An Intimate Universe

Claire Pendrigh - photo Paul Webster

Claire Pendrigh, An Intimate Universe, yarn and aluminium. Photo: Paul Webster

My most resent artwork, An Intimate Universe,  is now on display at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries in the Bunbury Biennale. The work takes the form of a hanging mobile with woollen star-clouds suspended from each arm, slowly orbiting a central point. r1433624_20705557

Claire Pendrigh, An Intimate Universe (detail), yarn and aluminium. Photo: Sharon Kennedy

Nebulae are clouds of stars, dust and elements, drawn together and bound by gravity in a stellar family. Like a family, these environments create and nurture new stars and solar systems, and hence they are sometimes referred to as stellar nurseries. Our own galaxy, and everything in it, would have been created through this process. The elements required for stars, planets, life, and for our human bodies, were all forged from stardust. The DNA of my body has been passed down through generations of mothers. My mother taught me to knit, and her mother taught her; a skill, which like mitochondria, has been passed down maternally. An Intimate Universe explores the micro world of human relations and human existence, in the context of the cosmos. This work combines the internal and external, the familiar and the sublime, to make sense of our intimate relationship with stellar matter. You can read more about my work and the Bunbury Biennale in this lovely article by ABC South West. You can also download the online version of the Bunbury Biennale catalogue from the BRAG website.

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Conductive pompoms and other adventures

Feet felting
Feet felting

Knit Glitch is a creative duo – Daniel Macnish and myself, Claire Pendrigh.

Last weekend we packed up our things and headed out of town for an art weekend – two whole days devoted to exploring and experimenting with materials. Our primary goal was to make, and play with, a sensor that uses conductive thread embedded in felted wool. These sensors will be a central element in our next Knit Glitch project so we wanted to try out a few different techniques!

The most effective was the conductive pompom, which you can see in this video, controlling a sound. The pitch of the sound can actually be controlled by squeezing the pompom!

If you would like to find out more about Knit Glitch, then head over to our blog. We are very excited to be participating in the 2015 Awesome Arts Creative Challenge, so keep an eye out for future posts about our awesome creation.

First attempt at a felted conductive pompom.
First attempt at a felted conductive pompom.
Felting sensors
Felting sensors
Crocheting a sensor with wool and conductive thread
Crocheting a sensor with wool and conductive thread
Testing the conductivity of a pompom
Testing the conductivity of a pompom
Pompom sensor and crochet sensor
Pompom sensor and crochet sensor
A crochet sensor felted into some fabric
A crochet sensor felted into some fabric

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Tea Seas at Studio Kura

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Here are some photos from the opening of “Tea Seas” at Studio Kura in March 2015. It was such a lovely event, filled with smiles, children, and yummy onigiri!

Thank you to all the wonderful people at Studio Kura, especially my lovely fellow artists, for the time I’ve spent here. I feel so lucky to have met you all and to have enjoyed your company for the two months of my residency.

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