Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Quirky Characters

I often wonder if perhaps I am  becoming a little more eccentric. When the last fortnight's Tag Tuesday themes were announced - Masculine and Feminine - my mind wandered all over the themes until I settled on using some cardboard templates I  already had and with scissors, glue, a couple of abandoned book pages and some magazine and stock images, I came up with these "Quirky Characters". I need to mention that the book page backgrounds were from a book of literary criticism, with the masculine ( apologies to Salvador Dali) about  Shakespeare's Richard III and the feminine background came from a page about the work of Jane Austen. Quirky, but fun!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Arty Places #16 :Renegade Handmade

On a recent visit to my home town, Townsville in North Queensland, I was really happy and super impressed to discover an arty place I hadn't heard of before...Renegade Handmade.  I visited this delightful  "handmade"  gift shop on a Saturday morning. It was  23 July 2016 - a warm day for Winter. The arcade was abuzz with people indulging in coffee and snacks, shopping at the fresh food market  and browsing and  enjoying  the various trendy and bespoke shops in the arcade.

This scene was hardly the Townsville of my childhood and I am embarrassed to admit  that it surprised me that the atmosphere was so cosmopolitan , contemporary and "with-it".

I applaud Renegade Handmade for its vision for both the shop and the markets - to offer "opportunities for makers to mix with shoppers in an environment that is supportive and nurturing of handmade."  That nurturing support was obvious - the art was well displayed, presented with style and respect. 

 I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to browse leisurely amongst the varied work of many artists and artisans and listening to the murmurs of delight and discovery by others doing the same as they happened upon a special treasure which appealed.   The work was of a high standard and quite a few items were exceptional because of an unusual  or unexpected  design.  Assistance was always nearby and readily attentive when asked for, when a collector like my sister sought specific items.

Of course, both my sister and I made purchases. Neither of us has ever needed an excuse to "buy" something we don't really need,  and who can resist the temptation  here to buy and support local "handmade" and know that whatever you buy is unique!  We were both so impressed with the packaging, too!
I really recommend a visit  the Renegade Handmade Gift Shop if you visit or reside in Townsville or check out their Facebook page.  Make sure you have a few hours to spare because you will also want to look around The Katz Alley ( vintage and rockabilly) and Otto's Food Market( fresh produce, handmade bread and pies and brewed coffee)  all in the same shopping arcade - Warrina Shopping Centre, Illuka Street, Currajong . If you are feeling even more energetic, try ice skating  in the tropics, in the same complex or if  you just want to chill out, take in a movie in the nearby cinema.   

The last words about Renegade Handmade belong to the creative founder  in this short video following. 


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Blue newspaper cups

This week, Tag Tuesday happened while I was in transit to my sister's. I caught up today, albeit with limited art resources - newspaper, a blue art marker, black pen, grey and white pencils, and a scrap of cotton. This is another little newspaper sketch of some cups and spoons. My interpretation of the " Cups and Cutlery" theme. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Winners : Brooching the Subject Competition

Here is a video of Artist Sylvia Watt announcing the winners of the  handmade brooch, "Brooching the Subject"competition. Sylvia had the very difficult job of judging the competition.
 Before the announcement, I chose Olivia Parsonage's  wall brooch, "how do you get, how do you get to Parry Street?" as my favourite amongst the 120+ brooches in the exhibition, and purchased it. Now I am so happy I will be the owner of the first prize winning brooch, especially as there were many at the exhibition opening vying for Olivia's work. Olivia has long been one of my favourite artists and you can read other articles I have written about her here and here. 
Thank you also  to Sylvia for the generous mention of both my entries, "Silver Lines" and "Bees" amongst the commended.
This exhibition is only open at Timeless Textiles until Sunday 2pm, so hope you  are able to see these beautiful small works of art.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Newspaper Houses

Having recently attended a workshop with Ines Seidel, at Timeless Textiles, I am enjoying creating with paper and especially newsprint. Here is  this week's tag for Tag Tuesday, my online art tag challenge group. The theme was "Down the street ... A row of houses".  It was inspired by a black line drawing I saw, but cannot find it again or the source. So if anyone recognises it, I would be happy to acknowledge the original.
However, I have used a completely different technique and the style of houses  and the "moon" are also different. I cut out some columns from the travel section of the Sunday paper - some of the words relate to housing and buildings  and pasted them down on a magazine page. I then used black felt tipped pen to draw in rooftops and  houses. The section of  visible street is also a newspaper photo from the same section of the newspaper. I like the idea of lights shining through windows, so made this a "night" scene with a very large full moon. The moon is a piece of dyed absorbent paper, which just happened to be lying around on my desk - left over from the 'bees" project. 
I haven't been able to find time to do these weekly challenges with Tag Tuesday for a couple of months, but have thoroughly enjoyed the last two I completed. There are artists who never miss a week, so hope you might visit the blog and check them out. 

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