Saturday, December 18, 2010

minding my own business...



Someone came to my stall at the Fruit Bowl Craft Jam and told me she had a piece of my work from a few years ago... she said it was of 3 houses.   I haven't done one of them for about four years now and so I have decided to take this small connection as a sign to give them a go again... {my Mum will be pleased}.

Houses have always been an important part of my work...  many years ago I based my end of year student exhibition on these handmade books I made in the shape of houses and a few years after that I had several exhibitions with my printing ink and shellac houses.  Anyway... these new pieces will be a little bit different from the old ones, for anyone who remembers them.  Although I am still wanting to incorporate maps, silk tissue, stitches and page numbers... all of which I used in the old houses and maybe a few new things like fish, flowers and boats {especially the handy little tug boats}.

Well... it was my last day of work yesterday and I am looking forward to getting ready for Christmas and six weeks of holidaying.  Despite the fact I am starting my holidays with a swollen and bruised ankle...  I was walking back from the mail room at work, reading a Gordon Harris Christmas catalogue minding my own business but not watching where I was going.  A split second later I found myself sitting in the garden with a very sore ankle!  Luckily it was the end of the year so there weren't so many people around and no one saw... {I hope}.

9 comments:

Michele from Pipi La La said...

I adore your new houses! Beautiful! I have started a series of houses which are total pants compared to yours! *looks for bin*

I hope your ankle gets better quickly!!!♥

Bev said...

oh, i like the houses so very much...
6 weeks of holidaying??!!! lucky girl! how very, very lovely...
i hope your ankle heals as it should, and many blessings to you this holiday season...
xo

danielle said...

I too like your houses very much. Funny how we are drawn to things and they never really leave us. I have been feeling a tug towards my florals again. Maybe because it is so cold and grey here. I used to sew florals on handbags. I think I just may paint some this weekend.

I hope your ankle heals fast and I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Happy painting talented one!

Danielle xo

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

I'm loving these little houses! Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family Katherine and hope your ankle is a ok very soon.:)
Much Love,
Jenny

SuzyJaneB said...

Love your houses :) Its nice to go back and re-interpret your own work sometimes too, and find new stuff in the process. Hope your ankle gets better fast. And if anyone asks why youre limping you could always give them some heroic story about leaping from a tall building to rescue a kitten out of a tree or something. No one need suspect it was the Gordon Harris Christmas Catalogue.

danasparkle said...

such new energy coming on the wave of a new year. so exciting all that unlimited possibility waiting for us just to make stuff up! i love the houses too. simple & classic. slow down and take care of yourself. these physical setbacks remind us that we have been on turbo too long. happy, peaceful xmas to you and yours.
lots of love
*

Louise said...

Love the houses, they are magical... an invitation. What's inside..? That's up to us isn't it? Intruiged by the tug boats... what about narrow boats? Maybe you ought to ride in one, with a parasol, while you read your catalogue. :) xxx

Kelly said...

I love your girls, but I love the houses too. Houses/Homes have very special meaning around the holidays too...
Good luck with that ankle and have a great holiday!
Kelly

Mel @ Wildflower said...

Exciting! Love the houses, can't wait to see what other creations you have swimming around in that wonderful brain :)