Its that time again! Youthscape 2018 is now officially underway at the Royal South Australian Society of the Arts in Adelaide. Youthscape is an arts prize and exhibition initiative for young artists aged 15-26 and provides an opportunity for them to practice exhibiting in a professional environment. This year over 100 young artists from across Adelaide and South Australia entered into Youthscape and this year's work is the highest quality and most diverse we've seen!
I entered my artwork 'Into the Deep' (pencil on paper) to be a part of the exhibition. I was lucky enough this year to be invited to assist in being the MC at the opening event on Sunday the 24th June. Alongside the honorable Lisa Slade, and the President of the RSASA, Jack Condous, I was able to be a part of an exhibition that I have become quite passionate about.
Please head on down to the RSASA (Lvl 2, Institute building, Cnr Kintore Ave and Nth Terrace, Adelaide 5000) and enjoy the works that our young local artists have displayed, and hopefully you'll take a piece home!
Middle of last year, I received the delightful news that my cousin and her husband were expecting their first child. In light of this, I wanted to create something special and practical as a gift for when the baby arrived. The biggest challenge was that I didn't know if it was a boy or a girl ... And when designing something specific its hard to be gender neutral at times.
With some brainstorming help from my mum, we decided to create a fabric print design that could be added to gauze wraps for the baby. In brief conversations with colleagues, a lovely art teacher I know told me of a website called 'Spoonflower'. Spoonflower enables you to upload an image or design and have it printed onto the fabric of your choice (including papers and wallpapers!).
FIrst - The design.
I opted for an Australian cottage garden theme for the initial design. Including a Blue Wren, Oranges, Golden Wattle, Poppy Flower and some gum leaves, beetles and bugs scattered throughout. Initially drawn in pencil I went back in with a fine-liner and a fatter marker to create texture and depth to the illustrations.
To create my design I began with a simple A4 piece of paper and sketched simple illustrations onto it in random areas - ensuring not to touch the edges of the paper. Next, I cut the paper in half from top to bottom, then swapped the halves around so that the original edges were touching in the middle (then taped together). Then I repeated this process across the center of the page and swapped the top and bottom pieces so that the edges were now in the center. This creates a base for a repetitive pattern, All that was left to do was fill in the (apparently) large gaps with 'fillers' - gum leaves and beetles. When uploaded into Spoonflower selecting the 'repeat' function allowed for a simple repetitive pattern (above).
Next step: Colour.
The colour (unfortunately) was not added on Spoonflower. This is outside the realm of their resources. So, I used Photoshop on my computer to experiment with colours. Initially I chose to experiment with bright colours throughout the design; however, it was too overwhelming and too saturated. So, after knocking back the colour a bit I found that the pastel tones worked well - and I tried not to focus too much on staying within the borders of the image. This created a softer, child-like effect.
The final image was printed on 100% Organic Gauze and I purchase 3 yards worth and had it divided into two separate throws. It appears that it is in good use now; and Caleb looks incredibly content.
Christmas is always fairly hectic for me ... Ive worked in retail fro the last 6 years and consequently; you don't get a christmas in retail. Two days off over christmas and then New Years Day and thats about it!
None the less, Ive kept myself entertained! I haven't found my time to make any art (much to my disgust), although my motivation isn't there either ... I found something to keep me pre-occupied...
Many of you will recall this painting that I finished in late September. It was my branch into abstract art! Something simple to start with, I experimented with brush size, mediums, colour and layering.
From this artwork I took a small of high-quality photographs and uploaded them to a fabric printing website! With no previous experience; the uploading process took some figuring out...
With a lot of playing around I decided on editing the images in photoshop to create a wide variety of colours for the material prints. Each print would be a 'yard' in size. Naive me, had to find out what a 'yard' was in 'real-money' per say!
The final collection of images varied in colour. I tried to create the most vibrant, saturated and colourful prints that could be worn as scarves. Each print would be 1 yard, printed on 100% Chiffon.
I have ranged the colour from the original artwork into a selection of vibrant scarves including the original Gold & Green, to an Aqua, Indigo, Lavender and Pink! Each print contains all the original depth of the artwork; you can se the hatching in the canvas and the raises in the paint.
More pictures and updates will be coming soon! Im hoping to have purchases of the scarves live by June 2018.
Looking forward to sharing this with you all!
Over the last few months I have been painting and drawing variety of floral artworks. Centrally using painting mediums on wood. A few weeks ago whilst on a trip into the city I popped into my favourite art store Eckersley's. In doing so I scrounged through their sale pile, and found a set of five A4 size wooden boards.
Having no original ideas about what I could use them for, I did let them sit for a bit on the floor at the end of my bed... a common place for art products unfortunately.
I began looking through my collection of floral pictures (mainly stored on one of my many Pinterest boards), and I came across a beautiful image of a Waratah. Waratah's are a native Australian flower, known for their vibrant red colour and intricate surface. Initially sketching the Waratah onto the board I placed it as central as possible. I then began painting with oils over my pencil sketch, reference near by. Once majority of the colour was applied, I was seemingly unimpressed by the lack of 'oomph' the artwork has in its current state. The Waratah was beautiful but did not have any depth or contrast against the background. I proceeded to look or inspiration and once again came back to one of my favourite artists Alphonse Muscha. I proceeded to draw a oval shape around the Waratah and then sketch some 'art-deco' inspired lines on the outer boarder to accompany the gold.
Following on from thisi began to paint the gold decoration and fill in the seemingly blank space with a rich purple made up from Ceylon Blue, and a Rich Magenta with dash of Burnt Umber. Alll of a sudden the artwork began to come together. The Waratah leaped out from the board and looked more suited than ever to its position. I have continued to create more of these art-deco style floral works, drwawing on inspiration from Gustav Klimt and Robert Hannaford.
Abbey is a practicing Visual Artist and high school teacher.