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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


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A lull in the proceedings

Lull ...

a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity. "for two days there had been a lull in the fighting" synonyms:pause, respite, interval, break, hiatus, suspension, cessation, interlude, intermission, breathing space, moratorium, lacuna


sleeping woman [after Matisse]



What a lovely word - lull! It's a perfect choice for describing how things are at the moment. I feel like sleeping ... shutting down ... pausing the proceedings. And so it might appear that not much is happening. Actually though, there's a lot going on since touching home base [temporarily]. Planning things, looking through the accumulation of drawings, revisiting ideas, reflecting, pondering.







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Where to next ...?




Coming up ... Artists' Open House Fremantle [November 13-15] and Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar [December 4-6] 

Ceramics go-slow

If you don't mind low-key then you won't mind today's offering: A glimpse, an update, a behind-the-scenes view of an ever-so-slow process. When travelling, it's best to leave behind your concepts of time. Albert Einstein I think I am beginning to understand you.





 Bird cup and spot saucer





Two birds on a spotted plate






Removing the glaze from the base






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The Yves Klein blue kiln