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

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Art, Gardening and Thrifting Mega-Centre

Mosaic Sign

Ridley Grove Community Garden

Mosaic Tree

One of the many mosaics at Ridley Grove Community Garden

Ceramic Urn

Centrepiece in the Garden

Artist at work

Lyn designing her lino cut inspired by Australian Native Tree

Lino Print

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!

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Printing The Day Away

Printmaking Butterflies

Printmaking on Fabric using two different stamps

Printmaking Heart

Printmaking Heart Design by Geeta

Indian Printmaking Design

Printmaking design by Vaishali

 

PrintmakingClouds

Random pattern placement using cloud design

Printmaking on Fabric

Random overlapping print placement using this design

 

Hi folks,

How’s your artlife going?? We’ve just heard about the new budget here in Australia and everything is being slashed including the Arts. It’s not a surprise but it does make you wonder what is going to happen to this country and all the ordinary people in it.

Following on from my last post where I was working with children at The Ridley Grove Community Centre on a School Holiday Program, I am now working with women at the same centre doing a three week art program. Many of the women at the centre are new immigrants to Australia and there is a large Indian and African community. I love how this can influence the designs they come up with. Pictured above is a design by Vaishali who has only been in Australia for about one month. I love her design. It’s also amazing how quickly people take on new culture as one of the other Indian women carved a “Peppa Pig” design for her son based on a cartoon here on kids t.v.

We started off doing some design and are now in the process of using our designs to create stamps to print on to fabric with.

We have been using something called Ezy-Carve Rubber instead of lino to do the printing. It’s kind of the thickness and texture of an eraser but you can buy it in much larger pieces.  I’ve used this before and it works well with kids as young as about eight years old as it’s a lot easier to carve than lino. It’s much softer and kind of has the consistency of butter as you carve it using traditional lino carving tools. I haven’t been able to find out much more about this product as there aren’t many details on the packet but if’ you are interested in using it have a look at your local art supply store.

Pictured above are some of the prints we’ve made on to fabric using stamps carved from Ezy-Carve. In the next sessions we will add some hand embroidery to our fabric designs and then sew up our fabric to create a cushion. The images above that aren’t credited were made by me as examples for the women to have a look at. I can’t wait to show you some of the other designs and prints the women created. Stay tuned for that over the next few weeks.

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

 

Girls of the world

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Inpired by ‘Frida’

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Eleni

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Kumiko

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??? Not sure what to name this girl, any suggestions??

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Frederique

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Princess

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Nisha

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???Not sure what to name this girl either, any suggestions?

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Jelena

Howdy folks,

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.
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

Looking for a day job

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Panda drawing in ink

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Black bunny drawing in ink by Julian aged 4

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Seal drawing by Isabella aged 4

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Giraffes by a number of different children

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Rabbit family by Tavii aged 4

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Otters by Julian

Hiya folks. Here are some works by kindergarten children I have been working with recently. It’s all part of a larger project on “Mapping the City” through Carclew Youth arts here in South Australia.

Artists take the groups of children on walks around the city and take photographs which are then used as the basis for making artwork and a ‘map’ of the city. We got the chance to go the The Adelaide Zoo and draw lots of animals.

The examples above are done in ink on paper, texta and collage. We are working on incorporating some of the works into one large group work 1 metre by 3 metres wide.

Tommmorrow is the last day of the project and I will be getting the children to draw animals on felt so we can make our own “softies” or soft toy sculptures.
Cant wait for that!!
Then I’ll have to get back to looking for a day job to pay the bills.
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane