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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.
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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


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16 Anton Veenstra Textiles - Self portrait in buttons, face art

16 Anton Veenstra Textiles - Self portrait in buttons, face art

mum with me as a baby in Cowra migrant camp; we were behing wire fencing for two years as part of the refugee arrangement.

mum with me as a baby in Cowra migrant camp; we were behing wire fencing for two years as part of the refugee arrangement.

tachisme - Pesquisa do Google

tachisme - Pesquisa do Google

A self portrait, after I had been employed at the ANU textile workshop in Canberra, wonderful fellow staff.

A self portrait, after I had been employed at the ANU textile workshop in Canberra, wonderful fellow staff.

Works of whimsy and the grand statements

Works of whimsy and the grand statements

A detail from a woven tapestry, signifying a wordless witness to the events of the 1990's, the AIDS crisis & how people continued to be homophobic.

A detail from a woven tapestry, signifying a wordless witness to the events of the 1990's, the AIDS crisis & how people continued to be homophobic.

dad's service medal [orde & vrede] in the Dutch army for service in Batavia during WW2

dad's service medal [orde & vrede] in the Dutch army for service in Batavia during WW2

a photo of my mother before she came to Australia as a refugee via the IRO.

a photo of my mother before she came to Australia as a refugee via the IRO.

A baby photo of me from the Cowra migrant camp.. As someone remarked when the work was exhibited, the eyes look askew, but somehow fall, as it were, into place, babies' faces after all are prone to wobbling.

A baby photo of me from the Cowra migrant camp.. As someone remarked when the work was exhibited, the eyes look askew, but somehow fall, as it were, into place, babies' faces after all are prone to wobbling.

in late primary school my school mates, all altar boys, came to the attention of the pedophile priest in our town. He continues, unpunished, to protest his innocence, not even suffering social disgrace.

in late primary school my school mates, all altar boys, came to the attention of the pedophile priest in our town. He continues, unpunished, to protest his innocence, not even suffering social disgrace.

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