Saturday, 6th April, 2013|
The 15th International Collage Exhibition/Exchange is in full flow. 110 artists, from 11 different countries. Exhibition hanging at the Percy Thomson
Gallery in Stratford, New Zealand, everything looking good. Sorting well under way.
click on this image of me and Anne hanging the show to see snaps of the exhibition.
I'm not getting much time in my studio with all the collage stuff happening, but Nancy Bell Scott sent me a piece of hand-constructed paper and it's so
beautiful I used it in an assemblage.
Friday, 22nd March, 2013
What a mix of madness & stress!
Laptop was having a near-death experience so I got a new one.
Nice, but you know what a hassle it is to get a new
computer to behave as you want it to.
Just got it right and we got struck by lightning! A direct hit ... blue flash up Paul's arm as he was cooking, big
explosion from my lovely new computer.
Not as bad as I'd feared ... it seems to have just fried the modem/router and connecting cable. Phew!
99 packages of collages in so far (the 'deadline' was yesterday but there are more still coming. That's O.K.)
And, the big news, passed the 20,000 mark! Total of collages that have arrived for the exchanges over the 15 years I've been running it.
This is the twenty thousandth collage! And it's a beauty.
"WATER, FIRE, IRON, RUST: MY COUNTRY" - by Ursula Burmeister of Wanngardi, Alice Springs, Australia. Made of her handmade papers, depicting the harsh
conditions in her part of the world. It's an excellent collage
to mark this milestone (click on the image for a closer look).
Monday, 11th March, 2013
This is Fergus sitting in his good-boy chair.
Busy with collages. 66 packages in so far. Keeping me busy.
Friday, 8th February, 2013
The January exhibition on the Virtual Tart website was EXHIBIT NO FEAR - work and words by 56 artists from 9 different countries.
I put together a book from it, and I'm pleased with it. You can see some pages on the Press part of this site.
Much wrapping and posting.
Wednesday, 7th November, 2012
Last weekend a group of us went to Maroochydore in Queensland, Australia. For a Taekwon-Do coaching seminar, senior grading, and tournament.
A good weekend - I'm proud to belong.
Thursday, 1st November, 2012
It feels like a long time ago, but the photos from the investiture have just arrived.
With the Governor General Sir Jerry Matapaere. And with the musician Jordan Luck, who rushed in to help me be photographed. Isn't that lovely?
Sunday, 9th September, 2012
We drove to Wellington (lovely little windy city to walk in).
Investiture for M.N.Z.M. It was all done so well .... lovely.
Back home, back in our studios, all is well with the world.
Friday, 3rd August, 2012
Through a Glass Darkly.
After a LOT of work preparing everything for exhibition, we hung over 150 artworks! With help from our friends.
It looks really good. Upstairs, Real Tart Gallery, New Plymouth.
I've put all the images from the 100-day project onto a separate page.
It's here if you want to see it. Our trip to England, and the 100-page illustrated diary.
Friday, 13th April, 2012
Yesterday we (the 6PLY group of artists) hung our exhibition at Waiau Country Estate - it looks good.
And I posted the first lot of collage exchange packages. To artists whose work had sold.
The beginning of the end. (Except you can guess what came in today's mail ... the first package for NEXT year!)
Sunday, 8th April, 2012
Progress. The collage exhibition is hanging in the Percy Thomson gallery in Stratford. The sorting is all but done.
Toby's bed is now covered with packs of exchanged collages in recycled envelopes instead of packs from each artist. Just have to add the ones from the exhibition in Stratford.
And here's an image of the invitation postcard.
And the book for the 100 day project is ready for the start on April 20th. A title and collages for the who, what, where stuff.
Thursday, 29th March, 2012
It's been a hectic couple of months. In my studio a lot, making assemblages for an exhibition The End is Near in Utica, NY, USA. And for The Art of Assemblage
at Taupo Museum, New Zealand.
Collages coming in for the 14th International Collage Exhibition/Exchange in April. So I'm madly sorting, making exchanges which are as close to fair as is possible.
The picture on the left shows the process of collage sorting. Toby's bed can hold 49 packs of collages.
Working on a project I've been thinking about for years ... attempting to depict 4D graphs from
complex numbers by a set of 3D curves. Having ENORMOUS fun at it. The MAPLE software is lovely ... instead of having to try and imagine the 3D curves it will graph them and you can
rotate them on the screen, get a real feel for their structure. Nice.
Pic on right is part of the 4D sine curve.
And Paul and I are going to go to London to see the Lucien Freud exhibition! After years of him not wanting to leave his studio, or his dog, and fighting depression, he said he'd like to see
this exhibition by his favourite painter. So we've got the house-sitter & the dog-sitter, all organised. Hence the rush with the collages, hoping to get it all finished and the packages sent away
by 22nd April when we leave. Phew!
And just to add to it all, I've decided to be part of the 100-day project. I've made a book, planning to keep a journal with a collage of found ephemera for 100 days from
That's the book in the middle. Bound with plenty of room for 100 collaged pages.
Thursday, 5th December, 2011
An odd couple of images.
I learned to make buckskin (workshop run by Aaron Tasker) and turned a dead goat into a lovely soft hide of buckskin.
Made this shoulder bag out of it, and absolutely LOVE it!
And the other image? Life is good.
A few of us met for coffee on New Plymouth's coastal walkway and it was such a lovely day we went up the river a bit for a swim in this water hole.
Julie Cannon (on the left) joined me. It was cool, in every sense. Just perfect.