Logan Art Gallery studio session

A session at the Logan Art Gallery. Photoemulsion screenprinting from drawing to printing for secondary teachers. Sponsored by School Art Supplies.

 

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Invisible garden

Photographs from my exhibition at Gatakers Artspace Maryborough. Exhibition continues until February 28th.

 

 

 

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Highlights: Chandeliers and Sculptural lighting of the Woodford Folk Festival.

Kez Howell designs the amazing chandeliers and sculptural lanterns for the Woodford Folk Festival. These ingenious creations adorn the venues, lakes and walkways.  Kez Howell and Cliff Salaun sculpt, forge, weld, print, paint, dye sew then run the electricity through these incredible structures of metal and cloth. They create magic across the entire festival each year.

kezzahowell@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Festival season

I visited Maryborough for the Festive heart of Christmas celebrations. There were a range of offerings each day for families, from interactions with rescued wildlife to mural painting. It was held in the historic town hall. It was great to see families sharing new experiences and making gifts together outside of the commercial machinations Christmas. The event was hosted and organised by Fraser Coast  Regional Council.

I ran sessions in badgemaking, bunting, decorative fans, printed tote bags, teepee making, pendant creations, flags and bandannas. Maryborough can be a whimsical town, and the Town Hall was a hive of activity.

 

 

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Upcycling workshop

Some photos from a workshop I ran for Brisbane City Council: recreating clothing.

The workshop was part of the Revive festival, where the speakers addressed the issue of waste from the textile industry and the disturbing phenomenon to junk fashion and throwaway textiles.  These textiles are made from synthetic, polyester and nylon which are plastic and by products of the oil industry. They never break down.

Stallholders were op shops and upcycle businesses from around Brisbane, and there was a re-fashion parade. It was a treasure trove of ideas and retro styling. Refreshing the wardrobe with a visit to the op shop part of town- Annerley and Stones Corner, or dropping into  thrift shops on a road trip gives local charities a boost and allows the environment a well deserved rest.

 

 

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Screenprinting at Raw Art

 

http://rawart.com.au/product/screenprinting-101-with-nancy
Date: Sat October 28th
Time: 12.30-3.30

Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of screenprinting without having to watch every dodgy YouTube clip on the web…?

During this very fast paced and enjoyable workshop you will learn how to screen print onto material, t shirts, bags and other items with your own designs. We will cut a fine re-usable stencil with a design that can be re-used many times. Learn about how to prepare and use a screen for printing, what inks and additives to use, how to print onto different backgrounds, and how to set and care for the prints so that they are washable. Everything provided, including patient answers to all your questions, your own design on a practical tote bag, and a delicious afternoon tea

 

 

 

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Making porcelain jewellery

I’ve been making more porcelain jewellery, printing and shaping the clay, glazing and firing the porcelain pieces, adding extra cobalt to make deep classical winters blues, bending sterling silver for the earring hooks with my assortment of pliers. When pieces of unfired work break, I make decisions about what to do with the fragments. I like dainty broken pieces with fragments of my designs. Some of the broken pieces become my favourite work.  Each time I make a piece, new possibilities spring to mind.

Some of the work is in my Etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/NancyBrownPrintshop

 

 

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Screenprinting at Impress

A weekend at Impress Printmakers studio.  I was tutoring a two day studio session in  Screenprinting for an experienced group of artists. Impress Printmakers studio at Kedron is a beautiful working space with high ceilings, flooded with natural light. The group produced some very energetic and vibrant work over the two days where I demonstrated some techniques for translating idea to screen to textile

Recently I have heard politicians select the art of screenprinting for their disdain. Is it their fear that in times past and present beginners have raised clouds of dissent and attired rallies protesters overnight? Or is it because it is great fun, and no one should mention the word fun in these conservative days?

 

 

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Emerald

I visited Emerald,  one of my favourite outback towns, for a Flying Arts tour. Emerald is a historic town. It has a grand Queenslander style railway station and a welcoming botanical garden, popular with travellers. I flew in on a countrylink flight for a very short visit. I was there to run a workshop in Manga art Zines for art educators. Art educators give an enormous amount of time and energy to the art room. For many students the best part of going to school is the peace and creativity of the art room. This workshop allowed a very skilled group of dedicated teachers to develop work of their own, share ideas and learn some new processes.

 

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Cloncurry

Back from a Flying Arts tour to Cloncurry. I visited the schools and kindergartens, creating artworks with groups there. I enjoyed seeing the range of images in their artworks. Freshwater crocodiles, light aircraft, road trains, cattle, amazing rocks, crystals, camp drafting and pig hunting are part of the children’s lives in the town. I ran an etching workshop at the high school, we made play cloths at the pre schools, and a screenprinting project with the primary school students

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