Sunday, 23 August 2009

Journals and Melbourne

I'd like to thank everyone for their lovely comments on my blog over the last few weeks, I try to visit your blogs or send emails to thank you all, but I don't always get around to everyone. Please forgive me if I haven't contacted you and I do thank you very much, your comments are always appreciated. Thank you also to everyone who just drops in for a look, it makes blogging all worthwhile knowing there are people out there who take an interest in what you do.



Above are some components for my next necklace, I can't seem to get away from the sewing theme, I've even enclosed an old wooden cotton reel with cotton still on it, inside a very fine wire mesh tube. This piece may end up on my etsy when it's completed.







I've been busy during the week finishing off a journal for a lovely lady, Joanne for a very special birthday. The book is made from fabric and has some prints of my art, pieces of jewellery and lots of layers. Joanne has taken all of the different workshops I teach, she also opens up Hann Made for us on the third Thursday of the month so that we can all get together and
'do our own art thing'. Happy Birthday Joanne.






Today we took a trip into Melbourne for the Dali exhibition at the National Gallery, there was so much of Dali's work on display, it was amazing.



I love Melbourne's mix of old and new, this is the clock tower on our main city train station, and below is the station with our tallest skyscraper, the Eureka Tower, dwarfing it in the background.




This is the tower standing in it's own right amongst the 'new' side of town. We have some lovely old buildings and so many of the little lane ways are wall to wall with cafes and restaurants, with tables spilling out onto the street in a very cosmopolitan fashion. The atmosphere is wonderful as is the food and the coffee. It's still lovely to come home to our mountain retreat though at the end of the day.

30 comments:

Robin Olsen said...

Wow--that is going to be some necklace! Love the sewing bits!

Heather said...

The necklace is going to be very special and I love Joanne's journal - lucky lady. Those modern buildings look more graceful than many I have seen - maybe that's why they blend so well with the old ones. Glad you had a good day out - it's always good to get home again.

Terri Kahrs said...

Ro, the components for your new necklace are awesome, and so is the journal. Your friend will treasure your fantastic journal for a long time to come. What a lovely and thoughtful gift. Hugs, Terri

Belinda said...

Wow Ro what a stunning necklace this will be and as always your journals are full of such beautiful texture and colour, I love them. Melbourne does look great and I love to visit. The main thing I love about Tasmania is the historic buildings and history, such beauty but I still want to move to the bush one day. Belinda

grrl + dog said...

yum yum

yum

Loooving the sewing theme going off here. Especially the wooden cotton reels.

rivergardenstudio said...

I love seeing the parts of your new necklace and the sewn elements... they are striking. And the journal is an explosion of color.... Roxanne

katie jane said...

Do you ever sleep??? I am constantly amazed at the work you turn out every week. I love it all and never tire of seeing what's new here.

Thanks for the short tour of Melbourne. I love the look of the old and new right next to each other.

Julia said...

Hi Ro,
Your art and jewellery can be so clearly identified as yours.
You have a style that comes together so easily or organically, or seems to.
I am inspired to keep working towards what I have to express as an individual,thanks to you.
xxx...Julia

Gail said...

Joanne showed me her journal on Friday last week Ro, what can I say it is appsolutely stunning and needless to say she is over the moon with it. She is a very lucky lady to receive such a wonderful gift.

Dot said...

Ro - what a beautiful gift for your friend Joanne! Love the components for your new necklace too.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
Dot x

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Oh my how fun!!! I love all that you do!!! I wish I could play in your studio and class. Maybe someday I will cross the ocean to visit.

Kim said...

Love your necklace bits Ro. Will be in Melbourne in November and am going to the gallery but I think the Dali exhibit will be over then, :( Beautiful journal what a wonderful pressie you have made. I see my fav stamp has made it in there too, LOL!

Alison Gibbs said...

Love the necklaces Ro. Fabulous photos of our wonderful melbourne.
Alison

azirca said...

It's a delight to visit here, everything is bursting with colour. Your necklace elements are fabulous as is your journal for Joanne.

Seth said...

Those elements are stars just as they are!

Art4Sol said...

Gorgeous necklace!

Gaby Bee said...

The pieces for your new necklace are amazing. The littlest details are so lovely in your work!
Love the colorful journal for your friend also!
Gaby xo

ArtPropelled said...

The fabric journal is so creative and so wonderfully tactile I just want to hold it and study every detail.

Studio Sylvia said...

Hello Ro. I chose you for a MeMe Award! Go to my blog and download the award, share 7 pieces of info about yourself and choose 7 bloggers to extend the award to! Cheers.

JP said...

love the journal - infact just lovr looking at your art work - it is very inspiring - lomg may it continue - how long per day do you spend creating - does it ever seem too hard?

oneartistjournal said...

I'm so gald you came to visit..if you didn't I wouldn't have been able to visit here with you...what a wonderful space with such festive wonderful creations. I love the journal pages and the creations above. They are so spirited...the materials you concoct together, the spools and other found object...magnificent...I'll add you on to my blogroll so I won't forget to visit you again...Thanks, Orly

Sam Marshall said...

All your pieces look AMAZING!!!

Linda said...

Hi Ro
I've been a fan for ages.... it really is time I left you a comment! I just wanted to say how much you inspire me with your imaginative jewellery, fabulous journals and scrumptious collage papers. I just came over to buy some in your etsy shop but see you have run out! I hope you will stock up again soon. I will be back.....
Linda
PS I'm glad you liked my 'Maria'
x

Judy Wise said...

What a yummy post!! The jewelry components, journal candy and then photos of Melbourne ... thank you always for the sharing and inspiration.

nestoftreasures said...

I love the look of your sewing themed necklace!

cathsheard said...

I lost my bookmark to your blog, then found you again today via NorahS - lovely to be back and see what you're up to. Beautiful things as always...

Karen Cole said...

Ever think of doing large components like these. Sculptural pieces that could hang from a wall or ceiling? They are fabulous even now.

I am really into sewing these days as well, but on metal...woo hoo.

Your papers are outstanding BTW. and thanks for the tour of Melbourne!

xo Karen

Julie H said...

Wow Wow Wow I love the start to that necklace! And I am sure you will finish it off perfectly.

Jason said...

Now that I'm back in Melbourne, I hope to get to the Dali exhibition too.

lindacreates said...

Dear Ro, my heart goes out to you during the loss of your mother. I admire your tenacity to take the classes and teach in Melbourne. Art truly is healing. I have thought of you so much and hope you continue to heal. Sincerely and heartfelt, Linda