Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Apron 'Beneath the Skin'

Recently, I was invited (alongside 24 artists) to participate in a group exhibition entitled The Apron ‘Beneath the Skin’, coordinated by also exhibiting artist, Heinke J. Butt.

The Apron ‘Beneath the Skin’ is a collaborative project with a focus on the Apron as the garment that changes the identity of the wearer. The exhibition will include works that look at the past as well as the future of the apron.

The first exhibition will be showcased at the Brisbane Institute of Art (BiA) Metcalfe Gallery, 41 Grafton St, Windsor Q 4030, with the Official Opening on Sunday 7 September, 2014 at 2pm.

You may remember an earlier post where I was experiementing with printing onto recycled tea bags, well I decided to explore this a little more and I was extremely happy with my results....

Exploring layout options with the printed tea bags...

And of course, tea dyed calico backing...

Around the same time I was making my piece the Collectable Show was on at the local showgrounds, so I took my camera with me and scoop! Vintage domestic ware everwhere and loads of inspiration...

Here's sneak preview of my finished piece entitled Pinny, square recycled tea bags with printed imagery of vintage domestic ware, backed with tea dyed calico and sewn on my treadle Singer sewing machine.

And, later in the year, The Apron ‘Beneath the Skin’ exhibition will be showing at the Gympie Regional Gallery between 18 Nov – 17 Dec, 2014.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

exciting news!

Most of my facebook buddies will know of this news already, but its way too exciting not to share with my blogging friends too!   Way back when in 2011, the lovely Jo Murray sent me a link to  'The Landfillart Project' a call for artworks made with recycled hub caps - liking the concept, I created my piece and posted it off to Pennsylvania (previous blog posts). Three years on, my transformed hubcap entitled Threaded Notions has been selected for their very first exhibition entitled, "Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art" held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Virginia USA - OMG, excitement plus!!!

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art prides itself as an environmentally inspired contemporary art exhibition presenting works by nearly 300 artists from every U.S. state and 35 other countries, including little ole me!  So if your in the area please do call in and see the show - the Official Opening is on Saturday 6 September, 2014 and exhibits through to March 1, 2015.  Sadly being on the other side of the globe I'll not get in to see the exhibition - so if there is anyone out there that does, it would be fab to hear all about it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Open Studio this weekend!

I am delighted to be participating once again in the 2014 Australian Ceramics Open Studios (ACOS).  The national event kicks off this weekend on Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 August, 2014, between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

Please accept this warm invitation and join me over the weekend and indulge in clay, creative conversation or perhaps view my Expressions of Love II ceramic + tea bag works, recently exhibited at Noosa Regional Gallery.

To arrange an appointment email

With over 130 artists studios opening their doors to the public, mine included, The Australian Ceramics Open Studios (ACOS) promises to be a celebration of clay, creativity and community.

A regular day in my studio with my best mate, Max...

If you would like to know more about the ACOS event, please click on the inserted links above. The
2014 ACOS event is hosted by The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA).