29 March 2015


Tea towels are a necessity of domestic life. Exciting to buy new ones, all bright and crisp.
 Often they serve as reminders of a great holiday or outing.
They wipe and dry benches and hands. Get hung over kitchen nobs, oven handles or backs of kitchen doors.
Accidents happen to them all the time...burns, stains, cuts. 
They never complain. Always there when we need them and then thrown away when they don’t look so good after all that we put them through. 

I cannot throw mine away, just can’t. But can’t use them either. 
So they sit in a drawer all frayed and stained, tired and old. Just waiting for something to do...
until Joylines, an exercise in reinvention, by turning rags into symbols of joy. 

The Redfern Biennale was once again happening and the notion behind the art event is try and change the way people perceive what is regarded as rubbish, junk, trash in our society.  
Therefore, how perfect would it be to take old, stained tea towels and with a cut here and a stich there, a bit of string transform them into the symbols of celebratory anticipation. 
Joylines were born.

24 March 2015

Then and Now

Old style flatwear, otherwise referred to as cutlery, is sadly a thing of the past in most ‘modern’ homes. 
Why have these beautiful pieces of silverware gone away? 
There is nothing nicer than the look and feel of these bone handled knives, the curved rat’s tailed forks and spoons.
Is it that people are just lazy, and don’t want to have to wash up these pieces by hand.  Really?? Is that true? 

Or does the aesthetic of these flatware sets simply not suit the digital world and all that populates it stylistically?
So, if you want to have a sense and connection to times past, go shopping in stores that recognise the joy of old things...Things that have a history.  
Things that were manufactured in times when built-in redundancy simply was not a possibility.

This type of flatware may cost a touch more, but maybe not. 
Go to the auction houses, as you will often find fantastic silver flatware sets from deceased estates looking for a new home.
Saturday markets are sometimes a successful places for these purchases. Even go on line. 

Save these items of another time, because dealers of silver are buying these flatware sets up and melting them down! Oh NO!

Remember, if a thing is useful and beautiful, it ain't junk.

16 March 2015

Redfern Biennale_This weekend! Oh Boy!

THIS SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2015  FROM 11AM – 6PM the Redfern Biennale will be happening.

Here's the back story: On Saturday the 8th of March 2014 the inaugural Redfern Biennale came to life. 
Organised by one of the movers and shakers of the Sydney art world, Damien Minton, the Redfern Biennale was an exciting experiment in taking art to the streets and 
just standing back and watching what that concept triggered. 
And man it triggered some ***t.  
But then again art is suppose to get people all thingy.

It’s all happening again this Saturday, the 21st of March in the same location of Redfern bound by the streets of Elizabeth, Walker, Cooper and Redfern. 
Do not miss it. It is a whole lot of fun, and a little bit of chaos, and a tiny touch of drama (maybe).

Some words from Damien himself: View for free ready-mades, sculpture, multi media, new media, painting, found object or even a cobweb on the street.

The Redfern Biennale is an outdoor, eclectic, democratic free-for-all happening that will just happen on the day.

There is no Council approval, we are just placing the work on the streets for 7 hours.
Alongside a list of over 40 Sydney based practicing artists we feature the display of artwork by local NSW Housing Commission residents.

American artist Mike Kelley inspired the notion of the Biennale as his cacophonous, 

disorientating agglomerations and sprawling stuff heaped upon other stuff installations were described by art critic
Jerry Saltz in the Village Voice 2005, as a pioneering example of ‘clusterfuck aesthetics’. 

10 March 2015

Chalk Talk_Simple but effective

When chalk talks many things are said...Enthusiastic things.
Delightful images are drawn that speak to us on a universal level.

We have all drawn something in chalk on the footpath when we were but small and full of the zest of life. 
Full of the "Look what I did" philosophy that so sadly get pummelled out of most because 'you can't make a living out of being creative' attitudes.

Pick up that chalk again and have second bash at being creative for the simple sake of just being creative.
Look at the drawings on the walls and the footpath that you encounter, and enjoy them, for they are the results of someone's joyful enthusiasm.