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  • Writer's pictureSuitman

November 2017 - Organic Food and Colourful Soap

1/11/17 - Wednesday

I went through the reading provided to the Semi-Colons (TAEM reading group) by Samson, about monsters, and was pleased to see that the author had included corporations among the monstrous. However, I didn’t think this reading was relevant enough to bother writing anything about it.

2/11/2017 - Thursday

With Bob’s experience of many years, the backyard veggie patch is coming along.





The last of the bananas

(flower removed weeks ago)

I went to Dad’s for lunch and took soft plastics to Coles near his place for recycling.

Soft plastics to be


3/11/2017 - Friday

Toast for breakfast. Lunch with Deniz and Simon.

Andrew forgot about our meeting - reorganised for Monday at 1.30pm

Meeting of the Semi-Colons reading group in the afternoon.

Morning toast of

homemade marmalade

and strawberry jam

4/11/2017 - Saturday

I did some more reading and note taking from Origin of Negative Dialectics

5/11/17 - Sunday

Take Dad to the Domestic airport terminal in Sydney

I did some more reading and note taking from Origin of Negative Dialectics

7/11/2017 - Tuesday

I went to Bill’s for a music jam day with Matt and Simon.

8/11/2017 - Wednesday

Finally got a chance to talk to Karen Barrett today. She advised booking the space costs $70 + $2.50/person. She was also not very optimistic of my chances of using lye in the space. Karen is leaving UOW next week (and only works Mon-Wed) so she asked me to send a request by 4.00pm today so she can get the ball rolling.

9/11/2017 - Thursday

I went to the opening of the Art of Food Waste held at Moving Mountains gallery. One of the artists, Justine McRae, used me as a model for one of her works. She used out-of-date egg yolks to paint around the original drawing.

The original sketch of

me pulling a face

10/11/2017 - Friday

I went to the opening of a national still-life competition held at Project Contemporary Art Space. Philip Reuter (a founding member of the Post-Situationist Society) was a finalist and his work was part of the exhibition.

Philip Reuter’s painting

(excuse the poor angle

of the photograph)

11/11/2017 - Saturday

I enjoyed a little of Viva la Gong in McCabe Park (a local arts/cultural event).

I went to the airport to pick Dad up.

I went to dinner with friends for Matt’s birthday and talked lots of art and thesis with Philip Reuter.

12/11/2017 - Sunday

I made some marmalade today with 2 small oranges and used jam-sugar for gelling. It will be interesting to see how this works out. I grated the rind of one of the oranges (suggested by Misty, which was much quicker and made life much easier). I produced one 375ml jar of jam.

The oranges cut up

with grated rind


Finished marmalade

13/11/2017 - Monday

Parsley and mint on the windowsill in some water keeps them fresh and ready for use.

Parsley and mint

in water

14/11/2017 - Tuesday

The soap I use for shaving (and shampoo) produces a nice creamy lather.

A creamy lather

for shaving

15/11/2017 - Wednesday

I am going to use the nastiest appearing piece of soap that I have in the remnants of old batches (5 & 6) that never really worked out.

A small, rancid piece

of soap for testing

I read an article, Donna Haraway’s ‘Tentacular Thinking: The Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and Chthulucene’, in readiness for tomorrow’s reading group.

I went out for lunch and ate the garnish as an introductory way to try to get into eating salad. I didn’t realise that I’m supposed to eat the stems as well (hahaha).

‘Salad’ before

Remaining stems from

the ‘salad’ I had.

17/11/2017 - Friday

I went to the semi-colons reading group. The reading was provided by Shelley, Deniz went along as well and will provide the next reading.

I went to the opening of an exhibition at Art Arena Gallery by a collective that Misty was part of. This was a very enjoyable event, complete with live music provided by a duo consisting of female vocalist and male guitarist.

19/11/2017 - Sunday

I made a batch of soap - 40% coconut oil & 60% rice-bran oil - and added colour (red and orange) along with natural yellow for a tri-colour soap.

Oils ready for melting

and heating to 60-70


The oils have been heated

and combined with the lye


I use bricks to keep my waxy cardboard milk carton moulds

in shape, and rubber gloves to insulate against the cold bricks.

20/11/2017 - Monday

I went to the Uni to try to get more focused (in a working environment) but was distracted a bit by the setting up of the 3rd year Graduation Show.

21/11/2017 - Tuesday

Today was a lot like yesterday because I went to the Uni with good intentions but didn’t get a great deal done due to distractions (helping friends set up).

22/11/2017 - Wednesday

I unmoulded the tri-colour soap and it turned out well. The moulds were my last two UHT milk containers from months ago

Block of tri-colour soap

25/11/2017 - Thursday

I gave the soap an extra day air drying before cutting, both sideways on longways to get a different pattern.

Different patterns appear

on the soap depending

on how I cut it.

There were some interesting

patterns revealed on the soap

when cut.

24/11/2017 - Friday

I made a batch of extremely luxurious (expensive) soap - 40% cocoa butter, 25% sweet almond oil, 25% coconut oil, and 10% castor oil, and also added numerous colours: red, orange, natural (yellow), green, blue, and purple.

Some coconut oil in a jar,

some soap colouring,

and cocoa butter at the


Oils and chunks of cocoa

butter about to be melted

in the microwave.

Oxides mixed with water as

well as some salt dissolved in

water (with teaspoon)

The mixing bowls get left

for a couple of days before


This allows time to turn the

remnants to soap (rather than

being still oily)

I went to the Creative Arts Grad Show at night. This was a well put together showcase of the works of graduating visual arts, graphic design, and media arts students.

25/11/2017 - Saturday

I finished the nasty piece of soap (I have also been using other soaps I’ve made) and it turned out that it worked well as soap and didn’t smell horrible.

I started to build website using Wix site builder.

26/11/2017 - Sunday

The tomato plants didn’t look well so they have been pulled out, providing a short-term supply.

Tomatoes ripening on the windowsill

I continued to add more of the journal I’ve been maintaining as blog entries. This takes quite a while because of the need to upload media.

27/11/2017 - Monday

I unmoulded the cocoa soap. The colours mixed because I poured the soap mixture into the moulds when perhaps a little too runny.

Soap block with

mixed colours.

I continued to add more blog entries.

28/11/2017 - Tuesday

I went to John Harris and Jo Oliver’s RPRs today. They both gave great presentations. I also saw my supervisor Jo and changed the date of our meeting to enable me to organise and complete some of the reading critiques I’ve been writing.

29/11/2017 - Wednesday

I cut the colourful cocoa soap. I also continued adding more blog entries.


cocoa soap

30/11/2017 - Thursday

CREA921 workshop about the creative portfolio - recommended to be documenting with various digital media. We also discussed the flexibility within each project about how work is submitted. Within the overall thesis (project) lies the theoretical (dissertation) and the practical written component (exegesis), as well as the creative work/s.

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