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My Master of Design [Hons] degree at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, in 2003 had a thesis based on my parents migrating to Australia after WW2, and my mother's Slovenian culture of origin.
Franc & Josep, 2 Slovenian cousins, were incidentally roughly the same age as my older bro Stan & myself; I visualised a fantasy, folkloric dual portrait.

Franc & Josep, 2 Slovenian cousins, were incidentally roughly the same age as my older bro Stan & myself; I visualised a fantasy, folkloric dual portrait.

Harvest Chestnuts; homage to the splendid photographic ethnographic record of the Slovenian communities in Italy by Mario Magajna in Trieste.

Harvest Chestnuts; homage to the splendid photographic ethnographic record of the Slovenian communities in Italy by Mario Magajna in Trieste.

Homage to El Greco; I worked this detail of El Greco's Laocoon. In Ljubljana, the Slovenian capitol, I saw the unbelievable work of architect/designer Jose Plecnik. In this work, I incorporated the dragon motif, Ljubljana's symbol, that Plecnik placed as part of the wrought-iron bridge railing.

Homage to El Greco; I worked this detail of El Greco's Laocoon. In Ljubljana, the Slovenian capitol, I saw the unbelievable work of architect/designer Jose Plecnik. In this work, I incorporated the dragon motif, Ljubljana's symbol, that Plecnik placed as part of the wrought-iron bridge railing.

Bobbin lace is as much space as it is textile; the tenuous links like ligatures are worth investigating. This exhibition was on show at Chrissie Cotter Gallery Camperdown.

Bobbin lace is as much space as it is textile; the tenuous links like ligatures are worth investigating. This exhibition was on show at Chrissie Cotter Gallery Camperdown.

Idrija lace motif, distinctively Slovenian craft: the miners' wives made bobbin lace while their husbands mined mercury underground.

Idrija lace motif, distinctively Slovenian craft: the miners' wives made bobbin lace while their husbands mined mercury underground.

The avba, folkloric bonnet, with embroidered forehead band.

The avba, folkloric bonnet, with embroidered forehead band.

Slovenian folk motifs

Slovenian folk motifs

contemporary refugees in Vienna

contemporary refugees in Vienna

Cowra Migrant camp, where I was born; Scheyville camp; my birthday cake

Cowra Migrant camp, where I was born; Scheyville camp; my birthday cake