On Saturday 8th December 2018 I flew to Canberra to visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. I attended a two hour workshop with Royal School of Needlework alumna Rebecca Ray at the United Declaration of Human Rights Quilt Project Exhibition. I also toured the museum itself. It was a fascinating and enriching experience. Photos and information are included here.
An article about how to find art and artists we love. It stresses the importance of buying from local artists and encourages you to go on a journey that could lead to the expression of your true potential. It also explores why it is so important to listen to the heart when buying art and how a purchase impacts the artist and their practice.
Announcing a four page feature article in Down Under Textiles, Edition 34, Nov/Dec 2018, p.73-76. It is titled 'A Long Search For My True Voice' and it outlines the journey I took to find my signature style as an artist. In leading Australian newsagencies and on-line now.
A growing list of books, on-line resources and films about Australia's slave history and frontier conflict. These have been helpful on my art research journey to challenge the myth that Australia was settled peacefully. "Why didn't I learn this in school?" I have asked myself. This question has led to an ongoing search for the truth about my nation's violent past and its impact today.
My second Art Research Trip will be to Townsville, Queensland on 20-23 July 2018. I will explore the landscape and make some art in response to it. I also hope to meet some descendants of Blackbirding and visit some important sites to broaden my knowledge and understanding of this important history.
Host a Roast in your home or attend a Fundraising event to raise money for Cystic Fybrosis Research. Four of my A3 drawings have been donated to this year's Silent Auction, valued at $180 each.
Contemporary Artist Helen Fraser shares the background to her fourth solo exhibition Fragments and Tassels opening today at Falkner Gallery in Castlemaine, Central Victoria.
Artist's Talk on Sat 10th Mar at Craftivism HQ Exhibition by Tal Fitzpatrick where 130 Quilt Blocks will be shown for the first time from the United Declaration of Human Rights Quilt Project. My quilt block focused on Article 4; Ban on Slavery and highlights Australia's Blackbirding Slave History.