Memories and Homage to the seed

This started as a facebook post which just got too big and needed its own space for me to put images and write about.  It is a for  Sophie Munns from the wonderful ‘Homage to the seed‘ facebook page who who fills my feed with amazing images of seedy goodness and painted some beautiful images of ‘Petri dishes of imagined seeds’   12509364_1162757213752169_7941544026116259823_nImage by Sophie Munns from Homage to the seed facebook page
(I hope you dont mind me putting you image here as I cant link directly to facebook)

they took me down memory lane to when I was hand printing hundreds of pollen samples for the geography department at Monash Uni.  so many amazing shapes and designs straight from nature they made me cross eyed and after a while I would start to see little faces in them….

pollen01.jpgSELECTED POLLEN TYPES FROM THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS, NORTHEAST QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA (LAKE EURAMOO – all photographs taken by AP Kershaw Palynology at Monash)

Emeritus Professors Peter Kershaw is a Palynologist and it was a honour to work with him… Palynology: This study area is concerned with the reconstruction of past environments and biological communities from the study of pollen, diatoms, beetles and other organic materials preserved in accumulated sediments of bogs, lakes and marine environments.

Seeing these images also reminded me of the amazing Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement and the wonderful video ‘THE DIATOMIST’ which just blows my mind….

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Accumulating pieces of myself

Its ballarat international foto biennale time again and this year i have a little show at the wonderful elephant patch (which has now moved from creswick to ballarat east) the show is titled ‘accumulating pieces of myself’ and is a series of self portraits with my hands and object from my archive of personal bits and pieces…

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A different path

I have changed my morning routine… its a big thing for me as I love my coffee from my coffee guy and my table in the cafe and the walk through the pretty garden each day that I have done 5days a week  for the past year and a half but things do change… I am now attending ‘the Church of Secular Coffee’ which is a new cafe on campus by the guys at St Ali.south melbourne… its closer to my office and has a nice leafy outlook and great coffee.  I also have a new place to park which makes my getaway from campus so much easier…. but alas no pretty walk through my garden 😦   what I do get to see each day is the stunning banksia…

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I have been inspired by then since my uni days and we have so many different ones its just wonderful… if you want to see the incredible variety of these stunning shrubs check out Celia Rossers incredible botanical illustrations documenting all 72 (I think) many of which you can see in the most random places across campus

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I taking this change as a good thing and am excited to see what new creative idea emerge from it…

Newtons Apple Tree

(Trying to redo this post that I lost a week ago)
Every morning I walk across the campus at work.   Monash uni has wonderful native australian landscaping thanks to some wonderful renegade geographers doing midnight raids and replacing the European trees with natives so many times it stuck (RIP Jim ).  I love seeing the flowering gums and walking through the lemon scented gardens.  I love the seeds and leaves that fall and the rough beauty never fails to amaze me.

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But I do have a soft spot for a pretty cottage garden and one garden I have been incredibly inspired by over the years is the Kenneth Hunt Garden.  This garden has all the beauties, a huge heaving wisteria a good selection of roses and lavender, pretty daisy’s  and a continuously  flowering magnolia. Its centerpiece however is a little different it is an apple tree.  Thats nothing special I hear you say but this one has inspired geniuses.  The apple is a Kent and was planted in 1975 from the cutting from Newton very own tree that helped him formulate the theories motion and gravity…

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The Princess is gone??????

This morning Im a little shattered…. I normally do my walk through campus enjoying all the different gardens ( http://www.monash.edu.au/campuses/clayton/gardens/ ) I cross through to get to my office at Monash University ( I actually choose the carpark across campus so I can go through my favorite ones).  Im in love with the stunning flowering gums over the past few weeks and I love fossicking through the leaf litter beneath these wonderful native plants for the beautiful gum nuts and other seed pots and skeletal leaves but today I was totally horrified to see my favorite tree, a stunning silver princess weeping gum gone….. not just a plant in the ground but the whole garden bed, Im still reeling with the shock… This beautiful tree has been a continual source of inspiration over the past year that it is really quite sad to see it gone…. I collect its leaves and seed pods and have used them time and time again for artworks…. I hope that its has been transplanted somewhere new or in its place something else is planted and not just another horrible bit of concrete layed to cover the bare dirt… 😦

New inspiraton for 2015

I love discovering something new and today I have seen 2 new artists that Im excited to find out more about…..

The first is not an artist but an anthropologist F.E. Williams who studied village societies in Papua in the 20s and 30s,  He compiles a huge amount of photographs from his studies.  I was asked to scan some images from an awesome book  “An Anthropologist in Papua” for an academic for research and I thank him for showing me this fantastic work which was listed on the UNESCO Asia/Pacific Memory of the World Register in 2012…

Orokolo (Avavu) Hihi Kairu boys being decorated inside the eravoy, from the collection of glass plate negatives of ethnological photographs mainly taken by F E Williams.

The other artist new to me is Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli’s who really wants to just organize the world, His work organizing everyday objects as well as famous artworks  are really interesting and comical… I love his book The Art of Clean Up

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Long overdue giveaway

So back mid year i promised  a giveaway relating to my artwork a day and it has taken me a while but here it is…  I have a 5×5″ print  of my June 15  piece to give to a randomly chosen person who comments and likes my post here or on facebook.  I will draw it on Friday at 7pm so you can have it by chrissy (sorry australian addresses only this time) 
Thanks guys for your support and encouragement throughout the year…

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Gum Love

I LOVE gum trees… they are so varied and beautiful from the giant mountain ash in my beloved dandy ranges (the tallest straightest trees in the world) to the weaping silver gums… and I love the tree leaves the most.  Long and slender with subtle curves.  Did you know after a bush fire the leaves grow back almost round to keep the nutrition in a smaller area… clever gums….

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How stunning is the colour of this one…

I cant just walk past a skip

I can never just walk past a skip without a rummage, I love them full of unwanted gold and all last week I watvhed the rubble build and today found my gold… a carpet off cut… I know what will I do with a little bit of industrial carpet? The colour and texture was great and I thpught of it as a background for my ever expanding window sill collection… what do you think?

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Another awesome thing this week I got to do was photograph the organ at the Robert Blackwood Hall here at monash.. the brief was take abstracts… its was challenging lighting and colour casts but such a beautiful instrument…

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