Listening to the Land : Spirals
Spirals, it seems, are a universal symbol & are represented in all our creative practices & although we each diversified our media for this exhibition, interestingly, we chose to create our spirals in what could be regarded as our 'signature media & technique'.
For Isla the tree ferns welcomed her to Aotearoa their unfurling fronds of promise representing 'a forest of new beginnings'. Her own spirals appear as natural fibres spun on to a wire base which hang connected loosely enough to move gently in a breeze. She describes spirals as the 'perfect expression of perpetual movement, in which life both changes & stays the same'.
For Hugh the symbol has come to represent 'listening to the Land' & his is a double spiral, a continuous path without a beginning or an end, carved into the natural surface of 2 very different stones. One a large floor based piece & one smaller mountain shaped piece. Both have come home & now lie in our landscape.
For me I have chosen to represent the natural cycle as a spiral to allow for the passage of time inherent in the cycle. The spiral is a galaxy - at any one time both enormous & minute. I have woven muka through cotton thread to create these forms.
waiting for Divine Inspiration . . .
what are you doing ?
oh me ?! I'm just waiting . .
what are you waiting for ?
Divine Inspiration . . .
oh for god's sake ! Whatever you do, don't hold you breath ! you've got a deadline ! just get on with it !
well didn't January go whizzing by ----
January was just a blur of heat, noise, dust & sunshine (well mostly sunshine).
Hugh took part in Te Kupenga's biennial Stone Sculpture Symposium which is held on the foreshore here in New Plymouth. Go here to see a gallery of his work from boulder to sculpture.
This year sculpting started on January the 1st & ended on the 22nd January. The completed works were on exhibition onsite til the event culminated with a public auction on Jan 30th.
It was a fabulous event with up to 25 artists participating.
There were 6 international artists who came from the UK, Italy, Slovakia, Australia, Belgium & Taiwan.
Go to Te Kupenga's website here to see the awesome day to day onsite photo galleries, here for the international artists galleries & here for the national artists galleries.
Now this all brings me back to the December daily diary experiment !
Hugh & I were pretty heavily involved in aspects of 'making stuff happen' for the symposium this year.
Hugh very much so as he was involved as both a member of Te Kupenga's executive in addition to being a member of the symposium organising committee.
Me, less so as I had the distance afforded by being unofficially involved, which meant I could pick & choose what I wanted to do. One of the things I chose to do was to make Te Kupenga's website work to the best of it's ability to keep people outside the region connected to the event.
I had the absolute pleasure of coordinating with 3 superb local photographers who generously volunteered their time, energy, enthusiasm & skill to make available photos via dropbox which I was able to upload with the utmost ease into galleries on Te Kupenga's website.
So that was the experiment !
Q. How do I get a large volume of photos onto a website in some semblance of order WITH the minimum fuss & bother.
A. Create an EASY system using labeled folders in Dropbox, share this folders with the relevant people, who are working with clear, succinct, uncomplicated directions, upload daily to galleries created as hidden pages on a free Weebly website & press publish.
Everyday I took delight in uploading some really fabulous images & also watched as the website stats climbed.
It works people . . . it really works !
The feedback has been fabulous & people really did enjoy seeing the photos.
I am thrilled to have been involved & so appreciative of working in collaboration with dedicated, passionate photographers, seriously, without whom this totally would not have worked.
Thank you so much Peter Florence, David Fitness & Kerehama Waru your photographs made it possible xxx
Hi, I'm Sally
I'm a fibre artist who loves botanicals - especially NZ native plants