To market to market..

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The C word…that’s Christmas!!! is coming and I’m having a few markets where I will be selling my wares.

Sunday 7 December, 1-5pm at my house in Adelaide. Please contact me privately if you wish to come to this one

Friday 12 December from 12-9pm and Saturday 13 December from 10am -7pm “Granny Skills Market” Victoria Square Adelaide. This is part of of a bigger event put on by Dirty Girl Kitchen in Victoria Square which sounds awesome. The event is shaping up to be super cool – oyster tasting off the back of a land-cruiser, gin bars, live music, cooking classes, styling and retail.

Please come it sounds great.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

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Turkish Tile Flashback

Well, this time last year I was in Greece and heading across to Turkey. Sigh… Unfortunately, no such trip is planned this year… Double sigh. I’m feeling the onset of Winter here at the moment and it doesn’t agree withe me! I need a therapeutic trip to somewhere hot in the middle of winter to look forward to. I am thinking about going to teach somewhere hot in the future but more on that later. For now I”m going to wow you  with images of beautiful ceramic tiles that we saw in Istanbul, Turkey that have continued to inspire me and my ceramic work ever since.

These images are from the Harem in the Topkapi Palace in  Istanbul. If you would like to know more about Topkapi Palace and the history of this amazing complex of buildings go to Turkey!! Failing that here is a link to Wikipedia which is somewhere for you to start.

For me the visual splendor of the place was overwhelming.

Istanbul Architecture

One of the Courtyards in the Topkapi Palace Harem

Tiled courtyard

This is the tiled walkway into the Harem

Turkish Tile designs

Tile close up

Turkish Tile design

Blue and White Tile Design

Ceramic Wall Tile

Turkish tiled wall in the Harem at Topkapi Palace

Ceramic tiled wall

Turkish tiled wall in the Harem

There are so many more amazing images from this Harem Palace. It was tiled from floor to ceiling on the walls, plus the floors and ceilings themselves were also tiled. Amazing. I hope you’re inspired.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Street Art

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Hi folks,
I’ve just got back from a little sojourn to Melbourne and whilst the weather was horrible and rainy there is always so much art to see EVERYWHERE!! My sister and I spent some time wandering down High Street in Northcote and other funky streets with gorgeous shops full of handmade and bespoke fashion and art.

I loved this work just on a little wall in between a couple of shops. Small CD’s with mixed media stuck directly on the wall. The title of the work is Handmade Opportunities by Cassandra King.

Enjoy.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

MEGA crochet

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Giant crochet flower motif

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Giant mandala crochet motif

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A la naturelle antique bottle vases with crochet covers

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Mini antique milk bottles with cotton twine and brickies line crochet covers

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Antique bottle vases with jewel colour covers

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Crochet jute and brickies line baskets

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Upcycled fabric bowls with brickies line

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Spice jars with crochet covers in bright colours. Can be used for fun storage idea or put a lit tealight candle inside. Gives a great pattern and won’t burn your hand after!!

All available at this Sunday’s Guerilla craft market 10am -1pm Gate 8 workshop, 44 Phillips Street, Thebarton.

Tea, coffee and cake available too!!
Oh.My.God!!
So excited.
Love and art
Sarah-jane

Drawing from Life

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Life drawing of Nadia by Bill

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Angelo hard at work on his second drawing

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Life painting by Sara

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Life drawing by Branwen

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My first life drawing of the day

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Angelo’s first drawing of the day

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My third drawing of the day

Hi folks,

These drawings and painting are from my Active Art Studios Life Drawing day. I have a little art school here in Adelaide and the children’s work I have posted so far has been kids from Term Art Classes I run. This work is from a group of adults that come regularly and draw from the figure.

This was a full day of drawing starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm. Bill and Sara’s works (above) took the whole day to complete. The rest of us did two or three drawings.

It’s really great and really relaxing doing a whole day of drawing. The day goes so fast!!!

Being the teacher or tutor I am usually too busy to actually draw but with this smaller group I managed to knock out three pretty decent drawings so I was quite happy!!

Nadia, our model did a fabulous job of holding the same pose for the whole day (broken up into 20minute blocks  with stretch breaks in between).

We were discussing in the session a TV show that I saw a couple of days ago which was about how to make quick extra cash. The final tip was to be a life drawing model!! Some people think all it takes is to stand their naked. Let me tell you it takes a LOT MORE than that to be a GOOD life model. Have you ever tried to stand completely still in the same position for 20 minutes?? Try it and you will see!

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane