From 10-4, I had my studio room in my little house open to the public and Mihajlo & Jelena (the other two artists here) were screening their previous films in a little cinema setup inside one of the other houses. We welcomed a lot of our local friends and faces we've met at local events. It was cool to show them that we have actually been quite busy, making and exploring.
I made a dyed banner for the event using powdered tumeric I got at the market stall (The cash register ladies had a little chuckle at me buying an entire bag of tumeric) and some indigo pigment stick. It's tied down with stones and bits of broken pottery I found in the river near here.
|My banner for the event looking a|
bit out of place in the grey weather
|no sign of the alps all day but at least it wasn't typhoon-ing|
Here's some snapshots from inside my studio.
|Welcome to Melinda's Studio. A sign I brought from home that I made a couple of years ago|
|A sign prepared by the staff about me and about Australia (importantly, tim tams are included!) random cute things gifted by locals|
|Here's a piece I've been working on using a roll of Shoji paper left by a previous artist (the paper used to paper the sliding screen doors)|
|These circles are test swatches of different pigments I've ground up from local stones found mostly by the river. I'm hoping to get a few more metres of dots before the exhibition late this month|
|the room I'm using as a studio. spacious!!|
|Inspiration-y tid-bits. Pigments I brought from Australia in tiny bottles.|
|Bird book - check. Japanese Weeds Identification books - check.|
|I'm also making a series of Katazome works on paper depicting weeds and plants I've found around Nakajo. Will do about 15, I'm already up to 11.|
|I've been carving the names of each plant in the romanized Japanese this time, instead of the latin name like I've done previously.|
Anyway, that's it for now I think. Got to keep some things a secret! The final artworks will be displayed at the Nagano City Arts Centre gallery from October 24-29th 2018. Lots to do!