Monday, March 24, 2014

Warm feet...

And one sock down... I can't believe that this sock was knitted in 2 days!


I have been battling a weird foot issue.  I've been to numerous doctors of late and finally have an appointment to see a foot and ankle specialist which I'm hoping will shed some light on what is causing my problems.  It has been incredibly frustrating as there are days that I can barely walk or put weight on my foot.  The one thing that I have found that has been giving me some comfort is wearing my hand knitted socks!  It is probably half psychological and the other half is that the heat is potentially helping.  Whatever it is, it is definitely a good excuse to keep knitting socks!



And drying outside!

I can't just keep knitting socks for myself, my husband would complain!  My husband loves bright greens so using that as a base, I dyed some sock yarn (5 ply) with some blue and black highlights.  The green is so bright!


Knitting marks sock- this is some yarn that I dyed #knitgeek


The yarn has been knitting up with a spiral like effect, which is a happy accident and I am hoping that  it will go across to both socks.  Fingers crossed!

Today's handmade sock combo... I haven't really left the couch...


I have been living in my stash of handkitted socks.  I get home, sometimes I soak my feet in warm water and epsom salts and then pop these babies on.  There is nothing like wearing wool socks!  I am longing for cold days where I can wear my socks all the time, knit and drink hot toddies.  I have been reading up on Iceland lately and have dreams of being over there in lovely cold weather.


I picked up this book from the local library... Now which ones to knit!


While I may be obsessed with knitting socks lately, I do have my eye on making some new slippers too.  I managed to borrow this book from my local library and everything in it is seriously cute!  I am loving the felted clog like slippers which are now on my knitting list.  Unfortunately my 'to knit list' is getting way too long!  Ok, enough blogging... more knitting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love from Yes Maam!

Miss Sin & bunny miss Mardi ...
Sin from Yes Maam and me trying to be a bunny....

The bearded hipster over at Yes Maam has done a lovely, insightful story on moi and all of the wonderful things happening at Town Hall Gallery.  I always love to hear how people view the work that I do because sometimes you just get bogged down in the day to day running of a gallery!

There sure are some exciting things happening at Town Hall Gallery and I have curated an exhibition Fixation which will begin on the 4 March.  Fixation definitely has been a baby to me.  It's all about fashion and our obsession with it.  I hope that people will walk away with a greater understanding of the impact fashion has on our lives and that we do need to make some educated choices.  We rule the fashion not the other way round!

If you haven't checked out Yes Ma'am blog, you must!  It always covers amazing new artists, musicians and makers.  The people behind it are big about bringing you the new but also nurturing and promoting emerging artists.  Sounds fab huh?

So check it out and also check out the story on me!  It's quite the read!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Knitting in Warm Weather...

All the knitting done! Now for weaving of ends and sewing!


I think that I am slightly crazy.  It has been so hot here in Melbourne recently but I am madly knitting away trying to get my 'Crazy Cat Lady Coat' completed.  As of the weekend, I have completed ALL of the knitting!!!!  Yay!  It has taken close to a year to knit this coat.


Ok next step is to sew the shoulders together so I can knit the collar... #knitgeek



I now have my most hated part, all the sewing and weaving in of the ends.  I will need to wait for a cooler day for this as the thought of sewing so much wool, really makes my hands clammy!  In the meantime, I've noticed just how much yarn I have left over.  It's small amounts, half a ball here and there.  I decided to make up some mittens with the left overs which are likely to become gifts for friends.  I am enjoying knitting and just making it all up.  It's a lovely sense of knitting freedom.


Because I'm slightly crazy, I've started mittens from the leftovers of my crazy cat lady coat.  First one done!



With all of this knitting, I keep having thoughts of making all sorts of weird and wonderful clothing items from the same yarn and then just wearing it all together.  Like I'm some weird knitted yeti.  Yeah, maybe I've been knitting a little TOO much!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Sweater Obsession...

Ombre Yarn Eater 10
image courtesy of Stephen West (www.westknits.com)


I'm a little bit obsessed with the Ombre Yarn Eater sweater by Stephen West.  What a fantastic idea!!!  The pattern uses multiple yarns held together to use up lots of left overs that you might have floating around.  It looks like a gorgeous sweater to wear around on those cold evenings, snuggled up with a hot apple cider.

I think that once my other projects are off the needles, that I might give this one a go.  Especially as I'm trawling through cold weather websites and planning a Scandinavian adventure.  I love that it allows you to really play with the yarn mix and colours... so much fun!

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I've started pulling together various yarns that I have and putting them in a container for this sweater.  I'm going with a grey and pink theme which is playful too.  There was some thicker yarn that was a natural colour that I've also dyed in light greys and pinks to go in the mix as well.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Flashback of 2013



I thought I would share this little flip book of 2013 moments.  It has been a crazy year with my work at the gallery being super busy which has meant that I've taken more time out of the studio.

Some of my 2013 highlights:

  • visiting Hong Kong for the Art Basel HK Art Fair.  So much fun!  We ate amazing food and met lovely, lovely people.  I can't wait to go back.
  • Hanging out with friends for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, I fell in love with the giant snails around the city!
  • becoming a sock master!  I knitted loads of socks this year, I'm starting to get pretty good.
  • I had a solo exhibition of tapestries this year, I also sold a few of them!
  • I became addicted to baking bread, this simple act brings me so much pleasure.
  • I grew my hair long and then cut it back to short... who knows what it is going to look like in 2014.
  • beginning a regime of clinical pilates.  I am loving this so far and I think in 2014 my body should be back on track.
  • I managed to get book completed with my colleague Marion on 10 years of collecting at Town Hall Gallery.  This is my first large publication, it was exciting, stressful but incredibly rewarding.
  • Getting an awesome team together at the gallery.  I'm so proud to have my wonderful team of Marion and Kent, we definitely have some wonderful things planned for 2014.
So what will 2014 hold?!  I guess we will just have to wait and see!

Monday, December 9, 2013

What do you wear to a Pink Flamingo Party?

Preparing to Pink Flamingo party!!
I could totally get used to pink hair!



It was my best friend's 40th birthday party recently and he decided to have a Pink Flamingo Casino/ Las Vegas party.  A strange theme maybe but he is slightly obsessed with flamingos and we always had a promise to go to Vegas for his birthday (which we couldn't do for work reasons) so he brought Vegas to his house!



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Roll out the pink carpet


As you can see, he really went all out with a pink carpet and flamingo themed decorations.  It was a sea of pink and glitter... so much fun!


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Even the cocktails were pink and served with pink flamingo straws!  Everyone needs a pink flamingo straw to get into the spirit!


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I madly decided to make a 60s inspired dress from this fabric that I had floating around.  I noticed that it had pink flamingos on it so it seemed perfect!  I can see that this is likely to become a Summer staple in my wardrobe now.  It is soooo cute!


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The birthday boy naturally went as Elvis... really anything with a cape and he is in it!  My husband went for the Hunter S Thompson 'Fear and Loathing' look.  It was such a great night!  So much pink!!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Inspiration via the Web!

My cooking uniform, Birkenstocks, #marimekko stripes & #marimekko apron
my original photo


I am always amazed at how small the world can feel now that most of us are connected to the internet.  I have met some amazing people via photo sharing sites such as Flickr and Instagram and also had the pleasure of meeting them in real life.  There is something about the photo sharing sites that allows you to connect with others who have similar interests, it is like you have been brought into their day to day life through photos.

I have been on Flickr for quite some time and I use it as a photo documentation service.  I love being able to group my photos in files and have access to them anywhere.  Also my friends overseas can check out on what I'm doing too.  It is also a great way to connect with other members, artists and makers.  I had the pleasure recently to be contacted by a friend on flickr about the photo above. (yes, another pattern clashing photo of me in clogs and a crazy Marimekko apron).  She asked me if I minded if she used the photo as inspiration for a piece of art.  I was totally up for it and flattered that she had taken the time to ask.  This was a few months ago now.

Miss Mardi, Marimekko and Birkenstocks on linoleum



Then just this week, Peggy contacted me again to let me know that she had used the work for a woven beaded piece!! Amazing!!  I absolutely adore it and feel very privileged to have inspired a work.  I love how the internet can bring two completely different weavers together and that we can inspire one another... pretty awesome huh?!
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