Re-purposing

I wanted some lampshades that reflected the environment in which the shack is situated.We are surrounded by Gum trees, native plants, the river and lake and of course the bird life.I found some interesting cane-based lampshades from Kmart that had white shades.I wasn’t sure I could draw on them, but at about $20 each, I…

A pinny or a patch. – working on the shack.

The shack was built in the era of my childhood, 50’s and I wanted to keep some of the warmth of the 50s as I decorated it. ‘We’ did work – ‘I’ dressed and decorated it, and ‘we’ had to do it on a budget. Now, as I sit here surrounded by the creativity of…

Many days of frustration, and then satisfaction as it grew.

Late April Where do you begin.? To be honest I thought that everything was beyond my capabilities, lifting revolting mattresses and cleaning ovens and fridges. I had just undergone a radical hand and wrist surgery and my arm was in plaster. On the first day of purging, five men and a wingless old gal worked…

The story of the ‘shack’

The phone rang; it was Easter holiday weekend; we were enjoying the peace of the four-day break.“Keith, I think the tenants have done a bunk,” said Jamies’ friend John. He also has a holiday property in the same area. Next door in fact. Our day plans changed, and with our son Jinda and his family,…

Back to the blog.

I haven’t blogged for such a long time; I have to admit I use my two FB accounts and Instagram most of the time. But it’s time to change things a little. First of all, I’m thrilled to share that I was the 2022 Rajah award winner. Now just what is the Rajah Award, you…

Aurifil Artisans, Morocco Textile Piece.

In 12 hours I’m leaving Australia for Morocco. It’s a place I’ve been to before and this time I will be teaching Textile Art and Photography as Artist in Residence. I wanted a project for the guests to do as we travel so I decided to create an image of Marrakech as I see it,…

Aurifil Artisans showcase.

Thread painting over appliqué. I’m afraid I’ve been slow to put my projects up, however, I have a few and I will add them next month. In this project I used a variety of Aurifil threads. I began with a drawing on my iPad. I used a photo of the crow who visits us each…

Creating a design board.

This is a small drawing I created in Adobe Draw on the iPad Pro as we traveled in the bus yesterday. It’s Naive to say the least, but it’s what I saw in a pure sort of way. Components in the image could be used as stand alone patterns for fabric. The stripes, the trees…

From Alice Springs to Uluru.

7.00 am, and we left Alice. It was calm and quiet, and when we stepped out of the door of hotel the air smelled of dew on the grass. It was delicious. I’m aware that there’s been a lot of rain recently, but I don’t think that’s the only reason it’s so green, I remember…