In 2017 Craft ACT is celebrating 10 years of their artist-in-residence program. As a previous AIR I was able to spend 4 days out at Gudgenby cottage in September 2016 to get inspiration for the Artist in Residence exhibition. During this time at Gudgenby it was the sound of water that really captured me and I recorded the patterns and sounds of the streams, fens and rivers.

After a wet winter the sound of water flowing through the creeks and rivers of Namadgi was wonderful. Resonant sounds as water flowed into unseen depths, gentle whispers as water meandered passed Gudgenby hut and the rushing, gushing crashes of water surging over rocks. As I listened I imagined weaving the sound of water, trying to find a way to capture the multitude of ‘voices’ I could hear in the waterways. Flow is my visual interpretation of these sounds.

The focus of my first residency was the environmental protection of the alpine bogs and fens. I visited Bogon Fen once again and wondered at its fecundity, and its ecological role in water filtration. Seep symbolises this filtration. The yarns in this work have mainly been dyed with plants from the bogs and fens and celebrate their rich flora abundance.   

Seep,  2017. Plat-dyed wool, silk and hemp, aluminium wire. 24 x 52 x 50 cm

Seep, 2017. Plat-dyed wool, silk and hemp, aluminium wire. 24 x 52 x 50 cm

Flow (detail), 2017. Copper and aluminium wire. 202 x 70 cm

Flow (detail), 2017. Copper and aluminium wire. 202 x 70 cm

Flow,  2017. Copper and aluminium wire. 202 x 70 cm

Flow, 2017. Copper and aluminium wire. 202 x 70 cm