Friday, September 28, 2012

Celebrating Love & Unity

A gorgeous way to start to my day with a moment of quiet time and reflection before the day begins looking over at the lagoon in the distance in Russell Family Park, Montville.

Then special family and friends arrived to join me, several people drop by, while an unexpected creative treat awaited the kids that came with their mums to play in the park.

 Rosemarie's heart is as big as her strawberry.

To share a message with you and one which rings true for me now painted on my studio floor, reminds me of how important the simple things in life are....
 "Greet each new day with love in your heart for one and all" - Emily Jeavons
So many heartfelt and powerful messages.... creating the ripple effect with one common theme. 

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came and to the facebook folk out there for sharing your messages with me.

If you would like to read about all the other six placemaking temporary art activities, workshops, and installations visit art4place blog

Monday, September 24, 2012

love & unity installation

As part of art4place 2012 Creative Spaces temporary placemaking art activities I will be hosting an interactive free family day installation based event, to kick off this Spring school holidays.  I'm inviting children and their parents to join me and write messages on bright pink heart shaped leaves that will be ceremoniously launched into the lagoon in Russell Park, Montville in celebration of love & unity.
The lagoon in Russell Family Park was a watering hole for members of the Gubbi Gubbi people as they made their way to Baroon Pocket for their annual gathering. At these gatherings stories were told, tools and ornaments exchanged, conflicts resolved and marriages arranged.  To me, these gatherings speak of love and unity, and by trailing hand-written messages of love and unity on a sea of bright pink painted heart shaped leaves, we celebrate how Russell Family Park is still a place for gathering and for families to spend time together.

Wanting to create a sea of giant lilly pads floating across the water, I sourced the largest bike tubes I could find and have inflated them as much as I could and lined the base with mesh.

Up to 13 inflatable tubes with zippy ties which worked a treat to secure the mesh in place!

Starting to write some messages on the leaves from folk to far away and want to participate.  Your most welcome to leave your message here on my blog if you want to join in.

Great exposure page 5 on our upcoming placemaking activities from the Hinterland Times.

My sea of hearts "Love & Unity" Installation will take place in Russell Family Park, Montville on Wednesday 26 September, 2012 from 11am to 2pm - one of six individual temporary placemaking community art projects taking place along the Hinterland through September and October, 2012.
Proudly sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Council, community enterprise Hinterland Business Centre and businesses Coffey International and N-Carta Group  -  all art4place 2012 Creative Spaces placemaking art activities are free to the public and also complement Arts Connect Inc., Sunshine Coast Hinterland Open Studios program that takes place each weekend from 15 Sept until 7 Oct, 2012 which I am also participating in.

Monday, September 17, 2012

International Cone Box Show

I am delighted to announce an entry of my pierced porcelain has been shortlisted and selected into the 2012 International Cone Box Show.  A biennial event the Cone Box Show showcases miniature ceramic pieces within the dimensions of 3" x 3" x 6" to fit inside one standard size Orton Cone Box.  If your wondering 'what' Orton cones are?  Orton Pyrometric Cones are used to visually guage that the firing process is under control within the kiln. Cones measure heat work, the effect of time and temperature an aid giving an acurate guide that the kiln has reached its temperature.

Unfortuantely I didn't take a photgraph of my actual entry (naughty me!) however it is pictured on a shelf (a wall mounted top shelf and to the left) in the preview album on their webiste, it is similar in size to the image below on the right however not the same as, of course! These pieces are in the collection of  FaB; Fiona Dempster and Barry Smith.

Feeling very honoured with only two enteries selected from Australia - myself and Greg Daly.  Other countries include; USA, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Scotland, England and Singapore.

Exhibition details for the US locals:

September 14-October 31, 2012 - Show available for viewing and pieces available for purchase at the Lawrence Arts Center.

September 28, 2012 - Official Cone Box Show reception at the Lawrence Arts Center

March 19, 2013 - Exhibit on display in Houston, TX in conjunction with the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Conference.

ps...also I would like to send a special thank you to Carol Forster, friend and mentor for her continued support and guidance and informing me of the competition details, many thanks Carol!