June has turned out to be a bit of a whirlwind, no slowing down and turning in for Winter here, though I am hoping July may be a little calmer, with a little more daydreaming by the fire!
I don't have a studio, or even a room of my own here, though I do have a small and very messy desk in the corner of the living room, right next to the wood stove (good in this weather) and opposite the TV (not so good, though at least it's only the occasional dvd). But I've found that I've been doing most of my recent 'visual' stuff curled up on the couch by the window, balancing my sketch/notebooks on my knee. I've haven't done a lot, but I've started a project, which is part of a larger project, and there is another in the wings too.
This community down here is small enough that you bump into people you know every time you go out. Yet it is filled to bursting with creativity and vitality in the arts. In November this year, something called 'Brave New Works' will happen, as it does every year, and one of the projects launched for this year is an art exhibition called 'Everything is a Map'. A lovely friend (and fellow music student, she plays cello...swoon!) is organising this and as a lifelong mapfan, I couldn't resist, so I'm working on ideas for a Curious Book of Maps (working title only). So far only scribbles, but I'm hoping a quieter July might yield some serious work for this, I just love, love the idea. There may also be a Map Song (which started life as this poem), but I'll see how we go! Another project for BNW is waiting for funding, so I won't say anymore about it yet, but I've put my hand up for that one as well, it will take me back 20 years to my Theatre studies at uni, and so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
As well as that, I'm just about finished my Music Certificate II course, and our final assessment included 3 gigs at local pubs. Very new experience for me, and we did our final one last night and I have to say, it's the most fun I've had at a pub for a very long time. We performed at the local 'open mic' night at our local 'watering hole', and it's such a lovely night, there are so many great and talented performers all squeezed into this little corner of Western Australia.
So, a few pics of bits and bobs that I've been up to!
Some early 'mappiness' from an old visual diary, July 2009.
Not the best photo, I'm afraid, but gives an idea of proportions.
Closer in and you can read some of my weird and wonderful (I hope) ponderings on the notion of maps.
The lovely little book I made in January with Trace Willans. Now I know what to do with it!
Title page. Slightly off-centre, but that's part of it's home-made charm...well I hope it is!
Some tangled tracks across the page.
Right from the start these pages reminded me of a slightly mad map. Very appropriate for me then.
I'm looking very serious because I'm concentrating hard...this IS a test!
As well as that, the school celebrated its Winter Festival, with storytelling, fairy lantern walk through the night time bush, bonfire and pumpkin soup and song. Oh, it was lovely! I felt like I was 5 again on the lantern walk, it was magical. The senior class (biggest munchkin's class) had spent a great deal of time and care setting up fairy houses throughout the bush along the river. When night fell, the path through the bush became a flickering, candlelit fairy wonderland, as we all, students and parents, snaked our way quietly in contemplation along the riverbank carrying lanterns or candles, looking into each little candlelit fairy house along the way to the sound of students singing and playing on their recorders. We had storytelling, a Noongar story about fire spirits, then the senior students quietly paraded in carrying torches to light the bonfire with song and fire invocation. It had been wet and windy all day, but the sky cleared and the stars came out, and the bonfire roared. Then it was homemade pumpkin soup (a myriad of different recipes from every family) and fresh bread and butter, and apple crumble around the fire. Wondrous!
A barely discernible littlest munchkin with the lantern she made in class.
Mmmmmm, toasty warm!
Littlest again. Biggest was off running amok with friends!