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I am putting things in order again after a few weeks of busyness and ever increasing chaos.

There have been some lovely moments at the markets this year and to any of my dear customers who are reading this post I would like to say thank you sincerely for your support.

I have added a shop front to the blog - four virtual walls in which to display and sell Yuniko products - but it is only that for the moment. I plan to stock the shelves and open the doors early in 2012 on my return from Europe (you can read more by clicking on Yuniko Studio Writes)

Best wishes for the festive season


Breaking Eggs

Remodelled silk tie 

Recycled fabric circle brooches

These days the studio is in a permanent state of disarray ... things have been emptied out of boxes and are strewn about on the work table, fabric stacked in higgledy piggledy piles, walls covered with reminders and endless lists of things to do - far too many to achieve in the next TWO DAYS which is my time frame for preparations for the Fremantle Bazaar weekend.

But the studio is a mess beacause I allow it to be so! As a collector of phrases, it's nice to pull them out in the appropriate moment and the most appropriate (and consoling) one for today is "you can't make an omelette without breaking an egg". When there is work to be done, and lots of it and in all varieties, then one tends to, indeed needs to, make a mess.

The Bazaar starts this Friday at 5pm and is on over the weekend. Here's a link

Unembroidered art

Stephen Sollins

'Sollins "unworked" cross-stitch samplers, and then re-worked the ground fabric in the same number of stitches and colors as the original composition (a ghostly outline remains), reducing the work down to condensed blocks of color.'

Reference : Embroidery as art

Applied Art

Local art in Ubud - on canvas and clothing

Cut and Paste

Duet playing affords the most intimate experience of ensemble playing

Collage of recycled, found and painted papers. 'Cut and Paste ... images from humble origins'... work in progress.

Change is good

Emily Barletta

Not one for chaos, confusion and clutter, I am adopting the philosophy of simplicity (if there is one). As far as the blog goes I have shifted the verbal ramblings to its own page (over to the right you will notice YUNIKO STUDIO WRITES, so please go there if you are inclined. The recent posting on Bali and the earthquake is there.

I propose to use the Home page for posting visual treats and interesting links to other works.

Hope that's okay by you all!

Time Spent

Mari Andrews Meander

 "Time spent gathering, cleaning and storing of collected objects, whether they are man-made or natural, allows for a kind of wonder and intimacy with each object. This gleaned information is crucial while combining materials to make new, hybrid forms." (Reference :

Work in Progress

A few days ago I received a newsletter from the Origin Team in the UK titled Work in Progress ... a Peek into the maker'sworkshop.

The photo is of the artist Amanda Caines stitching a bracelet in her studio and whose work, I read, is "constructed from trawling the Thames for any useful fragments; from ceramic pipes, glass bottles, found archaeology pieces, interesting collectables which are woven with vintage fabrics."

I was certainly inspired by her work (as you know I love to work with found and recycled materials), but also by the fact that somone had been inspired to photograph the artist at work (of course! why not! but ... how often do you get to see someone in the throes of playing, processing and producing the work that ends up on display for others to admire?) As you know I love process!

The photographer is Kelly Hill who is in the process of creating hand portraits by craft makers. Her images, I read, "serve to remind us how important the hand is for the cr…

Simple Sewing

As part of my teaching program this term at Calico and Ivy, I have been running Simple Sewing workshops. I love doing workshops, which I see as being more process-oriented, as opposed to a class which is usually product-focussed. One of the participants came to make cushions using scraps of fabrics. Alex had a stash of selvedge strips left over from previous patchwork projects and thought they would be perfect to use in making a cushion... her idea not mine. My role is to encourage people to be courageous and to feel confident in expressing themselves creatively. A bit of guidance and technical know-how, providing the space and time and cups of tea - easy!

Simplicity sometimes makes me weep

My friend Susie rang one day to tell me about Terance Coventry's sculpture - she said "it's very YOU!" Although much of my work is textile-based, I have been known to work with 3D figures and birds (a final piece at uni depicted a man and bird supended in space) and I have painted and drawn many women with birds sitting on their shoulder or head. The bird (for me) symbolises inspiration and another language of communication, as well as the more obvious aspects of freedom and flight. On seeing Terence Coventry's work for the first time I was moved to tears (so to speak) - I love the simplicity and poignancy of this moment between the man and the bird. Impossible to encapsulate in few words (without sounding silly) so no need to try.

The image is on my wall for inspiration, next to it hangs my own papier-mache man and bird and outside the window the doves spend the day eating olives which have fallen on the ground.

Turning up for work and getting distracted

The title of this post is in part a reference to Elizabeth Gilbert's talk on TED (which I have mentioned before)and relates to the fact that sometimes creativity just isn't happening. According to EG (whom of course you know is the author of Eat Pray Love, a book I read despite not wanting to for a long while then did and glad I did), whether or not one is feeling inspired, it's important to turn up for work and just get down to it.

And that is what I am doing these days ... turning up, keeping busy, doing simple tasks, writing lists, starting new projects, getting distracted, wandering out for a bit more distraction, moving the studio around ... und so weiter. I am becoming a tad worried because there are markets looming and it's all very slow and not so productive.

I think it's very curious how there is a natural tendency to be distracted from things when things are difficult or challenging, though it's not just about running away. Distraction, according to my…

The Next Day

It is the day after yesterday. If you managed a visit to the Made on the Left market, which was yesterday (strange that tomorrow isn't notoday), I hope you experienced it as a unique (if not somewhat cold and darkish) event. A great venue - large, edgy, unfinished ceilings, exposed pipes wrapped in silver tape, concrete floors - a new building in the process of being wrapped around an old one, evidence of which one saw in a peeling painted brick wall which I really hope they leave as such. A never ending flux (or flusso, if one were Italian) of evenly balanced proportions of women and men.

A little wander and discovery of some new work, amongst which .... nuio

"... jewellery out of silver and brass that features everyday household objects"

and her display of carboard boxes was just perfect!

Made on the Left Hand Made Market this Sunday Perth City

Three Dolls

Woollen disc necklace

Yo Yo brooches

This coming Sunday (July 10th) Made on the Left will be on in Perth City. The address is 40 William Street (corner of Murray)
Head up to level 1 and there I shall be.

I have been playing around with left-over fabrics of late and made these cloth jewellery pieces which went like the fair queens jam tarts at the last Upmarket so if you missed that then perhaps you'd like to pop along!

The Consolations of Creative Work

Blue Jumper with Pin

These days it's just work work work ... not that I am complaining because it's ART work and CREATIVE work and THINKING work ... a jolly mix of sorts in the lead up to the next market in two weeks time.

Mexican Birds

These lovely hand-stitched birds are from Isla Mujeres an island off the coast of Mexico

I met them at my friend Joanne's house

perched on top of a cardboard house

Art can be playful in featuring a serious side of life

I am momentarily back in familiar territory, exploring a fascinating world of constant variety. In the busy main street of Legian (in Bali) there is a simple and elegant space in which to spend time perusing artworks and reflecting on things such as the contrast between over-the-top consumerism and the need for quiet contemplation

Artworks of Indonesian artist Cahyo Basuki Yopi in an exhibition titled The Playful Hermit Biasa Art Space Bali April 2011

These pieces are wonderfully whimsical and quirky (sometimes a bit dark) and made from found objects (exactly my cup of tea!) but they also have a deeper side, as I discovered on reading the catalogue ...
"...the artist's subjective language and visionary quest leads him to explore and project the perception of life within his imaginary landscape on the trail of the unknown man ... seeking to define himself and the outside world in relation to the uncanny mystery of the inner-self. "
I like the reference to "the unknown man…

A very cool crochet class

Two lovely young women - Natasha and Stephanie came along to a class at Calico and Ivy last Saturday to learn how to make a fabric crochet bowl using recycled fabrics including Tshirts. 

A bowl in the making (notice those beautiful hands doing the work!)

A completed bowl - the hands of a musician orchestrating her work to perfection!
And since we are on about Tshirts this one says :
"all that was one lived is now but mere representation"

I love to go a-wandering

Last Sunday at the Upmarket I took time off from my stall to wander around to look at the markets from another perspective. It was lovely! I have never really had time or inclination to do this before, feeling like I must be IN CHARGE AND ON DUTY at all tmes! Of course it was easy to do, knowing I had left things in the most capable hands of a person with a PR and marketing background who knows my work well, loves to chat and has a great interest in other people.

The good thing is, it looks like everyone is having FUN. Which happens when you spend time doing what you love. Markets generally are places of high energy and busy interaction and have a real here-and-now focus which I love! Perhaps it's because as a maker I spend so much time in isolation (which I also love) but you have to step out every now and then and be inspired by others...

beau est mien

eucalypt homewares

Tamara Harrison

Just a smattering of what's out there. If you want to see all the rest here's the link to…

Three Black Dolls

Three black dolls made from a woollen jacket, left-over yarns from woven scarves and some store-bought felt.
I am focussing on making things in sets of four or so, when one is not enough and a hundred feels like slave labour. Less is more ... one is too difficult to part with so four seems about right. Number four black doll has already gone to a new home as a birthday gift.
The other three will be heading off to the market on Sunday week:
Perth Upmarket Sunday 20th March UWA

Inspiration comes from observing and thinking

And fossicking ... I would like to add!
Wandering around in the hot, dusty and busy backstreets of Bali last week, I came across a shop full of interesting furniture and other pieces from the past. The shopkeeper invited me to have a look around the back, which was even more interesting. 

There is so much potential in piles of things randomly stacked and unselfconsciously displayed.

I had just been into Paul Ropps beautiful boutique full of his unique pieces made from fabrics sourced in India and which combine a patchwork of textures and colours, hand stitcing detail, everything displayed invitingly. But the reclaimed furniture shop with a glimpse into the past and the sight of so many raw materials vying for space in the open air, or hanging in dusty sheds was a very inspiring experience.