Here are some photos of the fountains that I made at Brisbane Institute of Art. I have been a student in a semester long sculptural ceramic course with Dianne Peach.
To me, there is something wonderful about the way ceramics hold and contain water, to be able to touch and to see the water in the vessel. I’ve had a dream of creating fountains, and today, with lots of help from Dianne, the idea became a reality, out of the kiln, and assembled for the end of year exhibition. It is lovely to see the water flowing and to listen to it. They are on display in the BIA end of year exhibition.
jade table top fountain
blue ceramic fountain
ceramic fountain in kiln
Leaving old work behind, and unsure where I’m heading with the new, some delft blue prints on porcelain
A simple T shirt can become a work of art.
I am running a course this coming weekend that always has interesting results: T shirt printing. It is on Saturday and Sunday 22-23rd October.
If you have ever wondered how to print detailed designs and text onto shirts or dreamed of designing your own range of T shirts, then this short course can bring those ideas to fruition. During this course we prepare screens with images for photoemulsion printing on T shirts.
We then expose the photoemulsion screens in the sun to produce detailed images from your own text, photos or drawing. The images are then screen printed by hand onto t shirts with water based ink and heat set so that they are fully washable.
By the end of the weekend designs will be ready to wear, looking professional with detailed text and images.
No experience necessary!
New paintings and prints, frames within frames, my pictures in an exhibition.
Every day I need the wisdom and inspiration of others. I think it is time to reclaim our innocence.
” In every gardener there is a child who believes in the seed fairy”
The quote is by Robert Brault.
I printed some of my favourite quotes onto porcelain and then made them into pendants.
For more inspiration of Robert Brault’s inspiration follow this link, He is an inspired writer and marvellous blogger, I could lose myself in his words:
“What is a gardener but a magician’s assistant?”
More insightful writing about gardens:
Hugh Johnson ” no two days are the same in one garden” from The Principles of Gardening (1979}
Sydney Eddison ” Gardens are a form of Autobiography”
Kahlil Gibran “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness”
“One sun, one world- many dreams” is the name of a project organised by Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM, and Out of the Box Festival. The exhibition will tour to China, and is part of the Out of the Box Festival at South Bank this year.
A magnificent box arrived at the preschool from one of the project sponsors, full of paints brushes, palettes, paper for use on the project. I was at the preschool for four weeks as one of 10 artists in residence across Queensland. Each week the children developed prints and paintings about what they do, where they live, and the future.
It is fascinating to see the energy pre school children have in their expression and artmaking. Often it is a filmic approach where the brushes and rollers, individual colours and interactions with each other tell the story that emerges within each piece, and often it is the roller or the brush that begins the narrative. Children naturally do something that from my observation only the most experienced of artists do: react to the moment in art. They notice exactly how the paint moves and falls and all the actions between paint and paper. They see with clarity what adults usually miss. Barbara recalled a child who carefully painted black all over a detailed picture, and when she asked why, the child replied “because it was night !”.
The little artists returned to their prints and paintings each week, allowing the development of layered work for the exhibition, and discussed the finished pieces for selection for exhibition.
I love Northey St City farm, and enjoyed facilitating this workshop where we created prints from the plants in the garden on t shirts, sarongs, scarves and bags. Some photos from a Prints from Plants workshop one of their sustainable living workshop program.