Shades of Violet

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A few days ago I received a note from a fellow nature enthusiast. Someone thanking me for connecting community through my blog, through examining nature. Someone who finds nature as inspiring as I do, but takes it in a whole other direction.

Dr. Jim Olsen is a pediatric brain cancer specialist and researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He told me about an important project he and his team are working on and wondered if I might be willing to talk about it here.

In his email he explains,
My family and I are nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Since I was a small child, I marveled at the innovative ways that plants and animals evolve to protect themselves and interact. Now, as a pediatric oncologist and researcher, I have turned to nature once again to generate new drug candidates for diseases…

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getting ready for the fire – in progress

two more sirens getting ready for completion – waiting for a kiln to be emptied (community kiln),

underglazed and  incised, stained, engobes and more colour applied and washed back – these pieces haven’t yet been bisqued.

embroidery textiles pieces obviously won’t go into the fire but will be applied later.  sweet_siren04 sweet_siren05

measuring white noise – rud-abot-bot

measuring white noise – rud -abot- bot would be a bit of fun if it wasn’t so serious – currently we are in the throes of a federal election –

and the choices provide slim pickings (rudd or abbott)  .  clay body, muslin wrapped head, stitched with vintage fabrics and vintage tape measure, vintage metal meccano.

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memory sticks

a bit of a play on memory quilts and usb (memory) sticks – clay body covered and stitched, sticks wrapped with vintage fabrics and thread.  50 x 56 x 30 cmmemory sticks_detail memorysticks02 memorysticks03