Thursday, November 27, 2008


Upcoming Exhibition of my work at the beautiful Tweed River Art Gallery at Murwillumbah in Australia.

Installation will be in the foyer gallery. 140 nest-like forms constructed from found materials and split bamboo.

Opening 12th December at 7 pm.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tweed Naturally Art Awards


Tweed Naturally Art Awards opens this week at the Tweed River Art Gallery and one of my works 'Fragility' (pictured above) was selected for this show. This work is coil stitched from fishing line and was made from debris I found along the beach at Fingal and the banks of the Tweed and Currumbin rivers.

“The Tweed Naturally Art Awards evolved from a need to promote awareness and understanding of biodiversity and conservation issues within our region. Through the creative process, the objective is to educate and inspire the artists and viewers alike, to further appreciate, respect and examine our ever changing natural environment.”

                                            TNAA 08

Monday, September 15, 2008

Art Quirks

This Sunday Art Quirks opens at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. 15 of my pieces from the Transmigration series were selected for this exhibition which represents contemporary emerging artists who use unconventional media to make their art.

"The curatorial premise for the exhibition and subsequent touring project is to engage the audience in issues associated with defining art and investigating what original contemporary art is all about. If art is fundamentally everywhere then so is the stuff to make art from."
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

From Transmigration series

Saturday, September 6, 2008


EWTA Weaving Tour, Illiomar districts, East Timor, July 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Borneo Baskets

Recently I spent a few days in Kuching, Malaysian Borneo en route to East Timor. Beautiful basket work but dangerous place as has the highest casualty rate in the world per capita for pedestrian head injuries from descending boom gates.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Chiang Mai University 21st Thesis Show

The other night I went to the opening of the graduate exhibition of students from CMU. As usual, a great show, lots of diversity and talent on show.

Last month I wrote an article on the students for Chaing Mai CityLife magazine.

Chiang Mai University - The Art of Local Art

Monday, February 18, 2008

Newest Nests

Lately I have been doing more work on the Transmigrate series, cutting up maps, packaging, the boys' old text books and other flotsam and jetsam that comes my way. Recently I found out that the original forms I constructed for this series last year, have been preselected (from an incredulous 463 entries) for the Stanthorpe Art Prize which opens next weekend.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Square by Square Exhibition

A few nights ago was the opening of the Square by Square exhibition at ArtSpace on 7, in which a group of Chiang Mai based artists were given a 12" x 12" square to construct onto. The theme of the show was Time, Vision and Invention and my work for this show, titled September 2007, was a reflection on the recent crackdown on monks protesting in Rangoon.

I worked with layers of red acrylic onto which I attached a nest made from fibres from the Banyan tree outside my studio. Have been busy lately and only managed time to do one square (mine is the one in center of the photograph below) but it was a good opportunity to meet some new artists and the work looked great thanks to the wonderful folk at ArtSpace who worked hard to organise the show.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Loom work

A new direction! Since taking the boys to Jim Thompson's kids weaving workshop, I have starting weaving on a little hand-made loom with pineapple fibre and red nylon fibre from the local hardware store. Fun playing around with language and some new techniques .. have been a bit obsessed - weaving until late into the night - good for my patience, not good for my neck.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Glasswing Butterflies

Glasswing Butterflies - magical !

Monday, January 7, 2008

Guerilla Knitters

Stockholm, Sweden

I have just been reading about 'knit grafitti' and stumbled across the website for knitta, a crew of knitters who tag public spaces with their gorgeous colourful craft. 

Friday, January 4, 2008

Kids Weaving Workshop

Recently I took my two young sons to the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok to see the exhibition 'Weaving Paradise: Southeast Asian Textiles and their Creators'. As part of the education program accompanying the exhibition, the boys participated in a kids weaving workshop, where they learned to weave on a loom and gained a greater appreciation of the incredible amount of time and skill needed to produce the beautiful hand-woven textiles that we see all the time in SE Asia but tend to take for granted.

It is great to see the private sector in Thailand offering free art events like this and as someone who works in art education, I couldn't believe the huge amount of time and effort the girls at JT spent preparing looms and materials for the workshop. Yay Jim Thompson!

Here's a picture of Jonah-Boombie with his beautiful weaving ..

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

ArtSpace on 7

I have recently begun writing art articles for a local magazine. You can read my article here.

                           Artwork by Laura Spector and Chadwick Gray