Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Textiles and other fragile species"...

A great start to the new year for me with an article and photo in The Age newspaper today.  Its not online as I write, so only have this photo from my phone to share with you at the moment. I hope to have a pdf up on my new website soon. Article is by Louise Bellamy and photo by Michael Clayton-Jones. Louise first saw my work at Heide MoMA in 2012 and has wanted to do an article since then, so thanks to Louise for her continued interest in my work and thanks to Michael for a terrific photo.

Please also see the post on my website - http://www.louisesaxton.com/journal/

Happy New Year and best wishes for the year ahead!

Friday, December 27, 2013

launch of louisesaxton.com

Dear followers

I'm very excited to announce that my new website is officially launched - you can find more about my art practice at louisesaxton.com

On the website is a page called "journal" which will replace this blog in respect to my art practice

There is also a link to me on Facebook - Louise Saxton Artist

thank you all so much for following this blog and I do hope you will follow me there as you have done here….

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New website coming soon!

Dear blog friends,
In the new year of 2014 I will be launching a new website - louisesaxton.com - and am feeling quite excited.  This blog will appear on the website as a page called "journal" and while it will have a different layout, I do hope you will continue to browse every now and then to see what I've been up to. I will keep this Lou Saxton Artspace blog for more personal projects - such as the one I'm posting below of my current holiday by the beach.  I'm enjoying a few glorious, lazy days away from Melbourne, before the Christmas mayhem hits.  

Thank you so much for following my posts throughout 2013 and I wish you a wonderful holiday season - peaceful, restful and filled with happiness.

full moon rising behind Anderson's Inlet

Magnolia grandiflora

Grevillea speciosa - very Christmassy!

 a very special moment when this enormous Echidna 
wandered past on our first afternoon here!

paper cutting for my next art work

and last but not least, holiday inspiration
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cultivating a 'Heart Garden' for St Vincent's Hospital

As some of my readers will know I have been 'in residence' at Caritas Christi since May. This is the Palliative Care arm of St Vincent's Hospital and the quid-pro-quo of having the studio there is that we donate a work to the Hospital's art collection.  The various art programs and the art collection are part of what is known as the "Mission of St Vincent" - also referred to as the "Mission to the Heart".  In response to this idea I wanted to create a 'Heart Garden' as my donated art work and began work a few months ago.  When I shared this idea with the St Vincent's Hospital art curator, Monique Silk, she suggested it might be appropriate for the work to be installed in the soon to be opened St Vincent's Cardiac Centre - also known as the Heart Centre, which is housed in one of the fully restored Art Deco buildings on Victoria Parade in Fitzroy.  You can imagine my excitement.  

The art deco staircase and windows leading to the Heart Centre

 Fabulous lead-light doorways - with workmen still in situ
and below, wonderful tiling in the ground floor foyer

The first point of inspiration for making the Heart Garden comes from 2012 when I had the privilege of exhibiting in the project gallery at Heide Museum of Modern Art.  Heide has a famous 'Heart Garden' which Sunday Reed designed in the shape of a 'love heart' and planted in the garden at Heide I. 

 Sundays Heart Garden at Heide I and below 
Sunday in her rose garden 
(photos taken from Heide MoMA image search)

I envisaged my 'Heart Garden' to be in the shape of a human heart and so it is with absolute delight that something I dreamt of making over a year ago has not only come to fruition, but will find a permanent home in an important and beautiful medical centre. 


My 'Heart Garden' is almost finished and so I want to share with you some of the steps along the way, including the fabulous St Vincent's Heart Centre building.

day 1 - pinning the outline
day 2 - the veins go on

 There are some special pieces in the Heart Garden which have been donated by friends or acquaintances from their own family collections - made by mothers, grand-mothers and aunties - including the beautiful tiger lilies which you can see in the aorta and other areas of the heart. I've chosen mostly vintage hand made needlework, from the 20's and 30's to give the heart a sense of time past.  There are exquisite fragments of embroidery and lace from Japan, China, Poland, Vietnam, Hungary and Australia.

the hand of the new maker working with the hand 
of the anonymous and departed makers

the work tables below - you can see how exquisite 
these vanishing materials are

the photo above gives a sense of scale
of my 'throbbing' Heart Garden - almost complete.

 (In 2007, the same year I began working solely with reclaimed needlework, 
my father died of heart failure - this work is also made in memory of him).