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Spring News

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Hello everyone,

Yes, it’s been a while since I sent news!
I’ve been focussed on putting down roots in my new home this year, and some of them are literally bearing fruit now that Spring is really here. I’ve enjoyed making new connections, planting and watching my garden flower and set seed.

My work is still getting out and about though.
In exhibition news, my 2008-09 video work ‘Drawing Breath’ is currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia in the exhibition ‘Performing Drawing’ – curated by Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax.
A selection of ‘poetic diagrams, momentary maps and incidental portraits that reveal the expanding possibilities of what drawing can be’.
This piece was made after walking the beach on Bruny Island some years back and coming across an exquisite piece of seaweed whose spread form and movement on the water led me to reflect on inhalation, exhalation and cycles both temporal and visceral.

My newest work, ‘The leaf has a song in it’ is currently showing here in Castlemaine at the Lot19 Spring Sculpture show. This ritual/performative cloth of wool and silk was made for a recent eco-spirituality gathering and named from a line of Mary Oliver’s superb poem ‘What can I say’. It was coloured using 16 locally gathered natural dyes: Red Ironbark, Yellow Box, Cherry Ballart, Drooping Mistletoe, Treasure St Gum, Bullarto Gum, Prunus Plum Leaves, Pomegranate Skins, Red & Brown Onion Skins, Avocado Pips, Gorse Flowers, Periwinkle and Oxalis.

Details of both these exhibitions are listed below, along with the year’s remaining classes and events for your enjoyment – Feel free to pass around to others.

Next year my teaching offerings will include Introduction to Weaving Courses in Castlemaine, Fairfield and Warrandyte area. Let me know if you’d like to join in.
You can also click here for news whenever you’re curious.

Best Spring wishes,
Ilka