Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend bits

I had plans for an arty weekend - soaking myself in some work for myself; having a play with things, following up ideas that had been drifting through my brain for a few weeks, but it didn't really work out that way.

After the Open Studios and the busy month of weekends we had had, we decided a day off would be a fine thing and on Saturday we went to see the Silversmith Show at the Buderim Craft Cottage and the opening of our friend David Paulson's survey exhibition from the 70s to now at the Noosa Regional Gallery.  So we got our fill of art yesterday (and a great feed of fish and chips at Noosa) and I then planned to play today.

But I was foiled again a bit because I actually have a few more responsibilities to deal with - I have three workshops to run in the next month and I really needed to make sure I was on top of them, as well as the artists' book display I am pulling together for the Maleny Celebration of Books.

Interestingly, I guilted myself into the jobs rather than the play.  With the promise that if I worked today I could play thru the week. Only time will tell if I have been able to give myself some play time...and I daresay I am not alone in not giving myself the gift of play too often.

Next weekend's workshop is on 'Modern Versals' with the Buderim calligraphers - so I have been researching and photocopying and writing and planning what I hope will be a good day for them.


And last weekend I actually finished and hung my first A Letter a Week alphabet for the year!  The pierced white squares are strung on a silver wire, with silver crimps to keep them in place and then it dangles and hangs, and moves quite elegantly in any breeze.

As it was being put together...




And as it hangs - not easy to shoot!


And as it falls gracefully...


I am thrilled to have reached this point - maybe 3 months late; but then our life was on hold for 3 months with Barry's illness so I am trying not to be mean to myself or self-flagelate for not being on time.

Little bits of progress here and there...

10 comments:

  1. i like the floating alphabet...and really envy your lovely calligraphy.

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    1. Thanks Velma - I do think the letters float beautifully!

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  2. What a fabulous alphabet! I especially love the "falling gracefully" image.

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    1. Thanks Leslie - you can just imagine the way it drifted down into that arrangement; coiling itself and curving itself gently...

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  3. Hope you find some time to play soon. You never know what you will discover when you let yourself play!

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    1. So true amanda! I think play is a way away att he moment - recovery from the flu is now the priority. Sigh.

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  4. Studio time gone awry! I hadto chuckle. Do hope you find time during the week. I really love what you have done with your alphabet - the mounting design really suits well. The photos are beautiful too Fiona. I still have not done my second alphabet but am glad to seeyou have only just completed your first one x

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    1. Thanks Susan - you know that feeling hey? The final design worked out well I think and the letters with their lightness were suited to it. As you say - now onto the second one!

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  5. Great to be reminded of that Leonard Cohen quote. Your alphabet is so beautiful Fiona, so sculptural and fluid. I think you 'play' on another plane than the rest of us (well, me anyway). Just fab.

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    1. You are very kind Lesley - glad you enjoyed the pieces and the words.

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