Launched May 1st, 2009 with a tentative start... this blog evolved into a space to bring things I'm curious about or fascinated with whilst adapting to life in a new city, a new direction with my work and in the online realm. Early on postings were frequent and wide-ranging in focus. Attention slowly spread to new online engagements as ideas developed and formats trialled to extend those ideas. However, this blog has always remained at the centre of all that followed ...the conversations, journeys and glimpses into creative worlds generated here have long enriched my days beyond all imagining and I return always to pick up the thread with gratitude for the experience and for those who've passed through, perhaps joined up or stopped to converse!
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Friday, November 30, 2012

inspiration for friday...


This week I feel as though progress is being made. In fact progress is often being made by simply turning up and doing what must be done.

But you know that feeling when things that have been pushed to the side are attended to ... you just feel ever so pleased. Now a non-art project that emerged a few weeks back is looking as though it will become the main concern for the next few months... but too early for notes on that. All I can say is that it is positive even if a little unexpected.

Wednesday I had a huge clearing out at home and looked closely at what was stored away to see what could be parted with or sent to the studio perhaps. Thursday I got over to the studio with some finds and then proceeded to pull apart the entire space and rethink everything... from the pragmatic to the philosophical. MOVING THINGS AROUND CAN BE SO ENERGISING!

Today Ive sorted thousands of emails on my desk top computer... and along the way attended to unfinished tasks and such.
Here and there I found images and ideas I liked. Now the afternoon is fading and thoughts turn to getting the citycat down at the river to go see an exhibition of architecture student's work where I was working first semester thus year.


so.. a few images...


Rob Kesseler: from his website.

MORPHOGENESIS

As a new initiative celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation initiated a cross-cultural inter-disciplinary project forming a trans-national network, involving science research, arts and crafts. Rob Kesseler was invited to work with the teams of cellular and molecular scientists in the Instituto Ciencia Gulbenkian in Portugal.

Using a variety of microscopy techniques the cellular structures of Portuguese wild flora including a number of rare orchids, reveal complex patterns and structures. Micro-fine sections of the flower stems were stained to expose functional characteristics. Working at a higher magnification than is normally used for whole sections detailed large format images are constructed from up to 500 individual frames. The dazzling variety of structural pattern and colour will form the basis of a collection of designs to be applied to a new range of porcelain in collaboration with Vista Alegre.




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Rob Kesseler
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Kesseler has a fascinating profile which you can read here.

You might know of his photographs from the book: 
 Seeds: Time Capsules of Life, by Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy, published by Papadakis Publisher


from book above.

I've mentioned Wolfgang Stuppy from the Millennium Seedbank on various blog posts at the Homage to the Seed blog. He and Kesseler have collaborated on two books to date.


On a more local note I recently met Susan Nelles who sent photos after telling me of her walks gathering seeds and pods and various places and organisations she is involved with. Its always a pleasure to meet others who share a passion for seeds and are happy walking around looking for seed treasure. 

That was one of the pleasures of when I was up north.... a number of people who came to the exhibition were hugely keen seed collectors and made of point of connecting which I was so delighted by.



Susan writes  "we saw these at Mt Glorious some time ago, whether someone had placed them like this..'twas in an obscure piece of the track..."





Susan: "These were lying under the tree near the seashore at Wellington Pt this morning".

So what have you picked up on your walks lately? 
In the past week I have taken my camera to have it fixed only to find it was a minor problem (wonderfu1) and taken my computer to the fix-it guys... with similar results. Nothing like finding things are fine... in fact the week just kept getting better as many small things were ticked off. 

Now I feel ready to get back to taking photos after this!

Have a good weekend won't you!


9 comments:

Valerianna said...

Great images... and such a relief that both camera and computer were easily fixable.. truly!

Sophie Munns said...

They were lovely images to share Valerianna.

Why I dont simply share a few images more often here instead of letting too many days pass between posts is beyond me!

I know you will for sure have treasures you've picked up on your land. Enjoy your weekend!
S
ps really was good to he things working out fine!

Mlle Paradis said...

hey! mine was good too - in quite different ways, but yes, the tippy toe-ing of progress! glad to hear that things are proceeding apace in positive and surprising ways - sorry i haven't responded to yr last email! (Thksgiving etc.....) but soon....

lovely pics as usual and i just posted some of your old seed capsule choices which i had kept aside and now were the only things still lingering in the drafts folder worth posting this wkend. tech probs, me too.

and oh god, here i go again trying to prove i'm not a robot. wish me luck!

Sophie Munns said...

Made me laugh your comment about trying to prove your not a robot mlle p.
I swear my commenting capacity has taken a severe blow due to that stupid thingi!
Not being able to read those digits on my small laptop drives me nutty!
Hope thanksgiving was well celebrated and enjoyed!
Progress... funny how half the time one feel like things are not moving then one day you wake up and the world has changed!
Oh goodie... shall come see what yu have posted!
enjoy your weekend!

Velma Bolyard said...

wow, so much to do. the first kesseler image is stunning, and reminds me of your work a bit.

Sophie Munns said...

hi Velma,
Thanks for popping in here! Wondered what you have been up to... must visit very soon.
One of those busy running-around times at the moment. Taking me away from the studio that's for sure.
Hope you are relishing the weekend pace after a busy working week?

Printed Material said...

Fabulous images Sophie. That intense blue stopped me in my tracks and I had to look in more detail. The weather over here has been so bad that I've not really had a good walk for a couple of weeks. After reading this I want to get my boots on and get out there to see what I can pick up!Might make it my 'must do' task of the week!

Sophie Munns said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you find Leslie. Hope it is clear enough for a good walk or two!! Found something really interesting when I went out from my studio to the shops today. Not yet worked out what it was...lovely to hear from you!

Hi Robyn and Sandra... I'm popping back later... loved reading you comments... the power almost went out just then... will see what's happening here.
S

Sophie Munns said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you find Leslie. Hope it is clear enough for a good walk or two!! Found something really interesting when I went out from my studio to the shops today. Not yet worked out what it was...lovely to hear from you!

Hi Robyn and Sandra... I'm popping back later... loved reading you comments... the power almost went out just then... will see what's happening here.
S