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. http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/about_ipswich/news_and_events/artbeat
Felting and plaster pendants Artbeat
Plaster pendants Artbeat
Mosaic workshop Artbeat Ipswich
Woodturning workshop Artbeat Ipswich
Hula hoop making Artbeat festival
Mosaic workshop Ipswich Artbeat festival
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.
Botanical alchemy with Ali de Groot
The planting festival 2017
The planting tea house
The planting bandanna workshop
The planting pendant workshop
Festival pockets the Planting
Pendant workshop with Nancy
Puppet making with Sol Puppetman
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
Opening bundles Nancy Brown
Wool and gum leaves
Silk Eco prints
Nancy Brown indigo pot
Nancy Brown porcelain
Felting with Mieke den Otter
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.
jade table top fountain
blue ceramic fountain
ceramic fountain in kiln
Leaving old work behind, and unsure where I’m heading with the new, some delft blue prints on porcelain
A simple T shirt can become a work of art.
I am running a course this coming weekend that always has interesting results: T shirt printing. It is on Saturday and Sunday 22-23rd October.
If you have ever wondered how to print detailed designs and text onto shirts or dreamed of designing your own range of T shirts, then this short course can bring those ideas to fruition. During this course we prepare screens with images for photoemulsion printing on T shirts.
We then expose the photoemulsion screens in the sun to produce detailed images from your own text, photos or drawing. The images are then screen printed by hand onto t shirts with water based ink and heat set so that they are fully washable.
By the end of the weekend designs will be ready to wear, looking professional with detailed text and images.
No experience necessary!