My creations are made from a variety of materials such as steel, copper, leather and wood but the majority of my works incorporate glass.
Glass appeals to me for many reasons. It is beautiful and interacts with light. Whether bright sunshine, or electric lighting, candles and firelight, the light bounces off the glossy surfaces and illuminates the beautiful colours as it passes through. Glass lights and colours its surroundings.
Glass is strong. Many of my artworks seem delicate and fragile but glass has an underappreciated strength and durability. When treated with respect it won’t break. It is solid, does not deteriorate, and the colours do not fade.
Glass is challenging. Through years of study and practice I’ve have acquired the skill and knowledge needed to understand the properties, abilities (and limitations) of glass. Along the way each success or failure has given me a little more to add to my knowledge bank. I find it mentally stimulating as I continue to experiment and test the boundaries to see what can be achieved.
I gain immense satisfaction from taking a germ of an idea, conceiving a project, designing, working out and overcoming the technical challenges, then seeing the imagined work come into reality under my hands.
Creating these artworks enables me to live surrounded by beautiful objects. I love the things that I make and that other people admire them too is the ‘icing on the cake’.
To quote the singer Amanda Palmer “Art is food for the soul…” and we all need good food.
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Louise’s landscape paintings celebrate the colours, landforms and watercourses of beautiful North West Tasmania where she grew up and currently lives.
"I celebrate the beauty of my local Tasmanian landscape, patchwork hills and country roads, dramatic land formations and the fabulous colours. My landscapes capture the feel and mood of this countryside I know intimately and have understood since early childhood; rich fertile soils, variety of agriculture and the beauty of the hills, coast and mountain ranges."
"My current art practice includes acrylic painting, charcoal drawing and metal sculpture. I recently combined drawing and sculpture for my solo exhibition Unravelling, which explored in both 2D and 3D the physical representations of women experiencing severe stress. My wire sculptures of women, literally unravelling, were emphasised in the large charcoal drawings of the same."
"In my recent paintings I celebrate the beauty of my local Tasmanian landscape; patchwork hills and country roads; dramatic land formations and the fabulous colours. My landscapes capture the feel and mood of this countryside I know intimately and have understood since early childhood; rich fertile soils, variety of agriculture and the beauty of the hills, coast and mountain ranges."
Jessie Pangas is a Tasmanian printmaker and painter based on the North-West Coast. Born in Tasmania, educated in India and spending the last three years living in a remote Indigenous community in North East Arnhem land, Jessie Pangas has now come full circle, having recently returned to the town of her birth on the North-West Coast of Tasmania. Here she plans to stay and establish her arts practice which continues to reflect her orientation to the margins of society.
Textiles, colour and creativity have been part of June’s life since she can remember. A tree-change from Melbourne to Tasmania in 2007 afforded her a new, more creative lifestyle from which to explore the medium of feltmaking.
Today she blends life’s experiences with fibre, craft and art with the ancient and mysterious process of felting, always with an emphasis on the beauty and synergy of colour.
Using luxurious natural fibres like silk, alpaca and merino in a fabulous fusion of felted fabrics June creates distinctive and original elegant wearable art. From fleece to finished garment, June handfelts these loose alpaca fibres, silk fabrics and yarns into unique, one off wearable art pieces.June has been exhibited in galleries in Tasmania and her work can be found in galleries and boutiques around Australia.
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You can never be quite sure what art Evelyn will have on display as she is constantly exploring new media and ideas. There will definitely be some watercolours, framed and unframed. Silk works will be more prominent this year including silk scarves, and beautiful jewellery, each piece featuring a hand painted unique silk painting.
The pretty dichroic, kiln formed glass is popular but more unusual in her 'glass-wear" is her unique "cocoon' range which contrasts polymer clay with the dichroic "bling". Also unique handpainted Tasmanian Moods on Glass pendants and brooches : original miniature watercolours painted in a specially sourced water based glass paint and kiln fired into the glass.
A self confessed art addict Evelyn is a prolific painter but, when you purchase one of Evelyn's works you have a one-off original. Read Evelyn's blog at evantart.wordpress.com
I always love photographing birds, but it is challenging. You do not have to be a quick to take photos of pelicans and I could get up close to capture the detail of that stunning eye and the markings on the beak. I think you can always be guaranteed of Pelicans at the boat ramp and park at Mallacoota.
"As perhaps the oldest craft practised by man, I find basketry to be stimulating and addictive, as well as relaxing. It allows me to collect, to create, to communicate and to continue 7 generations of family tradition. A wealth of material is available on the beach, in the bush as well as in, and beyond my own garden. These resources provide me with the opportunity to continue a family tradition which has been in existence for at least seven generations creating decorative and functional pieces."
"I particularly enjoy creating sculptural works from found materials and functional works using more traditional skills and designs, often using non-traditional materials. As a teacher I am also engaged in sharing my passion and skills with others through Basketmakers of Tasmania – workshops and gatherings and on a National level most recently in Canberra at the National Gathering."
The journey of a Bill Flowers painting starts with an animal experience in the wild.
"I like to sketch from real life which means I've found myself in same 'interesting' situations. I've sketched in the rain, in the desert, in the snow, up trees, in the water with alligators, had to wrestle my sketch book from a Tasmanian devil, with one sketch I had a tiger snake strike out and squirt venom across the page, and I even have my own blood in what I now call my 'Extreme Sketch Book' after a python bite."
"With my 'Extreme Sketch Book' always open as I'm painting allowing my imagination to run wild and come up with ideas that tell stories. It is my hope to create art that is a conduit between human culture and the natural world."
I came to Botanical Art in the year 2000. Since then the exploration of plants and their unique individuality has become a way of life.
Latin is the language of science and so botanical art is translating the words of botany into picture form. Every plant I paint must be faithfully represented so that a botanist can identify not only the Genus but also the Species of the plant. The more we look the more we see.
All of my paintings are in watercolour on hot-pressed French art paper. This paper is smooth and allows precise detail though it can also be rather unforgiving when it comes to a correction.
On Australia Day 2018, I received a huge reward for effort when my painting of Richea scoparia was selected for inclusion in the World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition 2018 (below left). This project exhibits a collection of 40 paintings of endemic plants representing the 27 participating countries.
Richea scoparia is a dense, prickly shrub over a metre tall. It is well known by hikers in the mountain plateau areas because of its obstructive nature but when in flower, it is a glorious sea of red, pink, yellow and white flowers in terminal spikes. The leaves remain for several years and are hard, sharp-pointed and crowded along the branches.
Australia and New Zealand have combined for this exhibition which can be seen in the Ainslie Art Centre in Canberra. The exhibition will coincide with the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art on 18th May 2018. Hopefully the exhibition will tour the nation with further inter-country exchanges co-ordinated for this brilliant event.
Join Aukje in one of her Natural Dye Workshops and create a beautiful original garment. These garments are 100% wool jersey and dyed with various locally sourced natural dyes. Aukje is a motivated and enthusiastic tutor who will embrace your own ideas or guide you in the process of natural dyeing.
"As many people know I am passionate about re-purposing materials discarded by others. The garments are made out of woollen hand knitted little children’s singlets, nylon and cotton crochet tops which I natural dyed and then transformed into these small garments. I used old kimono silk and silk from silk shirts found in op-shops, which also were natural dyed."
"Hand stitching was applied to put the works together and vintage buttons and found objects used as embellishments. The garments could be worn but are really meant to be art works."
"I have been crocheting for pleasure and profit for over many years after being shown the basics of crochet by my aunt when I was in primary school." (She told me I was useless and would never get it right).
"During the 60s and 70s I made sample garments for shop windows, countless bikinis and tops, children’s clothing, lace curtains, afghans, overcoats, trouser suits, and more. After moving to Tassie I was commissioned to make one off garments, from pictures and drawings, which were sold in the USA."
"These days I enjoy crochet just as much as I did way back when, and a day without doing something with a crochet hook and yarn is rare. I make at least 6 afghans each year, children’s clothing, one-off character dolls, amigurumi creatures, fruit & vegetables, cake, sandwiches, tea sets, boxes of chocolates etc all with crochet."
"My favourite creations must be handbags with many and varied fancy and plain yarn combinations, head gear like berets, hats, and flowers. When travelling, I usually make small amigurumi creatures which are sometimes added to handbags or given away to small inquisitive children. Friends hand over small left over ends of yarn for inclusion in my projects ...I hope you will come to realise the pleasure of crochet."
Live to learn, Love to crochet, Laugh at your detractors
"My work is largely inspired by the some of the quietest, unseen residents of our world. I work to combine both different forms of life, with different stages of life to create surreal versions of the amazing things I encounter in reality; the stranger the better! I’ll mix both dark and light themes, which can result in a whimsical or ominous tone, or both! I like to include some of Tasmania and Australia’s treasures whenever possible."
"Illustrating and storytelling is how I spend all my days, ever since developing basic motor skills! I seek to employ a balanced range of media, both traditional and digital, and I enjoy the challenge that comes with learning to master them."
"My aim is to create and share what I love and never lose the sense of fun that accompanies it. I hope I can spark some curiosity and a smile for all who view it."
The beautiful North-West Tasmania has been my home since August 2010. For the previous 30 years I lived in the Northern Territory – mostly in Darwin followed by a few years outside Batchelor near Litchfield National Park.
Moving to the ‘bush’ near Batchelor was a new experience for me. I loved the native flora and fauna, the sounds of nature and the peace. Coming face-to-face with the intricate and varied barks of the eucalypts with their different patterns and textures gave me a new awareness of my environment. My desire to express this wonder brought watercolour painting into my life 6 years ago. As I lived 115kms from Darwin, I set about acquiring books, magazines and materials! This was a challenge but also a creative and interesting journey which I continue to pursue.
I have already fallen in love with the Tasmanian gums and their peeling bark and many other trees and flowers – not to mention the seasons and the colours and the mountains and the sea! So much to see and explore it is almost overwhelming!
My hope is that my wonder and awe of nature’s beauty can be expressed in my paintings and that this in turn will encourage others to notice how incredible the colours and patterns of nature can be. Painting portraits is something I really enjoy also especially of people I know and care about or admire. I hope to do many more.
In the last few months I have also begun watercolour classes as a way of helping others understand this beautiful medium and offering them a possible way of having time-out from the busyness and pressures of life.
Janice and Geoff Stanfield made their home at Penguin in 2003. They are experienced Artists in Ceramics, Glass Casting, Mosaics, Painting, Screen printing, Sculpture and Textile art.
Previously Jan and Geoff displayed their art in NSW galleries and at exhibitions . They have also exhibited at the Design centre, Launceston, Devonport, Latrobe and the annual Arts on Fire festival in Penguin
Jan and Geoff conduct workshops, on request, in all media at their Penguin Studio. Contact by phone 64371152
As an introverted child imagining that no one could understand me, I turned my observations into feelings of isolation with sharply defined memories.
So I became a photographer and by degrees finding that I was naturally observant I often composed pictures in the frame of my fingers. Then I progressed to the Box Brownie camera and never stopped taking pictures. Black and White prints, colour and then slides as the fashion and technology came and went in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s.
After that came digital photography and ever more technological improvements to fairly inexpensive cameras. In 2014 I graduated to a Canon HS60 Powershot with a fixed lens and some very good telephoto qualities, and joined a couple of photographic groups to source how to operate the camera and show the results for constructive critique.