Foundations are essential for me to make this deep drawn work. The deeper they go the richer the outcome. Uniform Year has become a foundation for my work and life. In Castlemaine as I reached out to talk to members of the arts community to gather material for my work I found that my blueness preceded me. The Uniform was a way for people to recognise me before I had any connection with them. It made me known in a way that gave them the time to consider me and my work before I approached them. I may be imagining this but I think it is a way to slowly let people get used to me, rather than jumping on them in a surprise encounter. This is important as my work often relies on making connections with these well established communities that I am a stranger to. Once I have made the connection I ask individuals to talk to me about their lives. In this case I was interested in how women’s creative practice at home influenced their domestic lives, and what working at home did to their creative work. It was an intimate subject and linked directly to my own ways of working in and through my life.
Buda Historic Home was my site, and it was the story of the Leviny women (5 sisters who stayed at home their whole lives pursuing the arts and crafts movement) that I was riveted by. When something fascinates me this way it has always been a good idea to follow the instinct as it leads to good learning. The learning was deep. The insights I gained into my own process and self through this project have informed my plans for the next 5 years. The plans are still fermenting so I’ll keep the blog posted for future developments. Until then, living in blue isn’t all that bad.