Kate Hughes

city link
December 2, 2009, 9:09 pm
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I’m planning on getting back to colour pencils soon, they capture the gloom and warm greys of urban sprawl so aptly. My tin of pencils currently lies prone at the bottom of a half packed suitcase, restrained by rubber bands. This drawing is from early this year. Initially arranged with an accompanying map and cloudscape the whole failed and they were chopped off leaving this panorama of concrete and now disassembled metal.


afternoon edition
December 1, 2009, 9:50 pm
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Monday afternoon to the squeals of a poorly greased thread I printed an edition of seven lino prints. Cut a few months ago the lino had lain ignored in a drawer awaiting a burst of enthusiasm. A reworking of the same image of Clifton Hill station I painted some time ago here the blacks are crisp and sharp. Contrast and atmosphere can be adjusted with indian ink hand toning, each print handled differently. A pleasant and messy way to while away my last hours in the studio for the year.

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.


homeward bound
October 13, 2009, 7:14 am
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My first zine is completed. A simple collage forming a compendium of the ideas and images I’ve been revolving around for the last few months. Sold flat the book’s owner will become part co-creator, folding and cutting as per instructions. I should be dropping a small pile of these off at Sticky Institute this afternoon. Hopefully they’ll catch people’s eye in the wall of zines.

Australia Home
October 4, 2009, 8:19 pm
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Finally finished. This book is a chronology of all the buildings I’ve known as home. A personal history of colonising the land. The covers are laser engraved with an adapted William Morris motif, recalling both internal intimate spaces, and the english sensibility that is projected onto the land. The inset embroidery brings the feminine to the fore, the hand crafted as gift, a gesture of love, a sharing of perspectives. The handcrafted nature of the work is restated by the exposed stitching, including it’s visible flaws and tensions. Beginning with the home I returned from the hospital to as a newborn, and moving through to a building I have not yet set foot in, but is the form of my future home, where my daydreams reside.

domestic space working space
September 5, 2009, 3:47 pm
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Peoples working spaces fascinate me especially when they merge into the domestic space. The things we surround ourselves with become extensions of our thoughts and memories, symbols to store our epiphanies. Breanna’s posted some photos of her space that elaborate on these watercolours beautifully.

After eight months of residency I still haven’t documented my studio, I will. I appreciate the space and retreat it provides but dislike how it forces my art apart from my day to day routines. To tackle this I keep my watercolours and an extra set of grey leads and paper at home. Lately I’ve preferred working at home, embroidering in bed with my laptop for reference.