Some images from my current exhibition, Jewelled Botanica

I’m currently exhibiting at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in camperdown. It’s probably the most diverse range of work I’ve ever exhibited – colouring pages, paintings, experiments, collages, and embroidery. I’ve also been running some beautiful workshops, teaching embroidery throughout the show. (Sold out, but more coming in October for Sydney Craft Week!)

Here’s a few pictures. The show runs until Sunday, 8th September.

Jewelled Botanica Exhibition Details

As promised, here are the details for my upcoming exhibition at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown.

Exhibition dates: 28th August- 8th September

Opening Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11am-4pm

aOpening Night: Wednesday, 28th August, 5-8pm

Drinks with the artist: Saturday, 7th September, 2-4pm

There will be FREE crafternoon sessions during exhibition hours, with the opportunity to play with some hoops and test out your embroidery skills.

Hope to see you there!

Jewelled Botanica exhibition and workshops

It’s been a very busy few months here. Lots of painting, collage making, and especially stitching. All of this is in preparation for a solo exhibition at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, at the end of August.

This exhibition will be a celebration of the vivid colour and texture found in nature. From intricately detailed embroidery pieces, brightly coloured collages and bold floral paintings, it will be an explosion of colour and sparkles.

Each embroidery piece is hand made, and features beautiful texture, colour, and crystals and gemstones. There will be pieces to hand on your wall, and small intricate amulets to wear.

My amulets are intended to be touched, and each one has been made with the specific properties of the natural crystals and gemstones in mind.

For those who wish to explore their interest in embroidery further, I’m hosting a workshop that runs over two consecutive Saturdays, where you can enjoy the gallery space, have a nice morning tea, and make your very own jewelled embroidery piece to take home. Tickets are available here

Details of opening, gallery hours, and Afternoon drinks with the artist (me!) will be released soon, so stay tuned!

Still obsessed with green stitching

As an artist, I really struggle with working in a series. Too many ideas bursting out, begging to be made. Lately I’ve pushed myself to focus on more limited themes, so I can explore them in more depth. A recurrent one at the moment, is green botanical imagery. Heavily textured, lots of deep greens, beautiful sparkly glass, and natural stones. Some of these are available in my Etsy store.

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A year ago

Tomorrow is my daughters birthday. I don’t know if all mothers do this, but when one of my children has a birthday coming up, I can’t help but think of how I was feeling when their birth was imminent. In my daughters case, I remember pacing all around the living room, for hours. I was pretty certain labour was beginning, but nervous as it was too soon, and my c section wasn’t booked for another 3 weeks.

This year feels a bit different. Last year, I nearly lost my little girl on her birthday. We were on a weekend away. We’d packed a special lunch for her, and gone to a cafe for a special treat, so she could have a glass of lemonade. As I always do, I checked her seat, wiped the table, and made sure the area was free of allergens. She sat down, and took a sip of her lemonade. She started to cough. We thought she’d just drank too much at first, but then the coughing didn’t stop. After about a minute, I turned to my husband and said “I think she’s having a reaction, we need to get her outside”. He stayed with our baby and older son, and I carried her out, sat on the ground and laid her on my lap. I got the epipen out, ready, but was second guessing myself. Surely it couldn’t be anaphylaxis? I tried to get her to talk, so I could hear if her voice was croaky, but she wouldn’t. So I asked her to sing her favourite song. She struggled, gasping for air as she tried to get the words out. So I took the safety lid off the pen, and called an ambulance. As I was being connected, she lay limp in my arms, and I used the epipen.

After I called the ambulance, I called my sister to come and help my husband with the other children, and our car, while I went with my daughter to the hospital. The paramedics were nice. They gave her oxygen and a funny little knitted doll to cuddle. She recovered after about an hour, but we stayed for a few more hours, in case there was a secondary reaction.

It’s still surreal to think about it. Of course we’ve had so many chats with her doctors and nurses over the years, but you never really know how it’ll be until it actually happens. It was only a few minutes, but time slowed down as I held her that day.

Afterwards, we went home to the holiday house, and my sister had decorated her birthday cake. We sang happy birthday, and ate chocolate cake. Such a simple thing, but how different it felt, after a day like that.