Kate Hughes

Sydney Home
March 20, 2011, 7:57 pm
Filed under: book binding, surrounds

Two months with no postings is very neglectful on my part. The first month I was busy packing up my life and scouting ahead to prepare for the move to Sydney. The second month has been spent getting to know my new house, my new city and my new job.

A project I planned to commence in Melbourne was postponed for this upheaval. It has now begun with a book that borders on a prototype. Exploring, charting history through geographic navigational tools this book documents the chronology of Australian Prime Ministers, their names laid down as roads straddling the landscape.

Miniature covers to be embroidered for a miniature book.


planning stages
June 10, 2010, 11:06 pm
Filed under: surrounds

Working out ideas and images for a new book this time in photoshop, a whole other workspace. This one will play with photographic images in a way I have not attempted before. Not sure it will work out as there is a technological element that is uncertain but I’m definitely up to trying it out.

May 1, 2010, 7:31 pm
Filed under: printmaking, surrounds | Tags: , ,

Drawing onto copper is one of the most beautiful processes, inevitably leading to disappointment when the plate is printed and the lines no longer sparkle and shimmer. Some drawing towards the book I’m currently working on.

rudimentary process
April 18, 2010, 7:04 pm
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Today I applied a hard ground to two copper plates at home, a first. Spoilt by a beautifully set up work shop at uni it is a joy to discover how to set up an impromptu workshop, spread across kitchen and yard, including the clothes line. These two plates are for a book I’m working on currently.

February 21, 2010, 1:53 pm
Filed under: painting, surrounds | Tags: , ,

Some may be happy to see that I’m attempting to paint again. The speed with which tones emerge astounds me but for me everything is always slow work. The photos were taken with my new camera though they are not particularly exiting demonstrations of its capabilities.

January 21, 2010, 12:04 am
Filed under: surrounds | Tags: , ,

I arrived home yesterday and well it looks nothing like this.

transitory domesticity
December 25, 2009, 6:50 am
Filed under: drawing, surrounds, travel | Tags: , , ,

The last few days have been spent in the kitchen. There have been braised greens with pasta, cauliflower soup, tomato eggplant pasta sauce, caremalised onion and pumpkin tarts and stewed apples to eat on pancakes and stirred into porridge for breakfast, all homemade. I am surrounded by pubs, cafes and restaurants but I feel no need to eat out when I can cook whatever I desire.

As well as in the kitchen I have been working at my desk filling another tiny piece of paper with thousands of greylead marks to make a picture. Grappling with flat skies, rippling water and complex rigging I think I’m managing alright.