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Perspectives, Issue #016--Easter Greetings
April 04, 2010
"Perspectives" - Easter and more rain.
'Rain…rain…rain…well, after all, it is the Wet season in Far North Queensland and right across tropical Australia as the monsoon settles in to cloaking the northern part of the continent with grey'.
This is how I started my last newsletter to you and it seems that little has changed. Still it rains, night and day it rains...I think that we have had a few fine days but they are forgotten in the monotony of the present relentless drumming on the roof.
The garden is out of control; my back lawn has been taken over by sweet potatoes and pumpkins, passion fruit vines clamber over shrubs and trees, weighing them down and trying to turn it all back into jungle.
Without doubt, the sense of renewal and refreshment of spirit which comes with ‘getting back to nature’ cannot be denied and is in tune with religious thoughts of re-birth, which Easter Sunday celebrates.
But that’s a very subjective assessment as most people who live ‘down south’, compared with ‘up north’, enjoy the cold weather and avoid the often humid heat of the tropics.
As mentioned, for us living ‘the dream’, Paradise this Easter is rather gloomy, with incessant rain keeping many people indoors and most planned camping and boating trips being cancelled.
Cashmere is much warmer – such a beautiful, luxurious, light-weight fabric and I am still trying to source un-dyed ones from Nepal or Kashmir. I did import some a few months ago. They were reasonably priced, felt beautiful and seemed to have all the properties that I expected.
However, to my horror and disappointment, after I had dyed them using my usual techniques, the dyes washed straight out. Further ‘burn tests’ confirmed my suspicions that, despite their cashmere labels they were, in fact, polyester or a similar man-made material. So it’s a matter of ‘buyer beware’ and I shall be much less trusting in my dealings with overseas wholesalers in the future.
Judith Bohm-Parr is offering a series of glass workshops at her studio at Fishery Falls, south of Cairns. This is a remarkable opportunity that has never been offered before in North Queensland as far as I know.
If you are looking for a very special arts experience, check out these
organised by Australian artist, Ruth Rich. Taking part in workshop retreats in romantic parts of Europe and Australia is what Ruth really enjoys – so now she is organising them herself! Ruth has run arts workshops in Australia for many years and knows participating instructors well so her organising and artistic experience bodes well for the fortunate participants.
We are thinking that basket weaving, perhaps combined with fibre arts might be an interesting workshop for this year’s Go Troppo Arts Festival in October. Please let us know your thoughts about subjects that you would like to see included?
I expect that you know that Melbourne artist, Sam Leach, won both the Archibald Prize for his painting of Tim Minchin and the Wynne Prize for his ‘Proposal for Landscaped Cosmos’. Quite an achievement and only the second time it has happened in the history of the prizes.
Watch this space for other interesting North Queensland and Australian workshops.
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