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explorations in textiles, mark making, drawing and sketchbooks

APC100 Academic and Professional Communications

I’ve finished APC100 Academic and Professional Communications via Curtin Uni / OUA, and really enjoyed the subject. we learned how to use Chicago referencing system (I knew a bit of this from my copyediting work at Dancecult Journal), research for academic writing, write argumentative academic essays, make an oral presentation (powerpoint with audio) and organize parts of a community arts project with a team.

My tutor was Katie Fielding who was brilliant — she was very helpful, engaged and knowledgeable. If you’re planning to take this class and she’s your tutor, then you’re in great hands, and I say “lucky you!” as she really encouraged everyone to keep going and get through the class work. Previously I’d always dropped out of uni classes/courses, so I was pretty happy to complete the subject.

I also did two OUA Prep classes also – Prep03 and Prep04, which actually were similar to the research and essay writing parts of APC100, and meant that at one point I had three essays to research and write instead of one!


assignment1: academic written assignment

initial essay version

final essay version

assignment2: oral presentation

assignment3: community arts project

assignment4: reflective journal

new classes – visual culture + fine arts + painting

I decided not to return to OCA UK just yet (textiles course), and instead, sign up for a course at Curtin University (Perth, Australia) via online university. So far, I’m planning on doing a Bachelor of Visual Culture and Fine Arts. I’ve just completed the first subject APC100 Academic and Professional Communications, and have started the new subject VSW100 Art + Creativity. I’ve also started taking intro to drawing and painting classes at Julian Ashton’s art school. So I’m going to use this blog to post class work, exercises and assignment preparation (even though it’s less textiles based – explorations in art instead..)

encryption dress

with all the talk of data retention and vintage (clothes) stores & work stuff this week, I had a great dream about an encryption dress this morning. I couldn’t find anything in the store that I liked, then finally chose a dress & said this’ll do. turns out it had an encryption chip in it. we couldn’t find the pricelist card for it — flat, vertical cards covered in plastic frames — sort of like house listings in the window of the real estate offices. had to scan through heaps of them – layers and layers. & seems to be waterproof also as the dress becomes swimwear/togs too (changes). lots of dream spent on adventure looking for it. turns out it cost $100K due to software licence. but they waived it & I got to keep the dress & encrypted all communications from then on. I was trying to work out how it worked without a keyboard to enter passphrase. but it was new tech. touch was all that was needed. I was also worried about the chip being so close to my heart (physical location) but it was proven to be safe to wear. good dream. chip was like a square button, sewn into the fabric. gather & press to activate. the encryption dress and chip were waterproof too because at some points in the dream it turned into togs/swimmers and I was in the water, I think when I was looking for the pricecards.

maybe it means I should get back to working on the flora gps test – flora’s working, & gps  arrived recently

website conversion

I’ve converted my website CMS to WordPress and refreshed the site. the original site has been moved to I’ll start moving the content over slowly. I hope to re-enrol in my textiles course, so the site refresh will prepare for this (WP is the recommended CMS for the course). also has examples of my recent textiles + arts & craft work.

my other textiles related / research sites are, and my main non-textiles related site is


Coded Cloth – reSkin Wearable Technology Lab

reSkin Wearable Technology Lab & Coded Cloth was a lab + exhibition showing wearable technology projects in 2007/8. It was curated by Melinda Rackham. (PDF) describes the background of the events and has examples of the work.

“In summer 2007, in order to facilitate such interdisciplinary experimentation in Australia,
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) initiated the reSkin Wearable Technol-
ogy Lab in collaboration with Craft Australia and the Australian National University School of
Art. Twenty-one media and sound artists; programmers; jewelers; and object, textile and fash-
ion designers immersed themselves into an intensive three-week research and development
environment with six facilitators .”

“One of the many outcomes of reSkin was a physical exhibition titled Coded Cloth, held
at the Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, in Adelaide (29 October–
19 December 2008). The exhibition drew from artists and designers who attended reSkin
along with practitioners whose work combined age-old craftsmanship with innovation. In
this Leonardo Gallery, we see a sample of that exhibition, wherein artists used traditional
textile practices such as weaving, stitching, embroidery, printing and dyeing. However, the
different electro-mechanical or biological properties of their materials produce aesthetically
charming and complex works that have both practical properties and surprising functionality.”

below was the callout for submissions/participation (2006 emails) – I remember reading about it:

For immediate release 1 September 2006

ANAT Media Lab on Wearable Computing

January 15 – February 4, 2007
Australian National University, Canberra

About reSkin
The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is pleased to
announceits Summer Media Lab. reSkin will be facilitated by renowned
media artistsincluding ELISE CO (USA), JOANNA BERZOWSKA (Canada) and
ALISTAIR RIDDELL (Australia). reSkin will be an intensive three-week
workshop focussing on wearable technology, embracing the skill-based
practices of object, jewellery, fashion design and media art.

Stephen Barass (Australia)
Nikita Pashenkov (USA)

reSkin facilitators will be working with artists including jewellers,
object designers, textile artists, fashion designers and media
practitioners. Together they will research, develop and rapid
prototype sensor, time based and reactive clothing, jewellery, shoes,
bags, personal environmental and device designs – anything wearable
and technologically integrated. The Lab will focus on research and
development, experimentation, collaboration and project development.

reSkin will end with WearNow a one-day forum of critical dialogue
looking at our wearable futures, and a special publication examining
emerging practices in depth. An exhibition of wearables that will
include outcomes from the lab is scheduled for 2008.

Who Can Apply
reSkin is open to Australian and International artists and designers
with at least 3 years of practice in the fields of jewellery and
object design, textile design, fashion design, media arts, hybrid art
and other related disciplines.

How to Apply
ANAT is currently calling for applications for reSkin. Application
guidelines including further details on the Lab, facilitators, and
public outcomes can be downloaded from the reSkin website at:

Further information
Alexandra Gillespie
Project Manager reSkin
ANAT Media Arts Lab 2006

Dr Melinda Rackham
ANAT Executive Director

The ANAT New Media Lab 2006 reSkin is supported by the Visual Arts
and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and
Territory Governments. reSkin project partners are Australian
National University School of Art, Centre for New Media Arts (ANU),
Australian National Museum and Craft Australia.

Stitching off the Page (fancy edgings) class

last saturday (31st jan) I went along to Alex Falkiner‘s “Stitching off the Page (fancy edgings)” class in marrickville. it was a lovely afternoon learning new stitches and techniques for the edges of fabric. I really wanted to learn her “netting” stitch and just block out a few hours to spend stitching. great to speak to others too

some photos of the “in progress” parts of the stitches for future reference. I felt I was having a bad day stitching – extra slow and making lots of mistakes (which given my state that week after the recent surgery/recovery wasn’t too surprising), but I’ll try these again when feeling better.

the netting stitch is like blanket stitch but you stitch into the air / where the loops join instead of into the fabric

life drawing class 27-01-2015

we went to life drawing class at 107 projects tonight. Syd Mead said that if you can draw people, you can pretty much draw anything (paraphrasing), so I’d like to practice more. I’m happy with a couple of these. I was trying rough outline of shapes and concentrating on shading the shadows. one lady asked about the other colours so I showed her the pastels. J’s lines are amazing – I need to practice looser lines, and seeing & drawing volumes. and find my line at all. these are 5mins, 10mins, 15min poses – I’d arrived late so missed the 1-2 min poses. my proportions are out most of the time so this needs improvement. the model walked around later and looked at everyone’s drawings. he said he thought my last one of him “everything is expanding”, so hopefully that’s a good thing?

adding them all here, so if I keep going throughout the year, I can look back and (hopefully) see improvements, and my line. these are charcoal (vine + thicker), white charcoal/pastel and coloured conte crayons

solace – sunlight falls, my wings open wide

“Solace” project: India Flint is doing a residency in South Australia in June this year, and has invited people to make flags to hang.

“Make a triangular flag or pennon [meaning a personal ensign, derived from the Latin penna meaning a wing or a feather] preferably using a piece of pre-loved cloth. Stitch on it a word or a phrase or a sentence that might act as a wish for peace or an acknowledgement of beauty, imply a sense of stillness or simply something that gives you solace. It can be as brief or as long as you like. A haiku, a snatch of song, a word that takes you where you want to be. Attach ties to the tethering end of your flag”

& then post it to the address on the page. she’ll dye them, and photos will go into a book/online. has the details.

I made one tonight using a song snippet:

“sunlight falls, my wings open wide” from orpheus by david sylvian, on the secrets of the beehive album, because it always gives me solace when i play it.
japanese cotton with wool thread


some others in the Sketchbooks and Experiments for Textiles facebook group are going to make one too

David Sylvian – Orpheus lyrics:

Standing firm on this stony ground
The wind blows hard
Pulls these clothes around
I harbour all the same worries as most
The temptations to leave or to give up the ghost
I wrestle with an outlook on life
That shifts between darkness and shadowy light
I struggle with words for fear that they’ll hear
But orpheus sleeps on his back still dead to the world

Sunlight falls, my wings open wide
There’s a beauty here I cannot deny
And bottles that tumble and crash on the stairs
Are just so many people I knew never cared
Down below on the wreck of the ship
Are a stronghold of pleasures I couldn’t regret
But the baggage is swallowed up by the tide
As orpheus keeps to his promise and stays by my side

Tell me, I’ve still a lot to learn
Understand, these fires never stop
Believe me, when this joke is tired of laughing
I will hear the promise of my orpheus sing

Sleepers sleep as we row the boat
Just you the weather and I gave up hope
But all of the hurdles that fell in our laps
Was fuel for the fire and straw for our backs
Still the voices have stories to tell
Of the power struggles in heaven and hell
But we feel secure against such mighty dreams
As orpheus sings of the promise tomorrow may bring

Tell me, I’ve still a lot to learn
Understand, these fires never stop
Please believe, when this joke is tired of laughing
I will hear the promise of my orpheus sing

textiles study sites

my time with OCA is finishing today, though I will continue to study via short classes and personal research. other websites of mine related to my textiles study are listed below. hopefully I can re-enrol with OCA again later, once I practice more mark making, drawing and sketchbook work plus save up money again for the classes.



PDF2 Starting your first page

in this exercise we were to take photos of shapes, colours we liked near home and then make drawings of them. click on the photos below to see larger versions of them

the first is a closeup of the bark from a banana tree. I liked the pattern of the lines and textures — the diagonal lines adjacent to the horizontal lines. I tried drawing this using different media — crayons, copic pens, felt pens, derwent pencils, inktense pencils, artbars, charcoal and pitt artist pens.

the second is another closeup of the banana tree. I like the lines once again and the blending of colours and graduation of lines. I tried to show these in my drawings using crayons, pencils, prismacolour pencils, conte pastels and copic pens

this is a closeup of granite in a wall near my apartment. I like the texture mixed with the lines of the decorative scratches, and the tones of the greys. I tried to show these qualities in my drawings using art graf soluable watercolour graphite, pitt artist pens, posca white pen, pencils and copic pens.

the last photo was taken whilst I was on holidays – it’s an interesting rock wall formation showing sharp edged geometric rocks tightly packed together. it was next to a stream (the Tarra River) in southern Victoria. I love the geometric lines and tones of colours in the “V” shaped part of the rock wall.

I tried to replicate the colour tones in watercolour, though I think I overdid them. I added black lines to define the shape of the rocks and provide some shading with pencil.

originally posted at…
I’ve sent the link to Rosemary and posted in the Sketchbook Development facebook group is dedicated for this class and to make it easier for Rosemary to see without seeing all the other unrelated posts, but I’m posting here also to have a record of all my work in one place