Friday, March 26, 2010

The string challenge

As part of my "Expressions of Love" exhibition (8th - 30th May) and to coincide with the Charity ART Auction for the Cancer Council ABMT, held at Main Street Gallery, Montville, I am incorporating an interactive art piece open to the public to participate in, and on the day of the ART Auction it will be auctioned off as part of the fundraising.
I'm calling it "The String Challenge"...knitted in unity.

"The String Challenge" - knitted in unity

This porcelain knitting Nancy design is directly taken from an original wooden 'Vintage' knitting nancy - Porcelain & Recycled Teabags

I extend this invitation to you, to visit Main Street Gallery between 7th to 26th May, 2010 and add to the length of string and be part of the challenge.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Works...

Fresh out of the kiln, cleaned up and gold leafed...
These are the pieces I photographed while in the leatherhard stage when in the making, now finished and ready to exhibit.

...a sneak preview of some of the works I will be exhibiting in the group exhibition "Essence of Time" April 12th to 25th in Graydon Gallery, 29 Merthyr Rd, New Farm.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Expressions of Love, Exhibition

Its been eight years in the making and I have been sitting on this body of work for some time now waiting for the right time to exhibit it, as it holds very significant meanings for me. I started making the pieces in 2002 with much excitement (or madness) gathering hundreds and hundreds of teabags pinning and sewing, pinning and mother was my avid 'gatherer' making it her life's mission to collect as many teabags as she could on her many visits to her friends. Before you knew it I had a whole tribe of hunter gatherers of teabags...with teabags coming in from all directions.


Recycled teabags (leaves intact) sewn on a treadle Singer Sewing Machine into long strips,
three strips plaited and sewn together by hand, calico backing dyed with recycled tea leaves then sewn together. Upon my exhibition this piece will be displayed on a perpex box kindly donated by Australian marine Windows.
The works are inspired by the 'Arts/Crafts' that our Mother's and Grandmother's passed on to us through knitting, crocheting, sewing etc... once considered a necessity for around the home to comfort and nurture. This interaction between (grand)mother and daughter intergrated a common bond from an early age, creating a love like no other... shared moments to cherish forever.
“KNITTING IN PROGRESS”- RECYCLED TEABAGS & PORCELAINRecycled teabags sewn on a treadle Singer Sewing Machine knitted on antique wooden knitting needles
My previous post (below) details my "Charity ART Auction" I am hosting for this years Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, O so thankful....the universe is providing, and has given me the green light to exhibit my "Expressions of Love" works from 8th to 30th May along side... and in lead up to the morning tea art auction and in a most beautiful venue Main Street Gallery which I must say, have been overwhemly supportive and am ever thankful for their generosity.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Charity ART Auction

The Teapot pictured is made from recycled teabags from last years ABMT (2009), my intent was to make an artwork and donate it to the Cancer Council to raise money for research. Personally touched by cancer myself with the loss of my mother has been the inspiration to host this years event via the Charity ART Auction.

"A Strong Brew"- ABMT 2009
Recycled teabags sewn on a Treadle Singer Sewing Machine
My Australia's Biggest Morning Tea - Fundraising day is being presented as a Charity ART Auction with guest speaker Cr Jenny McKay. All Artworks being donated are by local Artists on the Sunshine Coast whose lives have been personally touched by cancer. The local business community has been very supportive with Main Street Gallery in Montville kindly providing the venue to exhibit the artworks and Roger from Roger Loughnan Real Estate being our Auctioneer on the day. Poet's Cafe are supplying small nibbles and tea for one and all, support is growing stronger with each day.