Fantastic Farm Gate Art

Have just got back from teaching two weekend workshops in Ravensthorpe with fellow metal artist Jodie Ditchburn. The brief was to help the fab group of locals to create some fantastic Farm Gate Art. And create they did! Just look at the magnificent results below. The diverse range of wildflowers in the local area sparked the idea to make a farm art wildflower trail. So the welders, grinders and plasmacutter got put to good use. I know there is a few farmers in Ravey now who want a plasma cutter for Christmas! 

Thanks to the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council for inviting us both to collaborate and be part of their Farm Gate Art. We are really looking forward to coming down to the opening of the project. 

Check out Greg and Di's beautiful Scarlet Banksia, these guys did an amazing amount of work to get this done, with the plasma cutter getting plenty of work cutting out all those leaves, and yes there are more still to put on!

Paul and Ainslee's Scarlet Banksia in the making.

Jenny's flower with the help of Andrew on the oxy. These two proved to be a great team and turned out Royal Hakea in no time (next pic).

Kia, Nick, Jenny and Andrew. Kia's going to be popular with the missus, making a birdbath for the garden. 

Nick's, very pleased with his graceful waterbird!

Graham and Shirl's giant Kangaroo Paw and Feather Flower, Shirl proved to be a dab hand with the wire and had a sketchpad full of ideas just bursting out. Graham still has some copper pieces to make for the blooms of the kangaroo Paw. Can't wait to see it finished!

Shirl's Eucaylpt flower.

Sue and Colin's plough disc flowers, I believe there are going to be many more......

Each participant has made a flower to go on the collaborative Farm Gate donated by Ainslie and Paul. The gate is going to be located at the Dunnart Gallery in Ravensthorpe and at the start of the future Farm Art Trail. 

 Below is an amazing piece of readymade art, look out for more of these to come on the Farm Gate Art Trail..... It was really interesting when dyed in the wool farmers began to see the beauty and form in a piece instead of seeing it as a only a farm implement.

and the last say goes to Colin with his mega bikinitop!

Thanks to the generosity of CPC Engineering for the use of their premises and CountryArts for providing funding for the workshops.

Safe Keeping Our Heritage

Sake Keeping Exhibition

Perth Town Hall, Lower Foyer Cnr Barrack and Hay Streets, Perth Open 10.00am to 4.00pm, Wednesday 18 April until Sunday 18 May Host: National Trust of Australia (WA)

In what is arguably the first exhibition of its kind, some 20 different examples of a Coolgardie Safe will be collected from across the community of WA in one display. The "Safe Keeping" exhibition is the National Trust’s contribution to the 2012 Heritage Festival and celebrates ingenuity and inventiveness of Western Australians. The exhibition will also feature original artworks specially commissioned by invited Western Australian visual artists and writers who have been invited to respond to the festival theme. The final display will therefore consist of a fascinating array of Coolgardie Safes, each containing an original artwork that explores an aspect of our natural, Aboriginal and/or historic heritage of value to past, present and future generations.

Asparagus (asparagoides) - A(veil)able from Your Garden 

This is my work that will be in the Safe Keeping Exhibition. It will be exibited with a Coolgardie Safe that has been kindly lent to me by Bevan and Vynka Lay.

Love Lace at the Powerhouse Museum extended!

Love lace has been getting rave reviews and lots of visitors so the Museum has decided to extend the show for another year! It will now run until April 2013.



So if you're in Sydney pop in and have a look at some of the interesting lace exhibits from over 130  contemporary and traditional artists. 

Finally installed at cottesloe.


Sculpture by the Sea opens today so come on down to Cottesloe Beach and check out over 70 sculptures by local, interstate and international artists. the exhibition runs from the 3rd March until the 19th of March. Also don't forget Sculpture Inside, an exhibiton of small works on dislpay in the Cottesloe Surf Club on at the same time. There are some really interesting works. Probably the best time to come down is early in the morning or late afternoon and stay to watch the stunning Western Australian sunset while enjoying the art!


Sensorial Loop is on the move, now on at RMIT

The 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial, Sensorial Loop is now open at RMIT and is on until the 23rd of March. It then goes to Gouldburn Regional Art Gallery. See other venues here