Well, it's all over...and I've been bopping around, singing Madonna's "Holiday" and feeling like a woman reprieved.
The set-up went well, the data projector initially refused to speak to my laptop but then consented and my video documentation of Wraith showed up beautifully. I managed to annoy one of the other masters candidates but having booked the space he wanted, but I introduced myself and showed I was apologetic, and now we're friends.
I was introduced to the examiner, shook her hand and made myself scarce.
A little over an hour later I returned. Some of my work is staying for the Graduate Exhibition which opens on December 3, so there wasn't too much for me to pack up. It was all a bit underwhelming. Nothing more to do but go about my business and wait.
The next day, Wednesday, I headed down to St Kilda by the bay, had a nice lunch, before returning to the CBD. I dropped in to Hand Held Gallery a recently opened art space which focuses on artists books. Megan Herring, the owner was there and it was great to meet her. The gallery reminded me of a fledgling BookArts Bookshop, which I visited in London, and wrote about here. I really hope Hand Held takes off. It's so wonderful to have a space basically dedicated to artists books, and I really feel that Melbourne is the city in Australia that could sustain this type of venture. I added Like Weather to Megan's stock, and she promised me a spot in the window.
Then I went to visit Hannah Bertram, who I studied with at RMIT when I was initially enrolled and living in Melbourne. If you haven't visited her website, do yourself a favour now and check out her gorgeous work. She had a bottle of wine on hand to celebrate with me, and convinced me that it was okay to celebrate just getting this far, without waiting for the result.
And while I was sitting chatting with Hannah in her studio I received the phone call....a pass! No amendments to be made. Hurray! Time to break out the champers!!!!