Haf Netters on the Solway Estuary and silhouette of nets, July 2010

‘I will make you fishers of men’

I have been exploring the idea of a metaphorical net that Jesus talks about in the Bible:

Rather than a net to catch fish, as some of the disciples were previously used to doing in their occupation, they are starting a new life teaching about Jesus and spreading the message that God’s son had arrived as a man to save the world. As they hauled in their nets full of fish, now they will draw people towards God. This will create a new metaphorical net of Christians, joined together, spreading the news of Jesus.

It is this idea of a net of humans that i am exploring, within my work. The photos i have included are early design developments of my work.

My Nets Project

Hi Sharon in particular. Hi Karen Griffith, now Facebook friend from Cumbria – fishing her dog out of the canal, tending her allotment asparagus and being funny. I’ve been off the air. It’s good to see how the blog has been up and  running – new names and work up there. I mean I know I have gone on about categorizing posts, but that and a bit of formatting aside … alive and well.

Sharon emailed me weeks ago, sent me a web-site, asked how I was. You know – busy. I thought it time to check the submission date – next few weeks, have to get it done. Get it done? What if the input is actually already done, or mostly, and the output is do-able before 1 July? I decided to buy some shareware, SnapWeb, that creates high-res images of web pages in multiple formats. I await only the email with license information – under 12 hours. This is going to enable me to produce my project content through my A3 printer – I totally admit that I had been uncertain how I was going to ‘realise’ the virtual. Whoo, hoo!

I’m going to post them as they are done. As gill-netters are to fishing, big tobacco is to advertising. They lie so regularly, it’s a wonder they don’t leave con trails.

Neck Lace


My work combines themes which I am continually drawn to in my art practice: positive and negative spaces; light and shadow; and the use of unusual materials combined with traditional textile techniques.

Inspired by objects that interact with light and an age long fascination with the word ‘neck lace’, and its literal meaning, was the starting point for this peice. It is created by knitting recycled plastic shopping bags, and then heat and pressure is applied so that it the end result is flat and rigid – which creates a material quite different to the original flexible and tactile knitted fabric.

The artwork references the lace collars of Elizabethan times. Traditionally the collars were somewhat dangerous and an uncomfortable piece of clothing to wear. Straight pins, which pointed towards the neck, held the ruffles together and often caught on the neck, piercing the skin. Through the use of recycled plastic bags ‘Necklace’ alludes to the waste and frivilous excesses our society produces, questioning what are we prepared to endure for the fashion of convenience?

For more images check out my blog kate-ward-design.blogspot.com

The Canberra Fisherman

The use of “The Canberra Fisherman” by Bryan Pratt (a well known Canberra identity) was deliberate. I liked the fact that the book was published by ANU Press, adding to the local references of the project. I also enjoyed the 1970s book cover design, and over the top image of a fish caught in a net.
My concern is with the health and future life of our local rivers and waterways. Will the native fish species survive? Will there be enough water flow in the rivers to ensure a healthy environment for people and water creatures? How will the growing population of Canberra affect the rivers?

NETS and harvest time in the Little Bridge Vinyard

This weekend we finished the grape picking for the season. The last nets were removed and as I look at this photo I can see many of the themes we have been talking about and exploring in our work  – trapping, protecting, keeping in/keeping out, a barrier between but flowing through…….