Tuesday, August 26, 2014

knit one, save one

 all autumn and winter
sitting and watching beside hockey and soccer fields 
and athletics tracks and swimming pools
travelling with children on trains and ferries and buses
or worrying away on the hard seats of hospital waiting rooms

I've been knitting, knitting, knitting



and I've finally finished a lovely big, warm, woolly jumper for my farming man...


but its more than just a practical addition to his scant wardrobe

this project is a record of a cold season of parental duty
(of the heavy duty kind)

complete with obligatory wonky bits...


 ('perfect is overrated' is my new mantra!)


I trust it will keep the farmer twice as warm for twice as long
as it contains a whole lotta love in every knitted stitch

(that's the real magic of handmade things after all...)


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

getting creative with permaculture...




... is what I presented yesterday 
for the very first time
THIS
(along with child and doggie wrangling)
is what has been occupying my time 
and thoughts
for the past few years really (now that I think about it!)

very soon I'll share 'something' from my presentation

maybe a downloadable PDF.... 
maybe an accompanying podcast...
definitely with an invitation for ya'll to share your voice
and contribute to the making of an even bigger 'something'
 
in the next while

oooo --- right now I've got to run!
I don't want to be late for day two for the convergence!

 

Friday, August 1, 2014

reading matters...


 my studio time is limited presently
but fortunately my reading time hasn't been affected by 'stuff'


My local independent book store loves me
and they know I just can't go past a delicious book...


my stack of recent purchases threatens to sink a small boat
(or creek grrrrl?)
 
 but please excuse the amazon link -
its here just to show you more of the book - I don't buy stuff from the big A...


my indie bookstore even stocks my two new fav magazines

'New Philosopher'
(yumbo scrumbo for the brain cells)

and
new book/mag on the block

'Womankind'



(dippy name if you ask me - but there's not an airbrushed bikini-clad celebrity in sight -
& no adverts for plastic surgeons or stilettos either so I forgive them the name...)  



but there are the odd few things
that even the best little bookstore in the universe can't (easily) get for me

ie - these little lust-worthy blurb books
I've been hankering for....



(oooooo myyyyy)

I even threw caution (and paper) to the wind
and downloaded my first ever electronic book...


 .. and lo it was very good!

(insert smiley face here)


as lovely and amazing as all my books are

my favourite 'book' of the past few weeks was a little one that arrived in the post...



 its cheered me up and made me sigh

its message of peace

delivered in every pen/brushstroke

(thankee FD)


...

 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

research notes, quotable quotes and other things that float my boat...


studying

especially for a research higher degree
 
means you accumulate piles and piles of notes

or at least that's what happened with me....

 these are SOME (not all...) of my wire bound notebooks 
with handwritten research notes for my MFA project

mostly they contain whole swathes of quoted text 
from books/ articles that related in some way to what I was working on
(or things that I found really interesting ... )

there are bits on the history of books and bookmaking, encyclopaedias and libraries
there are lots of references to biblioclasm, the future of books and knowledge
there are the obligatory notes about artists, art theory and art making
then there's john dewey and pragmatic philosophy
and bits on permaculture, bioregionalism, systems design, transition culture...

lots and lots (and lots and LOTS) of careful notes
on things I thought were worth noting!
(with page numbers so I could accurately acknowledge sources)


to keep track of all the sources from my notebooks I had a small index box...

 
with little cards devoted to each and every book read during my research project
(with all the publishers details - again an essential part of accurately acknowledging sources)


yes I knew many of my university mates
were already using software programs like EndNote to keep track of sources
but there was something so comforting about my handwritten notes and index box of cards
they never crashed or failed to load.... and didn't require a device or power source to read...

so comforting 



 It seems I have a habit of accumulating piles and piles of notes

I have boxes of things from my BA and Grad Dip Ed study period
(which I can't seem to find right this minute.... hmmmmm)

and before that...


these are SOME of my folders of notes from my years of calligraphy training

(oh boy! there are soooooo many folders from private study, formal study, workshops,
and of course that Diploma course from a lifetime ago)

oooo what treasures there are inside the covers...

this is a worksheet from the Roehampton Institute calligraphy course
that I undertook (by distance of course) waaaay back in the early 1990s
mmmm mmmm mmm quality notes never lose their value



now peeking into my miles and miles of research notes has me thinking

about sharing bits and pieces

and quotable quotes

like that worksheet gem (and its many partners)

or slices of sublime wisdom

collected in notebook after notebook


yes I think I've just hatched a plan....


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Friday, July 4, 2014

treasures from the fair...

Rotary book fair

winter edition

and my eyes are tuning in for a different booky treasure

(I'm no longer chasing the sets of encyclopaedias
that formed the base material of my MFA project work
hey ya'll - I still have a shed worth left!)

Now my eye is being drawn toward the less likely looking creatures
and it takes me a while to check through a book stacks

peeling off musty dust jackets to see what's underneath
(sometimes the least promising titles yield the BEST hard covers


check this out

underneath this...


is this...


 and this dust jacket...


 is hiding this sweet printed design...


behind this rather unpromising dust jacket ...

 

is this embossed treasure...

 

(who'dda thunk it!)


My favourite find of today however was this rather unpromising creature...


just check out the printed design on the covers will you!




too cool for school!


soooooooooo - are you thinking what I'm thinking?

that's right

wouldn't every single one of these unwanted tomes

make stunning new covers for 

REMADE journals from RECLAIMED books

(wellllllll - that's the plan - I can't wait to rip into that ratty copy of 'Aussie English'!)

stay tuned for the results


Also at the fair....

retro word games

has anyone heard of TUF-ABET?


inside the box are oodles of coloured letter cubes...


or how about scrabble anagram?



with piles of letter tiles...






mmmm mmmmm mmmmm

I don't know what will become of these
but there was *no way* I could leave them on the table wot!


 all in all I call it a good day out


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

postcards from the edge....

as I started to mention on the shortest day

I've printed a series of postcards...


mostly of works from my MFA project

codex infinitum - the infinite book






there are ten different designs
 
 
 
all printed full colour with a glossy finish (on one side)


they have a small white border around the pic
(so they can be popped into a nice little frame if you like)



 but I've enjoyed hanging them on my old door with mini bulldog clips


now I'm looking to create a nice little online shop space
to share these (and other) small works

I've looked at big cartel, etsy, having a paypal button on my webby site
but I remain unsure which way to go....

(if you have any thoughts on this I'm all eyes and ears!)




in the meantime if you fancy any/all of the little cards

drop me a note and we'll work something out

rhonda.ayliffe[at]gmail[dot]com


the cards retail for AU$2.90 ea or AU$22.00 for the set of ten cards
 
plus postage 


how does that sound?


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