Ive had a most productive weekend in Cairns. Started with a trip to town Saturday for a slow start, breakfast and a wander, then shopping to stock up for the next week or so which will be very busy.
This is a work on Linen I've been working on today. Approx 140 cm x 80 cm I worked on the large table out on the verandah all day... the edge is frayed and stitching in brown linen thread contans the fabric. I've used a clear gesso so it is archivally prepared and will be finished with a similar layer of clear glaze. It could be framed or simply mounted on the wall. I like how portable this kind of work is...highly suitable for working on the move!
I posted at the Studio blog about it and added other images so you can skip over there to see if time permits!
at the lagoon by the sea in Cairns. Its a free public pool and isn't fenced off, is surrounded by parkland and BBQ's and people enjoying this space! And it overlooks the Ocean. Love that there are places under cover where you can sit in the shade and loll about in the pool!
There's a Saturday market down at the shore. A wonderful person I spoke with was Helen, originally from papua New Guinea. This bag, called a billum, was very special. It deserved several photos just to show the amount of industry involved in a piece like this.
She has a stall at Rusty's, a wonderful fresh food market I have been to once a week. Saturdays are very lively at the market and surrounding street full of cafes.
I was in awe of the work in this billum... Helen shrugged off the work,,, but did admit to it taking months using a similar technique to that used in net-making for fishing in Papua New Guinea.
The pattern is also stunning and the dyes are from plants.
The price tag was $150... worth considerably more I am sure you will agree.
I was sorry not to be able to make that purchase I can tell you!
I have a very small billum given to me when I was about 20 ... it contains small shells and is one of the most precious things I own.
Breakfast today... Papaya, which I love, and Biodynamic yoghurt with a most unusual ingredient... Davidson's Plum, an indigenous fruit that is edible and known for its excellent nutritional qualities.
I also met farmers at the Tanks Market at the Botanic Gardens
on Sunday who grow Vanilla Beans and produce products for market.
So much around here to explore. I've got a lot of painting to do in the next week, now that I have settled in and found my stride... but will hire a car to make a trip to Mossman Gorge to visit a lovely indigenous artist I met on my last trip.