Inspiration

I find inspiration everywhere, but I am particularly drawn to vintage objects. I’ve collected them since my early twenties (gosh, about 24 years) and I love arranging, rearranging and sketching them into my sketchbook. Objects with mysterious histories having witnessed the lives of people in other times and places. I remember many of the places where I bought them, or who gave them to me as a special gift. They now have my history attached to them. Where will they go next? Who will treasure them? It’s a special kind of recycling…..

Take me home…

Well, there are lots and lots of things that move and inspire me, but being in the country is a BIG one. Brought up on a healthy (or unhealthy as some of my peers have opined) dose of John Denver (in the 70s he was ALL about the mountains and rivers, sunshine and eagles) I still love him and listen to him when I am driving through the country. I find I have to get out into the country as often as possible to breathe the good air and stare into the gorgeousness. I always take my sketchbook with me and although I don’t necessarily draw what I see, just being in those beautiful places really does clear my head and I find I am able to think and create new designs. I often take photos, but of course they don’t do the landscape justice, because the space and the smells and sounds are missing. Sometimes I take my acrylic paints and canvases out there (and some good coffee), the ladies and a rug and spend a few hours painting mountains, paddocks and sky. Bliss.

Near Neerim South, Victoria

Near Neerim South, Victoria

Camping with the hairy ladies at Warburton in the Upper Yarra Valley

Camping with the hairy ladies at Warburton in the Upper Yarra Valley