Photographs from my exhibition at Gatakers Artspace Maryborough. Exhibition continues until February 28th.
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.
Date: Sat October 28th
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
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
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?
Artbeat festival at Ipswich. The crowd flocked to the festival to try the huge range of creative offerings. There was woodturning, hula hoop making, mosaic, flying fish, magic wands, felting sculpted monsters, body painting, musical instrument making, sculpted paper brooches and sand art. Ignite Artists were making fresco pendants. It was a wonderful sight to see the crowd turn out to this very hands on arts festival organised by Ipswich council, in d’Arcy Doyle place. Part of the Ipswich Festival. http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/about_ipswich/news_and_events/artbeat
The Planting festival at Woodfordia has grown from a small spades and gumboots gathering to a festival with shady trees, arts, talks, ideas and music. The trees have grown, and now the plantings are of tree orchards, a ceremonial planting of an olive tree from Spain, and symbolic planting of ideas. Michael Leunig added his magic to the mix this year. Those of us who love this festival wish the world was always like this village, and resolve to carry the connection, ideas and feeling of freedom back to the less real world.
This year there was a tearoom with daily offering of tea and award winning cakes from the local show. I went to a puppet making workshop with Sol Puppetman, a life drawing session in the evening, and to botanical alchemy with Ali de Groote. I ran screenprinted festival pockets, pendant and textile workshops for children.