Monday, February 24, 2014

Marianne's clianthus - headed for Alice Springs

Flights booked for Alice Springs - to attend the opening of the 38th Alice Prize, at the Araluen Arts Centre on Friday May 9th. My work is one of 66 selected out of 490 entries and as I've never been to the desert it will be a wonderful opportunity to visit a place where this "glory flower" Clianthus formosus grows in abundance (unfortunately not at this time of year).

'Marianne's clianthus, 2013 - after Marianne Collinson Campbell, 1800's'

(reclaimed needlework, lace and beading pins, museum board 145 x 65 cm)

details showing the head of the pea (the black 'eye' is referred to as the 'boss') and the leaves

Marrianne Collinson Campbell's original drawing in the a National Library of Australia publication
'Women of Flowers'.  The original drawing is held in the NLA collection.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Deep Water...

Please see my website: 

for the latest journal entry "Deep Water" about a new 3-dimensional work;
'Deep Water / hanging garden'.

Reclaimed vintage silk velvet, silk embroidery and fringe. Dimensions variable.

Friday, February 14, 2014

John & George find a new home...

'John & George 2013 - after John Hunter 1789' was sold by Gould Galleries yesterday - four hours after I collected it from the framer and delivered it to the gallery. 

My Sanctuary Collection, which began with Queen Billie and Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2012, and its reiteration as Sanctuary Too at Gould Galleries in 2013, has now been completed by this reinterpretation of Captain/Governor John Hunter's King parrot, painted in 1789. Hunter copied the bird from another first fleet artist, the more proficient George Raper, whose Emu I have also reinterpreted in reclaimed needlework.

I'm grateful that my gallery are not only able to sell my work, but also love it and while I'm excited that 'John & George' have found a new home, I'm also (slightly) sad that I may not see it again.

Here is a shot of the work installed in Rob Gould's upstairs gallery yesterday in its beautiful frame built by the fab team at Chapman & Bailey.