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“LOCK THE GATE” – no coal seam gas … right and below installed in the Incinerator Gallery Moonee Ponds – art for social change … Finalist in 2016 . .. also installed at Stanthorpe Regional Gallery and a brush with verse in the same year.

2017 October ..November …and on passing of the bill in parliament.

  • Still from video in production for the Get up same sex marriage poll October 2017.

In a previous life as a community art worker I installed public art over several decades in Western Sydney uniting local residents in activities to express multicultural, environmental, historical and domestic issues as they became noteworthy. I also volunteered on the AIDS quilt … see BANNERS tab … assisting at memorials and facilitating prisoners in Mullawa and Silverwater make memorial panels for friends and family

The rainbow banner at my studio in Middlemeade evolved from this history, not in protest to the Church response to same sex marriage but by way of celebrating the depth and diversity of the human spirit . The flawed process, imposed by an incompetent government was divisive and unnecessary as it affected communities, families and individuals but as an artist I just document the journey.
My movie footage of the yard of rainbow fabric from spotlight with jingle bells flying in the sunshine leading up the Christmas and joined by the Church bells was posted with Get Up as an event for the duration of the ‘survey’.

            LOOKING  BACK  IN  BLACK  AND  WHITE

Below Left “PUTTING TOGETHER THE PIECES” post divorce embroidered self portrait using a  photo for the patchwork templates … made for an exhibition I curated for the Embroiderer’s guild of NSW of self portraits by fibre artists.

Below Right “PUBERTY” My daughter’s eye in a Suffolk puff made for international miniature textile exhibition (not chosen)

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I have been experimenting with space dyed yarn  for decades and developed a course of three outreach (by mail) classes titled “A CHARACTER CALLED HUE”  for The EMBROIDERER’S GUILD OF NSW & “TEXTILE FIBRE FORUM” magazine.

I CAN KNIT OPAL ”

Made for Minerama Festival from samples and featuring the process of dyeing a continuous multi coloured thread .

“HAPPY HOLIDAYS”

at right through December – January 2017 at Art on the Corner Gallery Glen Innes

experiments with space dyed yarn                                                                              “MAKING WAVES” 

As the coral bleaches I remember holidaying in the sixties on beaches along the Queensland coastline. The spit at Southport, where my dad was a lifesaver on weekends, Stradbroke, Moreton and Bribie Islands, Caloundra and occasionally Fraser Island. My grandchildren now continue the tradition.
The fish my father used to catch every day are diminishing in number and species, garbage floats on the surface of the Coral Sea, and whaling, though it ceased to be a local industry, (I remember the day trip to watch the butchering on Moreton) has persisted from Japanese ships through fifty years of protest.

Knitting this I remember the colours and textures and refracting light through a glass bottomed boat while honeymooning on Brampton Island
The stitch is traditionally called feather and fan but could just as easily be an impressionist yarn painting of waves breaking on the shore bringing in with them the memory of, corals, fish, seaweed, shells long gone ….from the palest through the brightest hues, to the darkest of shadows.

Yarn used is ironically plastic (acrylic) imported from China in the many space dyed colours I have collected for over a decade, cheap as chips.
The threads ‘left blowing in the wind’ are the hope that rescue for our Great Barrier Reef is possible and a tribute to constant vigilance and environmental protest against dredging for ports, runoff from farms and burning of fossil fuel contributing to global warming.

Dedicated to the spirit of the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace
and most of all the Pacific Island people as custodians.

 

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