Category Archives: loom

building blocks

A ubiquitous form of window glass in Australia during the California bungalow period [1910 to 1940] was a ripple glass; it often featured in bathrooms, a wasp nest pattern, an accretion of lozenge shapes.  The patterning comes closest to the way … Continue reading

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beginner’s mind and the democracy of colour

I like the concept of beginner’s mind; oriental, martial artsy idea that you empty the consciousness of preconceptions, allowing space for fresh energy to flow in. My T’ai Chi teacher thought I practised it well. It applies to my work … Continue reading

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image cluster

 New Holland Honeyeater, Phylidonyris novaehollandiae. Woven tapestry, 18 cms H X 15 cms W. Cotton warp, wool, cotton, synthetic wefts. Studying 3rd year French Lit. Le Cimetiere Marin, par example, I was introduced to the phrase ” image cluster”, used … Continue reading

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Archie Brennan can comfortably be given the accolade of having done most for the development of tapestry in the last 40 years. His partner is Susan Maffei, no slouch either as both student and practitioner of tapestry. They have given … Continue reading

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sheldonian string theory

A doco about Albert Einstein’s last theory, the equation about everything, updated that scientist’s work with contemporary string theory musings. The opening credits were accompanied by sound & vision of a cellist. The throbbing, vibrating string became the theoretical core. … Continue reading

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  The weekend of the first Tamworth Textile Triennial which I attended as an exhibitor, I began a portrait GT2, an upward foreshortened view of the face and head as a sphere of massive, dynamic proportions. 19 cms h x … Continue reading

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The pitta is an Australian rainforest bird. Brilliantly feathered: orange rump, emerald back, cream breast with streaks of pale blue and bronze top, it nevertheless wears an anxious demeanour. As it nests among the roots of giant trees it is … Continue reading

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