Rust

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Wire. To convey the Japanese idea of ‘SABI’ which means to ‘rust’ or ‘to decline’. Appreciating the natural process of growth and decay in nature reminds us of the beauty of weathering, ageing and the passage of time.

Materials: Scrap wire collected around Adelaide city. Cowrie shells found in an op-shop. Casuarina needles gathered on a friend’s property in Southern Tasmania. Up-cycled cotton dyed with scrap iron found on city streets, Hahndorf blackberries and Eucalyptus. Dragon tree (Dracaena draco) fibre from fallen materials in Bowden. Fresh flax fibre from JanG’s house.

Making: Mostly an ‘inspiration prior to consciousness and outside of skill’ process. An aesthetic experience; “…one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment” (Ken Robinson). Or…trial and error until it feels right.