The best thing about going away to the city for me is being out of my habitual life.
As a family, we are very (very!) routine. We have our dance classes, play groups, mothers groups, morning tea at nan's and school days.
And I often wonder if we lived in a city if we would be as structured, or if we would be more spontaneous, and jump on a bus to somewhere.
Anyway, as I was saying, the best thing about going away is seeing things that I haven't seen everyday, and therefore, do not see anymore - do you know what I mean?
Like beautiful graffiti on the train tunnels, like the mist covering the harbour bridge, or like the vibrant colours of a 'nemo' + 'dorie' fish.
So on Sunday we went to the markets in The Rocks, and I love these markets. They are a mixture of touristy items (like opal jewellery + australian animal puzzles) + and beautiful + original art + crafts.
One of the stalls had amazing steam punk jewellery, and if I had had more cash on me I would have bought lots from this stall, (thank goodness they have a website!!), but I was reminded how much I love steam punk - the clothes, the gadgets, the contraptions, and I remembered that I had a few old watches in my studio.
So with my hammer I took apart all these old watches (so. much. fun!) to find the elusive gold cogs to use in future projects, and I decided to use some in this weeks painting.
(So she is not very geishaish, but I decided that the steam punk genre is all about being traditional, in non traditional ways!)
How cute are those cogs? If they were bigger I would have stuck them on a bobby pin for my hair!!
I was tell my nan about my day of destruction, laughing at how I took my hammer to the old watches, and her face was priceless, (I don't think she ever thought that some one would pull watches apart for parts to use in artwork!) She then told me she had a few old watches from my Poppy in her special box, that would have some cool parts, but I knew that she wasn't offering them to me for destruction!
Have you pulled apart something for art? Just because? I would love to hear your stories. [And feel free to send me your old watches!! ]
Thank you everyone for your awesome comments on my post - I am sorry I couldn't visit as many of you as I liked, but I will this week!