My coat

One of my favourite musicals is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  

My coat is not of many colours, (though I can see why Joseph’s brothers would have been jealous—hand woven and hand-dyed coats are a major work!) but it is a luxurious and regal purple. I love it. It is scheduled to be shown at the St. Arnaud Gallery in April 2022, COVID pending.  

You can view my coat on YouTube here:

early morning very seriously lol trying it on.

The Coat

I have made the coat. I had exactly the right amount of fabric and I did it on my own. From woe to Go it took 2 months of actual work. Although there was a lot of time in between. I haven’t shown it being worn because I Took it to be dry-cleaned and it shrunk a few sizes!!! I got such a shock. But its Still wearable when I loose a few more kilos. Apparently, it should have been agitated when washed with baby shampoo before I made the coat up. It is very unusual to make clothing from home weave.

still waiting for black embroidered toggles to finish it.

A commission and new work, painting again

as I Shared I felt I couldn’t paint for a long time. I have been given a portrait commission which I started yesterday, it can be finished a little more but I’m happy with the likeness. Feel I’m back on track.

I’ve also been painting some abstracts on paper with wax medium and oil paint which I have uploaded to bluethumb, link is on my homepage here. Except for this one not uploaded yet

title Ice Queen

I’m back painting

I’ve had so much fun with my wool crafting, that at last it’s helped bring me back to painting. I felt the familiar urge to paint last week and yesterday I got my wax and oils out and mixed up some colours and this is what appeared, a calming water scene with water reeds reaching upward. I have called it looking through Reaching up as that was going through my mind as I made my marks.

I have even put it up for sale on Bluethumb.

E-commerce problems

I have been trying to have my website linked to Facebook through an e-commerce site for a while but had a lot of problems. So Chai my husband has opened an Etsy shop. He still had problems connecting, until it clicked, I have 2 email addresses and they were in opposition. So we simply needed to update my Primary to the other.

Now I will be able to sell and take payments through Etsy and people can connect from the website or Facebook through the URL which is on the front page of my website and Facebook artist page.

Next we will try to set up an Etsy shop front on Facebook now that problem is hopefully solved.

21 April 2021

Carded black Alpaca fleece with sparkling fibres being spun.

My Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom.

I’m spinning and weaving again. It’s a great way to have a change from painting. I’m enjoying both now. And have an idea for my next painting.

Article by Donna Vance

How Art Is Helping People Cope With Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic locked us indoors and prompted us to seek for self-development opportunities. Many of us have found time for their long-forgotten hobbies. Some try their hand at cooking, while others use their time and their creativity to improve their standards of living. While there are many such things that could keep us busy for hours, very few of them are as beneficial as art, when it comes to our mental sanity.

Looking to bring some colour into your home? Have a look at Dawn Lim’s range today, and in no time you’ll have people marvelling over the paintings in your home!

Health Benefits

The health benefits of art are nothing new, though. Therapists worldwide recommend art therapy to their patients as a powerful method to relieve stress and anxiety or to keep anger and other emotions under control.

Natalie Crabtree, a New Zealand art therapist, notes the importance of art as a way of catharsis. “Getting your mind nice and clear by painting is the perfect way to release any tension in your mind. It’s such a release to allow your hand and mind to wander across the canvas, use whatever colours you’d like and create whatever you want to.”

It is in these times of trouble that we acknowledge the true power of art in helping us come with our anxiety and the frustration generated by the uncertainty of the global health situation.

People in isolation or lockdown are at increased risk of developing anxiety and even depression. Art therapy can help them take over and regain a certain level of control over their lives. This sense of freedom comes from the fact that art-related activities use the creative side of our brain.

Australian therapy entrepreneur Sandra Ryan believes that art is one of the best ways to occupy the mind. “Lockdown across the globe has caused a lot of trouble for people. Being holed up in a home or apartment and not being able to do much outside means you need a release of sorts for your body and mind. Art has proven to be incredibly effective in helping people get through these troubling times.”

This part of the human brain is also responsible for managing stressful situations. By keeping it busy with artistic endeavours, we find our lost sense of personal identity. Art is a powerful way for humans to express emotions without verbal communication.

Art, Our Way To A Normal Life, Even During The Pandemic

Taking into consideration the countless health benefits of art, we can safely say that it is our saviour during these times of trouble and uncertainty. We’ve already seen the various social media channels flooded with painting, drawings and sketches created by people in their hopeful attempt to put their time to good use by creating beautiful things to share with their peers.

Art makes us joyful and happy. It allows us to forget our mundane worries and to spend time focusing on the present moment rather than living in the past or worrying for the future. Art is therapy, there’s no doubt about it.

For Dawn herself, art has been a therapeutic outlet even before the world went into lockdown. No matter what happens in a day, there’s nothing that came between the brush, the canvas and Dawn’s hand stroking away. Like a wizard casting a spell, Dawn would empty her thoughts in her mind and translate it onto a canvas in a way only she would understand. That’s the case for anyone who paints for therapeutic reasons – it’s a release of the mind, and a way to express yourself without needing to say verbal words.

Regardless of your age and passions, embracing a creative activity helps you cope with negative

events in your life and with situations you can’t control. As the world is fighting the dreaded virus that locked us in our homes, it is in our power to preserve our sanity and to stay healthy by embracing hobbies and activities that keep us motivated and vibrant.

Artwork is one way that an atmosphere can be created in a home without any words being spoken. It’s a crazy concept, but it is true.

With one of Dawn Lim’s artworks, you’ll find the right piece for the perfect atmosphere that you want. No matter the size of your home or how big a room is, you’ll have an artwork that will be at the forefront of conversation.

Donna Vance

Spinning Alpaca fleece .

I have always spun my own wool for over 30 years now. It’s just been for me and my husband. But I have begun to spin Alpaca and I’m getting into production and products. It’s a lot of work but I love it. So I will be sharing spinning weaving and knitting, mainly Alpaca fleece along with painting in my studio from now on . Their fleece takes a lot of cleaning. They love to roll apparently.

Preparation of Alpaca fleece.
Spun Alpaca ready to be knitted or woven

Wrong place.

plein air oils 2nd days work

I have been given permission for painting a local vineyard with all its glorious views. I started last Thursday early morning, but found when I showed Mark Summer-field, this isn’t his place. We had a laugh and Masakai His lovely wife took me around their estate. I got the surprise of my life. The views were magnificent so hold on to your hats I hope to do them justice with a series of Paintings for sale in hopefully 6-8 months time. But I need to finish this one too its a side view of Dalwhinne vineyard.