cabin in the back yard
You never forget going into a unique house. Visiting Bruce and Katie Goold’s place up on the Peninsula north of Sydney is to go into one of those rare worlds.
Nearly everything in the house Bruce had found or made himself. An artist who works in linocuts and woodblock prints, he has also designed fabrics for furniture & clothing. His work is full of magpies and kangaroos and bogong moths- waratahs, canna lilies and more – a full spectrum of the Australian bush.
in the studio; a cushion with Bruce’s wood cut
Bruce has long been part of Sydney’s artistic life – in the early seventies he was involved with the Yellow House, an art project that has attained near legendary status in Sydney. Inspired by Van Gogh, the Yellow House was canvas in itself- nearly every wall, floor and ceiling was painted and worked upon.
filing case from a demolished petrol station
I like the sad dog’s head cane
I want to make more things for the old schoolmasters house – and here there is so much inspiration to be found. I love the apple shaped clock that Bruce made out of a pizza tin – a ‘Big Apple’ set to New York time, where his daughter Nancy is currently living.
clock made by Bruce out of a pizza tin, set to NY time; ‘ the Big Apple”
I especially like how he customizes lights – making them into real features in the room by dressing them up, adding to them with shells, nets or raffia. Need to think up a country interpretation of this…
light enhanced with a belt bought by daughter Nancy
Bruce’s writing desk
Another thing you get with the house is how strongly it relates to the setting – things from the beach; fishing nets, driftwood and sharks eggs make their ways into the house, assembled in unexpected ways, including once a year as a Christmas tree.
lounge covered in Bruce’s fabric
view over Pittwater
Bruce’s father and grandfather had shops selling furniture and he has inherited some amazing pieces. But most other things were salvaged from council throw outs. The overlooked object is placed in a setting where it makes sense and its beauty revealed by the artist’s eye.
through to the studio
Bruce in a gilt mirror that was headed for a dumpster