RIP Rex and an update of recent activities

Apologies for the lack of posting these last few weeks, my beloved Rex started suffering from bad heart problems unexpectedly and unfortunately I had to put him to sleep last Monday. He was a real character, inherited from my neighbour Tom Doran (who died aged 90 when Rex was 6) he'd lived at Clasheen all 14 years of his life, those of you who'd met him will know how quirky he was!

Meeting Tom and Rex at Clasheen
Jumping to catch a ball, one of Rex's favourite pastimes!
Although I didn't usually let Rex up at the table Dawn DID manage to capture this picture during her visit last April, wonder how that happened???
Merridee and I relaxing mid August, although Rex was not well by then he did want to participate in everything we were doing! Alan dug a grave in a nice spot between the oak plantation up above my house and the ever expanding grove of eucalyptus trees, RIP Rex Doran 2000 – 2014.
In addition to the trauma with Rex I've had a really busy time since Merridee and Keith's departure home to California. In brief I've been working on an order of naturally printed silk scarves for the Old House Gallery in the UK, had an individual piece and a collaborative piece accepted for an upcoming Feltmakers Ireland exhibition, attended a full day Creative Island training session, been juried in to the Glucksman Gallery's Christmas design and craft fair plus been working on some new ideas for felt and silk naturally printed accessories. The collaborative piece is interesting if a little time consuming in the conception and construction, it's a felt neck piece incorporating moisture reactive smart technology. Thanks Niki Collier and Cheryl for the opportunity to work together! I'm also working on dates and venues for my trip to the US and Canada next spring, do please shout out loud at the end of this week if you haven't heard back from me, it's been manic here and I'm really trying to get everything under control as soon as I can. Kentucky friends Dianne and Mike are also arriving tomorrow to visit for a few days, fun ahead but not too much time at the computer yet again!
I'll leave you today with two images of a Tshirt I printed over the weekend, it may be worn with either side to the front.
I'm currently experimenting with using cotton, linen and other fibres as a background for my natural printing, it's a different preparation process (that's where I'm doing a lot of experiments) and I'd like to offer it as a more advanced technique next year to students who've already taken an introductory natural printing workshop with me. More anon………….



11 thoughts on “RIP Rex and an update of recent activities

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that Rex has gone to chase his balls in the eternal hunting grounds. It’s so hard to lose a dog! Thinking of you, and maybe for once being busy right now is good timing…
    Exciting new projects on the horizons!

  2. Dear Nicola,

    I don’t know how you find the time to do all that you do….Thinking that you must have more than the normal 24 hours in the day 😉 Congratulations on all of your acceptances…Very well deserved.

    Rex is certainly going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and I know, most of all by you. He was so smart and devoted to you….And, his table manners were impeccable 😉 Very happy that I had the good fortune of meeting and knowing Rex….He was a very good example for all of us of how to live life to the fullest.

    Can’t wait to see you on your next U.S. travels.

    Big hugs,

  3. Sorry about the loss of your precious dog. Ours is over 10 years old now and every time she takes ill, I am always concerned. I do wish she could live forever sometimes. I understand how they become family members although a little furrier than the rest. Best wishes to you and yours.

  4. I have been so busy with other things, today is the first I have been here in months. I regret that I was greeted by the news of Rex. Even though I never had the opportunity to meet him, I know how a pet is a close family member. My condolences for your loss.

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