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In 2002 I created 'Ancient water' depicting the melting of glaciers in New Zealand to raise the issue of temperature increases impacting our environment. The recent news of 'Predicted to be one of the largest break-offs ever recorded, the separation of iceberg could trigger breakup of most northern major ice shelf, Larsen C Antarctica' shows the continuing impact of temperature on our environment, 15 years later
'Ancient water' can be seen at www.muirandmuir.com.au private collections
Like Australian artists, the New Zealand landscape has a major impact on the works of Kiwi artists. My visit to New Zealand to both the north and very different south islands in 2002 had a major visual impact on the textile 'Aotearoa'.
The diptych can be seen in 'Private collections' at www.muirandmuir.com.au
Australian organisation for art quilters presents
Australia Wide Five
on exhibitioin at AQS QuiltWeek at:
Grans Rapids, Michigan 16-19 August 20107
Fall Paducah Kentucky 13-16 September 2017
Ses Moines, Iowa, 4-7 October 2017
Mark Rothko's beautiful works were the main influence on 2 works in early 2002 after seing his original paintings in London in 2002.
The works, 'Achieving purple' and 'Evensong' are shown in the Private Collections at www.muirandmuir.com.au
This Rustic Scarf is part of a collection of scarves created by Alison Muir. They represent an ongoing passionate belief in the aquatic politics.
Created by Alision Muir.
This is a delicate scarf created by Alison in her Cremorne studio. Expect more intricate work to come.
This is a hand crafted Scarf by Alison Muir..
More detailed images
Handwoven wraps from Bhujodi in Gujarat & Fulia inWest Bengal; Bandani scarves from Bhuj; Block printed scarves from Ajarkhpur; Aari embroidery from my Alanakar project with the Zardosi Original artisan group in West Bengal & yardage & scarves from Women Weave in Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh.
A range of loops handwoven in my studio, pieces from previous exhibitions and archive & assorted item from my studio – books, yarn, fabric and catalogues.
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North Sydney Council organises as annual North Sydney Art Show and this work was produced in 2001. It was awarded the Waterfront and Open prizes in an exhibition that rarely included textiles as a medium.
The work is in a private collection
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer per head of populationin the World and we are the largest population closest to the hole in the Ozone layer.
Is it any wonder.. we worship sport and lazy Sunday afternoons. At least these days the young are protected from neck to knee in materials not invented when I was a child. Baking in the sun having lashed the bodywith olive oil so the skin would burn and achieve that browned and supposedlyhealthy 'tan'. Five years ago I had a lentigo maligna removed with 5mm of flesh around a fingernail size mole from my lower leg as a result of the sun exposure and wearing skirts; the curse of the female population.
Sydney has had its coldest winter in my living memory and as far as the Weather broadcast is concerned its the coldest in 40 years. To escape this cold David & I recently escaped to Darwin in Northern Territory to essentially warm up. The coldest nighty in Darwin was the maximum temperature in Sydney at 18 degrees Centrigrade. While in Darwin the humidity was low and the temperature balmy; I feel alive again.
Again water and my love of the environment are reflected in this work. The original caption is available in the Collections part of the website and the work resides in Munster Germany in the private collection of a dear friend.
New work being developed currently for an exhibition, hopefully in 2016/7 will consider the transparency of water in its many forms; I am not surprised when I see this work from 2001 as the water theme and transparency of Policy with mining and government decisons are serious and topical
In 2014 my brother Peter achieved what my father Peter had been wanting to do for many decades; he has a farm he escapes to where the world is peaceful, quiet and he can work or not work depending on his feelings or the weather.
Recently my father Peter was admitted to War Veterans Narrabeen for full time care; at 92 he is unable to look after himself and 3 falls since Christmas have taken their toll.
We will shortly be cleaning out the apartment at Manly and my hope is that brother Peter can find some space on the wall of his farm for 'Huck's farm' to hang outside Braidwood NSW
In the Collections section of this website is the original caption for the work
A recent nature program reflected that all human beings on Earth are 1 genus and that skin colour is based on location and climate.
So how do we get black or white as a colour range for human skin? That's not actually true as no-one is pure white or black and does it actually matter what colour your skin is?
Some reflect that white supremacy is now; I dont believe that myth. We all contribute to the World whether it be good or bad, black or white and tolerance is what is needed if we are to survive as a planet
Have you considered whether the answer to any question is actually black or white; shades of grey has merit!
2001 was the second year of the new Millenium and I was reflecting on how I would live my life having reached the age of 50.
Early in the 20th Century my paternal grandfather immigrated by ship to Adelaide Australia from Birmingham England. Now his great grandchildren are exploring the delights of his native country but fly rather than travel by water
I was able to get a working visa to work in London in 1974 because of my paternal grandfather. I won a design scholarship and worked in the offices of John Siddeley in Knightsbridge while renting a basement apartment in Chelsea and had Harrods as my local supermarket. Back then the $A was worth 2 English pounds and I lived like a very well spending every cent on travel, clothes and food
Later when I married we spent months in England exploring the country of my grandfather only to be left with a legacy of not being able to give blood for the rest of my life. This was due to the foot and mouth epidemic and because we had been eating meat and chicken.
In the wake can be seen in Collections on the website as it is in the possession of 1 of my brothers; the family line 'Huskins' or 'Osekins' from the Vikings who invaded England many 100's of years ago............
It is timely with a Prime Minister who has no capacity to read the electorate that I should be presenting the first of my very political works from 2000. The lead up to 2000 Centenary of Federation was Malcolm Turnball's time to offer an alternative; pity he went to the Conservatives or he might have been PM earlier. Tony Abbott is now my Federal member of Parliament!
In 2000 I was awarded the Centenary medal for my services to North Sydney community, the precinct system and the arts; it was presented to me by Joe Hockey as my Federal member of Parliament.
We didn't need a monarchy in 2000 and we dont need one now! The Conservatives are only interested in power for the few and to remain in place so they can use the system to their advantage.
Dont get me wrong, I am not sure Bill Shorten would be a better leader; it is time some of the smart women in this nation were given a chance to lead. At least they know how to run a household and family.
Tony wont do it but we need to be independent of the monarchy. We need to be a strong nation in our own right hand in hand with the first Australians
We are all taught at School that wool is one of those fabulous materials that can absorb liquid to 80% of its weight without feeling wet to the touch.
" A wet blanket' was made with that knowledge in mind and made me giggle that the double entendre would only be understood by Australians...............
In 2000 'A wet blanket' was accepted for inclusion in 'Expressions 2000' at the National Wool Museum, Geelong Victoria
In 2015 The National Wool Museum with Ozquilt Network Inc are calling for entries to the combined exhibition and applications can be found at www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au
A wet blanket is in a private collection and can be seen in my website Collections Gallery
La Nina, the opposite to El Nino is too much water. The Scientists are predicting an El Nino in Australia this winter when most of the rain falls on this very dry continent so our farmers are bracing for another hard year in 2015. The drought in some areas has not abated
The work entitled 'La Nina' in my Collections Gallery was made in 1999 to raise money for the Paralympics in Sydney 2000 and sold to a private investor. The work is an enlargement of a newspaper image of the Centre in the big wet of 1999. The special hand painted silk border I bought from an Aboriginal silk artist in Alice Springs .
A reference to Reflecting on La Nina can be found in the publication 'Quilts 2000 Australia Celebrates' which was handed to a paralympic sportsman at Mosman Art Gallery to celebrate the exhibition of the entire collection of quilts on display
The current weather front pounding the coast of NSW reminds me of the year the World Surfing championships were held at Balmoral Beach, Mosman inside Middle Harbour, Sydney as the surge of the waves was too large for safety if held outside. Last week the Manly Ferry stopped running from Circular Quay to Manly as the waves were 11 metres high, or 36 feet. The power of the sea to pound this old Continent has meant we need to be careful living too close to the edge...............
An image of The Wave is available in the Private Collection segment of my website
The phenomena in Australia of cutting down the tall poppies is alive and welll in the 21st Century; and often women are the worst.
By 2000 I had developed a personal style using what I call 'sqiggly strips' of vliesofixed silk ironed onto a base cloth to illustrate water in its many forms.
With 'Short poppies' I experimented with the technique in a vertical format to vent my frustration as a project manager in the real estate industry in Sydney.
Thankfully a number of likeminded women formed the organisation Women in FM and I was able to find support and employment that was satisfying and didn't chop down the tall poppies.
This work was my first accepted to Quilt National in 2001 and I travelled to the US for the exhibition opening and the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Conference. In 2005 the work was included in my solo show at Mosman Art Gallery entitled 'Aquamarine; recent textiles by Alison Muir'
The work is in a private collection in Australia and is shown in the Private Collections gallery on this website