Kate Hughes

horizon line
November 27, 2009, 6:13 pm
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I sincerely regret that I never finished this book. It’s pale blue cover bisected by an inky line charms me. Examining the horizon through wahat is above and below, the cover is the only thing that recalls a vista. After drawing the first page I left the others blank seeking inspiration elsewhere. Blank pages remain, traces of guiding lines across their surface, squares drawn up never to be filled. I wish it were complete but my drawing has progressed so far that I would have to begin the first two again should I continue it. They are less than my ability now but I can’t bring myself to replace or dispose of them. So the book remains undone.

Looking down from above, something begins to take form.


book work
November 24, 2009, 11:08 pm
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I’ve been pottering along working on embroideries. A slow process with limited moments of revelation and excitement but sustained pleasure and growth. Today I finished this new book cover which will soon (don’t ask me to define soon) be bursting with drawings that will spill out of the covers.

I’ve begun work on a new very special book cover. To simplify the process and avoid mistakes I’ve broken the design into eighths. Over 8,000 stitches will be sewn before it is complete but I already see it all before me.

Expect some posts over the next week that look at some older books I’ve made both complete and incomplete.

And apparently I’m not the only person who thinks textiles and book covers make a perfect pair.

colour palette
November 20, 2009, 10:24 pm
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A new colour palette for a new map, this time of clifton hill with merri creek running through. Contrasting vibrant colours juxtaposed next to each other dull the whole down whilst retaining some essential purity.

I’ve been writing lots of applications lately and have not yet been able to put coherently into words what these maps are and mean to me. Women’s labour codifying the land, exerting a passive categorical control through slow observation and documentation. An intimate colonisation.

paint print fold
November 16, 2009, 2:00 pm
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Working on a new zine. It will be interactive and able to exist in a variety of forms as with the last one but will come completed. I’ve scanned, formatted and printed the first few drawings into a mock up and all is looking good. Now to complete the seven remaining drawings and photograph some feet.

vulnerable object
November 14, 2009, 4:47 pm
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Thinking about the drawing as an object, a three dimensional piece of paper and lead to be held. Folded and smeared the drawing will change state degrading to destruction. I want to watch drawings move, I may need to use some video.

November 12, 2009, 9:43 pm
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My first completed embroidery map. My finger tips may be swollen and sore from the final stitches but I am so pleased to have this finished. The bulk of the cotton thread makes stitching hard but gives a weight to the fabric; distorting and warping the image out from its grid like origins.

To give an idea of the bulk of the thread here’s an image of the back taken before the edges of the linen were trimmed.


start over
November 12, 2009, 5:48 pm
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I’ve returned from the rolling hills and fertile lake shore of Canberra with a pocketful of treasures. Now it’s back to work and hopefully back to regular art updating here. I’m finishing embroideries both maps and a book cover, starting a second zine, planning drawings for a new book, getting my watercolour skills back up to scratch and I have a photo/drawing project in my head that I must make asap. Time is indeed a blessing.