Stll Life in the Old Girl Yet

"As for many artists 2020 was a productive year for me, in Victoria we had more time in ‘lock-down’ than we want to remember, but I am grateful I had my studio practise to concentrate on – which allowed me to weave nine of the tapestries in this exhibition.

Woven tapestry is a slow process, each tapestry can take days, even weeks to produce, so I only weave images that nag at me to be woven. I start with lots of reference photos, then make a rough drawing which I translate into a cartoon, which will be my guide for weaving the tapestry. I make a ‘colour strip’ testing yarns and colours, once I am happy with the balance of colour and textures the weaving starts.

Making tapestries in a series comes naturally for me, as I am fascinated with repetition, changes in form and colour. I have often revisited themes/subjects - this exhibition looks at ‘still life’ in a variety of settings.

The shed

The five tapestries of tools and equipment came about when my parents were moving to a retirement village and needed to downsize their belongings, my father walked me through his large shed telling me the history of his ‘stuff’. He said, ‘all this has to go’, I suggested I would be happy to take the Sidchrome toolset – he informed me that my elder brother was getting it. After some contemplation, I realised that was a good decision as my brother would use it and I could weave my own toolset…

The giftshop

For while I worked in a gift shop, if it was quiet and I had done all my unpacking, arranging and dusting I would sketch my favourite objects, the vases, ceramic bottles and rice bowls with chopsticks, arranging and re- arranging them making different arrangements.

The National Gallery of Victoria

Amongst the many objects in the National Gallery of Victoria there are collections of ceramics covering many styles and eras. When visiting I have taken lots of photos which have resulted in tapestries of my favourite earthenware pots, dishes and jugs.

The windowsill

Like a magpie I am attracted to blue objects, in this case glass bottles and containers. My kitchen windowsill has for years been crammed full of them. I would often think about weaving them, but like every other tapestry in this exhibition I needed to wait for the right time for the design/drawing/photograph in my journal to be ready to be translated into a woven tapestry."


Bottles x 13               2020     15 x 48 cm       Sold

Bottles x 3 (Blue)               2020     15 x 15 cm       $500

Bottles x 3 (Blue/Green)        2020        15 x 15 cm         $500

Earthenware Pots x 7          2020      15 x 48 cm         $900

Earthenware pots x 3          2020      15 x 15 cm         $500

Earthenware pot (wonky)          2020      15 x 15 cm         $500

Jugs x 5          2020      15 x 48 cm         $900

Yellow Jug          2020      15 x 15 cm         $500

White Jug          2020      15 x 15 cm         $500

Green Bottle and Cups          2001      14 x 10 cm         $350

Cream Bottle          2002      14 x 10 cm         $350

Vases x 3          2002      10 x 14 cm        $350

Rice bowl and red chopsticks x 3          2001      9 x 24 cm        $300

Rice bowl and red-blue chopsticks x 3          2001      9 x 24 cm        $300

Rice bowl and red-blue chopsticks x 5          2001      9 x 38 cm        $350

My toolset          2010      43 x 55 x3.5 cm        $2,950

Bits n pieces          2011      29 x 36 cm        $1,550

Socket set          2010      14 x 20 cm        $550

Mulcher          2012      20 x 14 cm        $550

Vacuum-mulcher          2012      14 x 20 cm        $550