My studio has been a hive of activity lately as I prepare for my solo show which kicks off October 30 at Next Door Gallery (Auckland).
Inspiration has come from a mid-century collection of ceramic vases at the Auckland musuem, a book I serendipitously picked up at the library which featured the incredible work of fashion designer Giambattista Valli and everyday scenes from my rural and garden surrounds which enthrall me as I create. [Side note you can see more of my inspiration on my Instagram feed.]
Having a body of work around me for a long period has been fantastic ... allowing me to live with my works on the wall for awhile and really get acquainted.
Sometimes I'd discover something unexpected in a piece I liked and then that would flow over into the next work. The more I created, the more inspired I was to keep going but at some point you have to "down tools" and allow for all the other work which goes into organising a collection - titles, photography, framing, invites etc. and that's where I'm at now. Tantalisingly close to the finish line. I've pushed myself to create over 20 pieces which I've poured my soul, imagination and energy into to capture my "encounters with beauty" and feel satisfied I've expressed all I wanted to - gaining helpful new insights into my work process along the way and brimming with ideas for the future.