Monday, October 17, 2011

Nest and baskets

A week ago I found a beautiful little nest which had fallen from a  poignant seeing one of these delicate structures now empty and discarded. 
This one has some white and blue plastic twine threaded through the natural fibres. Plastic is such a blight on our environment.

The nest  inspired me to make some rough coil baskets. I haven't done any basket making for years and I had forgotten what  a peaceful and contemplative activity it is. The core of all the baskets are natural fibres I picked up from my local creek area..the first one was sewn with string, and the second from an unravelled silk  scarf.  The last two (foreground) were made with only grasses, dried vines and twigs. Have no idea what the names of any of the natural materials are, but it was great to go foraging and gathering, and the only implement needed to make the baskets, was a darning needle.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Reflections of Nature exhibition

Last week three friends and I had an art show at the Richard  Randall Art Studio, Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. The studio is heritage listed and  a most charming venue to exhibit in.
The other artists were Angie Archibald, Sharon Dekoke and Michelle Goodchild. Angie and Sharon are two wonderful ceramicists, and Michelle exhibited her beautiful silk paintings alongside hand made porcelain jewellery.
Although Saturday was a very wet day we had a steady run of people through all weekend and I want to thank all the lovely friends and family who came to visit us.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone, and am grateful to know such talented and giving friends as Michelle, Angie and Sharon. Beautiful work girls!!