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The Hotel I used to work at, didn’t have a room with the number 13. I also heard that some buildings don’t have a 13th floor. It goes straight from 12 to 14.

I like 13. It was my birthday on the 13th of August and so much awesomeness happened recently that I would like to share it with you.

On the 12th of August the crew from the TV show “Mooiloop” visited our beautiful town Stilbaai and my studio:

Prim and proper :-)...behind the scenes with TV presenter Denvor Phokaners.

Prim and proper :-)…behind the scenes with TV presenter Denvor Phokaners.

Behind the scenes with Mooiloop TV

Behind the scenes with Mooiloop TV

Thank you Stilbaai.me for telling them about my work!

In my studio with the presenter Denvor Phokaners

In my studio with the presenter Denvor Phokaners

What an interesting experience…it felt quite surreal!

Afterwards we were off to Witsand for the weekend. That was my birthday present from my dad:

Father and daughter 2016

Father and daughter 2016

The morning of the 13th I woke up with the sight of wales playing in the ocean, and our boys gave me gifts they picked up on the beach. In the afternoon we went fishing

catch of the day

catch of the day

and enjoyed a picnic.

I wish I could translate my happiness into words!

On our way back home the next day we stopped at the “Blue Crane Farmshop”  . We thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality and amazing coffee…I was admiring their collection of vintage dolls….and then suddenly Philippa, who greeted us at the door when we arrived, gave me the most beautiful baby doll as a gift! (without even knowing that it was my birthday the previous day)

 

at the Blue Crane farmshop

at the Blue Crane farmshop

What an amazing, warm-hearted lovely gesture….

I am filled with so much gratitude! Thank you to dearest friends for their support and my loving family and meeting new acquaintances with warm hearts.

I salute you x

 

 

 

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Test-tube

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“Test-Tube”  2016 mixed media, textile, found objects, cotton thread and rubber” 980 mm x 380 mm x 380 mm 

Private collection

Photo credit: Marthinus Strydom

This piece was inspired by the Test-pattern, which I remember from my childhood days- before television became a 24 hour thing:

A test card, also known as a test pattern or start-up/closedown test is a television test signal, typically broadcast at times when the transmitter is active but no programme is being broadcast (often at startup and closedown) – Wikipedia

and also partly inspired by the Nkisi figures from Africa:

Nkisi or Nkishi (plural varies: minkisi, zinkisi, or nkisi) are spirits, or an object that a spirit inhabits. It is frequently applied to a variety of objects used throughout the Congo Basin in Central Africa that are believed to contain spiritual powers or spirits. – wikipedia

Rubber ever after: Television interview

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A while ago I wrote here: https://hannalietaute.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/lights-camera-action/ that I’ve been interviewed by the television program DeKat TV.

I have received the link for the youtube for those who have missed the live version.

I would like to thank Melanie Tait the editor for the link. Thank you Greta Petersen (presenter) and Jorrie van der Walt (camera man) for their patience since this was a first for me.  I would also like to thank The Erdmann Contemporary Gallery for the use of their premises.

Ladies and gentlemen…without further adieu:

 

lights, camera, action!

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I’m not exactly sure about my age in the above photo.  I was told that this was the first time my parents bought a camera (it was a polaroid camera).  Apparently I went missing in the shop for a short while.  When they found me they took this picture.

Now years later I self-psychoanalyse this and wonder if the above experience caused me to have such an aversion to cameras?  I do not feel very comfortable in front of them.

On Sunday I had to face the Cyclops (my name for a camera).  I had a interview with DeKat TV which they will broadcast later in the year.

I tried to do breathing exercises, a friend gave me a natural remedy to relax.   I felt jittery and talked fast, but after a while I started to enjoy the whole experience.  The camera man and presenter also helped to make me feel more comfortable.

Afterwards back home I pondered about my answers to their questions.  I get frustrated because I feel that I left out certain info which could be important or that I used my language wrong…..what is said is done – in the end it was fun.

Thank you DeKat.