Having A Ball & Biscotto

Having A Ball & Biscotto

ceramic spherical jars
dark stoneware, handmade textile, metal buttons
8 x 8 x 11 cm each
2015

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.

Autumn Bear Rises – soft toy charm & drawing

Autumn Bear Rises

soft toy charm
hand embroidery and appliqué
wool & cotton thread, merino wool felt on leftover cotton fabric with Eucalyptus fiber filling
December 2016
Derived from drawing

drawing
pen and paper cut on paper
32 x 21 cm
October 2014

Expectations – soft toy charms

Expectations

soft toy charms – lucky charms
hand embroidery and handmade rope
wool and cotton thread on leftover cotton fabric with Eucalyptus fiber filling
February 2017

Derived from the drawing Expectations I made February 2014 (see below)

‘Despite of what one might think looking at this situation, this cat doesn’t want to catch
and eat the birds, it wants to play with and be amongst the birds’.
Expectations

pen on paper drawing
54 x 36 cm
February 2014

Spirit Cat – Light Energy Generates

Spirit Cat – Light Energy Generates

Soft toy
hand and free hand machine stitching
cotton thread on leftover cotton fabric with Eucalyptus fiber filling
44 x 33 x 13 cm
February 2017
Light Energy Generates

close up of textile design

Along The Way Souls Meet

Along The Way Souls Meet

energy strings
where they meet a star evolves
and in between the lines
space is warped
energy strings are souls
stars are where souls meet
and stars matter
and when you’re not there
no matter
you can just be energy


– poem by Spirit Cat –
(January 2015)

textile design in picture
freehand machine quilting
bamboo fabric, cotton wadding and polyester thread
(November 2014)
Along The Way Souls Meet
textile design close up
Along The Way Souls Meet & Spirit Cat with his all seeing eyes
December 2014
Looking Through The Eyes Of Spirit Cat

Also want a pair of Spirit Cat’s all seeing eyes?

textile handmade brooches
freehand machine quilting
bamboo fabric, cotton wadding, polyester thread and clay body inside
circa 4 cm each
February 2015

Bathe and Breathe

This tapestry I created in 2008-2010. It was inspired by the following experience: 

“Once when I was swimming in the ocean at the Great Barrier Reef, every little part of my skin being touched by water, lots of small fish came swimming around me and started nibbling on my skin. It was a magical sensation and moment”.

I started creating the tapestry in 2008, 10 years after the experience, and in 2010 I called it “With Bated Breath”. But ever since, even though I thought the title to be beautiful in itself, I’ve always felt that there was something not quite right about it. I chose the title because it was referring to holding one’s breath when under water and holding your breath for a moment out of excitement because something good is happening or going to come your way. So It didn’t really fit my original experience and inspiration for this work at all. Now I know what was wrong about the title. Experiences throughout my life had taught me that whenever something good is happening or about to happen to you, you hold your breath and you fight or flee. I was having an automatic physiological reaction to a blissful moment because my system perceived it as stressful. The perception of threat activated my sympathetic nervous system and triggered an acute stress response that prepared my body to fight or flee. And so my tapestry, originally inspired by such a magical and blissful moment, ended up being called “With Bated Breath”. But in the last 11 years I did a lot of self-enquiry and inner work. I learned that when you’re having or about to have a blissful moment you don’t hold your breath and fight or flee, no, instead you bathe in it and breathe. Aaahhh!

So now my tapestry is given the name “Bathe and Breathe”, and with this new title this work is finally complete.

Bathe and Breathe

handmade crochet wall piece
wool and lurex yarn
130 x 160 cm
2008-2010 (renamed in 2021)

Noctiluca Nugget

NOCTILUCA NUGGET

crochet sculptural cushion
woolen, acrylic, cotton and polyester yarn
2009

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.

Whenever you're touched you sparkle
Top and bottom view of the cushion

detail view