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A Week of…Flowers

I often have a little jar (a vegemite jar at the moment) of flowers on my desk. Although I have allergies I don’t react to some flowers, such as nasturtiums.

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I keep Jasmine in my bathroom as it smells lovely but gives me a terrible headache.  Jasmine is not around for long, though.

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This poppy was in a beautiful bunch of flowers at my workplace, The Gardens Club.

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This bunch are sitting on my desk now.

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The Finders Keepers Countdown is on…

The Finders Keepers is on in Brisbane the weekend of the 5th and 6th July, about a month away!  I applied at the last minute after getting home from holidays and have been making goodies since I found out I got a spot.

As I make all of my stuff from scratch it is a lot of work.  Screen printing, stamping, cutting out felt to sew, needle felting…  And now I have to start thinking about the display I want to have (I’ve got a lot of ideas, just need to bring them all together).  At least my felt jobs are dwindling.  On the list at the moment I only have Heart Necklace, Plant Cell Necklace, Uterus Brooch, Liver Brooch, Felted Brain Jar, Kidney Jar, Felted Brain Hair Tie, Felted Brain Brooch,  Vein Man Mini Cushion and Skin Hoop.  I should be able to get most of this finished by end of next week.  I’ll cut most out tomorrow…

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Kidney Necklace…I think one of these is ready…Kidney Necklace Your Organ Grinder

Terrariums!

My first Terrarium Workshops for the current season of Hands On Brisbane happens this weekend.  Held at our new venue, The Gardens Club, in the Brisbane City Botanic Garden, the perfect place to make miniature gardens.

In this workshop all materials are provided to make yourself a closed jar terrarium with moss and either a plant or animal.

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Custom Volcano

It is so so so awesome when someone contacts you to make something that is not quite what you usually make, they’ve contacted you because they love your style and want their thing made with your style.  Huge style compliment!

I was recently contacted to make a Volcano brooch.  The customer, Jordan, originally requested a Volcano or a Trilobite.  Despite trilobites being exceptionally awesome I did not think they would work well as a felt brooch.

This is how the cute Volcano turned out

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You can find the work of the lovely customer at PatchSass.

I like this patch, so true.

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Falling Back to Earth

I was pretty excited when I learned that an exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang featuring lots of animals would be on at the Queensland Art Gallery Of Modern Art. Despite opening late in 2013 I only just went last week.  There is some controversy about this exhibition as the sponsor, SANTOS, have recently been responsible for contaminating water during CSG processes, but lets not let that contaminate this fascinating exhibition, haha.

But, really, I think it is kind of apt that the animals are all drinking from a waterhole, all sharing the same water, in the installation, Heritage.  The artist says it is paradise, but when I saw it I thought something totally different.  To me it was the very last water hole left for the animals to drink from (and it might be contaminated, maybe Heritage part 2 should be a bunch of dead animals around a watering hole). I did not view this as a paradise, but as the last hope for all of them.  They were together and sharing as they were all desperate. Ultimately, there was no hope

My camera made all the photos in this room look pink.  I like it though.

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Maybe I was being influenced by going to the museum beforehand and seeing exhibits about extinction.  Maybe I just tend to look on the dark side (as opposed to the bright). Maybe I don’t believe in paradise.

Eucalyptus, a HUGE Eucalyptus tree laying in the walkway is very arresting. I think the tree works well with the rest of the exhibition.  Meant to speak of the cycle of life, this “rescued” tree (it was claimed from bushland being cleared) made me think how much more beautiful it would be where it used to stand, it made me think of cockatoo’s, a declining species due to the clearing of bush and huge trees (cockatoos make their nests in the hollow of trees-from branches falling off).

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Head On, the wolves smashing into the glass wall.  The description in the booklet says “There is the implication that if we blindly follow ideology, or misdirect our strength towards a collected goal, there can be damaging consequences.”  Yes, certainly there can be.  To me, the most damaging misdirection is not thinking, not considering, that there are many sides to everything, EVERYTHING. There is no black and white, only shades of gray.

Maybe that is what I take away from this.

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Oh yeah and here is a wolf stalking some ladies!  I was doing some pretty serious giggling when I spotted this and had to take a photo.  In fact I took several photos or this!  I LOVE it!

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