For all of us, being close to home is not an option currently. There are many positive ways to think of being close to home - one, of course, is to find inspiration and make art . Recently, probably in the last few years, the sights and sounds in my neighbourhood have provided me with enough material for a lifetime of art making.... and I don't live in a magical place, just a simple ordinary residential suburb in a regional city in NSW, near some dedicated bushland, walking tracks, a village shopping centre and a hospital.
On daily walks in the neighbourhood, I have picked up sticks from the ground to make hundreds of "stick" dolls, fallen leaves to dye and print cloth and paper, flowers and other plant bits for various artworks.
I am very grateful to have so much to work from so close to home and as I complete my second #the100day project - 100 small wearable art pins, I have tried to find a new way each day of expressing the everyday ordinary ... #100pinpoems - a pin with a haiku ( or at least a pseudo haiku).
Here are the last eleven ... and they all based on being in my neighbourhood , "close to home " ... "Home is where you start from" (TS Eliot)