Abilementa,Vicenza Italia

Abilementa,Vicenza Italia

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Textile and terror ,captured in flight by medieval cermanisist

    Bologna,my favourite Italian city ,often overlooked on the tourist drag from Florence to Venice
is proudly red in colour as well as political persuasion, has a masterpiece of medieval sculpture,appropriately in terracotta, the characteristic material of  medieval Bolognas decorative facades.
Sculptured by Niccolo Del Arca ,it is particularly Bolognese as it is sculptured from the "workers stone" terracotta  tucked away in an ingnominious niche of the

Church of Santa Maria della Vita ,speaks to me  every time I contemplate this masterpiece. Below is surely Niccolo himself,complete with his tools,his heavy artisan boots looking stoically at the viewer,in direct contrast to the anguished women in flight ,hands supplicating as they are  struck with the terrible reality of grief-is he saying woman are able to express this more outwardly than men? Do men document and women express?
 The sheer beauty of the fabric captured in flight  and the mastery of the sculpturer makes this yet another hidden treasure that every town in Italy holds.........

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Upcoming workshop at Contextart, Australia..think Metamorphic......

 Dear students of my upcoming workshop,
 Really looking forward to meeting you all at Contextart along with my colleague assistant Cathy Moon-and getting that creative energy flowing between us!
Im also celebrating seeing my old friends after so many years and comparing notes about the course our destiny  takes  as life sweeps us along ... 

“Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow; and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since "the rest of your life" won’t last forever.
Omar KhayyámThe Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám-
This was my mothers favourite poem ..

Here is my new series inspired by precious stones and crystals ,using the elemental metamorphic forces  
of heat and compression that transform the cloth......
 See you there
at Contexart under the auspises of our awe-inspiring and sagacious leader Janet.and right hand man Jude...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Nativity in Textiles

This takes my prize for the best nativity scene-in Bassano Del Grappa-all done in Jute over wire with olive trees in the snow

    Happy Befana - Epifany from Italy!