Archive for January, 2018

Australia Day 2018
January 26, 2018

Today I participated in local Australia Day festivities.

Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th of January as Australia’s National Day. It marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. The fleet of 11 British ships with their cargo of convicts who had been sentenced for their crimes to transportation landed at Port Jackson, New South Wales where a settlement was established at Sydney Cove.

Currently the day is celebrated with community and family events, official community awards and citizenship ceremonies.

However, the date of Australia’s national day is not without its controversy. For a proportion of indigenous Australians and their supporters the 26th of January is a day of mourning and is referred to as Invasion Day or Survival Day. So in addition to celebrations, there are protests and marches in the capital cities.

The choice of the 26th of January as Australia’s national day is becoming increasingly controversial with some municipal councils now refusing to organise celebrations or conduct citizenship ceremonies on that day much to the displeasure of the Federal Government.

However, the Shires of Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges do celebrate Australia Day and actively seek to include local indigenous people in the day.

 

A friend and I set off for Malmsbury for breakfast organised by a local community organisation.

The atmosphere in the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens was very relaxed.

 

Andy Rigby and Pollie Christie provided the musical entertainment.

 

A novel car sticker spotted in the carpark.

We moved on to Victory Park, Castlemaine for lunch and joined the queue.

Here are some stragglers being served by members of the Castlemaine Football Netball Club.

 

My friend, Marie, is relaxing after cooking lunch with other members of the local Lion’s club. They catered for 700 people.

George and Eliza were deep in conversation by the fruit stand.

The event is supported by Nalderun, the Upper Loddon Indigenous group. Vic Say, a leader of the local Reconciliation group, was helping out at the stand.

Eliza Tree, a local artist, and her dog were enjoying the day.

And here am I decked out in a T shirt with a design by an aboriginal artist and my wombat earrings.

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Grampians Series No. 2
January 20, 2018

This is the second collage I have completed using mono prints I made at Grampians Brushes in September 2017.

I cut holes in the printed mesh and stuck coloured paper then the mesh onto the printed background.

Using wax crayon, I added colour to the printed shapes which were also stuck onto the background.

Finally, I glued on nylon ribbon, pink plastic mesh and a crocheted flower to complete the collage.

Grampians Series No.1
January 8, 2018

On the 9th and 10th of September 2017, I attended an arts workshop in Halls Gap, the main centre for tourism in the Grampians.

The workshop, ‘Monoprinting with Collage’, was held as part of the Grampians Brushes program organised by GrampianArts.

I was attracted to the workshop because I like making collages and I wanted to learn more about printing techniques as I hadn’t tried monoprinting before.

The tutor was artist and printmaker, Mandy Gunn who presented a stimulating schedule of print making activities.

Printing presses were available and I was excited by the intensity of colour and the fine detail which could be achieved by using them.  However, I stuck with handprinting as I wanted to experiment to see what worked best using this method of printing. I am a kitchen table artist – my ‘studio’ is an old laminex kitchen table which sits at one end of my living room. I like to use inexpensive, low tech processes to make my art.

I came home with a collection of prints which I could use to incorporate into artwork, including collages, at a later date.

With the arrival of January and a break from my regular weekly schedule, I have now adopted my summer routine when I spend the hot afternoons in the cool of the indoors –  a perfect time to get out the prints I made in September and start making new art pieces.

This is the first collage I made.