Friday, August 19, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I was involved in judging this photography competition - a hard the task as many clever people are capturing interesting and dramatic images of earth, space and science. Part of the judging criteria was the scientific explanation behind the photograph - these statements certainly expanded my knowledge. We unfortunately did not have enough prizes to honour all so we put a lot of focus on encouraging young photographers/scientists.
"It is a little cloudy. The water comes from the rain. The rain comes from the cloud. I see the cloud in the puddle. It is a water cycle, recycling." Katiya age 6.
Two works that have stayed with me after the exhibition are the Weather Cock by Sharon Cook and A Sun In Love by Eyal Schwartz. Check them and other great shots out for yourself at http://tinyurl.com/capturescience
Thursday, July 14, 2016
After getting a taste of printmaking at last years SciArt open print workshop weekend some participants asked me back to run a four day, small group workshop. Megan Cowley (Stewart Island Gallery and Gift Shop: www.facebook.com/StewartIslandGiftShop/?fref=ts ) volunteered her services as technician and Karen was the treasurer which was all invaluable as printmaking requires a lot of 'stuff' and organisation in the buildup to the decisive moment that the print goes through the press. Thank you so much - we made a great team! Megan even made a special trip to Fine Art Papers in Christchurch to get good printing papers. (Just have to do a little plug for these FAP- they have served artists well for years) http://fineartpapers.co.nz/
Then came the printing. The clever adaptation of using clothes drying racks as paper flashers nearly kept up with production. Paper and fabric was printed - Jill even produced a gorgeous cushion cover and Shona bound a book.
On the last afternoon locals were invited along to have a look-what an amazing buzz was going down. The only unfortunate thing is that I was too busy to take as many photos of the work as I would have liked but that just means I have to go back!
Aside from the welcoming people, birds, place, accomodation, sea, ferry journey, printmaking (I could go on) there is another reason I love to visit Rakiura Stewart Island. This small, jam packed interesting museum has big plans for expansion. I Bev assisted me in looking at the Lockerbie collection which contained a beautiful piece of Kokowai (translation: red water) which Maori used for personal adornment and to decorate artifacts. I was also fascinated to learn about the tin mining at Port Pegasus - sounds like a future destination via http://www.auroracharters.co.nz/Trips/Port-Pegasus.asp
http://www.rakiuramuseum.co.nz/ I would love art to become a way to help the fundraisers reach the required financial goal...ideas are mulling - send me yours if you have one!Maybe the print gang could set up for a weekend and a limited edition print gets printed by many hands and then sold?
|Morning view from Shona's house - luxury accommodation #1|
|At the entrance of Pip's|
house Port of Call,
luxury accommodation #2.
Participants didn't just draw and print. They each focused on self selected projects and collected research which was 'played with' and considered before being made into plates. We then wrote poems, did visualisations and asked ourselves questions - all of which supported the visual art making and helped define choices. A wide variety of plates were made - dry point etching, gelli prints, solar plate (relief and intaglio) and off set printing from a flat of colour. Jill even had some old photographically etched zinc plates from movie advertisements which we printed off for fun.
|Creative poetry/thought writing sample|
|One of Jill's zinc plates|
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
|Our Print Hub - we overtook the Bowling Pavilion.|
|Coptic bound recipe book.|
|Megan wiping up an intaglio print|
|Busy at the coal face|
|Sue's printed ferns. Plate made by placing and exposing 4 types |
of ferns directly on pre -aquatinted solar plate.
|Shona's eel traps|
|Prints which will later be collaged into different art works.|
|Sophie joined us for one day - overprinting maps|
|Detail of Megan's prints (embossed fern in background)|
showing bravery for cutting up and rearranging - great risk taking
|Karen's prints for a special dog|
|Ulva - maps and sketches of Ulva Island|
|Visitors admiring Pip's prints. These were laid out on |
the 'deciding' table where we thought about what
to collage together
|Jill's work - prints of family wedding photos|
|Kokowai Red Ochre|
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
|Gelli print by Claire|
I was thrilled to return to teach at the Autumn Arts School in Wanaka for a week of print based mixed media explorations. The aim was to be involved in pursuing individual artistic vision through reinterpreting traditional methods of working, considering ways to structure a project/theme and seeing ourselves as artist inventors/experimenters. Sometimes it is easier to take a risk and make discoveries in a workshop situation!
One of our first activities was offering up work we had previously made that we considered a 'failure'. Everything was up for grabs and students could take whatever they wanted to create a new artwork. It can be less threatening and easier to be more objective about someone else's work. Having a wide selection of visual source material makes the reinterpreting/collating/design process hands on and full of choice and the interventions of what was offered combined with what participants brought to the work was very interesting.
|Participants brought art 'fails' with them|
|One of the initial solutions|
|Prue's collage relating to her|
We did make art journals but rather than aiming to make a finished product over the week we got into a variety of interventions on paper and fabric towards creating a collection of layered surfaces, textures and experimental samples. We used printmaking techniques that lend themselves towards abstract and painterly effects through mono printing, rusting, collagraph and gelli prints. Some collagraph plates were gorgeous in their own right.
|Belinda's collagraph plate|
Rusting & Gesso
|Claire's interventions of rust and print|
|Gesso texture through plastic lace by Jahn|
One of the most fluid ways of working was, rather than making a collagraph plate where materials are glued down and sealed, to print things directly from an inked up flat of colour. Janet's threads form a perfect example of this.
|plate on left, print on right|
We made relief and intaglio solar prints as a way to process graphic, photographic and text plates.
|Belinda exposing a solar plate in the sun|
|Kay's relief solar print from a photo|
|Vic's solar print|
|The same image which Vic is now stitching into|
the lining of a jacket.
|Jahn's beautiful stitched response to a vintage pattern.|
|A stitched /dyed muslin page in Karen's art journal.|
|Printed and stitched leaves by Corry|
|Reverse of Corry's stitching - the embossing is visible|
|Ann - printed stitching. India theme.|
Here we are at work. Someone came in and described our room as the Industrial Revolution and indeed it was always abuzz. Printing! Stitching! Glueing! Thinking! I wanted t cry when we had to pack up and finish - we all wanted to keep going .
|Karen at her desk|
| Sandy re purposing scrapbooking tools |
(We were lucky to have access to Barbara MacKenzie's
Big Shot and Jenny Sutherland's industrial AccuCut and dies.)
|Sandy using the die cut 'negative' as frames over prints|
Some more lovely examples from the week....
|Kay's moth - print,chine colle and walnut ink|
|Art journals by Megan|
|Claire's blue grey palette of gelli prints|
|Corry's art journal|
|Corry's solar print of Mt Aspiring|
|Pam's dressmaking themed work|
|Pam's work - on her second theme of hiking|
|Vic's ratty - combining the abject with beautiful lace|
|Rolled music - Janet|
A clever idea - don't you love this as a way to store and travel with your paintbrushes.
Somehow we still fitted in time for bubbles and I got treated to a most delicious, memorable breakfast from Megan, Ulva and Janet before driving home on Saturday.
|Yum - thank you - loved the pancakes Megan!|
Special thanks to The Upper Clutha Community Arts Council, Robyn van Reenen, Dennis and Susan Manson (check out her business Fully Wooly below)