Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sanctuary 2012

Lucy's Kite (detail) 2011 - after John James Audubon's Swallow tailed kite

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Rainbows and Lorikeets

 A wonderful rainbow over Alexandra Gardens in Kew
And a divinely cheeky and curious young Rainbow Lorikeet
which came out of it's tree nest to greet me 3 mornings in a row
Spring is in the Air!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Being in Melbourne, thinking of Paris, but happy with my lot...

 My little piece of Paris in Abbotsford (Cnr Johnston & Clarke Sts)
I step over or around this abandoned Cafe terrazzo on my way to work each week
at the Uni of Melbourne Early Learning Centre, just near the divine Abbotsford Convent
and am transported back to Paris where I spent 3 wonderful weeks last April...

 Crinolenne Lady with Cherry Blossoms and Waratahs, Beijing dragon's head c 1910, Peacock and French silk pansies c early 1900s, French Pomegranite in blue and white and Willow Pattern in brown and green.

 Fresh cuttings on my journal - I'm struggling with the branch for
my latest bird and these delicate yellows and whites are to be incorported in the last
of her tail feathers (it's after Ellis Rowan's 'Raggi's Bird of Paradise').

a beautiful watercolour by the wonderfully wimsical Maira Kalman
It's always good to remember "I have enough"!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New acquisitions - Autumn treasure hunting in East Kew

 My most recent acquisition - a divine tea-cloth with mauve and pale brown floral sprays (circa 1930's?) I visited my local Mental Illness Fellowship opp-shop in East Kew on Wednesday and one of the lovely women there, who now knows me and what I do with embroidery, went upstairs to retrieve a box of recently priced needlework - this was one of them - and is soon to be deconstructed in the name of Art
the whole cloth on my studio rug

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Studio - haberdasher's delight or madness?

 Recent acquisition - very old Chinese cushion cover given to me by a friend from Beijing
 recent excisions awaiting reconstruction with Audubon's Flamingo in the background
Sometimes I wonder if I'm turning into a made haberdasher!
 Thousands of fragments in time - reconstructed and awaiting reconstruction
recently dyed lace and Paris cafe curtain lace