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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Zealand Glass Art Book

Early last year I was asked by the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass to put together a submission for a "coffee table" book of...New Zealand glass art.
It was published in October last year....and here it is.

it's available at www.Fishpond.co.nz and I see that it's even on special offer at the moment for NZ$44.95.
I'm actually in love with a piece in the front of the book called Te Tau Hou by Te Rongo Kirkwood. It's a gorgeous piece that uses it's own reflection as part of the work.
This is a gorgeous book, with so many beautiful images that it's a visual feast!

OK, so here is my page, just in case you can't get it or find it at the library.

Putting images together for book printing purposes is quite a business and I had these ones take professionally. I think that the process actually changed the colours a little - especially the red, but they still look good, if not actually true to the original piece.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sundays at Home

This is one of the first Sunday's off I have had in many months, and I've enjoyed a day in the garden.
Now, I know that this is a strange thing for a maker of glass beads to blog about, but we have had a huge day using our latest toy. I have to admit that it's been a long time since I raved about something that I couldn't read, wear, eat or smell...so here it is...The Morrison Quiet Electric Garden Shredder

We have trimmed trees all afternoon and have put all of the branches that would fit through the shredder and collected the beautiful mulch in buckets. Not only have we saved a huge trailerload of green rubbish going into the landfill, we have created wonderful mulch and compost base for the garden. And it was all so quiet and easy! The branches that didn't fit through it have been put aside to be sawn up for firewood - so absolutely nothing leaves the property and absolutely nothing is wasted.
We're feeling rather grubby but very pleased with ourselves tonight - it must be time for a celebratory glass of wine! So...
Clean and green? Tick!
Pleased with our purchase? Tick!
Tired and dirty? Tick!