Screenprinting at Impress

A weekend at Impress Printmakers studio.  I was tutoring a two day studio session in  Screenprinting for an experienced group of artists. Impress Printmakers studio at Kedron is a beautiful working space with high ceilings, flooded with natural light. The group produced some very energetic and vibrant work over the two days where I demonstrated some techniques for translating idea to screen to textile

Recently I have heard politicians select the art of screenprinting for their disdain. Is it their fear that in times past and present beginners have raised clouds of dissent and attired rallies protesters overnight? Or is it because it is great fun, and no one should mention the word fun in these conservative days?



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I visited Emerald,  one of my favourite outback towns, for a Flying Arts tour. Emerald is a historic town. It has a grand Queenslander style railway station and a welcoming botanical garden, popular with travellers. I flew in on a countrylink flight for a very short visit. I was there to run a workshop in Manga art Zines for art educators. Art educators give an enormous amount of time and energy to the art room. For many students the best part of going to school is the peace and creativity of the art room. This workshop allowed a very skilled group of dedicated teachers to develop work of their own, share ideas and learn some new processes.


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Back from a Flying Arts tour to Cloncurry. I visited the schools and kindergartens, creating artworks with groups there. I enjoyed seeing the range of images in their artworks. Freshwater crocodiles, light aircraft, road trains, cattle, amazing rocks, crystals, camp drafting and pig hunting are part of the children’s lives in the town. I ran an etching workshop at the high school, we made play cloths at the pre schools, and a screenprinting project with the primary school students

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Artbeat festival at Ipswich. The crowd flocked to the festival to try the huge range of creative offerings. There was woodturning, hula hoop making, mosaic, flying fish, magic wands, felting sculpted monsters, body painting, musical instrument making, sculpted paper brooches and sand art. Ignite Artists were making fresco pendants.  It was a wonderful sight to see the crowd turn out to this very hands on arts festival organised by Ipswich council, in d’Arcy Doyle place. Part of the Ipswich Festival.

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The Planting

The Planting festival at Woodfordia has grown from a small spades and gumboots gathering to a festival with shady trees, arts, talks, ideas and music. The trees have grown, and now the plantings are of tree orchards, a ceremonial planting of an olive tree from Spain, and symbolic planting of ideas. Michael Leunig added his magic to the mix this year. Those of us who love this festival wish the world was always like this village, and resolve to carry the connection, ideas and feeling of freedom back to the less real world.

This year there was a tearoom with daily offering of tea and award winning cakes from the local show. I went to a puppet making workshop with Sol Puppetman, a life drawing session in the evening, and to botanical alchemy with Ali de Groote. I ran screenprinted festival pockets, pendant and textile workshops for children.

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Screenprinting in Maryborough

I visited Maryborough to run a screenprinting workshop at Gatakers Artspace.  The Gatakers print studio is home to some very experienced artist printmakers. Maryborough, with its historic buildings on the Mary River is a great place to visit and Gatakers by night was on with some great food and music for the last Saturday of each month.

Here are some photos from the workshop:



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Photos from the process of making

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Set up for Woodford Folk Festival

Set up at Woodford Folk Festival is a magic time, a sneak preview of the atmosphere of the festival. This year I dyed 150 metres of material  to match the yam shaped chandelier ‘yamdelier’ at the centre of the Songlines venue. It was a blend of reds, oranges and earth colours.

I thought this year was remarkable for the details. The latest bamboo creation “nest” was a marvel and a genuine glimpse of what the birds see at the site. One of my favourites is the Woodford postal service, with its elegant old fashioned writing room where a poet can help you to compose that special letter, and their postal service delivers several times a day to venues at the festival, or a text arrives and a letter can be collected.

Everything at the festival set up is about teamwork. I passed the material along to the decor and ceilings team who painted a dotted motif on it and installed it at the Songlines venue.

I enjoyed the sound of the Woodford orchestra rehearsing at the Grand as I entered the festival each morning on my way to Artisania, and dancing into the night at the Larrikin to the Irish music.



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Something new

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.





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Leaving old work behind, and unsure where I’m heading with the new,  some delft blue prints on porcelain


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