Ceramic plaque with Sparrows using scraffito technique
I just started working on these wall plaques using a scraffito technique where you scratch away to reveal the white areas (grey in the picture til they are fired). These are inspired by the wall art I saw in Santorini Greece at the Ancient site of Akrotiri. The sparrows were a part of wall murals uncovered by Archeaologists. These works will be appearing at SALA Festival in South Australia in August at The Forge Creative Warehouse.
A murmuration is a display by a group of birds at dusk as part of a survival technique for nesting. It can be quite amazing to watch. I’m planning to do a wall full of these plaques grouped together, hence the title…plus its a cool word to say.
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Ridley Grove Community Garden
One of the many mosaics at Ridley Grove Community Garden
Centrepiece in the Garden
Lyn designing her lino cut inspired by Australian Native Tree
Lyn’s Lino Print
Hello! Second post of the day!! I’ve been meaning to take some photos of the Ridley Grove Community Garden where I’ve been working on an arts project. The centre has a garden, church hall, art and craft activities and a thrift shop. Is this the ideal place to work or what??? We’ve been working on finishing off the printing phase of our project. I love this print by Lyn that was inspired by the Australia artist Margaret Preston and is based on an Australian Native flower. We mixed up a eucalyptus green colour and next session Lyn plans to add some red embroidery to the flowers. Finally, we will make these into pillows. Cant wait to see how they all turn out. It’s not often you can go to work and make and teach art, go thrift shopping and get given a huge bunch of organic silverbeet for dinner too. Yum! Spinach and fetta pie here we come!
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Portrait with freckles by Isabella aged 5
Portrait by Mitch aged 5
Portrait by child aged 8
Portrait by Kayla aged 5
Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since the first school holidays this year and I was lucky enough to by employed by a number of different councils to run school holiday programs for kids. These works were done at Trott Park, south of Adelaide in a ‘pop-up’ art space run by Marion Council.
I have done a similar kind of thing before with children where we teach a bit of anatomy of the face and use colour to show emotion.
It’s amazing the response you get from kids with this exercise and I really love the results.
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Ceramic Platter inspired by Frescoes from Akrotiri Greece
Wall panel from Fresco at Akrotiri Greece
Urn with swallow design from Akrotiri, Greece
I’ve recently been working on ceramics and loving it. Last year I went on a trip to Greece and Turkey and I was inspired by all the beautiful ancient ceramics. On the stunning island of Santorini in Greece is the amazing archeological site of Akrotiri and a newly opened museum full of amazing ceramics.
They have also unearthed wall frescoes, mosaics and more. I have been making and decorating these large ceramic platters and channeling a bit of Greece.
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Inpired by ‘Frida’
??? Not sure what to name this girl, any suggestions??
???Not sure what to name this girl either, any suggestions?
I’ve been doing a bit of sketching lately and am obsessed with all things Mexican and of course Frida Kahlo. I started off drawing this cute little version of a Mexican girl inspired by Frida wearing a sombrero and then got the idea of doing a whole lot of sketches of girls of the world. I used to have a collection of dolls of the world when I was a kid and I loved them. I have researched quite a bit online and with friends and family about traditional clothing of different cultures. I’ve been inspired by the different nationalities of friends and family. I’ve named these drawings after the friend or family member that inspired it.
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