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what's this all about?
If you pop over to my studio archives blog you will get to read
what's going on and see the font fun I've been having. I've even installed a comments box after 2 years without.
Well... maybe I'll feel compelled to change it... I really quite like it... it feels just right for a studio blog ... recalling the studio surfaces with bits of paper lying around with scrawls on them... hundreds of its of paper lying around with scrawled notes!
If you don't have much time then pop over there later and simply note the images/text below... they tell the story!
(and isn't the boat on a sea of oil divine?)
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I have been taking lots of photos lately of my favourite Brisbane cafe ... also an wonderful artisan Bakery... why you ask?
Well... not only is it a much-loved community hub with bread to sing about... but its been from the very first a place I felt instantly at home in, so much so that early on I nabbed a job there for a few hours a week, had a lot of laughs, learnt to make good coffee and much else in the process. I found a gallery nearby and thus began a curious succession of meetings which landed me at the Botanic Gardens and then a couple of months ago just to top of a very sweet association (which included teaching their daughter and her friends) they came forward and said they would like to help me get on my way to the
Millennium Seed Bank for my residency and research trip in the UK.
I was so touched... thinking every little bit counts.
But... no this was most definitely NOT a small gesture... I was blown away to realise they were offering to, and have become, major donors in the program I was approved for a couple of weeks ago with the AUSTRALIA CULTURAL FUND set up by ABAF - the Australian Business Arts Foundation. The generosity of their vote of confidence in my project has lead to a while series of things being able to be put in place to ensure the trip happens.
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I've already included images of this wonderful business born out passion for a timely artisanal practice... and... as I discuss in my 'Homage to the Seed' presentation slideshow... we've had cultivated wheat for about 10,000 years and baking bread is and has always been at the centre of a community.
Given my project has a strong ethnobotanical focus with a love of ancient cultures and perrennial things... this is such a fitting
boon for me...I am indeed delighted and profoundly grateful!
Should any of you have any bright ideas or wish to share this story further that would be wonderful. I have about 7 weeks to draw together the target funds to make the trip a success. Support comes in so many ways... thats the beauty of it!
A London accomodation contact would be marvellous... if anyone knows someone who takes short-term lodgers I thought that might be an exciting alternative to the usual hotel scenario that's in my budget. I have my eys on a couple of places to stay but have held off booking in case!
I also have a wonderful event in planning right now that you can attend if you live in this region...
BUT can I acknowledge the tremendous moral support I have received already from some who visit here ...bloggers are incredible people and I've had messages sent to me that have been a huge boost.
I'm keeping note of all this and will be posting on it at another time!
If I haven't been visiting people much of late there's been so much on and I do apologise. I dont want to neglect this community ... so many times, when feeling stuck, lost, down or whatever... someone will visit and they will offer words unknowingly that make all the difference.
Have a great week everyone!