The Friday Archives


Hello! I am starting a new thing (meme?) here. I am calling it “The Friday Archives”. Feel free to join in!

I have been digging around in my old sketchbooks and discovering recurring themes in my work and I am thinking that every Friday I might post a picture of some art work from ye-olde-days (university, high school, TAFE, primary school etc). I thought if I called it “Friday Archives” it’s pretty open, so apart from old art, photography and craft work, even a poem, short story or some 21 Jump Street inspired Fan Fiction (lawd help us!) might even fit the bill. (If a meme like this already exists, please let me know).

This is my first piece – from 1994. I was doing my first year of Art Teaching Education at Melbourne Uni and was loving printmaking class. I was already using a computer (corel draw from memory) to come up with designs and when I wasn’t playing on the computer I was burning the images into steel plates with acid. This is an artist’s proof of an etching of my Grandmother and her siblings when they were young. I think my Grandma must be the one on the right. They are all looking at the little blonde girl – who was the sister who died when she was just a girl. This ghostly, fabled little sister has always fascinated me.

If you decide to join in the fun – please leave a link in my comments!

36 Responses to “The Friday Archives”

  1. Diana

    I love hearing the backstory on artworks. I like your blog, so much interesting and cute stuff. I loved your skipping girl prints. Will you be doing some more?

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  2. mimi k

    Great idea! I’ve been trying to record some of my older work on my blog every once in a while- same reason- To see the connections through the years. I will try to join in on a weekly schedule although I am not so sure I’ll get to it today.

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  3. Carrie

    It is fun to see past works/posts on blogs. It is hard to find the time to search a blog’s archives so this is a great idea!I love your first print!

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  4. KathieB

    Great idea. I’m primarily a quilter, forever careening between the artsy and the traditional. This sounds like a fun way to show some of my old time stuff. I’ll give it a go…

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  5. Kirsty

    I’ll play – not much historical art/craft around my place. I think that they were tipped in about Skip #2 but by next week I’ll be able to come up with something archival.

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  6. caitriona

    this is a really lovely idea – i’ve been meaning to dig out some photos i took when i was younger and this is just the excuse. good call!

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  7. leigh

    what a great plan!can’t wait to see what you find each week – I love this one.I am pondering joining in, i’m tempted!

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  8. Laura

    I really enjoyed reading the story behind this great print. I can’t seem to stop thinking about the ghostly, fabled sister. Spooky.

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  9. ariana

    Looking through piles of old artwork makes for some of the best procrastination around, count me in!

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  10. Alyson

    I love it – I wish I had kept more artwork from my college days, I tossed a bunch in a big purge during a move a few years ago. We were taking art classes about the same time – I was an Art major at San Diego State University from 1992-1997 :). I only took one print making class and I didn’t really care for the teacher, but I loved the processes we learned. I should look into taking another class, I wonder if I could find one around here.

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  11. sanae

    i’m in! i have a lot of old sketchbooks/journals in storage that i’ll have to forage through…also i just started making stamps and my mom told me she found a bunch of old half-done handmade stamps I had started when I was about 10 years old! funny how i’m still doing the same things almost three decades later. i’ll definitely participate next week. 🙂

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  12. Ginger M.

    You can count me in! But first I need to wipe the inch-thick dust off my old portfolio cases. It’s been a very long time since anything in there see the light of day.

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  13. Andrea

    I’d love to participate. I’ll plan to post my first “The Friday Archives” image next week on my blog. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

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  14. Lilliboo

    How to entice someone back to posting who was meant to be having a wee break! Great idea…I’d love to join in.

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  15. Tamara

    Hi thereI have been looking through my old drawings too – last month we moved the office and as a result I had to look through my bits of paper. I was pleased to find this drawing I did before I was married and had kiddies – but here they are draped all over me like they do now!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tjoyy/2444711834/

    Endeavor to join in Claire

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  16. Prue

    I’ll try and have a go – don’t have much art around from when I was little, but I have a bit from Uni, and lots of embroidery pieces. Must check on copyright issues though to make sure I don’t tread on toes for the ones already published. Great idea though Claire! And I love your etching – but then I am always a sucker for etchings.

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  17. sosser

    hey! our mutual pal pip led me to you and by sheer coincidence i’ve been posting a few accidental dips into my own archives. i would love to play along with you… i’ll start this friday! thanks for the invite (love loobylu, too)!

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  18. Joanne

    It’s a little late but I would like to join! Now I just have to dig up some of my old arty stuff . . .

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  19. theresa

    consider me a member! Great idea! I’ve linked to you about a zillion times today in my post.;-)

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