Keep Cosy in Taree

Skin Cosy detail

My exciting news for September is that the Skin Cosy from my 2012 exhibition in Bristol will be making another appearance?. This time it will be in Taree, as pert of the “Naked & Nude” Manning Art Prize. A full list of finalists can be found on the Manning Regional Art Gallery website.


Claire in the Skin Cosy

I just re-discovered this photograph of me in Bristol, all dressed up and holding one of my crocheted hearts, and I decided that it was most definitely worthy of a place on my blog. I think that the Skin Cosy, or “naked suit” as it became affectionately known in the Bristol backpackers where I was living at the time, is my favourite artwork from the Cosy exhibition. It was interesting to re-exhibit the costume in Canberra for the CCAS Christmas Show. In Bristol, people were only a little shy about donning the suit, and once wearing it they were happily jumping around the gallery showing off their new knitted nipples and vagina to anyone who would look! In Canberra, however, the mood was much more restrained and the suggestion that people could try the cosy on was met with coy giggles and polite declines. I wonder what people would think of it in my new home, Bunbury?

Best heart to all you lovely people in Bristol, Canberra, Bunbury and around the world.

Heroes and antiheros


Photograph by Owen Elliott

Special Powers

Photograph by Owen Elliott

Here are some more images of the works from Cosy. These two masks never made it into a performance piece in Bristol so I created a little performance for them in Bungendore.

Cosy Art

The grand unveiling… my knitted costumes, installations and drawings have finally made it out of my back pack and into the gallery space. The opening night had a great turn out of enthusiastic participants, dressing up and interacting with the artworks. Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved – whether you were there, dressing up in the costumes on the opening night, modelling the works for me while I was making them, or just giving me emotional support when my hands were aching from too many hours spent knitting. One of the things that I have loved about this project is the fact that it has traveled with me, and that the works have direct connections with all the beautiful people and places that I have encountered along the way. “Cosy” was exhibited at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, UK.

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A collection of strange creatures and peculiar experiences

Strange Creatures

Strange Creatures, 2012, Wool, dimensions variable

My first solo show outside of Australia is happening really soon!

Cosy  is an exhibition about love, obsession, the body and knitting. It explores that compulsion to cocoon loved ones in hand made, lopsided jumpers, to wrap someone or something up, to keep it warm and safe even to the point that it can no longer escape or breathe. It explores human interactions, the space between bodies, touch and the sensation of not quite touching. The works play with our ability to perceive the world around us and the people around us. “Cosy” comprises of a series of knitted costumes and installations, and the viewer is invited to interact with the artworks and “inhabit” the costumes.

Opening drinks: Friday 19th October, 2012, 7pm

Exhibition runs: 19th October – 24th October

Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol. Open Monday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

Dance when I can’t see you

Dance Dance Teardrop Eyes

Dance Dance Teardrop Eyes, 2012, Icelandic wool, glass beads and headphones, photograph by David Spooner

This mask divides the world into abstracted circles of light. I plugged the headphones into my cassette tape walkman, and on a bridge in Bristol I danced with flailing arms while confused cyclists avoided me. I couldn’t see them, and I felt invisible.


Cosy - Forest Monster

You Are So Beautiful to Us, 2012, Icelandic wool and glass beads, photograph by Hilary Faye

I am continuing my travels around Europe and my back pack is gradually filling up, not with souvenirs or clothes, but with strange knitted objects and costumes. I have started taking my woolen projects with me where every I know i will have some spare time; buses, train stations and to the pub. While we were in Snowdonia, Wales, my friend Hilary Faye took some  great pictures of me roaming around the forest dressed as a forest monster. The really exciting news is that I now have somewhere to show these works in the UK before I return to Australia.

Cosy will be on show at the Centrespace Gallery in Bristol from the 19th to the 24th of October 2012. Official opening on Friday the 19th at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!