I made it even though it is now monday morning not sunday.
I had a wonderful time in Melbourne. And I was going to put in lots of photos, well a few but have just seen that the format has been changed and I have to learn to use Picassa by the looks of it if I wish to use my own photos. So no pics today.
One of the highlights of my trip was to see the John Davis exhibition at the NGV. It was absolutely awe inspiring, the feelings of reverance when surrounded by work that was so simple yet profound reminds me yet again that I do not need to use fancy materials or compicated images to convey meaning. Standing in front of his wall of fish and then the need to look at each one individually. Well just wow really. Black and white and sticks and cloth, thats all you really need.
And then off to a workshop to make my own art. Of which I can't show a picture for the reasons stated earlier. I made a concertina book form heavy paper which I dyed by placing inside eucalyptus leaves, onion skins and oxalis flowers, I then wet it thoroughly and placed inside a plastic bag and then horror of horrors I microwaved it, more than once!!! Yes I succumed to the use of the devils machine. Time was short and I had no equipment with me and I won't do it again, unless I really really have to. But it did work very well.
While this was drying out, painted some pieces (10) on very heavt watercolour paper, these slotted into the pockets of the book. Then the whole thing was wrapped in some beautifully dyed matt silk. Not I must mention the lovely silk that I had been stitching all week as the colours were all wrong but the alternative cloth which will now need to be stitched. And then it was tied with a nice length of silk string. I wish you could see it.