When I got back from Pulau Pinang last week I noticed that the fish pond was undergoing renovations again, so it was a chance to get up close and personal to the gorgeous pink and white waterlilies starting to flower.
|Still flowering despite lack of water.|
|I think these could be Sterculia parviflora, but I am sure Angela will correct me!|
Still, wandering up the driveway with tears in my eyes did not blind me to this magnificent piece of architecture high above my head......
|Can you believe this nest is only a week old? Approx 70cm long.|
|I got brave enough to photograph underneath it so you could see the patterning.|
Musicians, I hear you ask??? Angela has had two musicians from Bali visiting to tune the Rimbun Dahan Gamelan ensemble for an event soon. The Gamelan ensemble is kept in the
balé, the open-sided studio on the mezzanine above mine, so I have been privy to the intricate processes involved in taking the instruments apart, washing them, sanding and hammering various parts, tuning them and re-positioning them for the last four days.
|Gamelan ensemble disassembled and having a nice lie down.|
|I. Komang Sudirga sanding the bronze saron bars.|
|I. Wayan Pager sanding the saron bars in order to re-tune them.|
I. Wayan Pager is a very well-known and respected gamelan maker who travels extensively to tune gamelan, and you can read more about him here - be sure to read the full story. He owns the Sidha Karya Gong Foundary in Blahbatuh in Bali which has had this review on Trip Advisor.
If you start to research gamelan over the internet you are bound to run into the name of Mantle Hood a pioneer ethnomusicologist in the field of gamelan. His son, Dr Made Mantle Hood, is also a lecturer in ethnomusicology and Indonesian studies, previously at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music but now based at Universiti Putra Malaysia, and made a visit to Komang and Wayan at Rimbun Dahan yesterday.
Our musicians have had to contend with a bit of competition though, which is probably why they tune in the daytime. I managed to photograph one of the vocalists as it hopped through the studio last night.
And speaking of agile and graceful movements, I have yet to introduce the other two Asialink residents here for three months, Caitlin Mackenzie and Gabe Comerford.
|Gabe and Caitlin rehearsing in the dance studio at Rimbun Dahan.|
Now, despite my first paragraph I know you are thinking where are images of the work I profess to be making. Well, believe me I have been sewing up a storm, but with my exhibition opening in about 6 weeks I do not want to put up images of the work just yet, I would like to save them for the opening. There will be a forthcoming article about the exhibition in the upcoming December issue of Textile Fibre Forum and I will be at tutor at the Geelong Forum in September 2014, which is also on the website.
I will share with you a book Angela has loaned me (to add to the 1.2 metres of books already piled on my apartment floor to read...!) and which I promptly ordered online. It is "Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade 1500-1800" and it accompanies an eponymous exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
|Interwoven Globe exhibition Catalogue.|
Anyway, time to start stitching again,
sehingga minggu depan,