The significance of objects. Part I

I have been thinking about objects; those most precious to us and their significance in our lives. What is it that makes them so comforting; so significant? Here are a few thoughts I have had around this…   Objects allow us to feel connected. Connected to experience, to memory, to the intangible. Connected to the…

More Scottish Museums

Only a short time left of my Scottish residency. My latest research was at the Highland Museum of Childhood in Strathpeffer and Fort George‘s Highlander’s Military Museum, near Ardersier. To keep my research broad and avoid self-censoring or shutting down new ideas in their infancy, I’ve approached ‘research’ by recording anything that interests me, with the plan to…

Residual Traces

Objects and the traces left behind them. I) Construct – Chalk line mapping out constructions.  Transient markings turned into structures. II) Shelter – Channels directing rain, leaving the impression of protection. III) Collapse – Returning to the beginning after a life, materials shedding and collapsing back into the surroundings. Cycles, change, what is built, what…

When all else fails… look to books

Refugees Welcome, by VladyArt, September 2015 Kalamaria/Thessaloniki, Greece. A red carpet entry to Europe: plastic pipes, gold paint, red cloth, naval rope, wooden finials for curtain rods, paper plates. From mid-2016 we Handshakers worked with the London-based group Dialogue Collective to build a collaborative show for Munich Jewellery Week 2017. In a flurry of inter-hemispherical bonding we exchanged words and…

TOUCH and PAUSE at Platina

For July’s Handshake show at Platina  in Stockholm I collaborated with Kate Whitley, the photographer who shot the tabletop images for the Touch table. The show coincided with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, and we wanted exhibition visitors to experience the elation and surge of well-being that occurs at That Podium Moment. We were inspired by a…

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe…

Besides making work for the programmed Handshake shows, we’re each tasked with developing our independent practice. 2016 was a busy year. Here’s a digest of the side projects that occupied me between March and December 2016. March – With Occupation: Artist – Golden Section Click here for details This lighthearted, ephemeral group project was pivotal…

Scotland; random stuff I photographed

Various ideas collected from the surrounds. To stretch out the exploration once back in NZ, there is a book waiting for me, How to Be an Explorer of the World. Speaking to lots of new people, I’ve also collected interesting career options – Maria Maclennan is the first ever forensic jeweller – see her TED talk…

As close as I get to painting

These are all images I took at the remains of several World War II gun emplacements; an Emergency Coastal Defence Battery on the banks of Loch Ewe, Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. The view was obviously spectacular, but more so were the colours on the walls inside the gun emplacements. Time, the environment and…

sunshine pegs

This packet of sunshine pegs was just so beautiful that I had to take a photo of it before I ripped into it to take a handful of pegs camping this weekend.  I have the funniest feeling that the remainder of the packet is going to be worn. Just stick a string on it and call…