“Stop the rot, keep moving”

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Its been a while since I wrote to you, but October was a wonderful, intense, creative, and thankfully productive month for me, and I hope for you too?!

I am pleased to announce that I finished the commission which occupied most of my time in the studio. I am really chuffed that I finished it on the time I set aside for it. My self-imposed ‘deadline’ was for the end of October. I allowed myself to focus on it for two months. I need deadlines (but is there not perhaps a better word for it, since deadline sounds so final) ;-P

“You are born, you die, and the rest is just marking time.” (James Joyce)

I had the pleasure of having Kleinjan Groenewald over for a photo shoot yesterday! I will share some photos from this shoot over the next couple of months!

I was also introduced to Ike in October. His owner says that he always smile for the camera:

he was the inspiration for a new “family member” – The Good Boy!

The Good Boy

And he is off to join the rest of the clan in this collectors home:

Other news is that I had to get reading glasses/goggles/spectacles! I was diagnosed with PRESBYOPIA which is just a fancy Greek word meaning: “Old and eye.” “Presbyopia is the name given to the condition of the sight which develops as a natural senile change” (quoted from an encyclopedia) I was so stressed out about my appointment with the Optometrist, but I am glad I went, since now I can enjoy reading again. I am just curious why most of the frames for glasses are made out of plastic! eek! Anyway I am celebrating by reading a book I found in the library: “The secret dairy of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years old”

“Biologically speaking you become superfluous on your fortieth birthday or thereabouts. Since the children are born by then, approaching self sufficiency. That is when slowly but surely the rot starts to set in with hair loss and reading glasses. On a cellular level too things start going wrong. You have more and more errors of division and multiplication. A slowing metabolism leads to a weaker nervous system which also makes the mind to weaken. One thing is clear: “Use it or lose it” from the book …..

I really enjoy spending time with Hendrik Groen. Like him I also “rarely say what i want to say. I tend to choose the path of least confrontation. My specialty: wanting to please everybody.”

In other news:

I painted the wall in my studio a dark grey, in preparation for my next ‘Studio exhibition: The Haunted Stitch” coming soon…watch this space. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will also be participating an a group show in November…more about this a bit later:

Other news: Feel free to visit the stockroom at MContemporary gallery for some available work, or feel free to send me a message:

Until we speak again….”Stop the rot, keep moving” Hendrik Groen

October 2020 studio news

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I don’t know about you, but September was really testing my patience. I had a hard time with the South African postal services trying to send work overseas, which in the end didn’t reach is destination. So better luck next time. But October is here and promises to be a busy month as well as a beautiful one!

Peach blossoms in our garden

I am excited to announce that I started working on a commission last month and it is progressing slowly but surely:

Yep, that’s me (wearing a wig as usual) in front of the work just to give you an indication of the size!

The only request from the patron is that “Size matters!”

That’s when I decided that it will be the title of the work as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

note to self

So dear friends due to this commission, I will not be hosting a studio exhibition this month, but I do have those works that didn’t leave the country, available directly from my studio, until the 10th of October. If you’d like to receive a pdf file, let me know via email: hannalie.t@gmail.com.

Studio shot with a work titled: Love is in the air

Until we speak again….. xxx

the making of “a walk in the park”…

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Oh hi! Just taking “a walk in the park” today with a hot-air -balloon ๐Ÿ˜‰

How are you?

Educational Toy (cotton thread, fiber filling and rubber SOLD

I started working on ‘A walk in the park” exhibition in November 2019, after I received an invitation from the Pretoria Art Association to have a small solo in their Black Box area.

detail Educatonal toy

but it was only in January that I started making the ’embroidered rubber balloons” for the show.

At first I was worried that these balloons was looking too much like those whoopee cushions! Do you remember those?

Anyway, I reassured myself that that was just my inner critic talking trying to spoil the fun I was having in the studio….

and then the pandemic happened!

So “A walk in the park” was meant to open on the 29th of May 2020, but with lockdown and everything, the show got postponed until further notice, and eventually the Art Association suggested we open it in September 2020.

Hare-raising thoughts 2019 Cotton thread, fiber filling and rubber SOLD

Postpone it for so long?! What about all the bills to pay? That was indeed a hare-raising thought, and after careful consideration and a talk to one of my dear collectors I decided to host this exhibition myself. Directly from my studio for a change!

Rich Bitch 2020 Cotton thread, fiber filling and rubber SOLD

because I am fortunate and lucky to ‘know’ some rich bitches right! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just kidding :-p

Rich Bitch detail

But seriously I am blown away by the support and interest in my work and this exhibition so far.

Thank you so much!

and as the saying goes: “Its not over until the fat lady sings”…

Its not over until the fat lady sing ( thread, batting and rubber 2019 SOLD

THANK YOU!

 

Revisiting some dysfunctional family members…

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I recently revisited some ‘dysfunctional family members’ from my ‘Familie Kielie” exhibition last year:

The Cleaner

And I am delighted to inform you that these 5 Family members were selected and recently acquired by Art Gazette for their collection!

Mama Afrika

Bullebak

Groot Vogel

Haai Meisie

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead. xxx

Studio news update

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Dear friends,

I am happy to announce that I will be sending out a link to view my very first studio-digital-exhibition in my next once-a-month-newsletter!

What newsletter you may ask?

Well for a while now I have been using an engine called ‘mailchimp’ to send out news from my studio to a collector’s list that I have build up over the years, thanks to emails I received enquiring about my work via this and other platforms. I try and send only one newsletter – usually from the last week or the first week of a month.ย  That same newsletter might end up published here as well, but usually a week or so after the original goes out, and sometimes edited.

That gives my trusty collectors the latest news first ๐Ÿ˜‰

You might also notice that sometimes the content/photos published here are the same as on Instagram or Twitter too…but hey, different strokes for different folks…..

I’m learning as I go…which reminds me that I have to learn how to create a ‘landing page’ for my newsletters.ย  Just a way of trying to keep it simple when balancing studio with professional and personal life. Thanks for your patience.

What I enjoy about the mailchimp newsletters is that since it’s private I often get a response directly from you! and it was in during an email conversation after one newsletter that my collector planted the seed for my very own ‘studio-digital-exhibtion’. – Which I will tell you more about it in the next few weeks

What I like about using this blog is that it serves as an extension of my ‘headquaters.’ Sometimes it is playful, sometimes it is serious or sometimes even short and to the point.ย  It is a trusted, easy to manage website. From this point I send out my posts to Twitter and Linkedin.

What I like about Instagram is that it host some amazing communities of artists, artlovers, embroiderers, and friends.ย  It is quick, easy to access while on the go. It is global. Its like a mini website for me.

I do not make use of Facebook.

For now this is how I manage my online prescence until the ‘artworld figures out how to present itself like the VR experiences on Playstationย  etc. for example Fortnite ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wouldn’t that be fun??!

so my dear friends, if you’d like to receive my ‘once-a-month-studio-newsletter’, please pop me an email, alternatively I will see you here x