Thursday, October 1, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Somehow, over time, this space simply became a record of our days. This year, I've taken a step back. I figured I'd rejoin this space, when I had something wonderfully creative to share. Yet the spurts of creativity have been so short and uneventful (or even nonexsistent), that I never seemed to record them to share here. But I think it is time to come back. To make a proper effort. For myself, because it does make me happy.
Thankfully, I seem to be surrounded by inspiring, influential creative souls.
Last week I was invited (by the ever-wonderful Betty) to a dinner at the local Bakehouse Studio. It was amazing. We were fed a deeee-licious three course meal by the amazing chef Nigel Douglas. The food was served on stunning handmade pieces of pottery. AND between the courses, we got to play with clay. We all made simple pinch pots decorated with slip, under the gentle instruction of Lisa Hölzl. We started with small salt dishes, and progressed to creating decent sized bowls and plates. Every single one turned out different, their beauty in their uniqueness. Each a reflection of their maker's state of mind - mine were quite slap-dash and skinny!
It was all very tranquil. When you think about it, there is something very elementry, almost primal about shaping mud with your hands. Strangely, such tranquility was energizing.
So here's to making it back online, feeling inspired and meeting wonderful people that create welcome momentum in our lives.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
those 14 posts are my favourites on this blog.
This post is entirely self-indulgent. Simply so I can flick between it and the first of the 52 project photos from last year and marvel at how much my three have grown.
So allow me to indulge myself, even if I'm not joining in.
All three are sporting bed hair and naked torsos, just like last Summer.
Linking just this once, to Jodi's phenomenal project.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Iris is 14 months old now and even though she is still so very dependent on me - I find myself thinking about the future. The newborn-free future. I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for the past 5 years. My body has changed, my lifestyle has shifted, my relationship with Rodge has morphed and most of all, I feel like my mind has gone just a little bit mushy. Anyone who says that you can go on as you were after having kids, well it certainly didn't work like that for me.
Some people fall pregnant and have babies and become super organised. Me, I've just relaxed into a constant foggy state and let everything crumble around us.
After Oscar was born, the small print and publishing company I worked for went bankrupt. I never returned to fulltime work. When he was about 7 months old I did a little bit of freelancing, but after I fell pregnant with Nora, I found I couldn't cope with pregnancy, a very active toddler and work - and was happy when my freelance work dried up.
Now after 4ish years of intense baby and toddler time, I feel like I need to do something for me. Photographing the wedding and the joy that gave me, confirmed that. This is were I find myself a little stuck. So I'm looking for and trying to create all the opportunities possible. Only Oscar goes to preschool, so it isn't like I have swathes of free time, but I do have snippets of time - and I'm looking for things I can do, with my babes around.
As a consequence I approached Betty (a good friend and graphic designer who I've mentioned here), and begged her to let me take photos for one of her clients, the beautiful linen company, Miss Molly. Betty was reluctant, she likes to pay creatives and photographers wasn't in Miss Molly's current budget, but she relented. I borrowed heavy bags full of exquisite sheets and fabrics. And I'm ever so glad I did. Some of my photos are already up on Miss Molly's website, and more photos have been requested, which makes me rather happy. She has offered me gifts of linen in return.
Now where to next?
*This post could have had so many possible titles - 'The past five years', 'Miss Molly', 'Contemplating the future' ...
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
I chose the fabrics and pieced ... but ran out of time, with Iris a newborn and Osc and Nora running round, so my mum, very generously finished it. Sorry, the photos are poor and don't show the intricate hand quilting my mum did, outlining elements of the panel in variegated pastel thread.
Beautiful little Emily Joan, I hope you enjoy it!