Monday, September 28, 2009

poetry, show and vessels

Haiku for today

bedraggled chooks
rain pours down
spring shower

And an acrostic I'm working on

Nature is all
Around us
Total immersion
Undermines commercialism
Radical ideas abound
Amongst papermakers who
Love to work with fibre

Freeing our minds
Indulging our senses
Breaking the bounds and
Revealing the treasures
Ever-present in the
Sensuous fibres for paper

I have been doing classes at All Poetry and have been having a bit of fun, my poetry still isn't good but I think it might be getting better, the acrostic certainly needs work.

I have just about finished putting the IAPMA Bulletin together and after about a month on the computer I had a day off last week and went to the Melbourne show, I had a pretty good day and had lots of free tastings in the main pavillion (no wonder my weight was up for my Curves weigh in on Friday!), found out about Test drive the Arts and booked a free performance at the Recital Centre and avoided the licorice showbags, though I did taste some licorice. It has been some time since I've been to the show and I was disappointed with the book display, there were only about four entries in each section and my two small kozo books looked very lonely on the top shelf of the case, the winning entry was in the cabinet at the front with the best entries for each craft. In the art books it was my nest book that won, not the Byron book. Come on all you book makers out there enter your books next year and stop me always getting my money back!

It has been too wet lately to get outside so I haven't been doing much papermaking, anyway I have so much paper in stock I really should be using that up. I have started work on a series of vessels and here are a couple of my early attempts.
Indigo and walnut on Belgian flax paper, made in workshop with Amanda Degener
Walnut on Belgian flax
Cyanotype on hemp paper with drips of alkali.

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