Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Finished fragments

I went to the framers today.  I took quite a few pieces in preparation for our exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery.  In particular I wanted to see how it would be to frame my works "Under Construction".

They are mixed media, with twigs and feathers and fabric and thread and prints, so it was going to take a bit of time.

I spent just over an hour working through what to do and working out what choices I really had given the height of some of the pieces, my desire to 'float' the pages and so on. It never ceases to amaze me how hard it is to find a mat board that matches the paper you work on - so many whites and creams and not a one that matches.

Still. I am hopeful.

Here are some fragments of the finished work...


One of my 'haiku-poems' about building nests...


All the feathers have been found on the block or on our walks - but I honestly don't know who they all belong to.


Every piece has hand-stitchign on it.


These twigs come from a nest that fell and almost disintegrated in the garden.


A pigeon pair perhaps?


I do love bundles.


Another haiku-poem and words and stitches and...


I am hopeful that they will be wonderful when framed and that folk enjoy gazing at them once they are upon a wall..

28 comments:

  1. I'd love to leave an intelligent comment, but once again your artistry has left me only capable of uttering the monosyllables of "Oh!" and "Ah!" over and over as I scroll down the photos and read your words. Exquisite. Just simply exquisite.

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    1. Your comment leaves me speechless J - you are too kind. So pleased they resonate with you across the waves! G well.

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    2. i am so with jennifer here, fiona. the work sings.

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    3. Thanks so much V - it's nice to know the quiet song is heard far far away...

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  2. I'm with Jennifer ... your posts really do confound one when it comes to finding words to express the sheer delight they evoke.

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    1. Thank you so much Liz - it's lovely to think that me sitting here at my keyboard can connect with you over there so magically!

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  3. Elegant, evocative, stunning.... No, I can't find the right words either. These pieces really touch me deeply...

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    1. Sharmon, thank you. I think the fragile nature of nests and the wisdom of the wee birds that build them leave us all a bit speechless at times. I am so happy they are enjoyed by you!

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  4. you have such an elegant sense of placement & love that nest etching!

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    1. Thank you Mo - it has been a challenge as well asa delight to try to find my way with this work, and yes every piece has been considerly placed! Go well.

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  5. Jennifer and Liz are right, any words to describe the above seem too many. They speak for themselves and I would love to see the framed pieces on my wall!

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    1. Than you so much Lesley - from a bird-lover that is wonderful to hear! They are gentle pieces, and celebrate quietly the wonder of nest-building...go well.

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  6. Your fragments are inexpressibly beautiful, Fiona, and once framed will be quite amazing. I agree with everyone else - hard to put appreciation into words...

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    1. Thanks so much Carol - you are so kind. It's lovely that the little fragments can generate such a response; wee birds do such a marvellous job building nests it is nice to celebrate them in art! Go well.

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  7. Who wouldn't enjoy gazing at them? Such simplicity and elegance, but with great depths of meaning.

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    1. Thank you Jo - I hope you get to see them on the wall! I admire nest-builders a lot and it has been lovely to spend so much time pondering them as I make the pieces. Go well.

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  8. these are just beautiful, inspiring. i would love to see them in person, to work/live near to you both and have that interaction of creative energies run both parallel and into each other. you and barry really are just such incredible people - separately and together. i just came from looking at his posts and am left with the ideas of fragile strength - of tender, impermanence and solidity, of lightness and weightiness, but most of all - beauty.

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    1. Ahh MJ - how kind and so beautiful. We would love to have you here of course! We know we are fortunate to share creativity and support for each other and it brings us great happiness and joy. Hi peace posts are very very special I think...go well.

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  9. such wonderful glimpses of what you are creating!
    i so enjoyed your poem and the writing is beautiful too!

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    1. Thanks Tammie Lee. I enjoyed working with my own words, trying to find ways to describe the magic of nest-building for myself...go well.

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  10. Hi Fiona, what beautiful, amazing work,put together so well and balanced, if it was me , l dont know if l could part with it, l love the writing to, what script is that called ? Pointed or Board pen

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    1. Ahh Kate - if only I knew what that script was! It is a combination script - I worked with Gaye Godfrey Nicholls' book and then did my own thing. I used a fine broad-nib for the lettering.

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  11. hi Fiona, well what ever the script is you have done a beautiful job, l have that book, l think l better go and study it a bit more and see what l can come up with, l really think that book is one of the best calligraphy books around, it has a bit of everything for everybody, and l read your post on Thursday thoughts, and what a lucky duck you were to be taught by Gemma, One of my bucket list dreams is to do some workshops with her, no wonder your work is so good, being taught by the best of the best, ........have a great weekend..........kate

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    1. It is a great book Kate - hope you enjoy your time spent with it again! And yes, I was fortunate to do weekly classes with Gemma for a several years - lucky me!

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  12. Fiona these fragments are so beautiful, I've been scrolling back and forth at a loss for words.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them Robyn - I think they are rather lovely too!

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