Monday, July 26, 2021

Jenny Manning InterWoven 5


9 July - 15 August 2021
Jenny Manning, Lidded Basket, 2018
410mm height x 420mm width x 410mm depth
Inspired by African/Islamic and Pre Columbian basket patterns And Pre Columbian basket patterns and Pre Columbian basket patterns
Jenny Manning, Open Basket 2019
160mm height x 350mm width x 350mm depth
Inspired by African/Islamic and Pre Columbian basket patterns And Pre Columbian basket patterns and Pre Columbian basket pattern
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Jenny Manning Beaded Basket 2020
300mm height x 450mm width x 450mm depth
Inspired by African/Islamic and Pre Columbian basket patterns And Pre Columbian basket patterns and Pre Columbian basket patterns 



Saturday, May 22, 2021

Craft ACT Residency with Namadgi National Park and Geoscience Australia.

Namadgi National Park. Photo Valerie Kirk 

Namadgi National Park. Photo Valerie Kirk 


Valerie Kirk, Photo Harriet Schwartzrock


Artwork by Valerie Kirk, photo Valerie Kirk 

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Art Work Valerie Kirk, photo Valerie Kirk 


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 Photo Valerie Kirk 

Valerie Kirk

During the 3 week residency period at Namadgi National Park I stayed at Gudgenby Ready Cut cottage in the south of the park with fellow Artist in Residence, Harriet Shwartzrock. My project was to focus on the rocks and plants to think about time, impermanence, living in the present and being mindful of the past and future.

Looking at the rock outcrops and giant tors, which are a significant geological feature in the landscape, I was in awe of the solid forms and their history through millions of years past. Although often large and formidable in weight, they have been changed over time by the elements – rain, frost, fire and floods. I also looked at the plants as I walked noticing their forms and stage of going to seed in autumn and thought about how later this year they will flower again, a short cycle of growth and renewal.

During the residency I studied the granite rocks and plants, documenting the impact of fires, rain and climate change through expressive drawing and weaving “en plein air”. Aspects I  considered are: micro/macro, broad scale and focussed viewpoint, gesture, mark and texture.  How to evoke concepts of time, change, urgency, devastation, impact and generate future forward thinking – renewal, care, paying attention to Earth? Further development of experimental and creative work will allow me to reflect on ideas and generate a new resolved body of work for exhibition at Craft ACT in 2022.

Valarie Kirk


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Valerie Kirk, Photo Valerie Kirk 

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Valerie Kirk, Photo Heather Kirk Harkin 


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Crocosmia Seed Pod

The beautiful structure of the Crocosmia seed pod found and photographed by Fiona Bowring Greer.


Crocosmia seed Pod, Photo courtesy Fiona Bowring Greer 

Crocosmia seed Pod, Photo courtesy Fiona Bowring Greer 

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Valerie Kirk Geoscience Australia and Namadgi National Park Residency

Valerie Kirk and Harriet Schwarzrock in Geoscience Australia bulk storage, image @_5foot
 
 Fossil at Geoscience Australiaimage  @_5foot

Rock Collection at Geoscience Australia, image  @_5foot


Valerie Kirk, drawing at Geoscience Australia,  image @_5foot


Valerie Kirk 

Craft ACT Residency at Geoscience Australia and Namadgi National Park.

Rocks, fossils, plants – understanding deep history and protecting land for the future.

The residency is a unique opportunity to research, understand and respond to climate change/environmental issues and contributing factors. It allows me to deeply engage with the Geoscience Australia collection and the physical environment of Namadgi National Park through my specific interests.

Rocks and plant fossils fascinate me because they evoke a deep sense of time, show changing climates and evolution of the surface of the Earth. They appear solid and mark endurance.

Australia’s botanical heritage, as witnessed in the fossil record, and contemporary diversity of plants gives me a connection to place and appreciation of each moment from seed, to flower then withering. The cycle continues for posterity.

My project  focuses on these elements and associated issues.

Part 1 of the residency – 9 days at Geoscience Australia, March 2021

Part 2 of the residency – 3 weeks at Namadgi National Park, April May 2021

@_5foot Photography 

Craft ACT 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Karyn Fearnside House of Cards Car

Karyn is one of the participating artist in reNEWal at Altenburg & Co Gallery 

Karyn Fearnside House of Cards 2021

Karyn Fearnside House of Cards 2021


Karyn Fearnside

House of Cards

 2021 

42cm x 38 cm x 14cm

Hahnemuhle paper, black fineliner, tissue paper, glue and water


Monday, March 8, 2021

Gail Nichols Black Lace Horizon

Gail is one of the participating artist in reNEWal at Altenburg & Co Gallery 


Gail Nichols Black Lace Horizon, 2020


Gail Nichols

Black Lace Horizon

2020

Free motion machine embroidery on Khadi paper and recycled fabric

38 x 28 x 6 cm 

Image courtesy of the artist