Friday, February 22, 2013


I'm taking 2 precious days out of my residency to give Dougie some assistance to Geelong and Melbourne. I love these sculptures down by the waterfront at Geelong and I was amused by the tourist sign.

Cycling from Braddon to Kingston

The main part of my cycle path between Braddon and Kingston is around Lake Burley Griffin. I love cycling under these trees, can't wait to see them come Autumn.

stick moulds

similar to last year, but taking notes of sizes. Being more scientific!

Cutest seal pics so far

Second seal head

I have been pinning and saving lots of seal images. They really are cute, I find my self gushing over some of the images.....awwwww...and none of them are baby harp seals. Posted are some of the stages of my second clay seal head.

Selkie project

This is the second seal head that I have attempted, improvement I think. One flipper also complete. The flipper I decided to make the plaster silica cast right away, but the head took longer so I made a clay bonnet (see pic...and that is not a technical term) and tried out a silicon pouring mixture.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

In Karen's sewlutions jar...yikes!

I have committed myself, via Karen's (of 'didyoumakethat') sewlutions jar to knit myself a cardigan. Whilst glass is my usual medium of choice I do like to make 'soft' things too. I have been able to knit for at least 20 years, but I've never gone beyond hats, scarves or the odd fingerless mitten. Karen's jar seemed to be an ideal way to make sure this happened this year. Her blog has quite a high readership so the pressure is on!

So...progress? Well it is summer right now and quite a hot one at that, but I have decided on a yarn and a pattern (which I have now bought and downloaded)

The yarn is from Tanis Fibre Arts, I think I would go with the poppy, but their colours are so gorgeous I'm having trouble deciding. (edit; I ended up going to a wool fair in Canberra and buying something there)

The pattern is Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnston, I was inspired by Tasia of Sewaholic's version.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Graduate in Residence at Canberra Glassworks

Today is the start of a four week residency at the Canberra Glassworks. The Glassworks has 4 GiR's (Graduate in Residence...pronounced as 'grrrrs') this year; Pamela Manning from Monash, Melbourne / Lucy Palmer from Uni S.A, Adelaide, South Australia / Alex Frasersmith from ANU, Canberra, ACT and myself (Spike Deane from SCA, Sydney, NSW).

We each submitted a project proposal, we have access to the glassworks 7 days a week from 8-5.30 and $500 worth of equipment hire a week. and conversations with all the artists coming and going

Today was a bit of a blur of introductions and inductions combined with a growing sense of excitement after seeing all the fabulous facilities available.

I have recently moved to Canberra (no fixed address as yet) and I have, in response to all the cycle paths in this town bought a bicycle. Today I cycled to and from the Glassworks...and even ventured at times on to the road.