Looking at the walls, remembering the wallpaper of my childhood. Nostalgia for the depth of memories in the wall paper layers of my families house, far far away, where I cannot travel to during these covid times. Though i wish i could drop in like Mary Poppins
Peeling back and tearing through layers, I used to imagine there were other places behind the wallpaper, secret gardens, hidden horizons, exotic countries and somewhere my lost father.
Layers of vintage paper roses from abandoned boxes of cards, years of another family’s celebrations are recycled, cut and snipped, to provoke hidden memories. Scratching the surface, and seeing the liminal space of subconscious imagery.
Still a work in process, while artist in residence at Fremantle arts centre, exploring the feminine craft of decoupage, with underlying collaged fragments of discarded moments.
Transforming the cracks in the paper, the walls ,with natures kitsch card imagery. Adventures and stories are revealed beneath the paper sheets, and there are darker traces of the things unsaid, symbolised by insects and torn paper.
Just moved into a new studio, having a wonderful time sifting through lost and found ephemera, scattered fragments, donated vintage papers and the joy of sorting collected bits and pieces Bagpuss style to make new collection
‘The Greek name for a butterfly is Psyche, and the same word means the soul. There is no illustration of the immortality of the soul so striking and beautiful as the butterfly, bursting on brilliant wings from the tomb in which it has lain, after a dull. grovelling,caterpillar existence, to flutter in the blaze of day and feed on the most fragrant and delicate productions of spring. Psyche, then. is the human soul, which is purified by sufferings and misfortunes, and is thus prepared for the enjoyment of true and pure happiness.’ – Bullfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable
Soul is part of love,of desire to grow and is a tangible force in our life journeys, and ‘animates’ our very beings.
Soul speaks to us in our dreaming, in our relationships and in our connection with nature.
Soul is our connection to spirit, to each other and to the earth that feeds us.
Our lives, our planet and our future are all connected.
A new childrens play kit for imaginative storytelling and rhymes, made with under 5’s, totally inspired by traditional Noongar dolls made by the wonderful textile artist Marcelle Riley. These are for playing with themes for early years about home, country, family and culture in a development towards a new performance and workshop programme for young children and their families.