Tag Tuesday's current theme is ' Steampunk' and I am away from home and have limited resources and of course, no stash. However, I am travelling with water colour paper, a black pen, some coloured pencils and a 2B and a 4B lead pencil. I also have scissors so I cut out an advertisement for a watch from the in flight magazine and with the purchase of a glue stick and some string , I created this interpretation of 'Steampunk'. I actually enjoyed working with so little at hand - sometimes it challenges you to think more and do something differently.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
|'Passengers' Exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum|
|Looking out onto the harbour from the Australian National Maritime Museum|
|Welcome Wall Plaque|
In 1950, my husband Jim was a three year old and he travelled on the SS Chitral with his mother and father, Rose and Don Simmons and his sisters Patricia and Christine from England to Australia. From the memoirs of Don Simmons : " .... The families saw us off at Snow Hill Station, Birmingham. Rosie's dad rushed down the steps just as the train was pulling out. We were bound for London and the Tilbury docks. I remember little of what happened until we boarded the P&O ship 'Chitral' on her final voyage.... The food and services were satisfactory. The journey took a full six weeks - largely due to a need to fix the engines in place... This caused a delay in Port Said and allowed me to see Pete ( Don's brother who was in Egypt doing National Service) ... I allowed us to be conned by a tout into making a trip by taxi to a native village. I can remember the hectic confusion and outright poverty of this place - the beggars and salesmen, dirt, flies, victims of elephantitis and bad smells. We retreated as soon as possible... We stopped at Colombo but couldn't afford to go ashore. We started out with about sixty pounds as I remember. The Indian Ocean seemed endless..."(Simmons, R.D.: Up There and Down Here, p65-66)
|Rose Simmons on board SS Chitral with children, Patricia, Christine and James (Jim) 1950|
|Panel 78, "Welcome Wall"|
The ceremony was very moving and especially significant for those whose names were unveiled yesterday like Jim and his sister Chris. Some of the stories of the families whose names are on the wall were told by descendants and the contribution by migrants to many Australian communities was recognized.
|Chris and Jim (Simmons) at the Welcome Wall|
Yesterday there were about 300 names unveiled in the second of the ceremonies held this year and I too was fascinated to hear and read the stories of so many people from various parts of the world. I know a little about the stories of those who come from UK and China, but it was so interesting for instance, to hear about families from places like Malta and the Ukraine and why they decided to settle in Australia.
|Jim and Wilma Simmons at the Welcome Wall|
|Australian National Maritime Museum display|
|Australian National Maritime Museum, Murray Street, Pyrmont.|
Thursday, September 7, 2017
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Tag Tuesday is still one of my favourite online blog groups, although I have been slack and haven't posted for a few weeks. The theme this fortnight is "Paris" chosen by Wendy, one of the talented TT Design Team. My offering for this theme is very simple - torn paper ( my current passion) and a "Paris" image to offer context to the textures in the layers of papers I have recycled. I don't think this perpetuates the romantic image of Paris so much as it tries to convey the history of the buildings of Paris. I have added more photos of my torn paper collages also completed while I did the Paris tag, as I simply cannot stop at one, once I start tearing up bits of paper.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Friday, September 1, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
I have just completed a commissioned series of small watercolour paint, pencil and pen drawings based on the stories of May Gibbs, Australian folklore author. She did not have a Hakea, Geraldton Wax nor a Grevillea character in her stories, but these are beautiful plants flowering at the moment in my garden, so they were included.
Monday, August 28, 2017
|Rain forest babies - art dolls by Wilma Simmons 2017|
" In the forest, the child. In the child, the forest. Dwelling well within themselves, children can right wrong turns, can find the clarity of a clearing in the woods. Breath deeply enough the scents of pine, mushroom, moss and beech mast and they will stay with you: listen to the forest attentively enough in childhood and the blackbird will still be singing seventy years on. (http://www.terriwindling.com/blog/2015/06/woods.html )
People often ask me what inspires you to make the things you do.... I draw my inspiration from many places. The little rainforest babies were made very late one night a couple of weeks ago. They are a response to a challenge 'inspired by May Gibbs" held by my doll making group, and while I wanted to pay tribute to May Gibbs' love of nature, I didn't merely want to copy her gumnut babies. However, I did want to capture her magical feel to her characters.... and I really loved the fantastical idea that babies born in the forest would have magical adventures. Of course I am always inspired by the beauty of nature and a walk outside, a memory or a photo will trigger an idea.