For a long time I have been watching basket makers online, mostly on Instagram and thinking maybe I should give it a try.

I decided to start small and simple and take it slow.
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about this point I resorted to what I know best, crochet and started working the bowl that way.

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Here it is finished!

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I love this, I love the process and the simplicity of the end result. Even though ideas of colour and texture and additions are swirling around in  my head I have to stay calm and take things slow.

Submerged at Off the Kerb

October last year I was lucky enough to have a solo show at one of my favourite Melbourne galleries, the amazing Off the Kerb

It was called Submerged and included my jellyfish forms with some crochet coral floor pieces into an encompassing space that viewers seemed to love engaging with.

I got some amazing feedback from this show and people saying they found peace in my work, seeing children playing in it is always fantastic.

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One night stand

And now we are almost up to date with the big shows at least!

Earlier this year I participated in a really exciting group show called One Night Stand: Transient status, This is the second iteration of “One night stand” by Coalesce ARI (which itself is on its umpteenth iteration  since I was involved with its founding what seems like forever ago)

with the first being at Donkey wheel house last year, this was a really amazing show and at the time I regretted not being a part of it, so I was very excited to see a call for application open up early in the year.

There was a great range of work on show from amazing performance pieces through to durational works such as mine and artists drawing the viewers and recording the event in text.

My work was my very first durational piece and incorporated my crochet fungus works into a larger piece called “decay”. This piece sat in a dish of black ink that gradually was absorbed into the crochet forms and moved progressively higher up the piece. Here are a few images of the transition.



I was happy with this piece and I am eager to try this sort of durational piece again in the future.


Pretty in pixels, cross stitch

This post has been a long time coming, just like the work itself.
Every year I make a work for the RMIT annual textiles show, this year the theme was ANALOGUE: Digital

I decided to use cross stitch as my medium as it converts well to digital images and the basis for this work was pretty traditional embroidery slowly becoming pixelated towards the lower end before becoming a pixelated colour bar.

I incorporated patterns that belonged to my grandmother, who was a devoted cross stitcher, and I have happy memories of her helping to teach me to stitch, I even used some of the threads I inherited from her.
These patterns were incorporated into a larger pattern I drew up myself on grid paper with much more simplified forms.

Suffice to say this piece not only took a while to make, it also means a lot.

here is a detail of it part way through:


and here it is finished (I have been storing it rolled up so it needs a iron)

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Forgotten Fungi – exhibition now on

New year, new start, new exhibition!

I currently have a really exciting show on at Rooftop art spaces, which is a series of nine weather proof boxes that showcase amazing art from some of Melbourne’s up and coming artists.
their blog here
their Facebook here

What I love about this space is it is perfect for small works like mine, there is a push in the art world to go big, and an implication that larger scale items will always be better, a space like this one allows artists like me to show that small works can make big statements.

Here are some images in the daytime:



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The really awesome thing about these boxes is that they have tiny lights built in and at night they come alive in a very different waylights



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I am really pleased with this exhibition and I’m in love with the space, it is on until the 29th of January, if you are in Melbourne go grab a cider and check it out.