“Covering oneself with a blanket of mould to evoke transformation”
And there a journey of conscious transformation started….with a blanket of mould. Mould reminding us that where one thing ends another is being born. In 2002 I took a picture of some milk in a glass gone mouldy and turned the inspiration into a jacquard woven blanket in 2007. The mixed media drawing pictured above was made in 2010.
A Leftover Universe was born right then and there. From this, using mould as a metaphor for transformation, a bunch of works came into being such as a design for a logo, fashion and interior accessories, a painting and a (temporary) mixed media installation.
Most left: The Beginning – A digital enhanced photo made in 2012 of the milk gone mouldy in the glass. Traces of this logo design are still visible in the Leftover Universe logo now.
Left: It Is A Pancake Universe – Tuft embroidery on old tea towel made in 2013. Merino wool on cotton. Cushion cover.
Brooch. Tuft embroidery. Merino wool on linen on metal base. Made in 2013.
In The Blink Of An Eye All Be Changed – Mixed media work. Stoneware spherical jar with woollen tuft embroidered lid. 11 cm diameter. Made in August 2014.
“Our tea towel waitinghanging there for you to help me dryinggone all mouldy now shaped a pillow for me to rest my head on“
Cushion. Tuft embroidery. Merino wool on old cotton tea towel with eucalyptus fibre filling. Made in 2013. Inspired by own life event and the song “Could that be you?”by Room Eleven.
Going To The Mountain
(Temporary) mixed media installation. Made in 2013
One of my childhood dreams was to become a pâtissière, I thought it would be so much fun to make sweets, cookies and cakies every day! 😊 These little spherical jars, for keeping or serving sweets (or jewellery or something else of course), are dedicated to that childhood dream.
Once when I was swimming in the ocean, every little part of my skin being touched by water, lots of small fish came swimming around me and started nibbling on my skin. An experience I translated into this wall piece. The title is referring to a few things; holding one’s breath when under water, the 2 years working on an epic piece like this gives a sense of holding one’s breath until it is finished and there will be space to start on something new & the feeling something good is going to come and you’re holding your breath for a moment out of excitement.
A crochet sculptural cushion I made in 2009 inspired by the magical and intense sensory experience I encountered while snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef in 1997. In daytime the colours of the coral and the nibbling on my skin by little fish touched my senses. During the night every move I made while swimming was illuminated by the sea by the so called sea-sparkles NOCTILUCA. These little sea algae react to every touch by emitting light, like fireflies. Little bright lights in the dark. What I thought and still think is so very beautiful about these illuminating sea algae is that they illuminate out of a self defence mechanism and there is a very beautiful symbolism and message in there; creating and looking at the illuminating things in life for coping with the dark. And what this illuminating means for this little creature, just simple self defence, can bring us such a magical experience.