Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gallery peek6

not many of these little resin pieces left
'House' as diverse and individual as we are.

and mosaic pieces using broken china, tiles and pottery

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gallery peek5

there are a range of repurposes handmade pottery, vintage glass light fittings and collectible saucers which have been made into pot planters.  the saucers (or vintage glass candy dishes) are 'attached' with a couple of breather holes to allow the water to drain. Plants included with a couple that might surprise you as they contain hyacinth bulbs which will pop up in Autumn.

These plant pots have come up so nicely I have kept a couple in my collection. 

 Mosaic table repurposed with a topping of mosaic - smashed china & tiles.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gallery peek4

stacks and stacks of books - new & secondhand - a stack going out at $29 each (up to $100-$150 originally)
1st edition, vintage & collectible .... with the odd rare copy

come in to pOrtside Gallery East Devonport Tasmania to see the range
that includes 50s & 60s Australian Womens Weeklies

Gallery peek3

we have acquired a stash of pre-cut, exhibition quality hardwood frame edges in 3 different sizes - 7.5" - 12" - 15" ... mix and match or create square frames.  They are packaged in sets of 2 edges.
They look great after a light sanding and then paint, oil or limewash.

and mosaic pots - these have saucers attached - collectible glass, china or repurposes glass pieces ... they are attached leaving breather holes to allow the water to drain.
Mosaic pots are made using glass tiles, broken china, pebbles etc

Saturday, September 27, 2014


I feel Painted Papers is not self explanatory because one can do anything to paper and be as restrained or as wild as you feel.  Again, limited only by your imagination (and letting go of fear).  It's only paper after all.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gallery peek2

the packaging itself is a work of art and pOrtside Gallery has planted some of the seeds before - see here for the wonderful sunflowers that popped up last summer which i planted outside the gallery here and here.

This summer i have planted poppies.  Looking forward to seeing those come up.

This series of gift of seeds has a range of gift tags also .... luverly

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

pOrtside Gallery East Devonport Tasmania

re-Opening Thursday 2 October 2014 ....

whew ... following refurbishment after the flooding that occurred in August we have rejigged the gallery space, brought in some extras that i will show you over the next few days, stocked up on some favourites and have a new area with limited stocks of gorgeous papers, boards, sumi ink, pre-cut hardwood DIY frames and other bits and pieces that will evolve as we go along.

Also there is a book circle where you can find a stack of art, craft books, second hand and new as well as a collectibles section that has 1st edition vintage collectible books and one or two rare editions.

Look out for Gallery postings over the next week until re-Opening.

In addition - studio works will be 'as complete' as it gets on the day but all ready and good to go - just in time for workshops which begin next weekend !!!  oh but the deck is nearly there ....

 while the work goes on on the outside i am still sorting it out on the inside !

Sunday, September 21, 2014

the accordian

Up and coming workshops begin soon - painted papers & basic bookbinding.

We will be tackling many simple bindings that give many options to create as simple or elaborate structures as you would like.  This first introductory class will be learning various folds, cuts and one or two with a simple stitch to hold signatures.

This book is another early book created years ago.  Calligraphy, digital printing, hinge stitch on heavy board creating an accordian fold.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Gallery reopening soon.  Studio work to be begin soon.  Excitement will abate (soon).

Discovering a few old gems as i unpack and sort through things.

Discovering, or rather, REDiscovering this little book was made in Tasmania while still remembering the Kimberley which is where we moved from when arriving here many years ago.

Its a mix of digital, collage, paint, etching on Hahnemeulle paper.  Its bound accordian style although each sheet is a single sheet.  This is done by using a hinge stitch.  The box is handmade from perspex, copper wire and glass beads.  Content are a few haiku written during the time i lived in Kununurra. 

 Its a small edition with 2 copies still available.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

the nature of representation

 is uncertain.

late last night i posted a 'musing' on fb with this pic

i turned it around  

and back again .... began stitching
simple kantha style leaving the leaf fold on the corner
continued the line with stitch


In the dead of night, rhythm arrives quietly

and painted papers

up and coming workshops include painted papers - here are a few more examples of what can be achieved to create a stash of painted papers you can use in book making, scrap booking, collage and projects. These are part of the introduction to book binding workshops.  A few spaces available on Sunday 5 October and Sunday 2 November.

half day bookbinding only workshops are also available on Saturday 25 October.

Monday, September 8, 2014

more books to make

forthcoming workshops will be tackling these bindings - pics here just to show where you can take your work.  We will be doing pamphlet stitch, japanese stab binding, origami fold book (as shown in pic 1), accordian fold, ox plow, a few others with ideas for mix and match such as pamphlet stitch on the valley folds of an accordian.

japanese stab binding allows the pages to sit open nice and flat

Sunday, September 7, 2014

basic bookbinding

Lovely RRA meeting yesterday .... and whilst showing examples of types of binding we will be doing in up and coming workshops titled 'basic bookbinding' it occurs to me there is nothing basic about bookbinding - one is truly limited by imagination only. 

We will be tackling half a dozen 'basic' bindings - quick, easy yet expansive in their application.  These workshops are suited to experienced or non experienced arts practitioners whether beginners or not.  Its about exploring what materials do when you DO something to them and then binding them into small booklets.  The book binding aspect opens up the possibilities that can be achieved with just a few simple folds and stitching book forms.

Here, a few examples of where you can take those simple forms that we will be exploring in the up and coming workshops

Thursday, September 4, 2014

painted papers & collage

workshops up and coming

Painted Papers - Saturday 27 September 10am-2pm

Painted Papers & Basic Bookbinding combined - 

Sunday 5 October 2014 10am-5pm          OR Sunday 2 November 2014 - 10am-5pm

I am excited .... looking forward to the workshops, meeting old and new friends.
here ... a small selection of examples of using those painted papers.  Come to the workshops and see the full picture of how and where these painted papers are used.  below are collage added to painted papers to create postcards.   future postings will show book covers using these painted papers.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

painted papers 2

workshops up and coming

over the next few postings you can see the kinda thing we will be doing ... 

Painted Papers - Saturday 27 September 10am-2pm

Painted Papers & Basic Bookbinding combined - 

Sunday 5 October 2014 10am-5pm          OR Sunday 2 November 2014 - 10am-5pm

 a few more sheets of painted papers that we will be exploring in the workshops.

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