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!

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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It’s not easy being green… Making all the green things, plus Zucchini Brownies!

We’ve had some big changes this year. First my oldest changed schools. A couple of weeks later, after lots of planning and meetings with her medical team, my middle child was able to join him and started her first year of school. So exciting, and plenty scary, but she is so happy about it.

So now, for the first time in a few years (!) I suddenly have a couple of spare hours during the day when the baby is asleep. As any parent knows, there is no time to waste once the baby is sleeping. It’s off to the studio, cup of tea in hand, and straight to work!

At the moment, I am not sure what direction my work will take. There will definitely be some colouring pages. But mainly, I just need to make all the things, and see what comes out of it. I’m focusing on colour, foliage and florals.

For the past two weeks, it’s been all about leafy greens. I can NEVER work on just one piece, so here’s a snap shot of what I’m making…

Since I’m all about green at the moment, I thought I’d throw in a recipe for our latest family favourite – Zucchini Brownies! I got this idea from a friend (thank you Mel), who swore the zucchini was undetectable, and she was right! I usually replace half the sugar with 1/2 a cup of granulated stevia, or you can just stick to regular sugar.

Zucchini Brownies

2 cups of gluten free self raising flour

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of cocoa

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 cups of finely grated zucchini

2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of soy milk

1/2 tsp of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large bowl
  2. Pour in oil, eggs, and vanilla, and mix until just combined.
  3. Add grated zucchini and stir through
  4. Pour mixture into greased baking tray, and bake at 170 degrees for about 30 minutes.

 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

Its been quite a while since I last posted. Months! As it turns out, I have been rather busy – growing and birthing a human.

The last few months of my pregnancy were pretty brutal. Severe pelvic instability left me almost immobile, and then constant contractions resulted in bed rest for the last few weeks (can’t say i enjoyed the gestational diabetes diet either). In the end, my little boy was determined to arrive early, and he was born at 37 weeks. It’s been a rough recovery from the c section. Multiple post operative infections, and 11 weeks later, my pelvis still hasn’t recovered, so walking is still an issue at times. But, he is a beautiful, happy, smiley little baby, and has settled into our family with ease.

I’ve started baking again and have started a course in nutrition. (first exam is tomorrow, yikes!). I’ve had a little bit of time to play with some new inks, but most of my artistic endeavours are on hold for now. Newborns are somewhat distracting! I have been able to work on some embroidery as I collapse on the lounge watching netflix, so at least there is some creativity happening!

In the interests of easing myself back into the blogging world, I’ve decided to Take Stock of whats been happening lately…

Making – embroideries! I’ve been working on the same ones for a while. I’m liking that I can make things without having to worry about the mess, as I have limited time at the moment. Oh, and a human. I made him too.
Cooking – lots of baking. Banana bread, corn bread, muffins, cookies…
Drinking – lots of dandelion tea
Reading – dodgy cosy mysteries as my brain can’t concentrate on anything too complicated at the moment. And my nutrition textbooks. Studying with a newborn may have been a touch ambitious!
Wanting – a swinging chair for my garden, for cups of tea and baby cuddles
Looking – at my sleeping baby. All the time!
Deciding – on new cupboards for my studio after it was flooded last year
Wishing – that my body would hurry up and heal so I can go on nice long walks.
Enjoying – the gorgeous interactions between my older children and the baby
Watching – Downton Abbey on Netflix (yes, I am a few years behind the rest of the world!)
Wondering – who this new baby will turn out to be
Liking – cups of tea and cake
Listening – to my daughter sing as she goes to sleep each night
Considering – replacing my very tired dining chairs, but with what?
Buying – flowers and herbs for the garden
Hoping – that I can get more active with my children soon
Marvelling – that my body made and is feeding yet another beautiful human
Needing – sleep!!!
Questioning – whether my sons current school is the right choice for him
Smelling – peppermint and tea tree oil, as I try to rid my house of all of the ants that keep appearing
Wearing – soft comfy things
Noticing – that the sunlight is changing as we move into the cooler months
Knowing – that this baby daze will pass very, very quickly, and to appreciate it while it lasts
Thinking – about vegetables! The course I am doing has me thinking about all of the different things I can try to convince my children to eat.
Admiring – clever arty folk on instgram
Getting – better at managing my time with three children
Book marking – more courses to come back and study down the track
Disliking – my sore body
Feeling – tired but content
Hearing – right now, snuffly baby noises, city traffic, trains and birds
Celebrating – my family
Pretending – that I am better at this then I am!
Embracing – chaos