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1000 Cups of Cranes - Week 35

Week 35

Hello, so in this week in my downtime I spent the week researching for a new kitten for my birthday as Sean wanted to get me one but was unsure if it was too soon until I ask. He didn't want to come and meet the kittens as he would have wanted to take them all home.

In my working hours as well as getting ready for the Dog Day out in Mawson Lakes which is on the 21st of september.  I spent most of this week working on some more coffee cups for the exhibition in March. 

I also had a meeting with Gallery One on the Friday. I can announce that I have booked the exhibition. Opening night will be Friday the 6th of March and the exhibition will run for 3 weeks and close on Friday the 27th of March. Now the planning and fundraising begins! If you know of any grants or any parties that might be interested in partnering, sponsoring or assisting with the exhibition please let me know. Also need someone to make a deep frame for my large pieces, at a very affordable price!

On the FridayI went out to parafield gardens to meet a black kitten that I found on gumtree that just see to say come and find me. I met with him and his foster mum and well obviously as you can see in image '673. Little Panther' he is now ours. He is a beautifully affectionate kitten and he is mostly black except for his little white marking on his neck, that we call his cravat and he has another small blotch of white down below his belly, that I call his budgie smugglers. Padme is not too happy that he is here, but she is getting used to him sort of. They both like to eat each other's food, the other day she was just sitting there watching him eat her food, what is with that?

On the Saturday, Sean and I went to the Adelaide Zoo for my birthday and so he could take photos of the animals for his photography class. It was a very enjoyable day. I attempted to take the crane photo with the meerkats and giraffes as a background but the wind blew one of the cranes into the meerkat enclosure. So as I am kind of fond of my fingers I decided to refold a crane and take a better photo. I really love the shot I ended up with in the petting zoo with the textured post and the alpacas in the background. 

On the Sunday was the State Titles for GKR SA. I went along and helped set up and then I walked over to the Art Gallery of SA for a Japanese Calligraphy class with Hiroko Watanabe. In which we learned about Hiroko's Calligraphy and she taught us to paint the kanji for wind - Kaze. We then painted the first stroke of the character and Hiroko went around and completed the Character based on the initial stroke. This was a very interesting exercise and a very enjoyable class. I wish there was somewhere I could learn japanese calligraphy on a regular basis.
 
During the class Hiroko spoke about when writing Kanji the Shinto-Buddhist concept of nothingness is very important. In western Graphic design we talk about negative space, but in Japanese it is more about the potential of something, that all things flow from nothing to something and from something to nothing.  I found this very interesting, Hiroko said that as she spent more and more time learning calligraphy she realised that if you can make the white space beautiful you succeed. She also spoke about how students who learn calligraphy usually give up before that are good at it and can truly enjoy it. I think that this is true with so many disciplines, I feel similar frustrations while teaching my karate students. 

After the calligraphy class I went back to the Karate Tournament, had a beautiful cup of coffee from Gianni the owner of Cirelli Coffee. Thank you to Gianni, his dad and his Barista for setting up their coffee cart and donating some of their takings to the Relay for Life team. 

The cranes featured in this week were decorated by people at SALA on Show.

Until next week may all your cups be delicious and all your cranes fly free. Make sure you register your email if you found a little bit of luck (a crane) or would like to attend the exhibition in March 2015. Register here.

656. Scribble Cranes
656. Scribble Cranes
Monday 8.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Isabel Willsmore. Background: My Jumper, twisted
657. Stitched
657. Stitched
Monday 8.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Sophie Atiken. Background: My Jacket
658. Gold splashed beach
658. Gold splashed beach
Monday 8.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Penny. Background: Hand painted tote bag
659. Purple piano
659. Purple piano
Monday 8.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Jola. Background: Record cover
660. Swirls
660. Swirls
Tuesday 9.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Luka Dakovic. Background: Plastic bag
661. Kisses and butterflies
661. Kisses and butterflies
Tuesday 9.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Margaret Hassan. Background: Plastic bag
662. White cave
662. White cave
Tuesday 9.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Elba Beltfaine. Background: Paper
663. Smile
663. Smile
Wednesday 10.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Ahaan. Background: Inside of a glass with my finger over the flash
664. Colour comes alive
664. Colour comes alive
Wednesday 10.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Minna. Background: paper and the other half of Minna's decorated square
665. White ribbon
665. White ribbon
Thursday 11.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Orla. Background: paper and a ribbon
666. Colourful Zebra
666. Colourful Zebra
Thursday 11.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Lilah. Background: origami paper
667. Red, white and blue
667. Red, white and blue
Thursday 11.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Paul Hester. Background: Ramekin on a reflective surface
668. Morning
668. Morning
Friday 12.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Lee Greenslade. Background: a wooden bench and a plant
669. Snake skin
669. Snake skin
Friday 12.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Orla. Background: a wooden tray
670. Spots
670. Spots
Friday 12.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Elana. Background: origami paper
671. Blue Shwirly
671. Blue Shwirly
Saturday 13.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Helen. Background: cat scan envelope
672. Zoo time, Alpaca my bag!
672. Zoo time, Alpaca my bag!
Saturday 13.September.2014 - Cranes folded from sugar packets from the Adelaide Zoo . Background: The fence post around the Alpaca enclosure and the Alpacas
673. Little Panther
673. Little Panther
Saturday 13.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Orla. Background: My earlier birthday present a new black kitten called Panther.
674. Turquoise stadium
674. Turquoise stadium
Sunday 14.September.2014 - Cranes decorated by Bree K. Background: The chair at the AGF+W
675. Kaze/wind
675. Kaze/wind
Sunday 14.September.2014 - Cranes folded from sugar packets from AGF+W. Background: The Japanese kanji for the word wind 'Kaze' painted by Hiroko Watanabe
676. Cirelli Coffee
676. Cirelli Coffee
Sunday 14.September.2014 - Cranes folded from sugar packets from Cirelli Coffee Background: Cirelli Coffee box and bags of coffee beans.
If you have found one of these cranes please keep it until march 2015 when you will be asked to bring it to the exhibition opening night, register your email address HERE so I can send you an invite to the opening night of the exhibition. So your crane can be placed into an artwork at the exhibition.


1 Comment to 1000 Cups of Cranes - Week 35:

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SHIRLEY Wrightson on Friday, 3 October 2014 5:17 PM
My favorites this week are 659 purple piano, 664 colour comes alive, 665 white ribbon, 666 clourful zebra, 668 morning, 673 little panther, 674 turquoise stadium, & 675 kaze/wind. Top 3: 673, 674, 675 ( I am trying not to be too personal but appealing to a larger demographic) My final vote goes to: 674 turquoise stadium
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