Sunday, May 27, 2018
Recently, I have felt like I have been giving too much of myself to help others, as a teacher, a friend, a maker...it has taken a big toll on my physical and mental health. Saying yes is probably the easiest thing to do, but saying no to someone makes me feel like I am letting them down. I have realised that I have been in essence, letting myself down, not giving myself time to nurture, to rest, to just be. So as of now, I am getting the old Sylvia back, with a few new and improved bits.
Blogging is so 'old school', not hip and happening for the young crowd, but I remember how much I enjoyed sharing poetry, photographs of the natural world and what I'm working on, so this 'old bird' is going back to something that makes her happy, not trying to keep up with the rest of the world.
So, I will be documenting over the next 5-6 months what I am getting up to in regards to making new work for an exhibition I'm in at the JamFactory in November. The show is called 'Neath Blue Skies, work inspired by poetry from a book of the same name. I have had this book for over 20 years, I "borrowed" it from my sister's coffee table and kind of forgot about it, I picked it up at the beginning of the year and just knew this was my muse for new work. I am excited about making new work that is inspired by poetry, nature and the human condition.
Here's a taster of a poem that I love...
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea with music in its roar.
So that's all for now. The picture above is my work bench at the beginning of the year. It's not so tidy at the moment, but that's what happens when I am in the throws of working.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
The other day I took a drive, with a friend, to the Australian Arid Lands Botanical Gardens in Port Augusta, South Australia. It was an early start, leaving Adelaide at around 6.30am, but so worth the bleary-eyes. The sun was out and the sky was as blue as blue, as you can see from the pictures, a super Winter's day. I go a bit mad taking photos of Australian natives, I do miss living in the country sometimes. I used to live on 5 acres, with gorgeous native gardens and huge eucalyptus trees. I love how on a tree there are so many stages of growth, from the closed pods to spent flowers, mother nature does it every time, she's resilient, strong and giving.
The pictures below are wattle, flowering gum, Hakea, paper daisies and a couple of Eremophilas.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Hi there dear reader, I hope this blog post finds you well. It's amazing I am writing another blog post, two in one week is unheard of for me, it must be the fact that I don't have a television to distract me. I quite like not having one where I am staying, I listen to music, read and have lots of the much needed catch up sleep I have been missing out on.
Today I spent the day in Auckland, I ventured over to the Art Gallery, Fingers Gallery and the Museum. My absolute favourite part of the day hands down was the 3 hours I spent in the Museum. I am drawn to the decorative arts and traditional crafts practices and needed my fix, I wasn't disappointed. This museum is filled with so much rich Maori and pacific islander artefacts its overwhelming (in a good way). I took a plethora of photos and only wish I had packed my camera today, unfortunately I only had my phone, so please excuse the quality of the images below, they are a little rough.
This time away is proving to be the medicine I needed to inspire new work, just taking the time out and allowing my focus to be distracted by my surroundings has made it so much easier to formulate new ideas and step outside an old way of thinking. So here's some of the things that distracted me today.
Neckpiece - Morobe, Papua New Guinea
Orchard stems, cuscus claws
Armour - Dirana Village Irian Jaya
'Civaonovono' Breast plate - Fiji
Detail of breast plate above
Whales tooth breast plate - Fiji
Child's feather headdress - Papua New Guinea
Neckpiece - Papua New Guinea
Neckpiece - Solomon Islands
Waistband - Solomon Islands
Beaded loin cloth - Manus Island Papua New Guinea
Bilum Bag - Guap Island, Papua New Guinea
Detail from above
Bilum Bag - West Sepik Coast, Papua New Guinea
Detail from above
Ear ornaments - Solomon Islands
Neckpiece - Solomon Islands
Neckpiece - New Guinea
Leg Rattle (detail) - Hawaii
Tuluma, Fishing box - Maori Tokelau community
Detail of carving
Carved Kauri Gum
Scrimshaw, Whales Tooth
Shell Trumpet - Maori
Sunday, May 22, 2016
It certainly has been a while since I have written anything on this blog and I thought it about time that I did. I am currently in the land of the long white cloud doing something for myself, which I have to say has been a long time coming.
Why do we wait until...?
I think I have been doing that my entire life, waiting until I finish that job, until I can get my health in check, until that someone asks me out, until I've helped everyone else out, until the bloody cows come home! This year I have been trying out something new, finding the guts to just do those things I have dreamt of doing, jumping in and seeing what happens. Mind you, work still gets in the way, it's hard for it not to when you run your own business. It does become all consuming, I have let it be this way for so long that it takes a real conscious effort to turn off at the end of each day.
I'm not sure if you are aware of this dear reader, but we are not going to be here forever. Just thought I'd mention that in case you had forgotten. I do sometimes, I get carried away with all the bullshit, the constant worry about finances, the drudgery of day to day life, when it shouldn't be drudgery at all. I'm learning to have faith in 'the someone or something helping me along in my life' that they have my back and it will all work out in the end.
So I choose to live my small life, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time if need be. With all it's shortcomings and wonderful bits, everyday is not going to smell like roses, if you think that, you're delusional, but I certainly want to find some joy and spend time doing the things that make me grin and be around the people that I love.
Today I took a trip to Waiheke Island, the photos below are from Onetangi Beach, the sun hung around for a while and on the ferry ride back it disappeared; metaphors anyone....