Sunday, 8 October 2017

Exhibition at Judith Wright Centre of Contemporay Art

Well here she is, the model is finished and is presently sitting in the front window of the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art. I am soo pleased. My first real exhibition.


The exhibition is call Fruit Salad.

Set up day on the left, opening night on the right. It was so exciting.
My artist statement.

Day time with lights on
Night time with lights on




This section of the blog was before the exhibition had started.  This model still has to be finished but I have the other three houses to finish for my other exhibition first. 

Earlier this year I did a workshop, held by Flying Arts, to see how to hold an exhibition because of that the entire group has been offered the opportunity of holding an exhibition. I understand that there should be about 20 artists, me being one of them.

The exhibition will be held at the Judith Wright Center of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude valley Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from the 3rd November to the 15th of December.

This is very exciting and I have offered two models but have suggested the the White House is the best, in my opinion, for this particular exhibition.

I have had to write an Artist Statement, that is a thing, honestly working out what do you actually do with your art gets the mind thinking and what your art is really about. I had to go back 30 years and think of the reason why I actually started making all these models in the first place. It was a place of refuge for me and even though I do not need to live in my fantasy world anymore, maybe there are other broken people out there at could.

Covering (hand made paper)for decking
 was added at Gold Coast Show
Windows (sequins, micro beads and rubber bands)
 were added at the Gold Coast Show
Then I needed to write a 50 word bio - strewth, summing ones self up in 50 words!


Exhibition at Lollipop Land

Time flies when you are busy and I keep thinking I should just quickly say that I have been invited to include three of my hanging houses in the beautiful display being held at Lollipop Land, Old Petrie Town, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Jules came down to choose which three she would like and then I have been changing over all the lights so they can run on 4.5v and mains power for the three months they will be there.

I have put up photos of the houses chosen. I have finished the lights on two of the houses and have one to go and a week and half to change all the lights. I have also added a length of vine on top of them and they really look something. I am very pleased with them.

I call this the Berry House
This is Veeleeta's House.
This is the Shadow House

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Gold Coast Show 2017 - What I Made

At the Gold Coast Show 2017 and what I made there

When I am at any show I like to make something. This time I was able to make the base of the wooden decking (is that what it would be called?) that surrounded the hanging house I am working on.
What I did first was nail and glue small sections of square balsa wood to the gourd creating an edge. I did this until the complete base was circled with them. I then cut pieces of flat sheet balsa wood so that it would radiate out from the gourd. These were nailed and glued to the edging. I then nailed and glued the sheet edging to more square balsa wood so that the outer ends of the decking were supported.
Once the wood work was completed I then covered the whole lot with hand made paper. I loved the texture and will colour it later.
Once that was finished I then worked on the windows.
This is the first version of the rubber bands used. I thought them too bright so changed them to the lighter colour.
The white stuff is the glue that has not dried yet. The base as the window is made from sequins covered in micro beads.


Gold Coast Show 2018

The Gold Coast Show 2017

I am very pleased to say that I have just finished exhibiting my miniature fantasy models at the Gold Coast Show, Queensland, Australia.
Everything went very well this year. I had thousands of people come and view my work and it is soo lovely to have a pat on the back for a job well done.
While I am at shows I like to make something (added to another post). One it helps me from being bored but more importantly I think it is good for people to see how the houses are made. There is also the fact that because they take soo long to do not taking advantage of being able to spend three full days making models would be mad!

Thankfully I was moved to this site, even though the glare through the windows was a worry. I had originally been placed further down the back of the building with a big wall in-front of me. This was much better as it was next to an eating area with a lot of people sitting down looking at my work. Much better.
I felt the display came up very well. It is a shame about the windows but I was not allowed to cover them up so I had to use a filter on the photo so I am sorry it looks a bit off with its colour.