Murmuration

Ceramic plaque with Sparrows using scraffito technique

Ceramic plaque with Sparrows using scraffito technique

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HI folks,

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.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Raw

Quilt blocks

Quilt blocks cut out and ready to sew

Quilt blocks

Pink Overload

Quilt block

Raw edges are it!

Quilting

Finished raw edged quilt number one

 

It’s winter here…well not officially but it feels like it. I’ve been quilting up a storm. I’ve decided my fabric hoard needs reducing or I’m going to suffocate in fabric one day. I’ve been making quilts. As my partner says “How many quilts do we need?” yes, well, they’re not all for us. I’m making them for friends and family. I’m not the kind of person that makes fiddly, particular and perfect quilts so I’ve been making raw edged quilts at the moment. The last two images above are of a square block quilt I’ve just finished for my cousin’s son Jasper. If you want the details on how to make it check out this bloglink www.goodhomesdesign.com

The first two images are for Jasper’s two sisters Scarlett and Elodie. What is it with girls and pink???? O.M.G!! It’s so full on I can hardly stand it. Every little girl is obsessed with it. I wonder if it’s just marketing or if it’s something else. If you go to any toy shop and look for the girls aisle you can see it glowing neon pink from afar. I’m not overly happy with this conditioning for girls and as an adult I had a real abhorrence for pink. I think because I was scarred from all the pink stuff from my childhood. My parents even went out of their way to not condition us based on gender and I still somehow picked up that pink ‘was a girls colour’ and blue was for boys. Actually, my favouriteĀ  colour has been blue for a long time. Anyway, regardless of the reason the girls favourite colour is pink so I’ve gone with total pink on pink for Scarlett and blue on pink for Elodie. I’m just finished the cutting out stage of these two quilts which I am going to make smaller than Jasper’s. For all the information on how to make these raw edged circle quilts check out this link to Bijoulovelydesigns.com where she explains how to do it better than I ever could.

Love and art

Sarah-Jane

Kid’s school holiday art

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Portrait with freckles by Isabella aged 5

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Portrait by Mitch aged 5

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Portrait by child aged 8

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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.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

 

How to make a funky miniature garden and cure depression

Ilianthe Kalloniatis
My good friend and fellow blogger Ilianthe Kalloniatis

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Some ingredients needed for this project

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Pot painting in progress

Recipe to Cure depression:

Ingredients:
one good friend who is a fellow crafter (see above)
numerous cups of tea
some cute little teracotta pots
some paint and modge podge
bad t.v shows on home improvement
one beautiful long afternoon.

Method:

1. Go to your friends house, drink a cup of tea. Do some outdoor gardening in the overgrown front yard, prune some plants, have another cup of tea. Talk lots.
2. Go to a local cafe and have lunch. Talk some more.
3. Drive to the local secret plant pot shop.
4. Interact with the very lazy shop guy who gives you are really good bargain.
5. Go back to your friends place and have another cup of tea.
6. Put on the T.V. to a home decorating show, craft show or gardening show.
7. Break out the modge podge and coat the inside of the pots. You can also use watered down PVA or wood glue. This stops the pot from being so porous and it will hold water better.
8. Mix up some funky colours. Talk some more with your friend.
9. Undercoat in white acrylic or gesso first for brighter colours.
10. Go crazy painting patterns, designs and colours on your pots. Leave to dry.
11. Spray with outdoor varnish.

Voila!! depression overcome and you have some cute pots ready for planting. I’ll post how to plant up the pots in the next post. Thanks to Illy ( http://yarn-bombing.com/)and to my friend Branwen for the inspiration for the layout for this post)

Love and art
Sarah-Jane

Colour me happy

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Hi folks,
I’m counting down the days until my trip to Greece and Turkey. I’m leaving in a couple of days and have found the benefits of colouring mandalas is very relaxing. After some recent deaths in the family things have been quite stressful. So mandala colouring along with the odd glass of Bailey’s Irish cream and counting down til my holiday has kept me going.
I found this book in the thrift shop ages ago for just $5 and it has 286 pages on the history and healing benefits of mandalas from all over the world and most of the pages are pages you can colour or create your own Mandala.
I’ve done numerous exercises with my students on the emotional and healing benefits of colour and I think it applies here. It is a silent, quiet, colour meditation for me which is very relaxing.
Hopefully my next form of relaxation will take place in warm weather next to a beach or pool on a Greek island. I’m taking my sketchbook and of course my camera to share it all with you.
Love and art
Sarah-Jane

Gut wrencher

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This work is by Indya aged 11

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This work is by Alex aged 10

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This work is by Courtney aged 9

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This work is by Diana aged 12

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This work is by Monet aged 10

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This work is by Schyler aged 5. “Calm in Autumn”

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This work is by Elizabeth aged 6.” The man in front is calm the people at the back are angry.”

This week I have been getting my children’s classes to make portraits in paper collage based on colour and emotion. We have talked about how colours make you feel. Red (for example) might make you feel angry, stresses or annoyed. It also might make you feel love and passion.

I asked the kids to make a portrait based on an emotion and a related colour. Above are some of the results. The first image by Indya just about makes me want to cry when I look at it. So sad and poignant. I didn’t get a chance to really talk to her about it but I was blown away by the work. Interestingly, not many of the kids did a “happy” face or a “fun” face. Lots of emotion and expression pent up here I think!!

I also love Diana’s work above of the red lady. That was her second work of the class and it looks quite angry to me!!

And finally now, a word on glitter!! Unfortunately, in the bottom of the paper drawer I had left some containers of glitter which the kids found. I haveĀ  a love/ hate relationship with glitter, but the kids LOVE IT!! Including the boys! The problem I have is that the kids when they use it put it EVERYWHERE!! I’m not so much worried about the mess but a perfectly good artwork has sometimes been decimated by 2 kg of glitter over most of it. Hopefully here I have managed to contain the glitter frenzy and it has been used sparingly in most cases.

Beware the glitter monster.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane