Saturday, June 21, 2014

Shop update–a small collection

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I’ve just completed a small collection of limited edition necklaces and added them to my online store.

The first is the Tathra Necklace. Made using ceramic beads that have been made using found clay and pit fired using found materials, assembled on a natural linen cord, this piece is inspired by the tidal detritus that I discovered on the beaches of Tathra, NSW.

The second is the Eden Necklace. Made using a soft natural cotton twine that is hand dyed with natural indigo plant dye and hand knitted to a piece that is inspired by the time I spent in Eden overlooking the Tasman Sea.

The third is the Grampians Necklace. Made using ceramic beads that have been made using found clay pit fired using found materials and assembled on a pure silk cord, this piece is inspired by the textures, tones and colours of the rock formations of The Grampians.

You can ready more about these pieces and their inspirations in my store.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Textures, tones and colours of The Grampians

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Last spring I hiked through Grampians National Park to discover the wildflowers that fill this beautiful part of Australia during that time. What I discovered while I was there is that this mountain range is also filled with rock formations that feature the most incredibly diverse textures, tones and colours.

These are some of the rock formations that I collected images of while I was there (originally posted on my Instagram). It’s a very inspiring part of the world.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Weaving: Surf Coast in deep winter

Surf Coast in Deep Winter weaving by Alchemy

I was recently commissioned to complete a weaving inspired by the ocean for a woman who feels most at home there. I understand this feeling well as I also feel most at home on the coast and I spend as much time as I can as close to the ocean as I can.

I feel more myself when I have my toes in the fine, white sand, listening to the sounds of the waves crashing and watching the dancing greys, blues and white tips of the Australian oceans and seas.

This piece is inspired by the time that I have spent along the Surf Coast in deep winter. The tones of the overcast sky and ocean are soft and muted. I feel a deep serenity along this southern stretch of the Australian coast, despite the often wild weather.

It’s made using all sustainable materials: vintage yarns (a delicate pure wool, silky soft cotton and a coarser, rugged grey wool) and reclaimed Australian hardwood timber.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Weaving–shop update

Tidal detritus in Tathra, early summer weaving by Alchemy

I recently completed this weaving, entitled Tidal Detritus in Tathra, high summer. This piece is inspired by the tidal treasures that I discovered washed ashore on the beaches of Tathra, NSW, while camping there in high summer of 2014.

I had never visited Tathra before last year and since that visit I feel myself pulled to the area. Some aspects of this pull I can easily describe – the beaches that are both wild and serene, the warm weather, the colours and textures of the natural environment and the people I encountered there. But mostly it’s quite vague – a spiritual attraction. On returning this summer I felt that pull even more strongly, as if the memory of my previous visit had awoken an older, stronger memory. I feel that I will return to this town many more times in my lifetime.

This piece is hand woven using all sustainable materials: found, vintage and reclaimed cotton and wool yarn and twines, local textile industry offcuts and reclaimed wood.

It is already sold, but you can read more about it in my online store.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Weavings - shop update

Tidal detritus on Little Oberon Bay weaving by AlchemyTidal detritus on Cape Liptrap weaving by Alchemy

The two weavings, inspired by the tidal detritus that I discovered on the beaches of Little Oberon Bay in Wilsons Promontory National Park and Cape Liptrap in South Gippsland, are now in my online store.

They are hand woven using all sustainable natural materials (found, vintage and reclaimed cotton and wool) and mounted in reclaimed wooden frames.

The frames in which these two pieces sit act as a loom and frame – I wove directly into them. It adds an extra element of difficulty to the process but the result is a perfect fit and a clean finish. It also means that I can use yarns and techniques that might ordinarily render a woven tapestry unstable (and prone to falling apart), but these pieces are perfectly sturdy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wilson’s Promontory

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I recently spent a long weekend at Wilson’s Promontory National Park (again). I’ve long felt that the Prom is my spiritual home, and I feel more myself when I visit this magical place.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Planthunter: Memory

Belinda Evans' Australian wildflower tattoo by Stanislava Pinchuk

I wrote an essay on memory, my grandfather, nature and my ever growing tattoo collection for the latest issue of The Planthunter: Memory.

The Planthunter is a new(ish) online publication devoted to a subject that is close to my heart: plants and the way that we interact with them. Founded and edited by talented landscape designer Georgina Reid, so far it has featured stories and images by many great contributors, including the lovely Anna Thomas, the clever and mysterious Birdie and natural dyer extraordinaire India Flint.

(Image and tattoo by Stanislava Pinchuk).