the end of the journey
the beginning of 'who knew what...'
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Saturday, 8 October 2016
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
My rope drawing is coming along slowly
I will continue posting those ...
In the meantime
when asked to recommend textile books
'should write their own book,
read their own sketchbook,
become their own author'
extending to infinity
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Saturday, 30 July 2016
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Monday, 4 July 2016
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
|I put the texture/patterning on first|
|then added the shading|
This rope pose is quite a tight knot - I found it hard to get the definition of front and back. My daughter commented that while I am getting good at shading the individual elements, the overall balance of grey scale is very similar. This brings up the thought of my reason for doing these drawings - 1 each week for 37 weeks - the time it took the first fleet to sail to Australia - or the gestation of a premature baby. The 'work' of being a woman and mother has no rules, there is no initial tuition. Our parents teach us the being a girl (hopefully they teach us how to be a confident girl). But being a woman and a mother is learnt on the job. Women form themselves into clusters or knots of friendship and shared experiences. we learn from those around us. My daughter is within one of my knots, so I will endeavour to apply her suggestions.
My actual rope twisting/twining has gone quite slowly over recent weeks as I struggled with my sore wrist, elbow, shoulder. I figured I may have died on the first fleet, as I wasn't able to continue and complete my task. Anyway, I have developed a slightly different technique, so am back to it. The rope is lengthening as the days at sea ebb and flow.
I am currently reading Tim Ingold 'Life of Lines' isbn 9780415576864, so very inspirational as I make and draw rope. And with receipt of a beautiful handbound book 'Writing + Drawing' Ed Ruth Hadlow and Marienelle Basson isbn 9780992524623, I intend to write as I draw and make. Maybe to share here? or not? I'll see.
Thursday, 9 June 2016
Sunday, 5 June 2016
STILL in Rio
The other day I was on a Ferry out on the harbour on my way to Sydney Bienniale at Cockatoo Island. I saw that another ferry was the Borrowdale - the name of one of the first fleet ships. Further examination showed that Sydney Ferries has a whole class of Ferries called the 'First Fleet Class'. In all there are 9, built between 1984 and 1986.
No mention is made of there ever having been 2 more ferries. What happened to the other 2, and which are left out?
The 2 that aren't represented are the Lady Penrhyn and the Prince of Wales. Both of these were female transportation ships. Were they deemed not worthy? Because they carried women?
Shame on you Sydney Ferries.
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Sunday, 29 May 2016
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Sunday, 1 May 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
|life was unravelling|
Water was allocated sparingly - 3 pints for 24 hours - seamen, marines and convicts alike -
half in the morning and half in the afternoon (Rob Mundle - First Fleet)
28 - 39
28 - 39
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
On the 14th July, the fleet crossed the equator. Rob Mundle (in his book The First Fleet pg105) described the preceeding days and weeks in the doldrums as follows ...
'It was a challenging time for the crew ... no wind, no progress ... At least they (the crew) were in fresh air, unlike the convicts in their dark confines below deck. With next to no ventilation 'tween decks, there was no respite from the oppressive heat for the transportees. It was the closest thing to hell imaginable, and not surprisingly many couldn't cope, either fainting or convulsing in fits.'
Friday, 15 April 2016
More layering and stitching from Ballarat
The first 3 pictures show application of some very fine scrim
stitched with wiry black pony tail 'thread'
Loved the use of pony tail
pondering how to use it
Mending with horse hair would have been accessible on the fleet
as they had livestock, including horses