Monday, June 27, 2016

tura marrang now showing...

 I have loved bringing some of my booky works (old and new)

to the opening of the beautiful new Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre
in Tura Beach - far couth coast NSW
(ie just down the road a bit from my creek home) 

The new space is featuring some of my book-boat images


and little book boats I've made
as well as a book boat building site
for library patrons to make some little paper book-boats
to add to the display

I've cheekily popped a few boats in odd places... 

my video work looked FAB in the AV meeting room for opening day ceremonies...

but without a doubt my favourite thing
is how my 2 loooooooooooong books look
in the funny little wedge shaped display cabinet...

the looooooooooong books and boat installation
will be on display for a couple of months

( I think they like hanging out in this space...)

I love it when a plan that seems good in theory
actually comes together as hoped in practice

"To build up a library is to create a life.
It’s never just a random collection of books."
Carlos María Domínguez


Sunday, June 19, 2016

tura marrang....

I've been invited to create special projects
for the opening (next weekend) of the new
Tura Marrang library and community centre

I've created a community book-page origami boat activity called 

'what book floats your boat?'

this is based on images of my many book-page origami boat activities

(like 'Navigo'  - gosh can you believe this is from 2007-8? where has the time gone?!)

Library patrons of all ages will be encouraged to create book-page origami boats
and perhaps tuck a little note inside telling a personal tale (or three)
about what books mean to them

maybe they will share the name of their favourite author or book?

maybe a secret guilty book pleasure?

perhaps a moment where a book changed their life?

it will be fun to see what folk make of it
as the activity is designed to challenge the notion
of the preciousness and purpose of books in the digital age

(oh - and it will be loads of fun!)
yes --  I promise I'll share some install pics as the project develops
and the created origami books are added to display cases in the library space

I'm also installing a couple of my looooooooooooooooooooong books...

they will have an extended stay
in a funny shaped display cabinet in the new space..
(pics will follow I promise)


I've been creating a small video work
I've titled 'oh books - you light my fire'
developed from this series of book/fire/water ephemeral works from 2010...

I'll share the whole piece by-the-by

soooooo its been a busy couple of weeks but nice to bring my old friends out to play

(most folk in my home region haven't seen much of my work
funny how you can be anonymous in your own town eh?)

ps everyone is invited to the opening celebrations
next saturday
come on down!

Monday, May 23, 2016

an emerging series...

It all started innocently enough...
I had some old books, 
I wrapped them with some neutral cloth

bound, bundled, swaddled, crossed

  and set them out as gifts...

thinking about knowledge and place...

the series emerged...

a book bound with various materials
(here its a very long kikuyu runner)

and then set out

accompanied on insta with a philosophic musing

(of sorts)

so now I'm binding books an all manner of ways with all manner of things...

I'm even taking books with me

to seize a bound book moment

why not drop over to my insta space
to check out the offerings


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Adventures of EJ and Archie...

won't you please all say g'day to the newest member of our household


or - to be more exact
(Jack Russell Terror.... yes you read that right... TERROR) 

Archie is EJ's very first fur baby 
(don't you love the name she has given him?)
what a delightful
(and delightfully WICKED)
little man he is

Archie is a Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) 
he is now almost 12 weeks old and he joined our gang just over a week ago
after almost a year searching for
just. the. right. mini-hound.

WHAT and action-packed time he has had already!

EJ & Archie at Parkrun 

EJ & Archie at hockey

(hey Archie - where's EJ?)

EJ & Archie at soccer

EJ & Archie at cross country


I think you can see why it took us a while 
to find just the right mini hound for our maxi sport grrrrrrrrl

and how perfect the breed choice is...

EJ is the human version of a Jack Russell!

But its not all sport sport sport sport sport 

a grrrrrrl has to feed and clean and train her fur-baby

so far Archie has learned his name and to come on command
he has learned to sit 
(including for his meals - without prompts either -- good boy!)

he has learned to travel and settle quietly in his HUGE crate
(he gets to sleep beside the grrrl child in his crate --- lucky boy!)

he has learned that balls at WONDERFUL fun
EJ is now teaching him to fetch and return items 
and to play soccer 
with a full sized football 
(good grief !!!!!!!!)

and he has also learned to snuggle for lovely laps.... 

sweet dreams


Friday, April 22, 2016


Anyone who has been following my little insta space would have noticed

I'm doing things with (and to)
 those books in my collection again...


just small things

booky and ephemeral things

 interacting and collaborating with nature

and creating things that speak of my dual interests in knowledge and place

instagram makes sharing and interacting so easy -
no downloading, resizing, uploading, arranging etc etc ---- wheeeeeee
(which of course means I've been neglecting this space somewhat)

I've dropped a few things in here so those not on IG (or farcebook)
know I'm alive and well (and flexing my ephemeral arty muscles again!)

ahhhhhhh its good to be home.

Friday, April 15, 2016


its April already!
and I haven't been back here to tell you all how much I enjoyed presenting 
the collaborative project 
at Noted 2016

here's a scrappy little pic of the #LookUP project table at the independent publishers fair

(the drawers from my wonky little depression era chest were just perfectly sized for our card series)

 and here's the lovely Melinda Smith giving the one minute overview of the project 

(gosh didn't our table get unruly! 
there were so many people pouring over the work - things got a bit all over the place)

meanwhile, in a darkened small room not very far away 
I was ensconced for most of the day, supposedly making sure the projector/computer/etc behaved itself 
for the debut of our ceiling projection....

ooo how I wish I had managed to get a photo of our space --- 
just days before the work was to be presented Melinda did a reckie 
and noticed that the ceiling in the space was totally useless for a projection  
- there was a fan, 2 enormous fluoro lights and lined boards.... 



 not to be defeated, 
Melinda and I rapidly built our own little space within the space -- 
using a garden gazebo, steel buckets with creek rocks, stretched painters drop cloth 
and lots and lots of squishy pillows! 

it all turned out marvellously 

 I spent almost all the day talking to lovely folk 
who were all reclining on squishy cushions and looking up 

and Melinda spent almost all the day talking to lovely folk 
dropping by the table at the indie publishing fair


(but utterly exhausting..... )

and then it was time to pull it all down and drive home and home again....

soon we hope to find an online space to share some of the printed cards.... 

I keep telling you how wonderful the poetry is so 
I really really REALLY will have to SHOW you what I mean.

(how's this for serendipity -- 
I reached into the box of 366 cards and pulled out the card of the projected piece above) 

(#LookUP 213 aka Saturday 1st August) 

ps if you'd like to see more from #LookUP or other arty things I'm currently up to

drop by instagrammaland 



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

take note...

You've perhaps noticed that I haven't been around here lately

I've been up to my eyeballs (and then some) in life and work

(this is my newest promo head shot --- looking up! ) 

the life part, while interesting to me, is not overly blog-worthy

but the WORK part --- ahhhhhh well.... 

This weekend I will be part of the Noted Festival in Canberra sharing 
#LookUP - a collaborative work with poet Melinda Smith

 #LookUP started its life as my daily moment of sky time which I shared right here every day of 2015.... the project then grew into something else when Melinda wrote the most exquisite words in response to each  (and I can say that because I have read each of her jewel-like responsive micro poems)... And THEN the project took another turn when we came together to discuss what might become of our pictures and words... a published book? an artist's book? e-book? self-published affair? a poetry reading? a slideshow? (actually Melinda DID do a poetry reading/slideshow from the work last year, even before the year ended -- called 'all the seventeenths' she presented the picture/poem combination from the 17th day of each month... it was delicious and buckets of fun) or maybe we could do something else? 
As we bounced ideas off each other we soon both came to fall in love with the idea of individual postcards (perhaps of our favourite pieces?) -- and before long that idea rapidly grew into a series that contained a postcard for every. single. pic/poem combo.  
oh myyyyyyyyyy!

(here's the very last cards we've printed -- and its my favourite -- 'intermission' from the halfway mark in the look up project

But that didn't seem enough for us 
no --- we both liked the idea of projecting the works, 
and one of us (I'm not going to say who.... ) 
got the bright idea of projecting the works onto the ceiling (someone shoot me!) 

for the past few months I've been preparing 366 little pieces of individual artwork 
(and painfully loading each one to the press... shoot me!)
as well as making a projection piece
(shoot me!)

I think the hard work has been worth it....

(I have spent more time than I care to mention staring at computer monitors over the past few months)

Both the #LookUP projection piece and #LookUP postcard series 
will premiere this Sunday, March 20 at Gorman House, Canberra 
as part of the Noted Festival 
and Noted Independent Publishers Fair. 

If you are in Canberra - be sure to drop by and say hello

(first tech trials of #LookUP --- what a challenge each little bit of this has been)

 #LookUP and look out for cobwebs! 
this is the final home trial before the on site tech trials start.... 
at least I can leave home knowing that my 'interesting' rig for holding a projector in a vertical position works a treat

We hope that #LookUP will appear at a few other spaces/events this year
(very soon we are creating a little online space to showcase our #LookUP postcard series) 
in the meantime you can follow the news on our dedicated IG account