Double Ocho hat

The architecture of a fibre is like that of the DNA this shows reflective and experiential process in tension,


Just produced a book which is an inspirational story of how creativity can help you rise above the everday problems of life.   Attached is a picture of my front cover, my story is told through my hats. or go to the about page to purchase the book.

Memory Lines

My thinking has been along the concept of the line such as ‘the network of lines’.  This has links to the lines in my life and my memories.   I am still playing around with my net of weave but have been working  more with the copper wire which in itself has a memory as it springs from a roll.   I have come up with the concept of ‘memory lines’. This is the  intricate web or net of memories, the background of the memories, the transitions and the in-betweens.

I have written several short stories which I am putting in small copper books. Each book is held in small knitted bag of copper wire.  These small ‘billums’ or bags are about 12 x7x10 cms. The shadows  that are ‘cast’ also create their own net of lines.

Hair netted

Paula HIlyard's word at the last meeting

I forgot to add to my previous post, that when I went to the local butcher to buy the skin, I asked for it in metres, and after I had been in for the third time, I was being asked to pay more for the same amount and he was considerably grumpy and unwilling.   So I left it for a few months, and then when I went back – I asked him for it by weight, and with a bright cheery voice he said, “no problems – as much as you like”.    So I guess the  moral to this story is, do not ask a non sewing male for sausage skin in metres!


Skin has fascinated me for a long time – a two dimensional multipurpose mesh surfaced organ encapsulating an ample and capacious body.    It can be slack or tight depending on age and weight.   It can be oily or dry, and responds to pain and pleasure.  It is a marvellous material with a network of lines especially on skin dried and damaged by the elements or in my particular case, worn with ageing.   It hides in its multiple layers nerves, glands and capillaries under its inert exterior.

My work is to show a network of lines  – a network of roads travelled  – telling the story of the life lived – through a body that shows the wear and tear of what has been.

Here are photos I have taken of what I have done so far – manipulating sausage    skin.

net bowls

Memory is personal and unique to each of us. It is our own interpretation and recollection, a sensation sometimes so fleeting that we cannot find words to name it a vague feeling, a trace of something we know but cannot touch, hidden under semi-transparent layers, distorted. . . . . . . . . .

I like to believe that my net bowls are filters that can capture and preserve precious snippets of memory – not lots of detail, but more a warmth that links our past and present.

Here are a few images of my ceramic knitting bowls. I’ve been playing with ways of displaying them, but think I’ll go with elevated glass on a long low plinth to incorporate the shadows and reflections.

Root Network

Network of Roots

Looking back to  my grass-roots in North Carolina, I realised that the pine woods behind our home was the catalyst for an appreciation of  nature, which I have carried with me to this day.  I have enjoyed a life where I have lived in some beautiful locations.  Each landscape was inspiring in it’s uniqueness, from the rugged cliffs and waterfalls of the Blue Mountains and the tranquility of  the river in Tasmania’s  Derwent  Valley to  the small inlets and bays of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.  Now I find myself in country New South Wales where an unfamiliar and at times harsh landscape requires me to put down roots once again.

When I arrived  three years ago the local landscape was struggling to survive and many plants had  succumbed to the effects of the drought.  Fallen branches and exposed roots collected from my own garden are combined with native grasses and waxed threads.  Nurturing, healing and caring for the environment are concepts symbolised by the intricate twining and knotting which protect the surfaces of the forms.   The root series not only comments on the need to care for the environment but also on my need to establish new networks and connections with others in a new landscape.