Generation A”:

“Terrorize, threaten and insult your own useless generation.  Suddenly you’ve become a novel idea and you’ve got people wanting to join in.  You’ve gained credibility form nothing.  You’re the talk of the town.  Develop this as a story you can sell.” -Malcolm McLaren