Monday, 5 September 2011

The Crafter’s Way 194–Mixed Media Exhibitions

In the upcoming months we have not one but two mixed media exhibitions to immerse our senses in. Featuring internationally recognised artists each exhibition shares the artist’s journeys and inspirations.

Undercurrents is at the Art Factory Gallery, corner Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane. This exhibition features the work of three talented mixed media artists, Felicity Clarke, Mel Forrest and Tricia Smout. Using a wide variety of techniques and mediums each artist has delved into enigmatic sentiments and almost forgotten memories to create a diverse exhibition.

After graduation with a Diploma of Visual Art in 2005 Felicity Clarke began working as a Wardrobe Assistant at the Brisbane Arts Theatre while establishing herself as a Soft Sculpture and Textile Artists. For this exhibition Felicity has focussed on incorporating various practices using modern synthetic fibres and illumination. Mel Forrest enjoys combining photography with stitch and textiles to create art quilts, collage and book art.

We have visited with Tricia Smout before. Her work continues to amaze and inspire me. Tricia’s passion for calligraphy and lettering drives her to create hangings, artist books, sculptures and wearable art which incorporate meaningful text in an aesthetic manner. Her work is currently in exhibitions in Italy, Korea, Philippines, USA and Melbourne.

Admission to Undercurrents is free. Gallery hours are 10am – 4 pm daily from 9th – 14th September. The official opening on Saturday 10th September includes the artists’ talks.

The second exhibition is a little closer to home. Papers, Pages and Prints is an exhibition of artist prints and handmade books featuring the works of Judith Rosenberg, Pressgang Print Group and Queensland Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists Book and Paper Group.

The Book and Paper Group worked on two collaborative ventures throughout 2010 & 2011. The collaborations, an altered book project and a ‘round-robin’ page swap were progressively passed around the group each month. These unique pieces will be on display at Pine Rivers Gallery from September - 2 October, 10am-4pm. Again, entry is free. Workshops for adults and children will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. Artist Talks will also be held at the Gallery from 11.30am – 12.30pm on the 24th Sept and 1st Oct.

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