Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Xmas Gift Shopping Hints

Getting nervous about the prospect of Christmas gift shopping?  Yes its only six weeks away!

Well don't worry, here are a few great places to look for handmade and unique items that will be much appreciated by your friends and family....

The Collective Store!/TheCollectiveStore
104 Bay Terrace, Wynnum

This is an artistic hub filled to the rafters with beautiful well-made and thoughtful handmade gifts by local artisans.  I have just delivered my first batch of monoprinted journals, bookmarks and cards. 

Its a bright and airy shop, with large windows
for after hours window browsing!

Leonie the owner of The Collective Store,
 proudly showing off
some of the artists' beautiful work.
I think she's got the best job in the world,
surrounded by all those goodies.

Here is my little shelf, filled to the brim with delicious wares!

Another Xmas shopping opportunity...

Bontanique Christmas Bazaar
Auditorium @ Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens, Toowong
Opening & Preview Thursday 21 November 6pm
Friday 22 November - Sunday 24 November

I'm exhibiting my monoprints - framed works as well as books, bookmarks and cards.  There's also workshops being run inconjuction with the Bazaar.  Refer to the flyer below for more details.
I'll be at the opening, might see you there!

My final recommendation is...

Christmas "Art Shop"
Ground Floor (facing Moreton Bay)
Mon Komo Hotel
99 Marine Parade
17 November to 24 December

Jo St Baker, owner of St+Baker+Studio (and gallery) is holding a fantastic exhibition of artwork and small art wares, including works from local printmakers from Impress Printmakers Studio.   I'm exhibiting some more of my monoprints, both framed and made into books etc.  Of course, as you know all of my monoprints are unique, so all artworks will be quite different in each location.

No excuses now!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Under Foot - an exhibition worth seeing

Last week I went to an artist talk at an exhibition 'Under Foot' by Mary Elizabeth Barron, at the Redland Art Gallery at Capalaba, southside Brisbane.

In Mary's words, the rationale behind 'Under Foot' is:
"The beauty beneath our feet on nature’s floor is the source of inspiration for Under Foot. The fibre work evokes a sense of pleasure through drawing attention to the intricacies found in natural debris. The colour, shape and textural qualities of leaves in their dying stages, fallen bark, twigs and other plant materials in this environment are complex, intriguing and beautiful."

Mary has produced a body of fibre-based work using basketry and botanical papermaking techniques.  The resulting exhibition is both a curiousity as to the range of fibres that can be formed into vessels as well as a shrine to the beauty of the objects that she has created.  An exciting variety of textures, colours, and fragility gives the viewer plenty to admire and wonder at.

Well done, Mary and thanks for the opportunity to hear you talk about work.  Its an exhibition I would highly recommend for anyone interested in seeing something quite different.

'Under Foot' is on until Wednesday 4 December 2013
The Redland Art Gallery in Capalaba is located at Capalaba Place on Noeleen Street, Capalaba

Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm

Wednesday 9am - 5pm

Thursday 8.30am - 7.30pm

Saturday 9am - 4pm

Mary talking about her work

The wall of 'Shrines to Nature'

Vessels of Nature

I bought this one!  The vessel is made from Ecualyptus Leaves.
I can't wait to get it on my wall of my studio.

Vessels of Nature - Corn Silks.
Beautifully transparent, almost glowing.