The Saw Doctors Wagon

The saw doctors wagon colour schemeI saw a curious thing last Sunday. Since Canberra presented us with cold blustery day we paid a visit to the National Museum of Australia.

The saw doctors wagonThe large main hall of the museum now houses a number of “big objects” from the collection. These include vehicles that are well travelled. One very Australian story held my fascination – the saw doctors wagon.

The saw doctors wagonThis large trailer is brightly painted decorated with geegaws, tools, family photographs, and hand made signage that served to advertise Harold Wright’s mobile home and workshop.

The saw doctors wagonIn Australia during the Depression of the 1930s, unemployment levels reached to over 30 per cent and many people survived by becoming itinerant workers, travelling from town to town to get work.

The saw doctors wagonThe wagon started its life in the 30’s as a horse drawn vehicle, but as times and the economy changed the wagon was refurbished and enlarged, fitting it onto the chassis of a truck, and towed by a tractor.

The saw doctors wagonNamed the Road Urchin, the wagon travelled throughout north-west Victoria and New South Wales for 34 years, housing Harold Wright, his wife Dorothy, daughter Evelyn and dogs, cats and chickens!

The saw doctors wagonAs a travelling blade sharpener, Harold Wright made little money. Apart from reflecting a family’s itinerant lifestyle what fascinated me about this vehicle was all the scrappy bits and pieces the trailer was decorated with accompanied with the sense that each item was probably picked up on the road and probably had a story attached to them.

The saw doctors wagonI wanted to hear what it was like when the trailer moved as I am sure it would have rattled as it made its way around the back blocks.

The saw doctors wagonInterspersed between tools, knick knacks and gee-gaws were photographs of family and friends.

The saw doctors wagonAlso dotted all over the wagon there are handmade signs many clipped from newspapers and modified to suit the message.

The saw doctors wagonIf the story intrigues you on the Culture Victoria website there is a short film about Harold Wright, his life and you old footage of the vehicle being driven.

The saw doctors wagonI came away from my visit  feeling this country has been home to some strong individualists indeed.

The saw doctors wagonYou can visit the National Museum of Australia website to see more photos and read about the Saw doctor’s wagon

Most of the photo credits go to  Jerry Everard (my dear husband). The good ones are his and dodgy ones are mine!

Mystery how a photograph fell through a rift in time

I am very concerned as it appears that via some sort of strange rift in the fabric of time a desperate struggling artist used one of Tadao Cern photographs as a source image for his ‘self Portrait’. I believe the artist’s name is Vincent … It is a strange story indeed …

Revealing The Truth from Tadao Cern on Vimeo.

Tadao Cern is the Lithuanian architect and photographer who produced this clever piece and the curious thing is that he had another strange encounter with a woman called Mona Lisa.

Every Day Matters Drawing Challenge

Every Day Matters Challenge  1 The Everyday Matters drawing challenge was first run by Artist and Author Danny Gregory.

Too many years of image making using digital tools have left my hand and eye skills very rusty so I decided to embark upon the Every Day Matters Drawing challenge. I plan to draw at least 250 of the prompts which I have listed on the EDM drawing challenge page. I plan to strike through each item as I draw it. I dont plan to work the list in order, but to choose what attracts me at the moment and aim to draw as frequently as possible.

The group has a yahoo group, a flickr group and Facebook page. Unfortunately the EDM Superblog stopped in 2010 but there are still lots of interesting stuff in the archives.

Anyway here is the first prompt off the list #1 Draw a shoe.


Sharing Few Journal Page Spreads

journals on the tableI thought today I would share a few Journal page spreads. When I first open up a new sketchbook  I often do these small mixed media collage pieces. Although I love the fresh new paper and the anticipation of a new sketchbook it always feel just a little bit alien as I have yet to use it. As I use a book, as it acquires a history it becomes a  comfortable space to experiment in. Usually until I am part the way into  a sketchbook I don’t really feel at ease with it. So  most of these pages are an attempt to personalise something that feels to new.

My notebooks are a mix of sketchbooks purchased at art supply stores, usually hard bound. Other notebooks I have put together myself a mix of papers and had them spiral wire bound at the local print shop. Some I have hand bound myself. Other sketchbooks are Moleskines but I stopped using them after I felt the quality dropped a few years ago when they started to bind them in China.

I use both A4 and A5 sized sketchbooks depending upon my mood. I also write in them a as you would a regular journal but instead of looking inwards which I find a bit boring, I like to treat my journal more like a note book and record such things as what I encounter in my day, news of the day, books I read, wildlife seen on my morning walk, developments in technology etc . Recently after many years using digital media to create imagery I have returned to simple pencil and paper. I am currently trying to get past being very rusty with my drawing skills.