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there’s something about clay…

July 31, 2015

It was the first medium I felt really comfortable with. My year 12 folio was ceramics….this is a piece that still exists….

Yr 12 bowl

I’ve dabbled in it again at times over my years of teaching, but this year something changed for me. I picked up a lump of clay just for the feel of it. I had no end result in mind. It felt meditative – a total relaxation. As I pressed the clay together, worked it in my hands, made impressions with things from Nature – a form evolved – a vessel that reminded me of a female form – curves, neck and the stopper became a head.


It has been with wonder as I look back on that day when ‘she’ became…. I found myself tearful telling a friend about the formation of ‘her’… some healing has occurred. Whilst I have enjoyed making more since and adding to the family of vessels – the first one remains my favourite and important to me. Perhaps it symbolises that which has been filled, emptied and waiting to be filled again… and the marks on the outside tell a story… the pressures we yield to… ruminating but not sure…


What I love about clay is its plasticity in my hands. Its own essence is apparent at all times – the texture and body of it. I feel the sensitivity in my fingers which gives me a connection I can’t seem to find with other media. She allows impressions from other things – the organic textures from Earth are immortalised in the surface just like eco-printing on fabric. It is wholistic – a material from Earth herself.

And I look forward to developing a relationship with my own kiln sometime in the future (perhaps in a peaceful country setting!) – knowing about the baking and working on the permanence – and accepting the impermanence and imperfection when pieces break…. the accepting …. and letting go….


the Solace Project…

June 11, 2015

India Flint put out the call for submissions to the Solace Project – whilst she’s at The Observatory in Andamooka she’ll be piecing these words on fabric together to make…. what I believe will be a beautiful, soulful ode… a connection between lots of people and nature…

I started out with some rust dyed silk…


I sat with many words for quite a while… the negative as well as the positive…


… until these two words stayed with me…




January 28, 2015

I feel very honoured and excited to be included as part of Tribe Tuesday on Flora Bowley’s blog….  find out more about her classes HERE

At work today we had a wonderful man from Monash University – Craig Hassed talking about mindfulness….. a few friends commented on all the painting I’d been doing that they’d seen on FB… but I noticed later that those lovely, positive comments didn’t really get through to me (perhaps I’ll be more open to them now I’ve noticed….)  My point is – I really noticed some feeling of recognition and acknowledgment from being profiled on Flora’s blog… something about it makes me feel a little bit more ready to take the next step….. whatever that might be…. I am feeling very supported by the Universe right now and that is beautiful…..


Eco legs

April 17, 2014

Thank you to jane from Folios and Fibre  for sharing her idea of Eco dyeing long johns! Can’t wait for some cooler weather now!




So loved playing with these today !

April 16, 2014




This dress in a day?

April 13, 2014

First of all we started of with a long tube of 2 different fabrics sewn up one end as well (see Julian Roberts website –


20140413-093634.jpgThis is me making my first cuts in the fabric for the bodice.



20140413-093745.jpgMy finished dress which was quite a surprise.

20140413-093802.jpgMy dress amongst other dresses completed by the class. What struck me most was Julian’s incredible philosophy, intellect and generosity with his ideas – he designs fashion from his heart and soul – an amazing inspiration!


the finished dress….

April 2, 2014

… especially for Nami to see…

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