Sunday, 10 February 2019

Good news Bad news

Well the good news is I'm still ok.
Bad news is my bulrush paper has simply not worked. This current project is a failure.
I have always told my children don't ever fear failure as it is how we learn,  so i now need to practice what i preach. I am certainly proud of myself for pushing myself to my limits and trying something new even if unsuccessful. I am still just as determined to find a way to give voice to my project just definitely without bulrush.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Determination

Plugging away today, preparing the pieces to be joined. The bulrush paper has been very difficult to work with giving me lots of challenges. Life has kept me busy of late throwing all sorts of obstacles in my way. I am determined to do my best, draw on my resilience and keep going.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Nature's inspiration

These beautiful leaves were collected from my friend Margaret's property. My current work is about her and her sense of place, figure and landscape. I am stitching the leaves together as the base under the feet of the sculpture. Nature provides us with so much inspiration.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Next stage

Friday /Saturday was spent working under the guidance of Dion Channer at his studio and paper mill.
Not only is he a master papermaker with 30yrs experience but a wonderful man. He kindly shared his time, experience, knowledge and paper making equipment allowing me to produce the paper I needed for my current project. I took the fibre cooked, then gave it a hand beat and then into Dion's Hollander beater. Then onto the vacuum table. I cannot thank Dion enough and his assistant Angelina for all their help and support. It was truly appreciated.
Hollander beater
Measuring the sizes of my pieces
Applying the beaten fibre
Putting the fibre directly into the prepared mould. This is a totally new experience for me as I normally  place it dry.

Vacuum table
Looking weary, job completed

Paper making

 Cutting up the Bulrush fibre
 Soaking the fibre in water
 Glamorous pic of cooking the fibre
 Rinsing the fibre

Hand beating the fibre

Monday, 10 September 2018

Preparation



                            Sewing some velcro onto mesh bags for plant fibres to be cooked in.                                                                             



                                                               Gathering Bulrush


                                                                 Hanging to dry





                                                           Finishing touches to casts

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Preparation of casts


At the moment, I am preparing the casts for the paper. I really enjoy the process and the journey. There is always plenty of problem solving to do. I love that it slows me down and is quite meditative.