Saturday, February 16, 2019

Stitch Meditations

Flicking through magazines and catelogues to find paper to tear.
I choose the paper and then choose fabrics to go with it.
 SM 40
Paper torn from a survey spreadsheet
 SM 41
 SM 42
Paper from a curtain catelogue.
 SM 43
Advertisement for bottled sparkling water.
 SM 44
Chinese restaurant guide.
 SM 45
Valentines Day, advertisement for a Northern Territory bus tour.
SM 46

Friday, February 15, 2019

A Day of Exhibitions

Spent the morning at the NGV viewing the Julian Opie exhibit.
He is one of Britain's leading living artists, whose work has influenced the wider field of popular culture more than that of any other artist of his generation. 
A wide range of subjects, rendered in painting, sculpture and film.
 View of the Moon Over Manatsuru Peninsular.
 Water Pump
Several of his works moved in animation. The water pump wheel turned in circles.

 A cool morning became quite warm.

2nd exhibition was at the State Library of Victoria viewing "World of Book".
An exhibition worth seeing on the 4th floor of the library.

  • Books and ideas – medieval manuscripts and early printed books, sacred texts from around the world and from different religious traditions, alongside books that changed the world, including key works of philosophy and political thought
  • Books and imagination – famous works from the literary canon (such as the legends of King Arthur and the works of Geoffrey Chaucer), modernist classics by Gertrude Stein, children’s books, Australian authors, 1930s sci fi magazines, and Australian pulp fiction
  • Exploring the world – atlases, maps and travel journals from European voyages of discovery from the 16th century onwards, with a special focus on Australia and the South Pacific region; and richly illustrated works of natural history
  • Art and nature – botanical art and landscape design from the 16th century to today, drawing on works by key artists, designers and botanists, such as Pierre Joseph Redouté, John Sibthorp, Humphry Repton, Edna Walling and Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Artist and books – including fine bindings from the John Emmerson Collection, Japanese woodblock printed books, magnificent engravings of ancient Rome’s ruins by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and contemporary Australian graphic design and artist books. 

 While the original purpose of binding books was to protect their pages, the art of fine bookbinding transformed books into objects of beauty. French bindings of the 18th C are celebrated as representing the peak of traditional  binding crafts. 
 Marbling, the art of printing multi-coloured patterns on paper or fabric, was practiced in Japan by the 12th century. It was in use in Turkey and Persia by the 15th C before spreading to Europe.

Healing Scrolls.
 Pattern inspiration on 2 buildings.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Not Long Till......

... the end of deadheading at Rose Garden.
We spent 3.5 hours this morning deadheading 5 weepers. The petals are falling off and leaving the buds, many of the weepers have orange hips on them.
 There isn't much colour left in the garden, the 2nd and 3rd flushes have all but finished.

Came across this birds nest in one weeper, the weaving in it was so intricate, using pine needles.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Mystery Picnic

We received for Christmas a Mystery Picnic and from the various areas, we chose the Macedon Region. It was decided to use it today as it is our 40th Wedding Anniversary.
Head office, Abbotsford, where we picked up our basket, containing a lovely platter of food, was the start to the day. 
We were given 4 envelopes, in each was a clue to where we were to pick up extra food for the picnic on route.

First clue sent us to Trentham to the Ruby Goose Foods grocer, where we were given a piece of beautiful cheese made in Ballarat. 
2nd clue took us to the Trentham Falls.
The signage at the falls held the clue for the next food pick up destination.
The description of the falls...P3 W15 L3
(Paragraph 3 Word 15 Letter 3)
It sent us to Kynenton to the Grist Artisan Bakery for a beautiful seeded baguette.

3rd clue...... 

...where we picked up tasty fresh pastrami from the Winery.
Final clue took us to Panamoore vineyard at Hanging Rock where we enjoyed a wine tasting and our delicious picnic lunch.

Hanging Rock
Thank you Emma for our fabulous gift, we had a wonderful day.

Friday, February 8, 2019


I have added to my collection of papers and writing pads.

 I bought this handmade book at Blue and White.
I would like to add some extra Japanese fabrics and mementos to the small swatches that are already in it. 
 These sheets are for the inside of the covers of my books.
 I bought the indigo blue and white sheet of paper to go with the writing pad.
I will take the sheets apart to make a Japanese bound book.

 Some of the sheets in the writing pad.

Couldn't go past these 2 tiny coy fish made with kimono fabrics.
I found a small seal with the name Jennifer written in Japanese.
My main mission of purchasing was to find and buy a screw punch for my book making.
Mission accomplished....that was all I wanted apart from some paper and a few postage stamps.
You can't buy friendship and my day of catching up was worth it's weight in gold.