After a mental day in the shop, I spent last night conked out in a deep sleep on the sofa with the Christmas lights on. I love Christmas lights as long as they aren't coloured or flashing.. feel free to discuss in comments as I fear this may be an unpopular opinion 🤣
Thought I'd show off our newest tree additions, Derrek the dino (available from the shop, a few left!) and Percy the Prawn made by @thecornishprawncompany 🦐🦕 Off out for a brekkie with my faves to fuel up for the day, then back open 11am-3pm with helpers in tow, and we'd love to see you!!
And touch down back in Aus! Just think of all the coastal walks to catch up on @bross__art I know you’re excited 😆😘💥🌴✨
My No. 1 must-do in Nairobi? The @sheldricktrust to hang out with sweet elephant babies like this one recovering from the trauma of being orphaned. Look at those tusks just starting to come in. I visited with @bigfivetraveltours and it was the best hour ever.
My journeys are always a source of inspiration and foundation for my artistic practice as well as the way in which I live. This is my second hand woven blanket- Fields #2.
We drove in a 96 year old car through Thailand, Laos, China and Kyrgyzstan on our way to London; and the fields were the core of the lives of not only those who lived in these rural communities; but for those also where the crops were delivered and exported to. .
I spent weeks observing the fields and those who worked in them.
As we travelled it was difficult to post updates due to time constraints as well as censorship; and although my intention was to 'catch-up' when we arrived home... I've found myself diving into my artistic practice and have immersed myself in weaving these beautiful blankets. .
I'm using wool from my collection, and found that I start with an image/theme in my mind; then do a quick gather of yarn and then just start weaving without any fussiness about colour choices. It seems to have all just flowed without much thought. .
I then hand stitch a small motif as a symbol which represents the theme of the artwork. .
I’ve really enjoyed using the beautiful yarns of the most amazing indie dyers but can’t seem to put all of them in this description, so will pop their names in the comment below.
This little clip has some music from where we travelled.
If you have any questions about my artistic process in my weaving... I'd love to answer them either in comments or DM.