Running Waters May 2018

This year we were a smaller group, as unfortunately my two cousins, Kate and Sally had to be taken back to town due to ill health but those remaining were intensely engaged with this beautiful place and all its treasures; the claypan, the overhangs and of course the Finke River. Even in this very dry year Running Waters still yielded its typically generous feast of refections, rugged cliffs, rock formations and an amazing palette of colours. Our camping experience was much enhanced by the presence of Anna, our wonderful new helper. Much to her delight we were serenaded by dingoes most nights.  We had with us two Swedish artists, Ase and Carina.  Having spent most of their time in Australia on the coast they were delighted by the difference of this terrain. We were also joined by Deslee and Helen from Sth Coast NSW and Julie an Alice Springs resident. The work produced on camp was a wonderful refection of this special special part of the world.  Please see for yourself but first read this evocative poem by Deslee Hancock on the flight home.

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Flying Above Her

Only just up and the show begins

watercolour swirl

recognisable symbol shapes


gradually she appears

that still

wide form

lain bare

vessels pulsing

veiled as the craft rises

dye fading


then dense

glimpsed again

then gone

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Illarari September 2015

We are revisiting beautiful Illarari this season with a Creative Camp scheduled for August 12 -19th. When I went to source photos for this new camp I realised I had never actually published the Blog for our Illarari camp back in 2015!  This is no refection of the quality of the experience or the photographic record! So please find below a selection of photos that tell the story of our wonderful week in this very special place. My apologies for its lateness. Many thanks to Kathy Freedman for her exquisite photographic contributions and to all who attended for their beautiful artwork and great company!

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Curtin Springs May 2017

Catching up with my Blog Posts at last . So please wind back the clock to May and view a whole week of adventures in the world of paper making at Curtin Springs Station. Wonderful weather, productive paper making, compulsive creating with paper and camera, beautiful landscape, good food and great company. What more could we ask for??? An amazing pink salt lake or a pink eared joey perhaps ?

PS: Sadly the little joey, appropriately called ‘Legs’, did not survive to adulthood, despite Amee’s devotion day and night.

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Palm Valley 2, July 2016

This July Creative Camp was meant to be at Karla Karlu, the Devils Marbles, north of Alice.  With somewhat short notice our application to stay at the Traditional Owners campsite there did not come through…. so with only a moment of regret we changed out plans and decided to go to Palm Valley once again.  No one minded thankfully, and Charlie and I were quite franky delighted.  It’s  just so beautiful there this season. Having just had a camp there the swag spots were almost still warm!   It was a wonderful group of all women, supporting and caring of each other. We indulged in some womanly delights too… under the tutelage of Lyn Austin, a second time participant, we made the most exsquiste moisturisers, body butter and soap. A first for Larapinta Creative Camps. Once again Jackie Simons lead us in song. I think Charlie had more fun than he has had in ages, singing his old favourites. Unfortunately my spirit and tolerance at times were dampened by a nasty cold.  Its tough being responsible for others when you’re feeling sick and I’m glad when the beauty of the place and good company compensates for my shortfall. There was some beautiful work done on this camp, and despite my cold I was certainly kept busy: we dyed scarves, solar dyed T shirts, created rusted fabric, made books and more. Everything that was created reflected this very special, (feminine?) location!

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