Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Print Exchange

My attentions have been diverted with the
organisation of the Personal Histories project
and I have been blatantly neglecting my own blog
and allowing it to gather cobwebs.

One of the myriad little projects I have been working on 
is a small print (7" x 5" - edition of 12) for the 
The theme this year is "Let this be a sign....".

I went the environmental route with my little
bird representing the proverbial canary in a coal mine
as a metaphor for how we are treating the environment 
and how this affects the other creatures on this planet.
The good news is - if you are a true optimist you
can turn this little print upside down and you 
will be able to revive the state of play
by bringing the bird back to life :)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Waiting for the Breeze

Well, I have spent the first part of my year
lazing at Bondi Beach, visiting Taronga Zoo, wandering
the streets, galleries and underground mazes of Ol' Sydney Town.
Partaking of foods and restaurants available in abundance.
On my return to home soil, I find myself torpid and lethargic
with the muggy weather.  I am without compass.  Waiting for the
breeze to catch my sail and drag me forward over the Hokusai like,
mountainous wave of paraphernalia I should already be traversing.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year 2014

The Daruma above served me well in 2013,
and their eyes have been filled in as I have 
completed my 2013 goals -

But it is now time to put my new Daruma into service.
A spiffy modern version of a very old Japanese tradition
- gifted to me at Christmas time.

This little fellow (designed by Paul Loebach for Areaware) came with these simple details:
The Daruma is a traditional Japanese talisman for focusing on personal goals.  Modelled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, it is a popular gift of encouragement.  When one is received, set a goal or make a wish and fill in one eye to illustrate your intention.  The other eye watches over you as a constant reminder and guide.  Once your goal is reached fill in the other eye and display the Daruma as a symbol of your success.


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Miss Larue - my new etching press

Keith and Nancye from Merlarue Etching Presses installing Miss Larue

I am very excited to say my new etching press was delivered yesterday and she's a beauty.
She was designed, made and delivered by the versatile and talented
team of Keith Wiltshire and Nancye Canobie from

If you are looking for a press I can thoroughly recommend
getting in touch with these guys.
Absolute pleasure to deal with.
It took less than 3 weeks for them to build and personally deliver
the press (driving from Castlemaine in Victoria to Queensland no less!)
Some other companies I'd approached had only just gotten
 around to responding to my initial email!  
Their pricing is very reasonable too.

Keith and Nancye are both established printmakers and have an 
extensive knowledge and keen interest in the art of printmaking.

I am so looking forward to playing around with Miss Larue (or Merle to her friends).
If anyone wants to come play - just drop me a line :)

Thanks Keith & Nancye.
Love your work :)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Artist Books 3.0 #12 - Biography - "Missing"

I have finally completed my edition of accordion fold books
for inclusion in the Artist Books 3.0 #12 (biography/autobiography) 
Collaborative Mail Art Group project.

The subject I chose to explore was Agatha Christie, specifically
the 11 days in December of 1926 she went missing.
I was originally going to poke a bit of fun,
making various disguises in which Ms Agatha
might have been spotted.
However, on re-reading information about the
personal angst which Ms Agatha was suffering at the time,
I thought it would be inconsiderate to make fun of her 
obvious state of desolation, even after all these years.

Herewith are the two pieces of writing 
included with the book (the first being a copy of the 
missing notice posted after Ms Agatha's disappearance,
offering a detailed (though not wholly flattering) description of her at the time:

                       9th December 1926

From her home “Styles” Sunningdale in this Division

Mrs. Agatha Mary Clarissa CHRISTIE


AGE 35 YEARS, HEIGHT 5FT 7”. HAIR RED (Shingled),

DRESSED – Grey Stockingette Skirt,
Green Jumper, Grey and dark Grey Cardigan,
small Green Velour Hat, may have hand bag
containing 5-10 pounds. Left home in
4 seater Morris Cowley car at 9.45 p.m.
on 3rd December leaving note saying she was
going for a drive.  The next morning the
car was found abandoned at Newlands
Corner, Albury, Surrey.

Should this lady be seen or any information
regarding her be obtained please communicate
to any Police Station, or to

        CHARLES GODDARD, Superintendent

            Telephone No. 11 Wokingham

1926 was a tumultuous year for Agatha Christie.  Agatha’s books were beginning to gain in popularity, pushing her reluctantly into the spotlight.  Her ailing mother, Clarissa, died of bronchitis in early February.  Agatha’s husband, Archie, professed his distaste of grief and sadness and resolutely remained in Spain refusing to return to support Agatha through the funeral, her grief and the ordeal of sorting through her childhood home whilst caring for their young daughter.  When Archie did eventually return to England he took up residence in London, far away from their home in Surrey. He took a mistress, Nancy Neele, who shared his passion for golf.  It is believed Agatha, a shy, reserved person, quietly suffered a nervous breakdown after a year filled with personal trauma.

On the 3rd December, after Archie left for a weekend house party to announce his engagement to his mistress, Agatha slipped quietly from their home “Styles” and disappeared for eleven days.  After a nation wide manhunt she was found safe at the Hydropathic Hotel and Spa at Harrogate, claiming she was not aware of who she was or what she was doing there.
Her disappearance has sparked much conjecture through the years, however, Agatha refused to ever speak of the events.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Humming Along

Am enjoying the new studio space, 
but am still growing into it and making it my own.

Top photo is a pin board of random bits & pieces.

Bottom photo is a display of treasures from fellow creatives
(plus a prototype of the accordion fold book I am
currently making for an Artist Books 3.0 project due ASAP)

Friday, 8 November 2013

Tawny Frogmouth Family

Apologies for the image quality,
these little creatures are quite a way up in the trees 
and I don't have a super zoom lens,
but I just wanted to share this photo of
the Tawny Frogmouth family
currently residing in our backyard.

I'd say the babies are around
a month old now and it has 
been wonderful to watch them 
from our back verandah as they grow.

Thursday, 7 November 2013


Congratulations and thanks to Caren Florance & Terence Uren
who have curated an exhibition of Book Art Object Edition 4 artist books at the UNSW Canberra (ADFA) Library in Canberra, Australia, during November 2013.

Caren has set up a great set of photos on Flickr if you would like to view the exhibition on line:

My contribution for BAO #4 "The Lost Typewriter Key" (photos above) is included -  
so nice to see it on display alongside some familiar names and books in what looks like a fabulous display.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Studio Time

A few minor things still to fix up and furniture still to be sorted, but the studio is at last open for business.  Just in the nick of time. With both children at home very shortly until university resumes in Feb/March I shall be looking for a space to which to escape - and being tucked neatly by itself under one corner of the house - I am imagining I will be lurking down here quite a bit over the coming months.  First project already underway :)

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Mrs Christie - Dissected

A little project I am undertaking is an edition of accordian fold books
 for the Artist Books 3.0 Collaborative Mail Art Group.
The topic for the project is "Someone".

I know it is a well travelled old chestnut, 
but I have chosen to do a book on the 11 day disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926.
Everybody loves a mystery, especially one that has never been fully explained.
I find it utterly absorbing that it still evokes such wide ranging interest and conjecture.