Saturday, June 30, 2018

Luck and Convenience

Yesterday I dropped my car off at 8am for a service and recall. Conveniently the train station is across the road, it was quicker to head into the city for the morning than catch a train one station, wait for the bus and walk home from the stop....then re do it 2 hours later. Spent the morning at the NGV Fed Square gallery viewing  a few free exhibitions.
 Normana Wight

 Lesley Dumbrell
"Violet Morning"

 I was fascinated by this exhibition. 
The work presented is made by 3D clay printers that the designers have built themselves. Programmed, the 3D printers tirelessly create the ever-changing visual language of technology, where the mechanical method of extruding the clay, the focus of physics and material properties of the clay itself define the end product. Each small marker of a rapidly emerging world where designers design systems of making and where ornament is fine. The makers mix the colour and clay in an old mix-master.

 The Field Revisited.
The 50th anniversary, reassembling as many of the original 74 paintings and sculptures.
Hard edged geometric, colour and flat abstraction presented on silver foil covered walls and geometric lighting.

Robert Hunter.
The first gallery of white paintings, the second were grey.
At a closer look, they were sheets of paper stuck together with masking tape and painted over in either white or grey. An even closer look showed that they were put together in a patchwork form. 
The security guard asked me what I thought of a closer look they were clever.
He said, when a rowdy lot of school children come in, he asks them to find the white rabbit in the snow...keeps them quiet for a while.
Returned to pick my car up and was greeted with "you need 4 new tyres and you need them now!!"
Drove home via the dealer and he said I was in luck. End of financial year sale, buy 4 for the price of 3, but had to have them fitted straight away as the deal finished Saturday. Drove home 5 mins up the road for a cup of tea before he rang back to say they were in stock.
Conveniently our local library and small art gallery is across the road from the dealer, spent an hour reading and a look at the latest exhibition of Weaving.
The collection is of  4 women who weave as a part of life taken from ancient cultures and traditions that have survived the ravages of colonisation.

I mentioned to the dealer that I was heading to Ballarat Winter School next week. Even though it is about an hour from my home, the temperature is a lot colder and the highway is prone to black ice.
He said I was in luck, with those 4 new tyres I wouldn't be doing any "Fantasia Ice skating" on my drive.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Stitch Meditations

 SM 169
Stenciled and linen fabrics.

 SM 170
Koori fabric from the Blue Wren piecing, lace from swap and added extras

 SM 171
Spots and calculations.

 SM 172
Winter Solstice, looking forward to blue sky and sunshine.

I didn't take scissors, threads or a needle away for the weekend, used torn paper instead.
 SM 173
The Lady and the Unicorn ticket, map from the inflight magazine and an article on France.

 SM 174
Visit to Cockatoo Island using tea bag papers to represent the rusty corrugated iron, bottlebrush plants and convicts.

SM 175
 Representing the community garden at the Coal Loading Platform, paper torn from Sunday newspaper magazine.

SM 176
Sun printed fabric stitched with a piece of chiffon overlay.

A Titanic of an Afternoon

Saturday night we went to see Priscilla at the Capitol theatre. Rude, crude and absolutely brilliant and funny. Sitting a few seats away and also behind were a group of 12 Japanese ladies, all in kimonos.

The gate to the Japanese Garden across from our hotel.

Sunday afternoon I took John to the James Cameron Exhibition at the Maritime Museum.
As he was a scuba diver I thought he would be interested in the work that James did to reach the bottom of the ocean. A brilliant exhibition of his works with submarines, movies and the Titanic.
Model of the Titanic he used in the movie after it sank.
James Cameron is an Engineer by trade and makes movies to pay for his expeditions.
On display were his notes, sketchbooks, plans and things he takes below the surface. For a very tall man, I don't know he fitted into the underwater pod. His interest in his work started at the age of 8 when he had to make a school project on submarines.

 Rose and Jack's costumes.
 The sketch and art roll Leonardo DiCaprio used in the movie to sketch Rose.
James Cameron is an artist, mainly in watercolour and pencil. Some of his works were on show.
Dressing table set and butterfly comb worn by Kate Winslet.

Coal Loading Platform

We saw a segment on Gardening Australia a few weeks ago on the Platform that has been converted into a community area and garden.
Caught the train over the Harbour Bridge to Waverton, (4 stops from Tow Hall Station ) then a 10 minute walk.
It was first a place of physical and spiritual sustenance for Aboriginal Australians. The Cammeraygal people lived on the peninsula for thousands of years. Evidence of their presence, in the form of a large rock carving, still survives at the site, which  was protected and celebrated as central element of the newly-built Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability.
The Coal Loader, itself, is a former industrial site that operated from the early 1920s to the early 1990s. It functioned primarily as a transfer depot for coal from bulk carriers to smaller coal-fired vessels. Some coal was also distributed to the local market by road transport.

 Running the full length of the platform are community beds for the locals to hire and plant their gardens.
 There are grills in the platform for the rainwater and all the lighting is solar powered.
 The water tanks are stores in the tunnels below the platform. The tunnels were where the coal trains ran. All the gardens are watered using the stored water here.
Through the tunnels, beautiful wild maiden hair ferns were growing from the sandstone walls.

 The gardeners have access to these water sinks and covered platforms for the gardening.

Up The River.....

Saturday morning we walked to Circular Quay from Darling Harbour, down Pitt Street to catch a ferry up the Parramatta River with a stopover on Cockatoo Island. The Island was originally a ship building dock and grain transportation. The convicts worked on the island, sadly in chains. Cockatoo has a wonderful 90 minute audio tour and you can now camp on the island in "glamping tents". We woke to a predicted 20 degrees with blue skies and a gentle breeze.
 Beautiful facades on the old buildings.
Sydney Tower

 Circular Quay, waiting for the ferry.
 It was a 30 minute ride to the island on the Shane Gould ferry .
Luna Park
 A splash of colour.
 Cockatoo Island

 A couple of the glamping tents. The facilities were excellent for a good night's sleep.

 The Powerhouse area.

 Lovely stonework, the colours glowed in the sun.
The mess hall.
 Remains of the military guardhouse.

 Wish I had some fabric for rust dying....

Old Chinese sampan on the slipway.
 Not sure what this is, but it was very glamours with it's own unusual mooring on the river.
 As you entered the mouth of the Parramatta River, it was very calm and the Rivercat glided along slowly.

 Interesting reflections.

 At the end, we sat and had lunch before heading to the station to catch the train back to the city.
Seafood basket for John and Spaghetti Marinara for me.