Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Knot at Home

 



^ My tiny knot in a jar piece made from white fabric dyed with pink water colour textas, a typewriter for the text and a small jar.

Federation Square hosted an online competition called Knot at Home which was to take inspiration at their current installation The Knot by French Artist Cyril Lancelin. My little creation was their choice in the open section for a runner up prize, which was pretty exciting. It was great to finally have some motivation again during these lock-down times here.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Future Creations

 

Thank-you to the Kyneton Library and the Macedon Ranges Youth Services for having me down to hold a zine workshop for the launch of the Future Creations Zine on July 1st. This was the launch for Volume 3, you can find #1 and #2 online as it started during the lock-downs last year. The workshop also included badge making. 


 

 "The zine is part of Council’s work to elevate the voices of young people and keep them connected to each other and their community. 

Editions are published each term and showcase the talented and creative young people in the Macedon Ranges."

It was lovely to meet the young people behind the works and the creation of the zine and the team behind the Youth Services Team, I am excited to see where their next issue takes them.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Future Creatons: Zine launch and makerspace

 



Come and join us as we launch Future Creations a zine created by young people living in the Macedon Ranges.

The launch will be followed by a zine and badge makerspace led by Kelly Robson from 2pm.

Come and have a try!

For young people aged 12-25.

Light catering provided.

BOOKINGS REQUIRED

Date and time
Thursday, 1 July 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location
Kyneton Library
3 Baynton Street
Kyneton, VIC 3444


What I did last Week

During lock down last year here in Victoria the Bendigo Arts officers created an online gallery for people to send in works, pieces and writing that they created during that time. I hadn't during that time created any work. They did however create another opportunity this year when we went into a 7 day snap lock down to send in work which I took the opportunity to do. You can find that particular week here. And below is the image I created and a little bit about it. You can find the other online galleries for this project by clicking here.

"In these challenging times, we created an online exhibition as a way of sharing work and encouraging art-making.
 
The aim each week was to program a diverse exhibition, showing a variety of artistic expression.  Local artists were invited to submit a single still image – a photograph, a photograph of an artwork or a digital image and text to describe the artwork, or the idea behind it.
 
Over 32 weeks we collected 780 artworks by 175 artists."



                               
                                            Snakeskin Jacket, 2 June 2021

I used the quote from the film Wild at Heart as my friend Leonie kept saying it due to the fact one day she had a similar style coat on. I have used coloured pencils on black paper with some collage of magazine pieces. Nothing special but gave me inspiration to create some art.

A Royal Chancery

 It has been a very long time since posting on this blog due to a lot of varying factors. I was given the chance about 2 years ago to create a paste up in Chancery Lane for when the Bendigo Art Gallery hosted the  Tudors to Windsors exhibition during 2019. However the paste-up is no longer there which is part of the idea with street art and paste ups that it is only temporary. Below are images of the process and final piece that was along the lane way walls. I called it A Royal Chancery taking the name of the lane and adding a royal feel to it.

 



^ Above is what the wall was originally, so it wasn't my usual small projects that I would normally do.


^ Ended up choosing a very rich purple to cover the bare brick.



^ Hand drew a large crown image using graphite pencil, fine liners and sharpie markers.



^ Freshly pasted up crown with gold paper doilies and red triangles.






^ My mum had also been involved with the paste up and created a piece using mixed media elements.

Cartel Volumn 7

 





Cartel Artisan Journal
Volume #7 2019

My piece was created with graphite and colored pencil and entitled Mrs. Sundrop. These books can be found inside the Bendigo Library. I have also got works in volume 1, 3 and 4.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Sketchbook Project :: Brooklyn Art Library

"Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Art Library is home to over 41,000 sketchbooks from over 130 different countries. Participants of the project order blank sketchbooks, choose a theme, fill them up and connect their books online."

I was very excited to participate in the 2018 Sketchbook Project and hope one day to visit the art library myself. My mum also joined me in doing this and there is also a piece by my niece inside also. My sketchbook also went on their traveling tour and it visited Toronto, Chicago and Atlanta.

You can view my full sketchbook via this link.



^ One of my pages; using mixed media.

Artlands 2018

As part of Artlands 2018, which was held in Bendigo, I participated in Crafting the Merch project which asked you to knit or crochet a scarf for attendants. I had never knitted anything before so I struggled with this for awhile and being left handed I felt it was a lot worse learning something like this.

Using wool from the Bendigo Woolen Mills I finally created something. I had  knitted one long stretch of wool and then I used yellow ribbon to connect the ends that allowed the person wearing it to easily slip it over your head. Added a brooch pin with colored pom poms on as an embellishment.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Wonderland

Wonderland is the latest exhibition by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, as well as being a World Premiere. It is officially opened from 5th April until the 7th October.

"Explore the curious, embrace the absurd, believe in the impossible" from ACMI curator Jessica Bram, who worked up to almost two years pulling this exhibition together with Sarah Tutton (another curator) with a team of creatives.


^ Alice in Wonderland, 1910, down the rabbit hole.

The exhibition takes you on an interactive adventure as soon as you open the first door, plus don't forget to pick up your Lost Map of Wonderland, to unlock little animations throughout. Keep a look out for small draws for other hidden Alice gems. 




^ A small selection of what can be found in Wonderland.

You will find more than 300 unique pieces from around the world including film posters to original concept work, even costumes from Tim Burton's 2010 film version, animation cells and props. There is also a digital Mad Hatter's Tea Party which runs for about 4 minutes which was quite interesting with how they incorporated moving visuals to create a different experience. 

Lewis Carroll's vision came to life in the first screen adaptation in 1903 by Cecil M Hepworth, a British film maker and has since been in over 40 films and 30 television programs. Alice has remained an inspiration and an iconic figure in literature.

T2 are a principle sponsor for this exhibition and very fitting. They have created a limited edition tea to go with Wonderland. It is called Mad Choc Berry and smells delicious. Another great purchase would be the catalogue from Thames and Hudson, especially if you are a collector and interested in art & film. 

It was like falling down the rabbit hole and exploring wonderland. The interpretations of Alice in all sorts of forms including, puppetry and stop motion from all cultures was surreal and worth seeing.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chinese Tea Workshop



As part of the Zinda Festival there was a small workshop held all to do with Chinese Tea, mostly about brewing, and the different types that are popular in their culture. It was held by Angela Zheng, who will also be holding various workshops through out the year at the Old Church on the Hill including calligraphy, tea, language and dumplings. 

I learnt that with the leaf teas, you brew a pot but don't drink the first one; it is for cleansing the leaves, also allowing them to expand and open. Once poured you see the colour, smell and then sip. Tasting on both sides of your mouth. Some teas were sweeter than others, from a various leaf ones and including one similar to an Oolong tea.

Another idea that Angela suggested was making your own Orange tea by using the peel of oranges or mandarins, either drying them out in the oven or outside in the sun, adding them to the tea while brewing. You can even add some honey to create a more sweeter taste.


^ Rose Petal tea that was brewed & tasted in a small ceramic cup.