More like a passing-through place, I post my occasional thoughts here on my way to the other blogs I'm part of.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

hello my blog! I'm glad you're still here... So much has happened since I came by on my way to somewhere else. I am now a wise woman, having turned 30! Hmmmm. I have been visiting whole other worlds, I went off to Alaska for a few weeks with my parents. That was a very amazing trip, I met some wonderful people. They're very laidback up there, a lot like here but - I think they might be more polite!
I was also very lucky to go back to Queensland twice. Once was for my cousin's wedding in Brisbane, and the other was to go and see my sister and her boyfriend while they were back from the UK. Now it's time to start doing some serious uni work, but I just wanted to come back gently first. I also thought it was time for some new pictures. One is from Alaska, it's a place where we stopped for lunch one day. The other is from when we were diving up in Cairns last month, the dive master took it on the second dive (which I wasn't on). Both environments where I need lots of help to survive, but am so lucky to visit.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

my friday night

This was worth queueing for an hour to visit. The whole structure is hand made from very thin vinyl, and the intense colour is the sun shining through it. Thankyou, comm games.

Monday, March 06, 2006

every million mile...

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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riding round like crazy trying to figure out displays for the PPVW exhibition. I hope people come along! The bikes are awesome, and it was such a great studio. I'm thinking long semi-translucent drapes with images sewn to them and drawn/traced on. Some white, some PPVW green. I've got so much to do between now and tomorrow. A couple of the Aikido guys are not being quite so cool about dropping my responsibilities to the club and to Sport and Rec. I guess I can't blame them, but I'm not going to change my mind either. It feels great not to have so many commitments, although I'm finding that the ones I do have are keeping me pretty busy.. I want to join a choir, I might go and do that tonight if I have time. It's moved from where I thought it was, so I'm a bit daunted now about going. It's quite a long ride from home.

I wonder what will happen with research methods tomorrow, I think there will be clashes with some studios, from what i can see. It's getting a bit ridiculous i think, double-booked rooms, the 3rd year timetable still showing prof prac on a friday instead of research on a wednesday, short-staffed and under-paid and no-one helping. AARgh! not my problem, not worth losing sleep over, not worth being manipulated over. Bugger off, all you guilt-trip manipulators.

I'm so looking forward to sculpture. I can't wait! It's definitely a bonus that Fanny and Carl are doing it too, some familiar friendly faces are always welcome. How funny that all three of us chose to do this elective instead of an id one. Now I just have to make sure that I keep myself disciplined and sticking to my timeline. I just have get around to writing the timeline....

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

so blind it's scary

today i had training at RMIT as a support student for new students starting at rmit in the refugee assist scheme. I knew nothing about refugees in Australia when I volunteered for this, and now i am ashamed. i'm still thinking about it all, this is my own place to rant and rail at the world but i'm still too sad. but luckily i'm also angry.
Basically if you arrive in Australia without a visa, you're an asylum seeker and you go into detention, and you can stay there for a long time. If you're lucky, you're accepted as a refugee by the government and issued with a temporary protection visa (TPV). This means you don't have to live in the detention centre anymore. The visas only last for 3 years or 5 years, and if you aren't granted permanent refugee status after that, you go back into detention until you're sent back to the country where you were too scared to live in the first place.
People on TPVs have no rights under Australian Law - as a matter of fact neither do Australians. We have no independent Bill of Rights and are therefore at the mercy of policies set by whichever government is in power.
It's worse on TPVs, however. Not only are you unsure how long you might be able to stay in Australia, but your family can't come and visit you, even for a holiday, and DIMIA can throw you back in the detention centre if they say you have broken any rules.
You cannot get money from Centrelink.
You cannot earn money by working.
If you are caught working for cash-in-hand, you will lose your visa.
You are not provided with accommodation.
You are not provided with food.
You can only go to uni as a full-fee paying international student (except at rmit)
You cannot access ANY government services such as medicare or english language studies.

Some charities are able to provide a limited number of refugees with money ($25/week) or board, and some local people let refugees come and live with them for free.
This is a hidden third-world country within our own first-world society, our "most livable" city.

It gets worse. Some asylum seekers have been in detention centres for a long time(5 years, 8 years) with no possibility of permanent refugee status. They won't be sent back to their country of origin (for example if your country of origin no longer exists, like Kashmir) but they won't be allowed to be permanent refugees. They get a "removal-pending bridging visa" which means they're permanently without resources, permanently threatened with return to detention, but the government no longer has to pay for their food or bed in the detention centre either.

For the last few months I've been looking at working with ngo's in developing countries. There are all kinds of projects based on designing products that locals can make and sell to generate income. I think this kind of project will work here in Australia for refugees. Maybe it already exists, i have a lot of work to do.,GGLD:2005-03,GGLD:en

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

a new pet

so my new stress-relief project is Design for Inner-City Survival. I'm going to VENT, none of this being nice and tolerant, i'm going to design locks for wheelie-bins so my neighbours can't fill up my bin with their rubbish. Also an AC/DC override to shut down their industrial-size sound-desk and speakers at 1am. There will be anti-car devices that protect pedestrians (me) from insane businessmen in bmws who wouldn't know a green man if it bit them in the @**. Eye-protection for umbrella-filled days, proximity-alert alarms for girl gangs, and instant bridges for crossing lonsdale st at rush-hour. tbc
Tolerance OUT, Vitriol IN!!