Northern Cape Diamonds , 2012  Necklace from site specific performance: french cotton and found Australian native leaves. Dimensions variable.   Northern  and  Southern Cape Diamonds , 2012 came about after Raffan had spent some time hiking on Bruny Island, Tasmania. A popular destination for avid nature lovers, twitchers and hikers alike, Raffan set out on a series of hikes alone to navigate the north and south sides of the island.  Whilst navigating both terrains, two particular hikes stood out, having collected amongst the rocks, shrubs, rain, hail and shine, Raffan started seeking out particular leaves from each trip.  Using her own gauge of disconnect to place, she sorted out making adornments of beauty to familiarise herself with her surrounding terrain. Revisiting each hike on numerous occasions, she labelled them the  Northern  and  Southern  Capes. It was from this new found philosophy Raffan draws connections between land, home, dis/comfort, instinct, reason, un/discovery, non/invasive, local and foreign.  Throughout this journey her work evolves into two hand woven necklaces made from leaves and cotton, which are affiliated; one to the north and the second to the south. After completing the necklaces, Raffan revisits each hike on separate days to perform a releasing ceremony. Sleep, wake, eat, walk, 3 hours in, she leaves a necklace under some rocks in the north, 3 hours out; eat, sleep, wake, eat, walk, 3 hours in, she leaves a necklace draped over some sticks in the south, 3 hours out, eat, sleep. After passing only two avid hikers in the off-season, and a few black snakes on her journey's, her treasures have now been offered back to the land and place.  What was once common, decaying and overlooked has now become adorned and solidified in the mind, now, just like diamonds.  It is from this performance Raffan has also produced a series of relief prints and 20 hand stitched brown paper leaves, 10 from the north, 10 from the south.  In association with the  Bruny Island Residency , Tasmania, Australia
       
     
  Northern Cape Diamonds  (detail), 2012
       
     
  the northern turn , 2012  Site specific performance
       
     
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  Southern Cape Diamonds , 2012  Necklace from site specific performance: french cotton and found Australian native leaves. Dimensions variable.
       
     
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  the southern turn , 2012  Site specific performance
       
     
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Northern Cape Diamonds (relief), 2012
       
     
  cape leaves , 2012  Brown packaging paper, french cotton and silk thread. 20 leaves, approx. 20cm x 10cm each  Installation photograph from exhibition  suburbanest  at Paperplane Gallery, 2012   Bruny Island Residency , Tasmania, Australia
       
     
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  Northern Cape Diamonds , 2012  Necklace from site specific performance: french cotton and found Australian native leaves. Dimensions variable.   Northern  and  Southern Cape Diamonds , 2012 came about after Raffan had spent some time hiking on Bruny Island, Tasmania. A popular destination for avid nature lovers, twitchers and hikers alike, Raffan set out on a series of hikes alone to navigate the north and south sides of the island.  Whilst navigating both terrains, two particular hikes stood out, having collected amongst the rocks, shrubs, rain, hail and shine, Raffan started seeking out particular leaves from each trip.  Using her own gauge of disconnect to place, she sorted out making adornments of beauty to familiarise herself with her surrounding terrain. Revisiting each hike on numerous occasions, she labelled them the  Northern  and  Southern  Capes. It was from this new found philosophy Raffan draws connections between land, home, dis/comfort, instinct, reason, un/discovery, non/invasive, local and foreign.  Throughout this journey her work evolves into two hand woven necklaces made from leaves and cotton, which are affiliated; one to the north and the second to the south. After completing the necklaces, Raffan revisits each hike on separate days to perform a releasing ceremony. Sleep, wake, eat, walk, 3 hours in, she leaves a necklace under some rocks in the north, 3 hours out; eat, sleep, wake, eat, walk, 3 hours in, she leaves a necklace draped over some sticks in the south, 3 hours out, eat, sleep. After passing only two avid hikers in the off-season, and a few black snakes on her journey's, her treasures have now been offered back to the land and place.  What was once common, decaying and overlooked has now become adorned and solidified in the mind, now, just like diamonds.  It is from this performance Raffan has also produced a series of relief prints and 20 hand stitched brown paper leaves, 10 from the north, 10 from the south.  In association with the  Bruny Island Residency , Tasmania, Australia
       
     

Northern Cape Diamonds, 2012

Necklace from site specific performance: french cotton and found Australian native leaves. Dimensions variable.

Northern and Southern Cape Diamonds, 2012 came about after Raffan had spent some time hiking on Bruny Island, Tasmania. A popular destination for avid nature lovers, twitchers and hikers alike, Raffan set out on a series of hikes alone to navigate the north and south sides of the island.

Whilst navigating both terrains, two particular hikes stood out, having collected amongst the rocks, shrubs, rain, hail and shine, Raffan started seeking out particular leaves from each trip.

Using her own gauge of disconnect to place, she sorted out making adornments of beauty to familiarise herself with her surrounding terrain. Revisiting each hike on numerous occasions, she labelled them the Northern and Southern Capes. It was from this new found philosophy Raffan draws connections between land, home, dis/comfort, instinct, reason, un/discovery, non/invasive, local and foreign.

Throughout this journey her work evolves into two hand woven necklaces made from leaves and cotton, which are affiliated; one to the north and the second to the south. After completing the necklaces, Raffan revisits each hike on separate days to perform a releasing ceremony. Sleep, wake, eat, walk, 3 hours in, she leaves a necklace under some rocks in the north, 3 hours out; eat, sleep, wake, eat, walk, 3 hours in, she leaves a necklace draped over some sticks in the south, 3 hours out, eat, sleep. After passing only two avid hikers in the off-season, and a few black snakes on her journey's, her treasures have now been offered back to the land and place.

What was once common, decaying and overlooked has now become adorned and solidified in the mind, now, just like diamonds.

It is from this performance Raffan has also produced a series of relief prints and 20 hand stitched brown paper leaves, 10 from the north, 10 from the south.

In association with the Bruny Island Residency, Tasmania, Australia

  Northern Cape Diamonds  (detail), 2012
       
     

Northern Cape Diamonds (detail), 2012

  the northern turn , 2012  Site specific performance
       
     

the northern turn, 2012

Site specific performance

North Necklace Hike 064_web.jpg
       
     
  Southern Cape Diamonds , 2012  Necklace from site specific performance: french cotton and found Australian native leaves. Dimensions variable.
       
     

Southern Cape Diamonds, 2012

Necklace from site specific performance: french cotton and found Australian native leaves. Dimensions variable.

Necklace One 024.jpg
       
     
  the southern turn , 2012  Site specific performance
       
     

the southern turn, 2012

Site specific performance

South Necklace Hike 055_web.jpg
       
     
Northern Cape Diamonds (relief), 2012
       
     
Northern Cape Diamonds (relief), 2012

Lead pencil relief drawing on wall. 50 cm x 30 cm

  cape leaves , 2012  Brown packaging paper, french cotton and silk thread. 20 leaves, approx. 20cm x 10cm each  Installation photograph from exhibition  suburbanest  at Paperplane Gallery, 2012   Bruny Island Residency , Tasmania, Australia
       
     

cape leaves, 2012

Brown packaging paper, french cotton and silk thread. 20 leaves, approx. 20cm x 10cm each

Installation photograph from exhibition suburbanest at Paperplane Gallery, 2012

Bruny Island Residency, Tasmania, Australia

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