Journal

Foulard Junkie's Canvas

I’ve always been a dedicated follower of fashion – my own – with variable results over the decades. But there’s one item that’s always been a part of my wardrobe: a foulard, or shawl, or Tuch, or scarf. They came and went – favorites for a few days, then a new one took its place. The color was great, but the tassels … hm … the weave was wonderfully soft, but the dull grey … hm … if only there were a cost effective, quick way of designing my own, and have it in a fabric that would take a bit of wear, and also be of the enormous size I really love … and then Redbubble had the inspired spark of genius to introduce the 1.4 × 1.4 metre Tuch. Yesss! I’m well on my way to filling my Redbubble account with 30,000 foulards. This is what I mean: – 2-D fractals in fantastic colours, strewn across t…

Thank you

to the buyer of a T-shirt ‘Tazzie Tales of Quolls and Foxes’, featuring the gorgeous spotted-tailed quoll on the front. I hope you will have as much pleasure wearing it as I had creating the painting.

Last Two Weeks

The last two or three weeks – just about all of June 2018 so far, has been marked by one overriding, and quite sad, aspect of 21st century civilisation. ‘Throw-away Society’ is a catch-phrase of the late 20th century. But it is very fashionable also in the 21st century, and it carries a hideous price-tag.…

‘Thrown-away’ plastic fishing line is at present causing stress, pain and probably the death of one of our long-term wildlife residents on our beach. The 30-year-old Pied Oystercatcher (so dated because of the rings on its legs – an amazing life-span for a shorebird) of Marion Bay beach / Long Spit Reserve has had the misfortune of getting its feet tangled in ‘thrown-away’ fishing line.

Our oceans and some beaches, especially in S-E Asia are drowning in plastic refuse, not to mention the

Thank you ...

… to the buyer of metal prints, art prints, photographic prints, throw pillow, and a mug – variously of ‘Red Tulip’, ‘Red Tulip Symmetry’, ‘The Sun’, ‘Halo’, ‘Circus Mathematicus’, ‘Spaceship Blue Planet’ and ‘Brown Thornbill’ – WOW! And what’s more, here are some wonderful comments of the buyer (from the US):
- […] I’d never seen a metal print in person before. This one is absolutely spectacular! Your The Sun is likely an ideal subject for the format. The result is so lustrous and deep that it is hard to believe. The art prints of the Halo and Earth are also of very high quality, on very thick paper (almost card) of excellent grain and texture. […] I also got a photo print of the ‘Brown Thornbill’ photograph. Also very high quality, looking like a traditional photographic print made from…

I Don't Ask For Much ...

About 18 months ago I ventured onto the Apple app store, to find some affordable fractals software – nothing that would create 3D Utopian worlds for me, simply fractals with which I can work on a 2-dimensional basis, for my scarves. I found three or four; one never came about, something ‘went wrong’ and after 18 months I received a refund (after I finally checked about what went wrong), and the other three downloaded well after paying between $4 and $8 each for them. I was still working 24/7 on my translation project, which concluded in the latter half of 2017, and parked the fractal makers in my Applications folder for ‘later on’.…

Now I have the time to dabble with my newly-found obsession – integrating fractal forms into my scarf designs. One of the apps called ‘FractalMaker’, for aroun

Anyone else think this is weird?

A few years back I listed a few pieces (about six) of my paintings in an Australian online ‘gallery’. They were available to the surfing public just like the things on Redbubble. I then worked my way through the maze of margins, markups, earnings, tax percentages, wholesale, retail, at cost (you name it). I’m 63, retired and on a pension. I then ordered one copy of each for my archive – where they still are. I worked my way through the online ordering system, to make sure I would pay ‘wholesale’ – meaning, not retail price, so that I wasn’t going to pay myself an income for my own work (doh!). When I sent off a message, to make sure I wouldn’t be paying ‘retail’ for my own archival copies, the reply was ‘We ensure none of our artists ever make a sale without getting paid.’ Well … ordering…

RockArt

My designs are for scarves, primarily; square, and outrageously coloured with purely decorative shapes, lines and patterns. I love fractals, and also ‘Moire’, or ‘Strobe’ effects, flowers are on the top of the list – not to forget Kaleidoscope designs, for it is mostly in a Kaleidoscope arrangement that I design my scarves.…

Visiting Maria Island again, shooting oodles of photographs along the Painted Cliffs, and among the convict ruins, I have returned to my studio armed with plenty of inspiration from that wonderful island (wonderful because it offers so much texture within such a small area, and also because there are no cars or other petrol-driven vehicles on it, except that of the ranger, neither are there any cats or dogs – it is a wildlife refuge, especially for the near-extinct Tas

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