Rhonda Pryor: artist-in-residence May 2015

Rhonda Pryor, Washing after dyeing, Gunyah jetty, 2015

A wonderful, if too short, residency that was a real delight. Pluto the dog was very impressed too, what with all those intriguing bush smells to check out. The family came to visit for the weekend and we took off to the sand dunes (which had moved so much closer to the road than we remembered – no doubt due to the recent storms), had morning tea at Tillerman’s in Tea Gardens, and lazed around the Gunyah living room, enjoying the fireside, world map jigsaw puzzle, art magazines and the views. We had a great time checking out the jetty (Pluto does love a swim), discovering charming little beaches, and walking around exploring – and baking bread.

Rhonda Pryor, Pluto and the collection, Gunyah studio 2015

Rhonda Pryor, Bundle dyeing process, Gunyah studio 2015

I used the time to play around with the local flora (luckily readily available because of those storms) making dyes for the silk lengths I brought with me. Pluto and I went on daily walks collecting interesting bits and pieces to include in the process. We washed the cloth down by the jetty before and after the dyeing – a serene and meditative process at Gunyah (it is so quiet). The lovely golden colour of the water no doubt contributed to the final results. Photographing the fabrics in the water was fascinating for me – I couldn’t get enough of it. The colour of the water, the rocks beneath, the swirling cloth, beautiful light.... I also used up some of the waste threads and string to make experimental ‘lace’ samples.

Rhonda Pryor, Evaluating…, Gunyah studio 2015

Rhonda Pryor, Lace experiments, Gunyah studio 2015

A big thank you to Kath and the Gunyah team! What a peaceful and laid back thinking/working environment! And the house is sooooo charming…
Rhonda Pryor

Rhonda Pryor, Beautiful sunset, Gunyah 2015