RED RIBBON //
Red ribbon for tying my studioprints together.
Red threads that lie in my heart and tie me so beautifully to the people I love.
YOUR OWN PRIVATE FCK YOU //
The other day I hand-delivered an artwork to a lovely woman, T. We met at a cafe and drank average coffee and S told me why she bought the artwork.
The words on the artwork read "there are so many ways to fly". As with all language, a grouping of seven words can be read so many different ways. For T, this artwork is her reminder to herself that she is just fine and dandy exactly the way she is, thank you very much, and that her well-meaning friends and family who tell her how she should be living her life can go get fcked... that this artwork acted as her own private fck youl.
I was so delighted by this that I asked her if I could write a wee note to her on the back of the artwork. This is that note.
God I love the people I get to work with!
BECAUSE: THE ART, AND THE FRIDGE // #fwstealthdrop today in Auckland is all about the art. Because I saw such a spectacular unusual Colin McCahon @gowlangsfordgallery and Dale Frank I actually wanted to lick. Because possibly the best installation I saw today was lore lord then an old commercial fridge dumped in the middle of the CBD. Because I went back to the @aucklandartgallery specifically to drink in John Reynold’s French Bay Darkly. I normally dislike any kind of purple but this, it just sings. I sat there with it for a good 15 minutes - I didn’t do a stealth drop in front of it, I sat sat in quiet appreciation... but I just had to share it because it is so fcking awesomely good. #fleurwickes
EXPANDED // - a day at @semipermanent listening to some of the brightest and best in design was just exceptional. So much is possible in this life, eh. I feel expanded. Shifted. Very much pleased to be me, sitting in the centre of myself, certain this quiet small domestic work I’m making is exactly what I’m meant to be doing in this life and also wide open to whatever the future brings . It’s a very good feeling. ‘Cause as each and every speaker reinforced - either verbally or by stellar example - the only you you need to do in this life is you. And the better you can do you the higher you can fly. (This shot is @teenageengineering who blew my mind with his fascinating presentation and the way he had the balls to go significantly overtime in order to deliver what he had to say. Hashtag kudos.). YOU DO YOU = riffing off the kickass @shantell_martin
BECAUSE Scarecrow had beautiful toilets and the best gluten free bread I’ve ever had. Because Colin McCahon always makes me cry. Because maybe the person who did the graffiti had just seen the show, lol. Because dinner with new friends @cafehanoibritomart was so incredibly good, and because I live the for tiny pink tiles in their toilet. Because this light sculpture on Queen Street which changed colour gently made me think this Auckland trio is changing my perspective gently too. #fwstealthdrop #fleurwickes
MY NAME IS ROSE AND I AM FCKING AWESOME // I just had the first manicure, pedicure and nail treatment of my LIFE! It was fcking awesome and so is @rosenails.auckland . Thanks for being so wonderful with a mani-pedi virgin! This wasn’t so much of a #fwstealthdrop since I actually gave the “because you’re fcking awesome “ cards to them, it was total appreciation. And I feel Fcking awesome with this beautiful nails . And as they say at Rose Nail Spa, life is like a rose every petal represents a dream . Hashtag hell yes! #fleurwickes
BECAUSE YOU’RE FCKING AWESOME - AUCKLAND // Whanganui Airport early this morning and yeah, did a #fwstealthdrop because I’m excited to be going to the @semipermanent conference, and I LOVE the fact that the airport has a resident cat. Gotta love this town // Anyone going to SemiPermanent too? We could catch up for a coffee in between soaking up all the design vibes // #fleurwickes
I wrote these words thinking about my work. Yes I’ve had doubts, yes sometimes I’ve wanted to chuck it all in because oh lordy the journey’s been real rough sometimes. But each and every time I’ve been uncertain , for nearly 30 years now, I’ve chosen to return to this artist’s life. The making of my work is my constant, is my expression, is my self. I give it the best of me. Always? Always.
That’s the nature of any long term vocation or relationship, eh? You love it, you question it, and despite the doubt, you make a new choice everyday to keep going, keep returning to the bliss and grinding work of it, and all of a sudden it’s been decades.
I fully intend to spend the rest of my life making my work, exploring new territory, making epic fails, getting it exactly right sometimes, always going deeper, getting better, feeling truer. If I was into tattoos, these two words and punctuation marks would be it.
BY THE WAY AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION … I love you. // Tonight I’m feeling hashtag grateful for all the loving I got in my life.
SO MANY WAYS // Very occasionally, I get caught up in comparison. Look at someone else’s self or life, find myself lacking. When I wrote this I was having one of those what’s-wrong-with-me days so I did what I often do when I’m feeling wobbly and I went for a walk by the river, watched the birds flying. Different breeds, some strong and solid and powering through the sky, some tiny and kinda floating in the air. And I thought to myself right then , yeah man, there are so many ways to fly. All those mofo birds are beautiful - they fly according to their own rhythm. With that thought I came back to myself - realised the key is to focus on my own kind of flight. Be my own kind or hot and fabulous bird. This artwork’s my reminder.