Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Earlier this year my friend Elizabeth and I took one of Maryanne Moodie's weaving classes at The School. I decided to treat myself to the class for my birthday and I'm glad I did. Lizzie and I had a really lovely night learning to weave and eating delicious snacks in a beautiful space at The White House, one of the oldest buildings in St Kilda. I've been slowly chipping away at a few different wall hangings since the class and each time the outcome is completely different. 

Weaving class!

Some of Maryanne's beautiful weavings on display at the class

I've been sending these ones as gifts to friends but have yet to make one for myself for home. It's always nice to receive something handmade and for some reason I feel better about giving these to people than giving them one of my prints. Giving someone one of your own artworks is kind of difficult because even if they don't love it they still might feel obliged to hang it! I guess I just get a bit nervous about these things which is silly because the artworks I've received from friends are some of my absolute favourite things that I own. 

My first woven wall hanging

I really enjoy making these weavings but for me they are completely visual things. There are some amazing weavers whose weavings have more of a conceptual base, while still being beautiful, tactile objects. For me it has reminded me how much I want to get back to printmaking. I spend a lot of time thinking about the work I want to make, but am yet to get around to it. It's because I am really excellent at procrastinating. 


Slow progress

Wednesday, 25 December 2013


Wow. It's been a while.

Even with the best of intentions to post regularly, this somehow slipped off my radar. I guess life got in the way a bit, because it has been a busy six months. Four jobs (at the same time), a beautiful wedding and a mini-moon later, I am sitting here with a swollen eye (post-op) thinking that now is a good time to get back into this. 

Christmas has been pretty lovely this year. I underwent eye surgery about a week ago to mend a detached retina, something I had no idea about but which I've since been told is fairly common. While this was of course unexpected and threw most of our Christmas plans out, it has actually meant that I've had to slow down and just relax at this time of year. I'm incredibly lucky to have wonderful people around me, who have made the recovery process much easier. My amazing husband (we're still trying to get used to our new titles) has been especially caring, which has just reinforced to me how fortunate I am. xx

Friday, 10 May 2013

Panther hunting

Some long overdue photos from a family trip to Hall's Gap... ten years on from our last Grampians weekend, fifty or so Boyles got together to walk up mountains, eat lots of food, cuddle new babies, catch up and eat more food. Sadly, there were no panther sightings. There was, however, a family slide night, and a couple of 1980s home videos thrown in for good measure.

Monday, 8 April 2013

School kids need lunch money

Schoolhouse Studios have just launched their Pozible project to fund the development of a new site. Please have a look and if you can, make a contribution to this valuable project. It has taken many hours and a lot of energy and dedication for them to get this off the ground, and it would be absolutely amazing to see it come to fruition.