isiiad

I Saw It In A Dream

The exhilaration of creative endeavour is at the heart of isiiad. 

It chronicles the creativity of others and is in itself, an expression of the blogger Jeannette Davison’s own creative predilections.

She dreamt a dream. Isiiad is the realisation of that dream.

Isiiad is dedicated to
Kerry Cross
without whom the isiiad dream would never have become a reality.

Potters Cottage: a tribute

Potters Cottage: a tribute

 Sylvia Halpern© 1918 - 2008 In days gone by, Warrandyte was synonomous with the Potters Cottage (1958 - 2004). So what better exhibition to open the new Manningham Gallery than a tribute to that old Warrandyte institution. This is such a nostalgic...

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Engaging Form

Engaging Form

Maria Vanhees, More Than Skin-Deep ll, earthenware, press-mould and coil built, soda fired, H47 x W53 x D34cm.  2009  (detail) Feast your eyes on these examples from an exhibition showcasing 45 of the best of Australian Ceramists.  The exhibition,...

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Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival

Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival

What better place to launch the local yarn bombing spectacular - The First Train to Allwood - than at the 2012 Hurstbridge Wattle Festival?  The festival was held one week before National Wattle Day (1st September) and thanks to recent high rainfalls, the wattle was...

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Blogging in the time of

Rona

Tim Peel wins Premier’s Award for Excellence.

Tim Peel wins Premier’s Award for Excellence.

Tim Peel© Sculptural Ring, gold, South Sea pearl, spinel, diamond. (Photograph courtesy of the artist) Just before the Yarra Valley Open Studio's Program kicked off this year I met gold and silversmith Tim Peel. Last week an email came through letting me know...

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Jacqueline Mitelman-Facetime  

Jacqueline Mitelman-Facetime  

Jacqueline Mitelman, Olivia 2008, inkjet print, 53 x 39 cm. Courtesy of the artist. I know I keep banging on about TarraWarra Museum of Art.  I can't help myself.  Once again it's captured my attention.  Two exhibitions opened in the middle of October. The works above...

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Baldessin Studio 10th Birthday Party

Baldessin Studio 10th Birthday Party

You will know by now that I didn't want to leave Birrarung House.  The final day came around all too quickly but there was a little bright spot on the day that propelled me back into my previous life, in the nicest possible way. One of my favourite places in the...

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visit exhibitions

Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival

Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival

What better place to launch the local yarn bombing spectacular - The First Train to Allwood - than at the 2012 Hurstbridge Wattle Festival?  The festival was held one week before National Wattle Day (1st September) and thanks to recent high rainfalls, the wattle was...

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Beyond the Trees-  A celebration of Thomas Lloyd Guitars.

Beyond the Trees-  A celebration of Thomas Lloyd Guitars.

A guitar is shaped like the body of a beautiful woman.  All sensuous curves and smooth 'skin'.  Any wonder that they're capable of making such seductive sounds. I'm a lapsed classical guitarist.  For my teaching diploma I learnt classical guitar for a year. The joy of...

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The Caladenia Rosella Orchid

The Caladenia Rosella Orchid

One of the really lovely things to happen since beginning Isiiad has been the making of connections at Dunmoochin.  It's meant, life drawing sessions, exhibition openings and opportunies to meet many of the fine artists who take up residence there.  Last...

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inspirational artists

Michelle Mischkulnig

Michelle Mischkulnig

Who could resist the riot of colour that is a hallmark of Michelle Mischkulnig's textiles. Judging from the huge success of her recent exhibition at Yering Station (where she sold 80% of her work), not many. She almost apologises that all of her work is happy,...

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Maudie Palmer

Maudie Palmer

Photograph ©Kerry Cross I arrived at TarraWarra Museum of Art for my interview with Maudie Palmer with a head full of curiosity, a notepad full of questions and more than my usual anticipation. As has consistently been the case at TWMA, I was shown the sort of...

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Karena Goldfinch

Karena Goldfinch

Karena Goldfinch© Black Wallaby Forest My dream of living by the river at Warrandyte was born way back in my childhood when the Murray River was my 'playground'.  Any wonder that the river and trees at Warrandyte, so reminiscent of my childhood, drew me out...

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Robin Boyd’s Wright House

Robin Boyd’s Wright House

I remember reading Robin Boyd's book "The Australian Ugliness" as a young girl and completely agreeing with his opinion that we tend to uglify our otherwise beautiful environment.  He sets the aesthetic bar high.  So I figured you could expect his architectural design...

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Sibella Court

Sibella Court

"My mother called me Silver...part precious metal part pirate."  "Etcetera" by Sibella Court. She oozes creative genius from every stylist pore.  She first made her name as an interior stylist in New York City, arguably the most difficult city in the world...

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The Robins

Ahhh Warrandyte you've done it again!  Just when I was thinking to include more houses on Isiiad (particularly after the experience of Lascelles),  I saw an ad for the Robin Boyd Foundation's Open Houses in Warrandyte.  So on a cloudy, wet Warrandyte day last Sunday,...

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Artwork Credits

Banner 1: (Left to right)
Katie Breckon Worrorra stone tool  76x105cm  Artwork created by Katie Breckon with permission from Worrorra elders Nyorna Woolagoodja and Janet Oobagooma.
Belinda Rogers  Dragon at the temple of Peace  oil on Caravaggio linen  300x180cm

Banner 2:
Michael Schlitz  Desert Girl woodcut on Kozo 76x56cm

Banner 3:
Mirka Mora  Untitled  2010  Edition 98/250