Tuesday, 22 November 2011


Never could have imagined how exhausting it would be to graduate and be organising our exhibition at the same time..
Classes have officially finished today though, so i'm only just starting to catch up with editing photos from the past 2 weeks.

Better posts to come - once my eyelids are rested and my brain sleeps

P.S. thought news: have decided i wont be worrying about meticulously taking photos of past works, I'll take those as i go, and wont go out of my way to dig them up from wherever they may be. This means less stress, plus i get to show the blogworld my latest works, works i exhibited in our end of year graduates exhibition - huzzah

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Forgotten Photos

Don't you just hate it when you forget to take a photo of your works in progress.. despite having brought your camera with you specifically for that purpose?

well i do.

I think because our printmaking teacher Margaret was away today i must have become disoriented.. and it did take me ages to do everything.
Such nervousness! I had no Margaret to help with the setting up of the fume cabinet and pouring/setting out of acid - so i was obliged to do it all myself.
I didn't blow myself up so i consider it to have been a success
bonus - was able to etch my zinc plate (7 minutes in 8:1) clean it off, set up the water trough tray, put my paper in, set the press which was weirdly missing its blankets and acetate, so i had to find those and put them in. Also had to clean the glass i was going to put my ink onto - it was definitely NOT clean... and they are meant to be left CLEAN (grr)
had issues with the thickness of the ink, didn't mix in enough "easy wipe" had to re-ink my plate. couldn't find any Tarletan, had to make do with the yellow pages paper and tissue paper.
Printed twice, cleaned the plate, put the press to bed, cleaned my spot. Degreased my plate and put some more Hard Ground on it.. will be working more on it at home. and put away the acid.

man i wish i had taken photos.  i got more done than i thought i would, especially with there being no margaret.

Did have a bit of a scare though. I had finished etching my plate and was just walking around getting things and i felt like there was a burning spot on my arm!
ran over to the sink and washed my arm thoroughly and the burning sensation went away. Phew! first time i've had an acid scare like that.
I'm always worried about it though.. i mean.. its acid, pretty dangerous.

No wonder Artists in the past didnt really live very long.. all the toxins that were used

Bonus photos (because i dont like to have so much text and there be no pictures) of an etching i made in 2008

Reclaimed by the Sea, 2008

And that etching was the inspiration behind this Painting i did earlier this year, in my Painting with Traditional Media class, using the Fresco technique.

Sally (our teacher) mixed the plaster, and we applied it to small boards we had scored with blades so that the plaster could grip more firmly. we were encouraged to give the plaster texture, not to have it very smooth and plain.
then we painted with pigments.. plaster sucks it in = perma painting

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Not Yet the Time to Panic

man it's getting pretty busy at school.
i'm feeling like i'm getting behind on my work, which is not good. not good at all. holidays are coming up, i'm betting they wont really be holidays, more like cramming days.

I leave you with a photo of one of my works completed last semester. edited to make it look more respectable

Envelope series

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Went to an exhibition opening last Friday, the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing 2011.
was at Jugglers, in the Valley. Had never been there before so wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out pretty well.
asked a staff member if i could take photos once i'd been there a little while.

Didn't get to take a photo of myself there though.. i would have felt like an idiot taking one of myself like all those photos you see nowadays, the ones at arms length, usually in clubs, taken by girls.
Lacked the courage to talk to any strangers to be able to ask them either.

the lady who made this piece won a prize, i cannot remember for sure what it was.. likely the Highly Commended though.


Really liked this one "Vortex".
so many lines, so well placed.
and such a bad photo of the label :(
Im thinking it must have been the black paint on the wall, it doesn't work well with photos with no flash.. and flash isn't a friend at exhibitions

Despite the glass, this photo turned out surprisingly well. Doesn't hide much of the actual drawing which is good because i was a fan.

Saw a guy with Blue Suede Shoes - Nearly made me laugh out loud

Managed to take a photo surreptitiously
felt like such a stalker :-S but it was too good an opportunity to miss

The crowds multiplied ferociously in the time i was there, which was really surprised at. who knew this thing got so much publicity. despite it being relatively small in he number of pieces it was showing.
Kicking myself for not snapping a photo of the winning entry.. oh well

Friday, 5 August 2011


More reference images
chosen for their beauty and as a source of inspiration

source: lovemaude's Shop on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovemaude?ref=pr_shop

source: nervoussystem's Shop on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/nervoussystem

source: Sarah Robin L's Shop on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahRobinL?ref=seller_info

source: unknown

source: Winterberrycottage's shop on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/Winterberrycottage?ref=seller_info

Will have to continue this another time
also might have to do up another treasury if this keeps going on


Friday, 29 July 2011

Student Work Proposal

Artists/Students Name:

Concept Words: 
Tall Ships, Ocean, Antique Maps (15th-18th century), Rigging, Cartography, Bearing Lines (North South East West etc.), Decorative Lines, Embroidery

Artists Statement: Being influenced by the sea, old 15th-18th century naval ships and antique maps of those eras, Abigail incorporates aspects of each to create a series of works that demonstrate her love of handmade, intricate detail and skillful workmanship.

Proposed Artwork Description: Will produce a series of 8-10 works, varied in size (maximum of  20 x 28"). Mixed Media of gouache or acrylic paint onto canvas and paper and embroidery thread.
Some pieces would be of the simpler background with thread as map lines, others would also include embroidered detail onto the map lines, also some would include shallow relief paper islands. The rest would be of the underwater seascape variety.The larger works are intended to be subdivided so that within one canvas or paper there are several smaller images.

Concept Images:
Antique Map includes many map lines of which i am interested in

Ship's Rigging viewed from below - intricate lines

Sand with water marks - Organic lines a reference for embroidered pieces

Matthew Cusick, reference for texture and variations in colour

Rich Colours reference

Reference to rich colours and combination of colours

organic embroidery, textured surface reference

Semester 1 2011 work, map lines with embroidered detail

Sem 1 2011 work in progress, underwater sea-scape

Sem 1 2011, shallow relief map

Installation Requirements:
Included below is an imagined final layout of the artworks. Paper works are to be framed and both they and canvas works to have D hooks and hung on wall space

Thursday, 7 July 2011

palette colours

playing around with my embroidery threads i thought of doing this:

my palette being full of thread instead of paint doesnt look bad. :)