Sunday, 29 January 2012

Animals and Text

Now that the "Ex Libris Olim" exhibition is all set up,
I have been busy thinking about my online projects,
which all seem to have animal and text connections. 

In no particular order the projects are:
Project 2 - A Letter a Week
Project 3 - Book Art Object

Early days yet, with ideas and experimenting going on.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Reprieve from the rains

The heavy rains of the last few days have departed,
we have had a rain free morning.
The flood waters have subsided and run their course out to sea.
The cicadas are humming their merry tune loudly
as the humidity soars
and the creatures all try to dry out.

As you can tell I have had a little break from
book making over the past few days after a rather
intense time getting things complete for the exhibition. 
I have been out exploring the garden with my camera
(from the safety of my lovely verandah during the rain)
and making small progress on my a letter a week project.

As my younger daughter is still governed by
the school year calendar, I find the
 transitional period between holidays and term time
a bit of a readjustment for all of us.

26th January "Australia Day" here in the land of Oz
is our national day of celebration.
There are as many ideas about what the day means
and ways of marking the day
as there are individuals and cultures living here.
 It is a public holiday, so I am having a quiet day at home
and enjoying the nature that surrounds me.

(Rumours are the rain will be back with a vengeance tonight/tomorrow)

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Deluge - with a capital "D"

We are still receiving constant heavy rain.
Flooding is occurring all over the place.
The usual roads are cut off by torrents of water.
Green paddocks have turned to inland seas.
A help line has been set up for people still traumatised
by last years flooding, people are anxious.
Must admit I'm anxious about driving today,
but it is first day back at school for us
so an attempt is expected.
Just so long as I can get back out to pick up this afternoon!
Would much rather cocoon ourselves here at home!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Everyone and everything is wet here today.
We have had continuous heavy showers 
throughout the night and it has rained all morning.

Unlike the unfortunate creatures in our garden,
we are all nice and cosy (although the wallabies
are all now taking shelter under the verandahs).

We are all extremely lucky here
that we are not expected anywhere
today, so we are taking full advantage
and doing rainy day things like sleeping in,
reading books, tidying and creating.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Thank you

Books are like imprisoned souls 
until someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them 
 (Samuel Butler, novelist)

Thank you to everyone who came
along to the "ex libris olim" opening

It is a wonderful thing to have
support from people whom
you cherish and admire.

Thanks especially to the quiet and humble
Rick Thomason for inviting me to display my
work at Redland Museum and for doing such a good job curating the show.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Today's the Day

Big Day today.
My exhibition "Ex Libris Olim" opens at 11am.
Am looking forward to having lots of wonderful
people together in the one space but
I can't wait for my speech to be over already
'cause I hate being the centre of attention!

Above are some rather average photo's I took
during installation.  We have put up
more signage and moved some stuff around
a little since taking them and it looks
somewhat more improved.

Friday, 20 January 2012

"The Jealous Curator" - June 2011 discussion

Stumbled upon this post from The Jealous Curator
from June 2011 about the ups and downs of being an artist and thought others of you 
might find it interesting reading too.

Although the post itself is not that long, the idea behind it seemed to resonate
and the gazillion comments left by artists make (I think) for  interesting reading. 

(ps my little wind up dragonfly toy is a totally irrelevant image and  has nothing to do with the topic,
I just think it's pretty cute and I can't put a post up without an image!)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

It's all Black and White

The circular form and repetitive folds of this 
piece with its central column and solid base
make me think of a motionless
zoeotrope devoid of 
picture and movement,
its folded form caught in time.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Unidentified Folded Object

This little specimen
has been captured and somehow garnered
pride of place positioned in front of the
title wall at the entrance to my exhibition.

Monday, 16 January 2012


A little sculpture made by folding pages 
from three old copies of
The Law Book Co Ltd's Australian Digest,
Found gathering dust in a recycle centre.
The paper was lovely, smooth and fine, 
not crumbly in the least.
The utilitarian caramel coloured covers
were not becoming in the least.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Something of Value

I have been furiously folding but in between,
I have finished altering this little volume
which was my first foray into altered book art.
When I began altering books, I thought I would
go along the journal style of presentation,
altering/removing pages and text, altering each internal 
page so that the finished object would be 
something very akin to its original format.  
Haven't really stuck to that path at all!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Folded Book Sculptures

a spoiler on 
a multi-book piece I
have been working on for this 
exhibition.   Am pretty pleased with the 
outcome, but won't show pics of it in it's 
entirety yet, as I want to have
at least one work that I haven't
disclosed before the opening event.
Will post some photo's in a couple of 
weeks after the show is open.
But if you look at my words

give you a
bit of a clue.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Benjamin Lacombe

To see more of French artist Benjamin Lacombe's work 
follow this link to his web page: Benjamin Lacombe Gallery
or visit his blog at Le blog de Benjamin Lacombe