Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Setting Up

Yesterday I delivered my goodies to the Richard Randall Art Studio for the Bazaar which starts Wednesday. Some random shots of the wall art already set up - about 4 or 5 different artists work already on display. Lots more to do before opening.

My friend Tricia Smout will be running a workshop on how to make origami gift boxes on Friday 2 December from 10-12 (all materials supplied - $25) - contact Bettina 0405402340 to book. I met a lovely Japanese lady Kazuyo who makes the most exquisite bags from vintage kimonos - they will be on sale

I am returning Saturday and will post some photos of the final exhibition then.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Botanique Bazaar

Just alerting Brisbaneites to this great event to be held in the Richard Randall Art Studio in the glorious Brisbane Botanic Gardens from Nov 30 to Dec 9 (10am to 4pm). As the sign says the market will feature all sorts of original and handmade works of a botanical nature including ceramics, textiles, stationery, jewellery and paintings. I am hoping to have a few items for sale - teatowels, placemats, purses and shoulder bags

but I seem to have misjudged my Christmas stock (again) :-( and have almost sold out already. No time to make any more. Maybe next year I will get it right.....

Monday, November 7, 2011

Another Monotype Print

I bought this artist's book at the recent Fibre Fest 2011exhibition of the Queensland Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists held in the Botanic Gardens at Mt Cootha.

This was a lovely exhibition of spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, knitting, crochet,braiding, basketry, papermaking and artist bookmaking (phew!). Of course there was a shop as well, full of beautiful handmade things which I couldn't resist. This artist's book is made by Sandra Pearce, who I blogged about recently and features one of her lovely monoprints on the cover. So now I own one! Can't imagine writing in it at this stage. It will need to be something very special.

This is paper made of onion skin and banana fibre - I have my own banana trees so perhaps I can have a go at paper making as well one day.

While I was at Mt Cootha I had a quick walk around some areas of the Botanic Gardens (the Australian plant communities of course). I loved the Australian rainforest section where I saw quite a few of the plants which I have recently planted in my backyard rainforest - a little larger than mine of course. I particularly wanted to see Syzygium wilsoni and I found one still in flower

Last year I planted a whole fenceline of the nursery form Syzygium "Cascade". Should be a spectacular sight when they all flower next spring/summer.