Created for the Common Threads Wearable Art Competition by Ashley Hay (Bowley), WA 2014
This piece is created predominantly with paper and Powertex...as well as other recycled & natural materials such as electrical wire, floristry foam, sand & seaweed. It has been entered into the "Eco wear" section of the competition & will be Showcased with other amazing garments at MPAC on 4th May 2014...
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Photo by Michael Kelly, Star Creations
Years 2-7 Wandering Primary School students visited the Boddington Old School Gallery on Thursday 5th April to see the artwork they created before going on school holidays. Arriving in the afternoon, it was wonderful to see them interacting with the artwork....the gallery was buzzing with conversation about what they liked the most....
Each student completed an Art Gallery Review and gave feedback about their experience during the time I spent with them at their school...I received some lovely comments...Thankyou Wandering Primary School...I look forward to seeing you again when we install the sculptures in the garden!
Artworks from the exhibition:
The exhibition "Boddington Old & New" opened on Saturday the 31st March as part of the Boddington Music Festival and was attended by over 300 people on the weekend. It was a relief to see it all finished and come together so well...the exhibition is a credit to the people of Boddington & Wandering!
My time as the Artist in Residence at Boddington CRC was sponsored by Country Arts WA & Healthways for a period of 6 weeks full time which was spread over 12 weeks. This meant that I had half the week at Boddington and half the week at my studio in Safety Bay....which was wonderful! Hence all the work that was in the exhibition, that opened on Sat 31st March, represented 5 weeks of work...or 10 weeks P/T...so the schedule was tight to get the work finished!
Pictured below are the "stayers" who helped to complete the Wandering artwork until midnight on Friday in time for the opening on Saturday...without their community spirit the work wouldn't have been finished ... a special thanks to you all....especially Jenny Dunn (Principal of Wandering PS) and the kids who came in on Saturday morning to paint the horse & the Eagle!!!
The day began with the discovery that my laser printer had issues & I needed it for the workshop!!!! I was expecting between 20-30 people so I decided the best plan of 'attack' would be to print out some Boddington Old & New photographs that I had either taken or sourced during my time in Boddington. I already intended the piece that we created in this workshop to be a community piece.... so I knew we could make this work....however I was keen for people to have the opportunity to use their own photos that they brought in....so I teed up the front desk to print out pics for the participants with the intention of working on the pre-printed pieces until this was done! It was meant to be a 9am start but quite a few of the participants didn't come until 10am thinking that this was the start time....in the end I had about 13 people attend this workshop....it was a lot of fun with another diverse group of people including the local art teacher from Boddington DHS. In the end it all went well, a number of prints were done on fabric & corrugated iron and then Cheree Alchin put them together as a Community artwork. I love the additions she made with the gum nuts, wood weaving, wooden pegs & fabrics...check out the result in the pictures below!
I started the morning with a walk around the Estuary to see where I wanted to work...
I had already thought about the idea of doing "Reflections" and was looking for some interesting perspectives. I found some really intriguing patterns & colours created on the water, near MPAC, from the pylons and decided this was what I'd work with....As it was going to be a hot day I wanted to be in the shade....I initially positioned myself on the jetty but quickly found that I couldn't continue working there so I took some photos and parked myself on the under covered area outside MPAC. It was a nice position to work but every time someone walked by the ground shook & I wobbled!!!! Anyway it was a great day....I enjoyed talking with people who passed & had two pieces that I worked on....in retrospect as I only had the one day I should just have worked on a single piece!!! However I usually like to work from one piece to another so that I retain energy for each piece and they work off one another!!! So whilst my decision meant I was pressed for time to complete ONE piece which I was happy with...I did thoroughly enjoy the experience! It was excellent to see what other artists produced in the day....and I enjoyed sitting down with a beer and chatting with them about their work while we waited for the judging. My piece wasn't a 'winner' but it was selected as one of the top 8 for exhibition at the Library. All in all it was thoroughly enjoyable and I'd like to take part in the event again next year!
When I paint 'place' is very significant to me...and since I am Australian...Australian places feature predominantly in my work! I am fascinated by the lines on the earth and the colours created by mining processes.....so one of my personal goals during the residency was to immerse myself in some of Boddington's places...and for me it was important to get out onto the local mine sites!
The Worsley open day was a chance I couldn't miss! When I found out about it, I had already registered to enter the Plein Air Painting Competition, held as part of the Crab Fest, at the Mandurah Estuary on the same weekend....but I decided that I would go to Worsley on the Saturday and just do one day of painting on the Estuary! I am really glad that I did....the day was incredible....the mine had stropped production and everything was laid on for the public. I took the bus from the Town Hall to the mine and was greeted at the gate with a bottle of water & given a 'Show bag' of goodies including hats...which came in very useful as I didn't take one... I went over to the exhibition tent which showcased some of the native animals found in the area & the rehabilitation processes after mining and had a brief chat with a friend who was on the stand. Following this I went and climbed into the cabs of the different mining vehicles displayed...and they are HUGE!!! I took my time and had a good look...(a few of my photos are pictured below)....then I went on a bus tour of the mine. This took about an hour and was really interesting...I considered going again & sitting on the other side of the bus....but decided I was too knackered!!!! So had a sausage sizzle & returned to town on the bus!
I had an AWESOME day!