Twig Necklace: Cotton, Paper, Jute String.

Tea Cosy

Crochet Necklace #2: Wool, Cotton, Leather.

Vintage Collage Brooch

Some recent experiments….though i have been living in the tropics for a few months now, i still can’t bring myself to leave woolly things behind….

Autumnal Wearables…

April 27, 2010

Leaf Necklace. Cotton, Copper wire, Silk, Wool Felt.

In the crisp Autumn air i’ve been keeping my hands warm by making some cosy wearables…

When you first encounter ‘Marking Time’, it can be difficult to place the work in the context of jewellery and object design, and with so many individual artworks comprising a single body of work, it can be difficult to understand how the pieces relate. However, when you consider the title ‘Marking Time’, the threads begin to come together..

Whether it is through the severance of hair, the history of found objects, autobiographical musings, gestural mark-making, the many hours of crocheting or the hammer marks that remain embedded in copper, I have used these diverse materials and approaches to explore a common theme; that of the marks we make on the world, and the traces we leave behind.

'Marking Time' Graduate Exhibition Work.

Putting The Past To Bed. (Artist's Personal Diaries 1997-2009, Cotton, Wool.)

'Things on Strings' (Necklaces worn by me to create drawings with ink and paint.)

Things on Strings (detail)

Things on Strings (Detail)

What Remains. (Artist's Hair, Old Paint Brushes, Copper Vessel, Graphite)

Shoelace Ring. Cotton.

Cocoon Brooch. Cotton, Silver, Paper.

Above are two of the playful experiments i made as i consolidated my ideas for the final Grad-show work…

Here i have begun to explore the direct relationship between my drawings and objects that i make and find, by wearing the objects and using them as drawing tools……

Silk, Wax, Linen thread. Paper, Ink.

Silk, Wax, Linen thread. Paper, Ink.

Cotton, Paper, Ink

Cotton, Paper, Ink

Cotton, Paper, Ink.

Cotton, Paper, Ink.

Felt, Graphite, Ink, Paper.

Felt, Graphite, Ink, Paper.

Emu Feathers, Ink, Paper.

Emu Feathers, Ink, Paper.

Twig, My Hair, Silk.

Twig, My Hair, Silk.

The images above show some of my recent experiments with ‘uselessness’.

This is the beginning of a body of works that explore the intimacy of process, by valuing the unforeseen and the unexpected in gestural encounters with objects and the drawings and experiments that surround the process of making.

In these works, the attention is not on what is made, but on the act of making itself. The body, rather than being physically present through wearability, is implied through mark making and repetitious action.

…more to come.

Works in Process

August 19, 2009

Artist's personal journals, wool.

Artist's personal journals, wool.

paper. cotton, wool.

paper. cotton, wool.

Twigs, Paint, Wire.

Twigs, Paint, Wire.

Silver, Bronze, Stainless Steel.

Silver, Bronze, Stainless Steel.

Cotton, Newspaper.

Cotton, Newspaper.

Sterling Silver, Paper, Linen Thread.

Sterling Silver, Paper, Linen Thread.

As a society, we are collectively subjected to an incessant focus on that which is intolerable. Global crises dominate the media and have a very real impact on the way we perceive the world we inhabit and our personal role in it.
This collection of works utilise the repetitious actions of wrapping, hammering and stitching found in silversmithing and textile processes, to explore the material qualities of softness and subtlety. The outcome of this form of mark making inverts notions of the unbearable by ritualistically drawing attention to the small details of living…writing, reading, time in nature… which makes the everyday not only endurable, but poetic.

Malady #1

March 13, 2009

Felted Wool, Silk.

Felted Wool, Silk.

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A sculptural neckpiece made using the traditional japanese technique of Shibori with felt.

patinated copper, bandage, bandage clips, cotton.

patinated copper, bandage, bandage clips, cotton.

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