Over 2015 my goal has been to unite the forces of my creativity into a cycle of vitality - writing inspires painting, inspires design, inspires jewellery, and back again. I've refused a plan and the pressure to work in any one medium. Instead, I let inspiration steer me into both familiar and unknown waters, and have committed myself to simply seeking expressions of calm meditation, simplicity and beauty. Except for the signposts of progress in having exhibitions to work towards, the plan has been to let the spiritual energy of creating move through me, and to let myself be moved. As a self-confessed control freak, this has been a challenge.
This August, I am launching the results of this creative process. Happily, I was successful in applying for a space at pod, the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre pop-up shop, located in The Hamlet, Braddon. Pod lets craft artists show their works in a retail-like setting, and the application process was both scary and motivating. Being successful has meant time off from work and finding the willingness to put my calm, quiet work out there for public consumption again. It also means another step deeper into a personal style that I am increasingly in love with with and that is worth all the risks. The Haiku Collection features sculptures, jewellery, scarves and art. When designing this collection I was directly influenced by a month of haiku writing exercises that I undertook earlier in the year, which I found powerfully calming and meditative. In this collection I'm hoping to capture the simple, minimalist elegance of haiku, to create a kind of visual poetry.
I've released some early images on social media, and you can join the event or keep up with news here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614789535431124/
Haiku Collection will launch on August 4, with the opening night celebration from 6:00pm. The show will run for two weeks, from 4 - 17 August. Opening hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. I'm excited for the launch, and I hope to see you there! x - Danni