#Art I Love

January 6, 2014

The works of Cai Guo-Qiang are spectacular in both scale and impact. This may be due, in part to his background in stage design. Cai’s works are currently on display at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in an exhibition entitled Falling Back to Earth, and features 4 installation pieces.

The installation below is entitled, Heritage and it’s an artwork inspired by the Queensland landscape. I was at first, disturbed by this piece as (although it is evocative and beautiful) I was afraid it featured actual taxidermied animals, and I wondered whether the animals had been ethically sourced. I then discovered that each of the animals were replicas (99 in total), all thoughtfully and painstakingly created and positioned by the artist. I was then completely awestruck, as he has managed to bring a unique and individual personality to each animal. I was also amazed that even though it is a grand piece in size and scale, it somehow fills the viewer with a strong sense of peace and calm.

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I then saw, Head On (below) which again features 99 replica animals. Each and every wolf in this piece has a frenetic energy and emotion, and they’re positioned in such a way that creates a sense of urgency and motion in the viewer. It was the stand-out piece for me!

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Finally came Eucalyptus (below), which is an iconic symbol of the Australian landscape. It’s tough and resilient, like the environment it comes from and it’s displayed in such a way that we were able to move through, under and around it so that you really feel a part of it’s majesty. This also enables us to fully appreciate it’s scale and natural beauty.

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This is a must see exhibition.

 

Merry #Christmas!!

December 24, 2013

We were given the exciting challenge to create a Christmas tree using only recycled or ‘used’ materials and below is what my interior design students and I came up with….

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The tree was created using old boxes for the ‘frame’ and lots and lots of items that we no longer used or wanted, such as toys, jewellery, sunglasses, buttons, old Christmas decorations and even a recorder! Once we assembled all of the items and either glued or pinned them to the ‘frame’ we used metallic spray paint to give it a some Christmas sparkle.

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This tree was created with lots of enthusiasm and positive energy and the final result is pretty amazing!

#Art I love…

December 11, 2013

Hand-stitched typography

#Art I Love…

December 10, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting Brisbane-based photo realist artist today, and as you can see below her works are incredible!! Perhaps most amazingly they’re all created using fine liner pens, which are built layer by painstaking layer.

All pieces feature a colour palette of black and white only, so that you don’t get distracted by the use of colour and can really focus on the work. By far, my favourite artworks in her collection are those featuring skeletons and skulls (below) – they are just full of natural beauty and their form really lends themselves to being reproduced in a black and white colour scheme.

You can also follow cj on Instagram – cj on instagram.com/cj_hendry

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This is a creative way to upcycle a palette. All you need is a little paint, some decorations and your imagination and you have a beautiful Christmas tree!

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(Image via affirmaison.com)

#Art I Love

December 4, 2013

Amanda McCavour is an artist who uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, and the results are the amazing and unique pieces of sculptural art that you’ll see below….incredible!

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(Come Up to My Room)

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(Stand in for Home)

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(Floating Garden)

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(Super-spiro-scribble Density Test)

Chair love…

December 3, 2013

Chair love...

Loving the Ghillie Chair from designer David Caon – available from anomaly.com.au

#Artist to watch out for…

November 28, 2013

Jessica Kaminski is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator to look out for. Have a look at some of her beautiful works at http://jalexandraart.bigcartel.com/.

I purchased her Geometric Butterflies for myself yesterday (see below). What I enjoy most about this piece is that it’s a really interesting (and cruelty-free) take on a traditional taxidermic mount.

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Something new to try…

November 1, 2013

Looking for something to do with old lenses from glasses and sunglasses? Look no further….

What an amazing idea!!

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(image via kiertoidea)

Something new to try…

October 28, 2013

So easy!

Tea lanterns made from old jars and covered in pages from books or even sheet music. Brilliant- am definitely trying this! This could also be a great, personalised gift idea.

My only suggestion would be to take care with your choice of glue, as you want something that is designed to withstand the heat generated by a small candle or tea light without melting and/or releasing potentially harmful/toxic fumes.

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