As of July 1, I am officially an artist member (limited) of Gallery 708, the newest artist-run gallery in downtown Cincinnati! My basketry went on display amid some very exciting work by what seems to be a ton of artists! So new at this I haven’t even figured out who is showing.
If you are interested, you can check out the gallery online via their Facebook page or physically visit at 708 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH. An especially good time would be this Thursday, 5-8pm, to enjoy an opening reception for Nature Transformed, an exhibit of three Gallery artists: Lisa Inglert, Kent Krugh and Gail Lundgren. Hope to see you there!
Hmmm….. It is obviously well past my return to the states, I think jetlag is well and truly past (although it has been a good excuse for some things!), and I am heavily into all the activities that make a full summer.
A week after my return I worked with 161 seventh graders at Batesville Middle School for three days making coiled baskets – they were troopers and most managed to make two or more projects.
Two weeks after that I teamed up with the Southeastern Indiana Tourism Bureau to treat 54 seniors to the joys of making open-twined garlic baskets! Holding the sessions at the Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora made it very manageable – owners Dan and Lani are really sweet about making the space work out.
Since we lost so many trees last year due to the emerald ash borer, our back deck has so much less shade during the day. To make the deck more hospitable, we made a rip-stop nylon sail, 12′ x 12′, to cover a good portion of the deck. It also does a great job shading the hot tub in the morning, too!
Last weekend I was in Indianapolis for the Midwest Weavers Association’s biennial conference held at Butler University. Good connections with some long time friends; relearned ply split braiding and had great fun breaking the rules for it; spent some time with a good friend who had recently moved to that area. Overall a good trip.
My hot tub buddies helped celebrate the summer solstice this week, but we missed getting to the blueberry farm for fresh berries. That will have to happen another day.
I have had an outdoor installation proposal accepted for the Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati’s member exhibit at the Fitton Art Center in Hamilton for the month of August – and I have about a quarter of the work made up so far.
The Mount St. Joseph Art Gallery has an invitational exhibit planned for October of this year and I will be one of the artists. Titled ‘Biophilia’, all the invited artists have a strong connection with the earth in their work. I’ve got two large pieces in play at the moment – one with mudded silk and waxed hand made papers that will be roughly 26′ wide and 9′ high (that looks really cool with light behind it),
But the most important work I’ve done is to create an activity book for my grandson Ezra who will be turning one in early July. Made from a trendy short skirt and various other fabrics, it has dangling hearts, hidden pockets, buttons galore and things to do with them, laces and loops and the strangest looking ‘puppet’ thingee from a used onesie, lace, gloves and socks. Hope he has fun with it! (Will post an image after he receives it… just in case his folks see this first!)
And in two days we will have 5 year old Scarlett and her 15 month old brother Elliot here with us for some grandparent time! With luck they will stay till July 4, but we are staying open to schedule changes as we don’t know how the little guy will handle being away from mom.
… To go on this trip. But lots to catch up on now that I can get back into my blog!
The National Basketry Gathering that the various AU states put on is really a great event. Queensland folks ran it this year in the Gold Coast region south of Brisbane. Not actually on he coast, but in a campgrounds situated high within an old volcano caldera. After a windy and cold start, the place warmed up – might have been the heat of all those Basketmakers working! – and tons of sharing of knowledge happened. Tons of basketry materials were also shared – there were heaps of naturals and manmade to choose from. Made a bush toy ( I think it is a goana/lizard) and shared drilled ribs, mini style among many other activities.
Anne and I took off on a three day road trip through New South Wales to get back to Melbourne, staying in Armidale, Mudgee (overnight with a new friend from the Gathering and indulging in wine and cheese tastings) and outside of Albury in Victoria (overnight at a nurse friend’s home overlooking the the Hume Weir. Along the way we saw a camel in the field with cattle, sheep, kangaroos with joeys in pouches, and roadkill echidnas, wombats, roos and foxes. Foxes are an introduced pest so no sounds of sorrow over their demise were heard. Lots of kukuburros, magpies, cockatoos, budgees and other small winged critters were seen and heard.
One day of teaching mudcloth in Meeniyan outside of Melbourne – took the bus there and got a ride back to Anne’s. Overnight in the hills of Foster – lovely high, rounded hills with cattle and sheep – beautifully picturesque.
Tagged along with Anne to her fiber group meeting for a pleasant Sunday afternoon. And now enjoying the quiet company of Borris the cat as the rain plays tag with the sun. Some paper/book time scheduled with Anne when she returns later.
Wednesday I will bid Anne farewell (for this year!) and fly to Sydney for one last teaching gig before heading home. More on at as it happens! (Pics will have to happen after I get home…too difficult while traveling on borrowed wifi.)
Had a whirlwind two days of teaching eight lovely and lively students the joys and surprises of twining with seagrass. They all did marvelously well – and may even continue doing it!
(Hmmm…things have changed and I can’t figure out how to add images now! Will figure it out later.)
The Naked Possum, Mussel Inn and Tinky’s are a few of the restaurants/pubs I have visited recently for some very satisfying meals.
Monday was a day of chores (getting ready to leave) and touring as Bruce took us over to see the other end of Golden Bay. It really is a lovely spot on this earth.
We hoped to catch sight of the aurora australis that was being touted as very visible to NZ, but alas… Try as we might, and Nicola DID try a number of different spots for better views, we did not see any lovely sky colors other than the wide array of brilliant stars and planets.
Tuesday was a before-the-crack-of-dawn day, heading to Nelson for our flight to Auckland, winding our way slowly through the crowd of folks assembled for the ANZAC Day dawn service. (Similar to our Veterans Day.)
Lovely to see the mountains we were actually driving through since I missed the views in the dark and rain on the way in.
Bit of breakfast at the airport and we were off. Met up with an older acquaintance and hubby during our layover in Auckland – so good to see Rosemary and Bill! Bit of lunch with them and then off again to Brisbane.
Uneventful flight which was mostly taken up with the life tales of our seat partner. Touchdown, train and a short walk to the overnight accommodations with Anne, Ann, Marion and Tony. A bit of Vietnamese for a late dinner/tea, some pleasant catching up and then a good sleep.
Today, Wednesday, has dawned lovely over is bustling city. Intending to do some city center sightseeing, drop in on a welcoming fellow fiber artist and the. Arrive at the camp where the National Basketry Gathering is happening the rest of the week.
If you don’t hear from me till next week it will be due to