It’s strange how a technique that reigned supreme since the Bronze Age has fallen so deeply out of practice. I’ve been exploring ideas with plaster of Paris and pigments combining fresco painting with pigment printing and carving. I’m now working towards an exhibition titled Archaeology at Logan Art Gallery with the work of extraordinary FS Helfisch.
Some ideas from a weekend session exploring fresco, I believe that the mummified rat was gifted to FS after an archaeological dig At the School of Art. .
Fresco Nancy Brown FS Helfisch fresco
Fresco objets Nancy Brown FS Helfisch fresco
Fresco impressions Nancy Brown FS Helfisch fresco
Visiting Gympie, stunning in its clear green winter perfection. I have visited the gallery space previously running a silk workshop and textile design and printing workshop with Flying Arts. This time the workshop was natural dyes for the Textile and Fibre group. The group were creative and inventive, and so it followed that I made some new discoveries, one that my usual, textile steamer can hold and steam many individual pieces suspended and separated something like loading a kiln for ceramics.
I Stayed on an idyllic property west of Gympie where hosts Marie and Dennis live with their horses dogs and menagerie of birds and a flock of sheep.
A session at the Logan Art Gallery. Photoemulsion screenprinting from drawing to printing for secondary teachers. Sponsored by School Art Supplies.
Photoemulsion screens drying outside
Images printed on calico
Artwork Logan Art Gallery
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Kez Howell designs the amazing chandeliers and sculptural lanterns for the Woodford Folk Festival. These ingenious creations adorn the venues, lakes and walkways. Kez Howell and Cliff Salaun sculpt, forge, weld, print, paint, dye sew then run the electricity through these incredible structures of metal and cloth. They create magic across the entire festival each year.
Kez Howell Yam-delier Songlines Woodford Festival lighting
Kez Howell Blue Lotus lights Woodfordia
Kez Howell lighting Woodford Festival
Kez Howell chandelier Woodford Festival
Sculptural lights Woodford Folk Festival Kez Howell Artist
Key Howell chandelier
Kez Howell Woodford Festival Blue Lotus lights
Kez Howell lantern Woodford Folk Festival
Woodford Folk Festival lanterns designed and created by Kerry Howell and Cliff Salan
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Some photos from a workshop I ran for Brisbane City Council: recreating clothing.
The workshop was part of the Revive festival, where the speakers addressed the issue of waste from the textile industry and the disturbing phenomenon to junk fashion and throwaway textiles. These textiles are made from synthetic, polyester and nylon which are plastic and by products of the oil industry. They never break down.
Stallholders were op shops and upcycle businesses from around Brisbane, and there was a re-fashion parade. It was a treasure trove of ideas and retro styling. Refreshing the wardrobe with a visit to the op shop part of town- Annerley and Stones Corner, or dropping into thrift shops on a road trip gives local charities a boost and allows the environment a well deserved rest.
Date: Sat October 28th
Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of screenprinting without having to watch every dodgy YouTube clip on the web…?
During this very fast paced and enjoyable workshop you will learn how to screen print onto material, t shirts, bags and other items with your own designs. We will cut a fine re-usable stencil with a design that can be re-used many times. Learn about how to prepare and use a screen for printing, what inks and additives to use, how to print onto different backgrounds, and how to set and care for the prints so that they are washable. Everything provided, including patient answers to all your questions, your own design on a practical tote bag, and a delicious afternoon tea
I’ve been making more porcelain jewellery, printing and shaping the clay, glazing and firing the porcelain pieces, adding extra cobalt to make deep classical winters blues, bending sterling silver for the earring hooks with my assortment of pliers. When pieces of unfired work break, I make decisions about what to do with the fragments. I like dainty broken pieces with fragments of my designs. Some of the broken pieces become my favourite work. Each time I make a piece, new possibilities spring to mind.
Some of the work is in my Etsy shop
Nancy Brown porcelain cobalt blue jewellery
Nancy Brown porcelain delft blue drop earrings
Nancy Brown porcelain jewellery
Nancy Brown porcelain jewellery
Nancy brown porcelain ceramic print jewellery
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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?
Screenprinting at Impress Brisbane
Impress Print Studio screenprinting
Photoemulsion screenprinting.Wendy’s print
Impress Print Studio weekend
Impress weekend Nancy’s print
Stencils Impress print studio
Carmen’s t shirts Impress Print Studio