03 Apr

The worst blogger in the world…

the diamond miner | kootoyoo

Yep – it’s me.

I’ve almost let ANOTHER Thursday slip by without so much as a nod. I know I’m always apologising but…sorry.

I’m actually posting something I have finished (maybe – or maybe it’s just a stepping stone on the way to something else). These are related to the inkery I posted last. The install is called ‘The Diamond Miner’. It’s a self portrait really. It’s about making rather than made and about keeping your eyes, mind and heart wide open…always…you never know where you will find those diamonds.

The diamonds were made from process images along the road of the ink and text work that I showed earlier in the year. Of course I always have the trusty iPhone with me and I’d taken images as words revealed, of spills and sprays and crinkled fabric and ink stains too.

20 Mar


indian ink in water | kootoyoo

Do you remember way back when I used to post those blurry-what-on-earth type images of the beginnings and middles and almost there stages of projects?

That’s what the ink is about. I have to present a piece for assessment next week and I am planning on using images from the ink work at the gallery. It’s all about process and how sometimes the very best moments reveal themselves when you’re not expecting it. Say (for example) when you spray ink all over the gallery walls.

I’ve made a little film of ink in water to go along with my sculptural prints which I hope to get onto over the weekend.

Have you been making something great? Valuing the making more than the made?


13 Mar

A big couple of weeks…

circle of confusion | clicks

I feel like I’ve got HEAPS to catch up on.

I installed my circle of confusion piece for assessment and then I installed my ink work at First Site Gallery and then I showed my photo books at the photo book day at NGV as part of Melbourne Now. AND I started a new year of Uni and organised and commenced my internship.

I have been falling into bed each night and dragging myself out of bed reluctantly each morning but I’m excited about new opportunities for learning and of course personal growth.

circle of confusion | set

I’m resolving to share more of the uni stuff – when you consider that I started this space as a space to document, it really seems rather ridiculous that now that I’m actually making some stuff I’m truly proud of it languishes in the “making cupboard” (which I consider as a temporary holding yard for the skip that will be filled by my kids when I croak).

So, in the spirit of sharing the making – show us what you’ve got…


27 Feb

Circle of confusion…

circles of confusion | kootoyoo

I’ve thrown myself wholeheartedly into the moulding of cameras and to the manufacture of circles. I turned myself into the Koo version of Andy Warhol…churning those pieces out just as fast as the clay would allow.

It will come as no surprise to you that I’ve over thought and over worked the project (especially as it was summer school and an elective) but I think that I might take the idea further and develop it into a photographic project as well.

Being at Uni during the break has afforded me luxuries I wouldn’t normally have. I’ve been able to slowly and quietly install my work in the shooting studio instead of rushing to install in the classroom the morning of assessment.

The task for today is to attach my circles of confusion to my have a crack suspension system using light stands & hope for the best.

The project is all about faking it and last week a couple of people hinted that they might need to fake some stuff because they haven’t been doing much making – I’m all for that. Yes to faking stuff.


20 Feb

The red thread…

red thread _ kootoyoo _ kirsty macafee

Yeah – that old chestnut, the invisible thread that connects those destined to meet.

I’ve had the most amazing two weeks – up to my elbows in plaster and slip and glaze. I’ve had eyes wide moments as I listened and soaked up more RMIT marrow. I’ve met great people who think and make hard. I’ve made more stuff that I thought possible, learned a LOT (about ceramics & myself) and I’ve had a blast.

Such a gift.

What’s going on in your space this week?