I’ve been working on this body of work all week, to the exclusion of most else. When I close my eyes I can see dark brushstrokes and delicate silhouetted plant forms; balanced patterns of light and shade.  I started out tight and restrained.

After a week, the movements of my bamboo stick over inked butter paper are free-form, expansive, relaxed.  The intense contrast evokes light.


Seeing these images is seeing my mind laid out in its hidden frameworks before me.  feel joy when I look at them all; that my mind has the capacity to generate this beauty and sense of coherence.  Is it coherent? It is to me.  So fascinating – a secret language to explain myself to myself.

The changing state of manufacturing

Ever since I got interested in 3D Printing and linked it up with quick-turnaround manufacturing, I also got interested in MakerSpace, FabLabs and other places where regular citizens can hire equipment like 3D printers and laser cutters to do art projects, or commercialise their ideas.

I’ve got an Etsy site of my own, although I’m no good at keeping the content fresh, so my jewellery has slid down into the mud place where all the fossilized jewellery sites from 2011 go on Etsy. Etsy was all about handcraft, until now, when it’s now got Etsy Manufacturing



Caves are prevalent images in the world of myths, legends, and cults. The cave is thought to be closely related to the symbolic heart, and is often a place where the self and ego unite. They can be secret passageways to an underworld, places in which to make contact with the powers and forces which will eventually make their way into the world of light.

Man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage. – Morris West

A butterfly normally symbolizes a certain change that occurs rapidly. It can also be used to symbolize rebirth, evolution, commemoration, lightness, time and soul. They are known as symbol of transformation due to their impressive process of metamorphosis.

Cocoon – A safe place for healing or transformation, to dream of a cocoon can symbolise a desire for relief against life’s overburdening pressures and stress.

Seaweed is a macroscopic, multicellular, benthic marine algae. The term includes some members of the red, brown and green algae. Seaweeds can also be classified by use.

“Amongst the tangle of fronds washed onto beaches after fierce storms, there will be delicate red laces, massive rubbery straps, slimy thin sheets, and brown beads that pop with pressure. All have come from a narrow zone of the rocky coast – the realm of seaweeds.” – Maggy Wassilieff

“Love is like seaweed; even if you have pushed it away, you will not prevent it from coming back.” – Nigerian proverb

Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.  – Cyril Connelly

lichen (/ˈlkən/,[1] sometimes /ˈlɪən/ [2]) is a composite organism consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) and aphotosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont) growing together in a symbiotic relationship. The photobiont is usually either a green alga (commonly Trebouxia) or cyanobacterium (commonly Nostoc).[3] The morphology, physiology and biochemistry of lichens are very different from those of the isolated fungus and alga in culture. Lichens occur in some of the most extreme environments on Earth—arctic tundra, hot deserts, rocky coasts, and toxic slag heaps. However, they are also abundant as epiphytes on leaves and branches in rain forests and temperate woodland, on bare rock, including walls and gravestones, and on exposed soil surfaces (e.g., Collema) in otherwise mesic habitats. The roofs of many buildings have lichens growing on them. Lichens are widespread and may be long-lived;[4] however, many are also vulnerable to environmental disturbance, and may be useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution,[5][6][7] ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Lichens have also been used in making dyes and perfumes, as well as in traditional medicines. It has been estimated that 6% of Earth’s land surface is covered by lichen.[8]

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I went to a great workshop this weekend just gone, with Annie Smits Sandano.  More to say about that later, but the workshop got me thinking about permutations of colour combinations in woodcut layering.

I wasn’t sure why, but the idea of layering three levels of semi transparent colour on top of each other to create a multicoloured image that also features white, blew my mind.

Annie taught us the useful and practical technique of using tracing paper to develop the colour layers, which was perfect for the workshop.  Later I got thinking about how to explore ALL the different layering options there were, and exactly HOW many there were.  I found the Combinations and Permutations calculator and found 6 combos for three colours, and then went to photoshop to play.

Here are my results.  As you’ll see, I also played around with transparency.  I also tried out just using two of the colour plates.

First, here’s all the images with the green layer on top. (I’ve labelled each with the colour order)

greenmen Now pink on top:pinkmen Yellow on top: yellowmen


Here are my picks of the bunch:


Exploring Island Bay Marine Reserve

Feeling distinctly like a penguin, I waddled into the water.  I was lucky enough to be able to borrow an underwater camera from my guide, who knows a lot more about diving, free-diving, crayfish hunting and spear-fishing than I do.

Knowing I love strange underwater creatures, he chose us the best day of the year for a dive; a fresh sunny summer day with only a whisper of wind, the fourth in a row.  The water was clear, calm with a swell and freezing.  I was really glad for the 7 cm of wetsuit-blubber all over my body and pretty soon my face was too numb to feel anyway.

P1000285 P1000290Everything moved in sway with the swell, making it almost impossible to snap a clear photo – I loved every second.

P1000322 P1000356 P1000387Aenemones hanging out in their natural habitat:

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