Well, after many months of planning the SALA 2018 'Abbey Turner' Exhibition opening took place at Willunga Gallery on 27th July 2018. I worked tirelessly for the better part of 6 months to create a collection of artworks that would be exhibited collectively at Willunga Gallery as part of the South Australian Living Artist festival, better known simply as, SALA.
The collection of fruit, vegetable and floral artworks was an example of the continual development and skills required to learn and create collectively. The 12 artworks showcase a range of technical skills I have developed over a number of months, and of course, years of practice and persistence.
The artworks, many created on wood or paper explore the central mediums and ideas associated historically with still-life culture. I began by using a range of media including acrylic paint on canvas, transitioning to oil on wood and returning to an old favourite of mine; pen on paper. With each change in medium I used learnt skills from other mediums to help me create new artworks; recognising changes, adapting ideas and accepting challenges.
As a practicing artist I have been involved in many competitive exhibitions and many group exhibitions across South Australia. Recently I was assisting and exhibiting in the 2018 Youthscape Art Prize in Adelaide. It is within these exhibitions that I gained an interest to hold my own exhibition exclusively within the bounds of the SALA Festival.
SALA enables artists from all areas to create and exhibit at a range of designated venues throughout South Australia.
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!
Abbey is a practicing Visual Artist and high school teacher.