Monthly Archives: September 2012

One of the things I love about travelling is receiving emails from my Mum and Dad about what’s happening in the bush around our family home. The first time I travelled overseas Mum would send telegrams. They would be waiting for me when I arrived in a new place. So very special!

I am travelling through Shanghai, Cambodia and Singapore over the next few weeks. Mum and Dad have started sending me the emails I treasure. Their daily stories and events. Here is one of my favourites, emailed through the other day as I arrived in Shanghai:

Dad rescued a Kookaburra from the pool Saturday Morning…Bedraggled and Listless…Towelled the Kooka off, dried with the Wigo Hair Dryer..fed her some meat…and after a while, the Kookaburra flew up into the Trees and Laughed and Laughed…with Her Mate..Now I have a big Dish of rain Water down under the Bottlebrush Trees, for her and all the other birds around to drink from there…

…Of Course the Willywag Tail &her Mate have a nest built in Your Cubby House and the two parents fly in and out feeding these chirpy Willys…..Dad poked a branch of a tree through the window space (that you would open with a string and piece of stick to prop the window open).
The Two Parent Willywag Tails bomb the Magpies that fly too close.

A Good Sport…for all the birds…and us to see… Enjoyable…entertaining…..

So great to receive! Thank you Mum and Dad!

Yes I know its been some time since I last blogged! In fact its been just over a month. Whats been going on? ALOT…so to bring you up to date here is a summary of my month!

As the Creative Director of I spent quite some time in Melbourne installing the ‘MAKE it’ Precinct for Saturday Indesign 2012.

The Precinct was massive and spanned three blocks in Richmond. On the day it was abuzz with people, conversation and creative sparks.

On-site were special artisans wood turning, rotational moulding and metal spinning alongside the fruits of their labour – beautifully made objects designed by some of Australia’s hottest talent! Check out the ‘MAKE it’ Precinct events and people who made it so very special...

…especially the announcement of the Joint Winners of the Design a Cup Competition; Henry Hidayat and Adele Del Signore along with the Top 10 Competition Entries.

I released a new set of colours within the Tracelet Limited Edition Series. The new set includes Vanilla, Baby Blue and Scarlet colours. This was made possible with support from and PALAMONT- art in manufacturing.

Some lucky visitors who attended the ‘MAKE it ‘Precinct were given these in person and heard the story of Tracelet. Thanks again to Kevin Hopkinson from Ashden Industries for mixing the new colours and making the Tracelets exquisitely.

I gifted one of my sculptural wall works to my local coffee shop Rouge Coffee. I spend quite a lot of time at Rouge enjoying their coffee and and a chat with the friendly staff. The coffee is roasted on site and is delicious. I thought I would share some love and some art with them.

I attended the Annual Presentation of Churchill Medallions Dinner and received my Winston Churchill Medallion. Such a joyous occasion. Great to spend time with this inspirational group of people with amazing interests and diverse backgrounds! I can not believe it is a year since I undertook my Fellowship travels.

I visited Melbourne again to interview the beautiful Phoebe Porter (a Melbourne based Contemporary Jeweller)  and write the catalogue essay for her upcoming exhibition Unfold:  A solo exhibition investigating the bracelet form using cut and folded titanium sheet metal. The exhibition is not far away and launches on 18 October 2012, at Craft Victoria, Melbourne.

I have been working on the creative direction for ‘We Were Here’ the next of’s events happening in Singapore as part of Saturday Indesign, in early October.

I am presently in Shanghai with, enroute to Saturday Indesign 2012 and WAF (World Architecture Festival) Singapore. With the events less than two weeks away I am getting pretty excited!

Its great to be in the present!

Images 2 – 8 and 12 Photographed by James Braund for