Friday, September 28, 2018
I have just completed more work on another corset. - no 3 in the series for the exhibtion "Crossing Borders". For background information, please read a previous post....
This corset has been painted with black and pewter acrylic and the lacing and buttons have been replaced with wire. The corset with an edging of authoritative, overpowering words - silence-segregate- subvert - suppress- subdue- stifle-spurn represent the border and the boundary which still needs to be overcome to achieve gender equality.
Inside in graffiti style paint is the slogan #MeToo
The Me Too movement is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. #MeToo spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. (Wikipedia)
I added exaggerated wire breast covers to the front of the corset to further my statement that even with all the recent publicity, contemporary culture still idealises and stereotypes feminine beauty and our obsession with the ideal prevents us from crossing the border to recognise and respect equally the achievements of women.
Coincidentally, the completion of this particular work happens on a day when the first big celebrity has been convicted and sentenced for crimes of sexual assault since the beginning of the #MeToo movement.
While this series of corsets is quite different from most of my previous art work, it is a topic I have been exploring for quite a long time. In 1995, my Master's thesis was entitled " Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Educational Administration".
Has very much changed?
Sunday, September 23, 2018
|Australia/NewZealand Rotary Conference 2018. Hobart, Tasmania|
|My favourite speaker - Peace Scholar, Stephanie Woollard, CEO of "Seven Women"|
|Rotary District 9670 Dinner|
|Panel Discussion - Be The Inspiration|
|Hobart Airport Welcome|
|Hobart - wet and cold !|
|Hobart - 30 minutes later|
|Sculptures in Hobart|
|Remembering the convict history in Hobart|
|Penguin art at Mawson's Huts|
|Huon Pine at Botanical Gardens|
|The Female Factory Hobart|
|Bonnets exhibit, The Female Factory Hobart|
|Yarn and Craft Shop in Geeveston|
|Sighting platypi - Platypus Walk Geeveston|
Thank you, Tassie, we will be back ...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
When I heard that 11 September was the date for me to nominate a Tag Tuesday theme, I immediately remembered that fateful day in 2001 when the whole world seemed to stop and change with the terrorist attacks in USA. And so my theme is PEACE.
My first tag for peace ( above) is hand drawn with felt tip marker and coloured pencils and depicts some images of peace for me. This tag is inspired by the totem paintings of Sandra Silberzweig, but my tag drawing is not as refined or as detailed as hers. This was just like a children's colouring-in exercise so very calming and peaceful!
The second is simpler - a photo transfer with a stitched paper and white-washed collage foreground on top of a magazine page . An alphabet stamp was used to create the word. I hope you think it looks like a peaceful scene?
And the third is really, really simple. I cut out an image from a magazine advertisement. I wrote the message with pen and ink, and cut out a "peace symbol' to paste onto her sunglasses lens . Literally, a five minute tag!
Today is a day for peace, so hopefully these little tags will inspire you to create something peaceful yourself.... make a tag or card with a message of peace, sketch a drawing, do some stitching, fold an origami crane... or just sit and read, look at the view outside, cook a favourite recipe or just enjoy a cuppa . Peace to all!'
Monday, September 3, 2018
|Fussy cut pattern on a text background, with hand stitching- WS|
|Watercolour pencil and ink drawing ( Alice) , photo transfer ( trees and quote)|
onto text background paper, with fabric. WS
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Today it is Father's Day in Australia and in New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. It is celebrated in June by a majority of countries in the world, but in fact, Father's Day is celebrated somewhere in the world most months of the year ( only exceptions are January and April). In the Middle Ages in Europe, Father's Day was celebrated on St Joseph's Day, 19 March.
( From Wikipedia)
And here are some other facts about Father's Day...
- Father's Day was inspired by Mother's Day
- Sonora Smart Dodd, a woman living in Spokane, Washington, believed that if mothers got a day of recognition, fathers deserved one too
- Father's Day in USA didn't become an official holiday until the 1970s
- It's fourth-biggest day for sending greeting cards & flowers after Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day (from Interesting Facts...)
Wherever you are in the world, have a great day and spend some time doing what you love with the people you love.