Thursday, 31 March 2016

The rope now

This rope journey will continue until
31st October 2016,
when it will be exhibited in
'ebb and flow'
with untethered
at Wollarobba, Hornsby, Australia
... and in it's early days ...

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

ATASDA Fibreline cover

my work
'convict cloth'
graces the front cover of the latest
Fibreline cover
the members only magazine from ATASDA

Monday, 28 March 2016

lace thinking 2

on paper
how to represent the over-abundance of men
(ratio of men to women on the first fleet was about 7:1)
Susannah Blanchet
Mary Bolton
Rebecca Boulton
Jane Bonner
Mary Branham
Mary Braund
Elizabeth Bruce
Margaret Burn
Sarah Bordeaux
Martha Burkitt
18 - 27

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Week 6 Fleet June 18 - 24 1787

I am trying not to be discouraged by my
less than inspiring drawing skills
the purpose of the exercise is the tedium of a repetitive task
so some weeks will show more attention than others
not that I specifically want perfection
but some sort of essence would be gratifying

tracing paper
initial group of names of convict women

Mary Abel
Esther Abrahams + Ester Rosanna
Mary Adams
Mary Allen 
Mary Allen 1765 - 1843
Susannah Allen
Tamasin Allen
Elizabeth Anderson
Frances Anderson
Sarah Ault
Martha Baker
Ruth Baldwin
Elizabeth Barber
Elizabeth Bason
Ann Beardsley
Elizabeth Beckford 1718 - 1787
Sarah Bellamy

List of convicts sourced from Mundle, Rob The First Fleet Harper Collins (2014)
Births and deaths from Fellowship of First Fleeters website (accessed March 21 2016)

Monday, 21 March 2016

week 5 fleet time 11 - 17 June 1787

mixed up in all this planning for a new colony, 
this solution to the problem of overcrowded jails
were the women
they were bound up in it all
a small but very integral part

Sunday, 20 March 2016

extrapolation from week 3

I took the overlay drawing from week 3 and played with it
made new structures
joined things up
created something new

Saturday, 19 March 2016

week 4 fleet time June 4 - 10 1787

Most of this week was spent in port in Tenneriffe. They stocked up on fresh water and supplies. A break in routine perhaps. Not the constant creaking and jolting/rocking of the ship. Maybe some time on deck, eyes drinking in the sight of land. How much longer? How many more storms to weather? How many more nights and days down below?
addition of watercolour - something a bit different
I have written about the exhibition I went to -
The Charged Object - at Gallery Lane Cove
deliberately un-readable.
The ebb and flow of my life
my art practice

Thursday, 17 March 2016

week 3

What was life like for the 180 convict women on the first voyage to Australia. They had no idea where they were going. Day followed night followed day. Their days ebbed and flowed, slipped into and out of each other, the same thing, no respite, just their own thoughts.

each strand is a series connected shapes
overlay of tracing paper
just some of the detail picked out

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

week 2

I came to this project as I have been researching convict women. I am interested in the history that is left behind. We know a lot about the major figures (usually men) in history, but what about the people who lived their own significant lives and left nothing - ordinary people like me.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

week 1

I am twining a rope, trying to add a bit each day for 289 days. Maybe I wont do it every day, but most days.This rope will represent the ebb and flow of daily life on board the ships of the first fleet to Australia in 1787. There are 11 strands in my rope - one for each ship in the fleet. Together with my twining work, I will make a sketch a week - of the rope. I will try to vary my techniques, while basically drawing the same thing over and over.
I don't necessarily like this, but it is a start