Saturday 15 August 2020


With our annual textile adventure (this year an Evocative Arts Workshop in South Australia with German tutor Dagmar Binder) binned along with everyone else's plans for 2020, we decided to do a little home state travel, and head to our beloved Caloundra, with coffee machine, suitcase full of wool, and gym gear in tow. This is the stunning view from our beachside apartment.

To be honest, there hasn't been a great deal of workshop activity, but here is evidence of the small amount that has occurred, accompanied by bubbles, of course.

The rest of these images are from our walks on the beach and rocks, sunrises, and sunsets. Ahhhh, this is the life!

Saturday 8 August 2020

Unexpected validation and a nudibranch.

On the eve of my annual creative retreat, I received a truly wonderful email. It ended with ‘Your work touches my heart’. For a girl sometimes still searching for a true sense of purpose – well, mission accomplished. Years ago I wrote that all I wanted to do was make amazing work that would touch people in some way – that was all that I really desired. To know I have done that gives me a certain sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Reading those words have made me very happy, and have given me a lovely boost. This is the work which gained the praise. Now nicknamed 'Weedy', he is shortly to be kicking off Spring in Gallery 86, Penguin, Tasmania. I'm super pleased to see his life extended beyond the paperonskin exhibition he was created for.

I had another exciting moment this week, when unwrapping a piece of glass jewellery I had bought from glassmad, I found the artists had included a bonus gift – a beautiful tiny glass pink nudibranch! Just wow. It was so exciting to find, and really, could a glass nudibranch come to a better home than here?! Such lovely generosity – warms the cockles of your heart. I have photographed it here looking most at home near a rockpool in Caloundra, my home for the next week for the revised annual SvenJen adventure!! Stay tuned for hilarity!!