Sunday, October 19, 2014


People often ask to look inside my journals.......I don't actually mind this too much, but it can feel like someone is rummaging around in my brain, because my journal is my thinking tool.....the place where I work things out and sometimes write or draw some fairly personal stuff. I have journals that go back to 1969.......that is a a lot of years of recorded thought! One day I might get them all out and try and put them in chronological order and just have a bit of a wander through my past ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there" - L.P. Hartley) Now I kind of wish I'd used a standard shape and size for all my journals, so they could be neatly shelved in an orderly manner, but I haven't, so that cannot be - that might be a bit of a metaphor for how I do things generally, actually - mis-matched, odd-sized and out of order, but it is what is is. 
Here is a page spread from my current journal and the beginnings of some new work generated by those ideas:

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Making Of "Lyra"

"Lyra" is the latest in a series of cloth dolls with similar thoughtful countenances, but finished in different coloured costumes and paintwork. They all have bodices made of stiffened lace attached to their torsos, which have been painted with multiple layers of subtle colour. I used hand-coloured silk and cotton for their dresses.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Laying it bare

I don't often lay my soul bare for the whole world to see.......but I have in this new piece.
It's called "Memento Mori - Ben Lomond 10th June 2014". I've included a few w.i.p. photos that show something of the process I use in putting something like this together.

Raw materials

Playing with arrangements of elements

the almost-completed piece

Another angle

Detail - the sleeping head

Detail - bottom compartment

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


New from my studio this week............This is "Elin". These pictures show some of the steps towards her completion.

The ennui of waiting for clothes!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Done and dusted!

I finally got the ferro-cement sculpture I was working on finished and installed - it is at Goaty Hill Vineyard for the month of October (ArtEntwine) and can be viewed there along with the other eight.....they are dotted throughout the wineries grounds - all different and diverse. I also have some small works on display at the cellar door of Tamar Ridge Winery. Having got that monster out of the way, I can move on to other things....

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Fun throwing paint around, Pollock-wise, like this...........first head completed - second one well on the way.

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