In the second week of October I went to Adelaide to take a workshop with Lorna Crane organised by Fibre Arts Australia.
I had a wonderful 5 days. The school was huge, Westminster College, and I did get mislaid several times. But I didn't trip on the yellow road humps. Maybe I have grown out of that.
The workshop was about making hand-made brushes and then using them to develop our own "lexicon of marks". I loved this idea . A lexicon is usually associated with language - vocabulary and the ways a language is used. And so I have been making brushes to create my own language of marks and they way I use them.
I fell in love with the big, white trunked gum trees in the school grounds. There was a big one right outside my bedroom window.
I did a lot of work experimenting with my brushes.
And I made a scroll using layers of fabric and black organza.
Since I have been back I seem to have been very busy catching up on "stuff" and not doing much experimenting with my "lexicon" of marks. I want to do some drawing with my brushes and experiment a lot more but there's always something like my messy big table. I think I might just take a small rake to it and create a bit of space and bigger and higher piles.
"I paint flowers so they do not die." Frida Kahlo