Friday, March 25, 2011

Baby Blue

Pretty in Pink

Saw some friends, drank some wine, strolled the streets of Northcote in the sun, saw a movie, had some larfs, startin to feel a little better....

orange you glad you came to say hi?

I think this one is going to take some time to recover from.
I had such big plans for the year, for my practice, for some kick ass shows, all revolving around my trip to Japan. Now my organisation and foresight seems incredibly stupid to place so much on one thing. All I can say is that this is going to take some time to figure things out. Feeling kinda bleak and a little numb about it. Maybe its time for a bike ride to clear the fog?

Feeling a little green around the gills...

Not only have our travel plans been halted by natural disaster, followed by nuclear sister got bit by a dog and I have a gross head cold. Awesome on all fronts yes? And I have been sleeping in a midgets bed ( if you didn't know already, I am a giant.) Just awesome.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Time to pull up your socks

So Japan has been postponed. We made the hard decision to cancel our plans for now and it really has been a tough time getting back on top of things. Japan is going through such heartache that I really don't think it needs two more foreigners running around to add to the mix. It's been a real emotional roller coaster for me. I based my whole year on this trip and now I just got to pick up the pieces and start again....

I still have shows to make work for this year and I still very much want them to be Ikebana based. I think I will just have to work a bit harder and do more research to make this project work.
We thought we would try and lift our spirits a bit with Elizabeth giving me a crash course in floristry. We went to the Vic markets and picked ourselves up some lovely Australian natives (and some jam doughnuts, for research purposes...)

We got proteas, kangaroo paw and leucadendrons.

I think if I kind of can keep this practical based research going I might make some head way. The flowers have amazing textural qualities which I would like to translate to glass.

The proteas have an almost velvety kind of feel to them. Very tactile yet soft and delicate.

To me natives are just such a sturdy plant to work with. They have a long life span when cut and have such interesting shapes. I think there is a lot to work with here.

From a practical point of view, I quite like the simple round pot. I would like to experiment with blowing some organic shapes that might take on the textures of the plants or dirt.

Voila! The finished product. B.E.A.UTIFUL no? I just love that big open protea.

This one, also gorgeous, Elizabeth made. Clever little rabbit isn't she? I'm hoping we get to do some more lessons, it's a nice way to try and get back on track. It's a little shaky and there's been quite a few tears but I almost feel like I can see a path in the distance. Or maybe thats a twig, I don't know. Anyways, if you see me on the street just give me a hug ok? I might not ask for one, but I really need one.