It's been a while between blog posts but I'm alive. Moving to London has meant that my creative practice has been coming a long a bit more slowly than I'm used to and that I would like it to. Being in a completely new environment forces me to find a new everything! New places to buy my art supplies, new places to buy my groceries, new pubs to buy my beer, etcetera etcetera. The whole experience has been an exciting one and such a challenge. I've missed home dearly, have experienced anxiety like never before, and questioned what I really want for myself in this next chapter of my life. I've never been one to plan for the future or imagine how things are really going to turn out - I usually just make a short term plan and go with it. So many people have been asking me lately what I plan to do here in this big amazing city and I really don't know how to answer them. My usual response is that I'm just going to see what happens but I've been brought up to know that good things don't come to those who don't work for it. Over the past few years I've felt that luck has been on my side and my work has just managed to get noticed. Being in such a foreign land that has a population more than 2 times the size of Sydney means I've got to network my butt off and put my work right up in peoples faces to get it noticed. It's going to be an interesting road but I'm ready and I'm excited!
Even though I've had some time off from creating, there was something that I finished off before I left Australia
three months ago and it has now come to the surface.
Textiles is a new endeavour for me. The translation between art and fashion has long been something that I've been interested in and this year I decided to take the plunge and transfer my watercolour and acrylic works to silk for the series Grand Assembly.
The project began after having a conversation with Curium Magazine Director Jessi White who wanted to feature my creative process and work in the next issue of their magazine. We discussed projects that would be suitable to document and the creation of scarves, something I have wanted to do for some time, became a reality. The next step was to contact Think Positive Designer Prints who I knew had a great reputation and would be the best people for the job. Knowing the beautiful work of Think Positive Director Emilie Cacace for her label Andeol, I knew that having her help would be the best way for me to produce the scarves. She guided me through artwork production and preparation for print and ultimately continues to make the ongoing project a seamless one.
The work for Grand Assembly developed quite organically and altered as these images were produced. I approached the pieces the same way I would any artwork - intuitively. I then began to make connections. Visually I started to see similarities between my work and the traditional embroideries of the Otomi people in Mexico. In the 1960's the farming community of Tenango experienced a great drought, which forced them to think of other sources of revenue. Embroidery was it. This was something I found inspiring so I looked further into it and thought about how I could pay homage to this beautiful tradition. To create the final works I incorporated my existing approach to geometric development and colour application whilst referencing the pattern, colour use, and composition from the traditional Otomi designs.
The entire process from day dot is featured in Curium Magazine alongside other great pieces on Kip & Co, Young Earl Grey, palm reading, travelling bartenders Trolley'd and Sydney scarf label Skarfe, to name only a few.
HUGE thanks to Dan Hilburn and Vienna Johnston for their amazing shots of the pieces, the beautiful team at Think Positive for working their print magic and continued support, the superstars at Curium Magazine who sparked this whole project and helped me bring it all to life, and to my dearest mama bear for being an absolute legend and helping me with the behind the scenes stuff back home :) xo