Yes, it has been a while but I have been doing "stuff", just not reporting on it!
I got the chance to meet up with a lovely friend who I dont get to see enough of, we had lunch outdoors at a pretty swish cafe and browsed the nurseries around Pialligo - I think this would be my pick of nice al fresco places to take out-of-towners to!
It's good to have the company of someone who is a bit removed from the everyday routine of your life and gives a different perspective - we talk craft, family and big picture stuff - so obviously she deserves a little bunch of goodness!
Front and centre this week is a little show at ANCA gallery called Rituals, Relics and Icons, which I have some small works in.
I had been thinking about them for ages, and so they came together pretty seamlessly. They are small assemblages made from found objects like book covers, birds' eggs, glass and silverware and botanical materials like branches, seed pods and some living stuff like moss and succulents. Fairly self induglent as they are just a collection of my favourite things really.
There is a rather nice selection in the exhibition, with glass, sculpture, paintings, prints and tedxtiles represented. Because it was a festive, end of year show I also popped in some of those lengths of bunting made from vintage fabrics and papers. Pics below!
My horoscope today said this is a time of change and turmoil, and I have in fact been doing the usual end of year regroup - I often re-assess where I'm heading and what I could change to make for a better journey! Indeed, there may be some news in the coming weeks...
Tonight I went with a car-full of lovely, interesting friends to the Undercurrent Design Market at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. http://www.facebook.com/events/318787334801607/ This was the brainchild of Richard Baz, owner of the Portrait Gallery Store which would have to be one of the most interesting retail outlets in Canberra - if you only have time/funds to go to ONE shop in Canberra for a gift/gifts - I would recommend going there, for everything from great cards and stationery to specialist art and design books and homewares and jewellery.
You can also browse and order online.
It was worth the trip in this bucketing rain - plenty of interesting things and much productive shopping done with champagne glass held aloft. What a nice start to the weekend!