|Sortybook bunting workshops at Object Gallery on Saurday....|
If I was to say to you:
Describe your life.... your loves, and your taste in a few words.
How do you think you'd you go?
Would you relish the challenge and be able to sum up your story in a few key phrases?
No... me neither!
For anyone, young or old, that would be a difficult task.
We are all complex beings, with lives and tastes' that can change almost daily.
And yet, artists try to explore these complex questions every time they enter the studio. So how do we take on this monumental task and delve into these creative and complex questions in order to make something we love? AND have fun at the same time?
Well... we usually take baby steps and create in ways that lets us play...
The rest usually sorts itself out once we've begun. I find that if I set myself creative exercises at the beginning of a new series of works, I usually find my creative spirit quite quickly. And in turn, answer a few key questions at the same time.
Workshops are also a great way to get excited about art.
And this is exacly what hapened on Saturday as I ran a few workshops on the art of bunting...Storybook bunting.
Yes. Bunting. Bunting is a word often used to describe a festive form of decoration made with string and many colourful triangles of fabric that look like flags. In Europe bunting has been used for centuries to decorate the main streets of villages and towns to celebrate major events in history. And in Tibet people often hang forms of bunting made out of coloured cheese cloth, as a form of prayer and blessing to a house or building.
In Australia we dont use the word bunting. Im not sure if we have a word for it? So on saturday I began the day by describing the craft, before just telling people to ... 'have fun and get creative'.
And create they did. With a HUGE array of materials and colours, we all got straight into it, and completely lost track of time. It was such a fun day and we all found our own style and way of telling 'our stories'.
It was brilliant.
|This was taken by the lovely Olenka who was telling me run the workshops.|
In this photo I was just getting the the prep finished before people started to arrive...
|Odds and ends all of colour and texture...|
|Laura and Judy gettin busy...|
|The lovely Sophie was so inspired she decided that a tattoo was in order! Love it...|
|now that is an excited face. Laura decied she wanted to make some textiles of her own...|
|Love when art becomes a family affair. This family just came in off the street and got straight into it...|
|Some of my fluoro attempts. |
That day I was inspired by fluoro colours and graphite textiles and prints... Oh and nature! Always.
|Judy's creation. She was so excited to take it home and start decorating her bare white walls...|
In her working life she is a doctor so she loved be free to create and colour...
|Sophie's bunting. She was inspired by... well... everything! so great.|
|As you can see I also loved the metallics that day!|
Was such a great workshop day.
Thank you everyone that came.. and played!
Will definitely be teaching this workshop again... soon!