The Virgin Awaits

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarnbomb.com)

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com)

View through the gallery window

View through the gallery window

Yarn bombing at a height

Yarn bombing at a height

Detail of the Virgin

Detail of the Virgin

At the beginning

At the beginning

Lace bombed Virgin

Lace bombed Virgin

 

Howdy folks,
I’ve been yarnbombing a plenty this week at The Art Gallery of South Australia! Woo Hoo!! What a great gig. Myself and my lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com) covered the Bourdelle sculpture in the courtyard of the gallery with hoardes of collected lace doilies. The gallery is currently displaying a lace exhibition and this project references this exhibition. The yarn bombing itself was done earlier in the week and required a large scaffold be erected around the sculpture. I’ve yarnbombed quite a lot of things but never working at such a height. It was quite scary to start off with but we got used to it. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and we had great views. The sculpture is located in the rear courtyard of the gallery near the gallery cafe, so we had quite an audience of people walking by and admiring our work over their lunch break. It took most of the day to cover the sculpture and it looked fabulous at completion.

I’ve never yarnbombed anything that was figurative or that had a face. All the objects I’ve covered have been inanimate objects so this was really different in that regard. We decided to leave the faces of the sculptures showing which created a lot of comments. Some viewers thought the virgin was wearing a hijab, others thought it had a Russian flavour. I know the Russian women do amazing lace crochet. Anyway, it was all interesting to hear and to discuss with everyone. Unfortunately, It was only left in place for about four days, but with an approximate audience of about three hundred kids coming to participate in the monthly kids art club at the gallery there was a lot of viewers. Kids came and make pompoms and did tomboy stitch to add to the base of the sculpture. We went through 300 balls of wool and many, many toilet rolls and pop sticks!!

A great project to be involved with.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

 

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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

Istanbul Graffiti

Turkish Graffitti

Turkish Graffitti

Turkish Graffiti

Turkish Graffiti

Protest Graffiti Istanbul

Protest Graffiti Istanbul

Here is some fab graffiti from my recent trip to Istanbul. I loved Istanbul!! Such a fabulous place, so cosmopolitan, cultural, creative and interesting.

I love the hilarity of the ‘Yo Ahmed’ wall, but my favourite is the Istanbul fists. You may have heard about recent protests in Istanbul against the government there and I spoke to many people who were protesting a wide range of concerns, at the core of which were issues of freedom of the press, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and the government’s encroachment on Turkey’s secularism.
Art is often a method for expression and commenting on the social issues of the day and graffiti particularly, is often used in this way. The U.K artist Banksy springs to mind as one of the most well known of this kind of work.
If you want to know more about the Turkish protests there is much to read on the internet about this issue which despite a lack of International media coverage is continuing.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane