Work in Progress: Friends Lino Print

lino print artwork of 3 friends with dark, light, medium skin colours, with a backdrop of green hills and blue sky

I’ve been thinking about friendship, diversity and community, and one morning jotted this visual idea in my notebook. (Do you do morning pages, too?) It’s three friends – based loosely and composite-ly on people I know – which later got a background of the pretty Willunga hills.

biro sketch in a note book for Friends lino print

You can see by the pencil writing at left, I was toying with the ideas and words of Luka & light, Pax & peace, Joy (joy), freedom & happiness. I percolated on these ideas and ideals, while I made the lino artwork. First I drew upon and carved the lino – you can see the plan for the friends’ hair has been reversed – then made the print of the lines I wanted:

printed Friends lino print, not yet painted, features 3 friends in a garden with hills in the background

Then it was time to paint. Usually I look at the skin on my own hand, and think “I want to be global and inclusive but I can only tell my own story, right?” (There’s recently been a concept of cultural misappropriation flying around too. I don’t even know how that fits in.)

A Facebook friend made a perfectly timed request of her artist followers to ‘… represent folk of different coloured skins’! The newly requested option for a full spectrum of skin colours felt liberating, and the range of human browns has happily opened a whole new world of vibrant colours that are fantastic alongside them!

This also lets me express, even if simply, my global village view that we can all live cooperatively and peacefully on our dear little earth ship, that we’re all equal and valuable and part of the story. (And all needed to together cease hate and destruction.)

Partially painted lino print artwork

Although this final lino print is of course more developed than the initial basic sketch, it has none-the-less got the original spirit. That makes me happy.

Finished lino print: Friends, Luka Pace and Joy (Light, Peace, Joy)

I’m enjoying stepping onto a more inclusive, diverse path, in this picture and others in my recent Happy To Be Here Exhibition. In due course, I’ll put up posts for “Speak With Love” and “Cuss Like Sailors, Hug Like Angels” and you’ll see how they all weave together. Todays post is the first in the series.

When have you made a quick note to yourself and it’s helped to remember an idea or insight? And when has a note or squiggle turned out to be indecipherable later, and you’ve no idea what you’d intended? I’ll bet that’s happened to us all, too!

Talk soon,
Love Meg x o

 

PS Click this if you’d like to check out my Bold Souls Pinterest board to see some of the people who inspire me.

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Exhibition debrief: Happy To Be Ourselves

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My Happy To Be Here Exhibition is already over! I can barely believe it. I’m glad we have the Happy To Be Here Project video to watch:

In a flurry of a few short weeks, the year-long planning, artwork making, promotion, preparation, lugging of (carefully cushioned) paintings around in my sweet blue car, painting of finger nails, spotty dress choosing and strategic timing of leg shaving, is all over.

Here’s a re-cap in the form of blog posts:

Out and About in Goolwa. Exhibition Launch post. Happy To Be Here video on YouTube. And, the Happy To Be Here Project: The Explanation Page. The first Happy To Be Here Project report post, Happy To Be Here Project report 2, & the third Happy To Be Here Project progress report.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you! Whether you sent in a photo for the Happy To Be Here Project, encouraged me, bought art, cards or calendars at the exhibition or elsewhere, read a blog post, or enjoyed / commented on / shared a blog post, newsletter or social media post … Thank you so much. It means a lot to me, dear bold soul, everything really. I’m honoured if a piece of my writing or bold art has resonated with you, and you choose to have it / me as company in your life.

What’s next?

Shall we keep walking the talk and talking the walk? Knowing that we’re still Happy To Be Here, where ever we may be. Happy to be ourselves. And, like in permaculture (and other civillised societal models): care for others.

With 20+ years since my previous solo exhibition, I’d better plan the next after a smaller interval! I’ve a sense of urgency to continue along this path, ‘specially now I’ve solidly passed 50 years of age! I’m not even sure exactly what I’m urgent about, but I need to find out and feel there’s no time to waste!

Happy To Be Tangerine Meg

Here’s one of the photographic self portrait or 7 I took when collecting the remaining artworks, ‘cos we had to take down the sign ready for the next show:

photographic self portrait by Tangerine Meg beside sign saying "Happy To Be Tangerine Meg" and overlaid with scratchy blue and green paint texture

By the way, did you do anything for UN Peace Day on September 21st? Click this to watch a super short peace day video if you like.

Have a wonderful week!
Talk soon,
Meg x o

 

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Happy To Be Here: Exhibition Launch

Woot! My Happy To Be Here art exhibition launched officially last Friday!

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Here is a visual story of the exhibition launch afternoon.

Let’s begin with: me with a double ‘exposure’ (from Diana Photo App) outside the venue, the Old Goolwa Police Station gallery. It was a most gorgeous afternoon – the blue and white sky part of the pic was taken the same day. Note my Christine Pyman aerialist earrings. #kindredspirit

Smiling woman, Tangerine Meg, wearing a black jacket with embroidered collar and matching silver earring, looks into the camera, as she stands in front of a brick-framed arched doorway with blue wood and glass panels

Here’s how the building entrance was set up… *High 5* to Leah, for her perfect picture/type/cat welcome display design.

Looking into a red brick building through a blue door frame, is seen a white wall with a painting displayed. Underneath the picture are the words "Happy To Be Here" and "Tangerine Meg" with an arrow pointing left, and a sticker of an orange cat perched just above the skirting board.

In the entryway picture ^^^ at left you can see the old cell doorway (from when the building was a police station).

Below is the Now Always Open door, which has project-announcing bunting drawing you in to watch the Happy To Be Here Project video! Hoorah!

Thank you, if you played by sending in photos for my Happy To Be Here Project! I appreciate that so much. If you can’t make it to Goolwa (South Australia) this month, for now check out the trailer here, to get a sense of the pace, the music, the feel, etc. In early October, I’ll upload the full 6-minute video to You Tube for all to see.

white room with circle bunting leading from a white barred door to a TV on a red bench. Both the bunting and the screen shot spell out: Happy To Be Here Project.

Here’s me in my spotty exhibition launch dress in front of one of our happily inherited-from-previous-exhibition orange walls…

South Australian woman artist, Tangerine Meg, wears a purple and green/blue spotty dress, and stands in front of an orange wall with framed pictures hanging on it.

Here’s wonderful Loreen, an artist in her own right, who has exhibited nearby.Smiling woman in blue top and holding red and black graphic design bag, standing near art exhibition works hung on 2 walls, one wall of which is painted orange.

Me (again) with a friend, author Susan Fitzgerald.

Tangerine Meg and author Susan Fitzgerald standing in fromt of orange wall displaying framed brightly coloured lino prints and watercolours

Getting good mileage out of that one orange wall for photos at the exhibition launch, right? It was such a gorgeous colour, it made everything wonderful – ‘specially in the afternoon sunlight!

I took friends, invited guests and the gorgeous gallery-sitting volunteers for a walk and talk (aka. the Artist’s Talk) around the pictures at 4.30pm.

At 5.30pm Rene Strohmeyer did a mindful, beautiful, ‘gets it’ exhibition launch speech. Thank you!

[I was so rivetted/engrossed that I have zero pictures! Were you there? Did you take any pictures? Could you help me tell this story? … I’m glaringly missing photos of venue manager Leah & launch speaker Rene; though your point of view of any part of the launch would be of value. I’d love to add them to this post – of course with credit to you, and a link to your online presence if you have one.]

Susan Fitzgerald, seen above, read out this Sylvia Plath quote – so beautifully she got applauded. The Plath quote inspired this hand painted lino print image, “First Fig”.

Lino print of young adult reaching for high purple figs alongside a Sylvia Plath quote from The Bell Jar about just such a life stageHere are Philippa and I – our feet at least – after the official exhibition launch.

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Here are some general shots of lovely folk…

delightful bold souls mingling, chatting and smiling at the launch of Happy to Be Here exhibition; the room is high of ceiling, with walls lined with framed pictures; the floor is dark timber.

Panos (panorama photos) are fun and entirely possible on one’s phone. Seems rather advanced functionality for such a little device! Here are two.

a panoramic shot around a large room, with folk almost silhouetted attending an exhibition launch.

Above, the big (courthouse) room, and below the clerk’s room (the one with the orange wall we loved).

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These folk are old hands (hah, get it?) at feet photos as they joined in with in the Happy To Be Here Project!

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Nice old floorboards, right? … Another good photo background provided by the venue!

Join my newsletter list, to get more behind the scenes photos, like of the talismans I wore and the little walk I took my introvert self on around Goolwa prior to the exhibition launch!

I’m going to have a nap now.
Talk soon,
Meg x o

 

 

PS If you’ve some photos with which you can fill gaps in this story, please send via Facebook upload, or email to me.

PS2 If you’d like to review my exhibition/launch on your blog, give me a shout out and I’ll link to your review!

PS3 If you can get to Goolwa this month, this very art exhibition runs until September 27.

PS4 Can’t get to Goolwa and want to buy one of my pictures? Ring Leah and she’ll make it happen, on +61 8 8555 7289 international (enter the dial out code for your country first) or 08 8555 7289 from within Australia.

PS5 Thank you for reading all the way to here! You’re awesome :) x o

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Happy To Be Here Project video – one minute trailer

How exciting! I got this neat software called Filmora, and made the Happy To Be Here Project video!

The full 6-minute video will screen in person, for the first time, throughout my September Happy To Be Here exhibition. In the meantime, here’s a 1-minute trailer. I look forward to sharing the full 6-minute video early in October :)

Thank you if you sent a photo or encouragement. It was all helpful!

Love Meg x o

Bold Interview 14: Cheryl Sanders from Wrappa Bees

I hope you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I do, dear bold soul! Read on and learn from the eco-conscious advice of fabulous Cheryl Sanders from Wrappa Bees – makers of reusable waxed food wraps. I’ll bet it’ll make you smile and get more eco-aware at the same time! M x o

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What a fantastic business, Cheryl! I can’t tell you how I worry about all the cling wrap I use!

I am so glad you love our little business Meg. The feedback from customers has been amazing! Thank you for choosing me as part of your gorgeous series on your blog!

A cup of milk, an apple, a banana and a snack wrapped in a yellow apple patterned food wrap, on a wooden surface.
How did you get to the idea to run a business making wax re-usable food wraps, and why did you change from what you were doing previously?

Edited from a contribution to the #communityquestionbank. Those bold souls loved your previous business. A lot.

I often get asked this question. It was literally a light bulb moment. Without sounding too “Oprah”, that is how it happened. I was very unhappy in my previous business, which I know will surprise so many people. But, it just wasn’t ‘speaking’ to me anymore. I didn’t feel that I was in the place that was right for me and my family.

I have always loved bees and been fascinated by the way that they essentially run our world. Without bees, life would be a very different place.

One night when I was going over and over again what it was I wanted, where I wanted to be, what would make me feel grounded and whole, bees wax wraps hit me. We had looked at stocking them previously in our other business, but I had never found any that were appealing to the general market, nor that I was 100% happy with. My inner voice told me I could do this! I could do something that made a difference, albeit on a very tiny scale!! But it is all the small changes that end up making a huge difference for our planet and what we leave behind to our children.

So I started experimenting with bees wax and tree resin. I very quickly found out that it was all not as easy as it looks, but my heart was in this and so I persevered until I had perfected the ratio and here we are now!!

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How can gorgeous re-usable food wraps help improve on what humans are doing to the environment?

They can help sooo much Meg!!! If everyone were to tally up each little piece of plastic wrap, or zip lock bags etc, and see how much they used in one month, they would be horrified.

Because it is small and disposable, we don’t immediately see the impact, nor do we realise how it accumulates. We may as well go and empty that plastic straight into the water at the beach, because that is where it is ending up. But no one would do that because they can see the plastic on the water.

We can’t see the plastic once we have thrown it out. It goes from our rubbish bins and then it is out of our thoughts. But the truth is there is no ‘out’…. if it is not recycled then there is nowhere for it to go. It can get buried deep down in the ground and act as landfill, leaching out the chemicals into our waterways, or it ends up in the oceans… in the bellies of turtles, whales and fish.

By simply replacing one item, such as plastic wrap, with our reusable food wraps, your family will be saying that no, it is not ok for us to dispose of plastic with no consideration for where it goes. We can all make small changes in our lives that have huge impacts on the environment. If one person uses our wraps, they will then tell a friend, who will tell a friend etc etc….

Suddenly we have a hundred people no longer using plastic wrap! Now that creates a fabulous visual!

Reusable food wraps displayed on Recycled bee boxes

When we met at the Cat Show about a month ago, you were the person who stepped up and orchestrated the recycling of large volumes of paper (later: oops I was confused, I mean plastic) that covered the tables. What can we do in our homes to reduce waste?

Didn’t we have a great weekend then Meg?! So many laughs!!

At the cat show there was thick black plastic, like people use in their garden, around the front and the back of every table that had these gorgeous cats on them. There must have been over 200 cats there.. maybe more. That is a lot of tables. That was a lot of black plastic.

I asked the organisers what they planned on doing with the plastic, and was told that unfortunately it was going to get put in the bin, as the small recycling bin that was at the centre was full. I felt physically ill. This was not an option. So I made lots and lots of phone calls to find recycling centres who could help, but being a weekend, there was not much help available. So at the end of the show we packed it all up and took it home in my little car… That was a sight.

Our rescue was using the soft plastic recycling system at our local Coles (M: An Australian supermarket chain). We went in with trolley loads of this black plastic and they took it and gave it to REDcycle who are amazing! They recycle all the little bits of soft plastics that we have previously been told can not be used…. Think of your biscuit packs, muesli bar wrappers, the plastic that goes around your toilet paper packs, the insides of cereal boxes…. all of that thin and soft plastic CAN BE RECYCLED!!

This is such great news for the average home, because if you live in an urban area that has these supermarkets, you can start making a difference. Watch how quickly that bag of soft plastic builds up!!! Take it into the supermarket and pop in one of the green bins. This then gets made into all sorts of funky stuff including park benches!

Once you see how quickly you are filling the bag, then perhaps try to make the next step by trying to cut out one of those items from your shopping list and substituting it with something that doesn’t have plastic wrapping….

One small step at a time. It is so important not to be daunted and try to do too many things at once. Get the kids involved. Explain about our oceans and how they can help. They are already being taught at school about our environment, so lets build on that!

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I love the patterns on your wraps. How do you select your fabric designs?

I’m so glad that you love the patterns! Stay tuned for some very exciting news in regards to those!

I choose designs that I think are fun and funky and that will appeal to the average person. Bright and fun colours are great for some, but others like a more natural look. We even do Star Wars and Minions wraps! Hey, if it means that little Johnny will use his wraps and bring them home from school… then I will happily do Star Wars. Or Pokemon. Or Frozen even. Did I just say that??

Ploughman's Lunch with bread, cheese, celery, strawberries and popcorn, arranged with patterned food wraps.

The world would be way better for an @AskCheryl column, for more of your thoughts about activities and environmental choices. In the meantime: Tell us some lesser known uses for Wrappa Bees re-usable food wraps… 

Ha ha… that’s funny… I would love to have an @AskCheryl column!! Some food for thought hey Meg??!

Our wraps can be used for so many different things!

  • There are obvious ones like wrapping sandwiches and rolls for lunches, covering your salad bowls and leftovers.
  • You can wrap up lettuces, cauliflower or broccolini.
  • Any fruit and veg will love to be wrapped in our wraps in your fridge.
  • Be creative and seal the sides and make your own zip lock bag equivalent!
  • Keep one in your handbag for that Friday afternoon bakery treat! Simply hand the shop keeper your wraps and say ‘no bag please’.
  • I use a folded wrap in my handbag to carry around a pen and some paper etc, so that I can always find it.

Are we still going??

  • Pop a wrap under your cutting board so it won’t move as you cut veggies etc.
  • Lay a wrap flat and grate your cheese directly on it, then fold up and put leftovers in fridge.
  • Wrap pastry and dough leftovers.
  • Cover your block of cheese once you have opened it.
  • Wrap up some crusty bread!

How does that sound? I mean, I could go on and on and on….

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Find Cheryl Sanders and Wrappa Bees online

Wrappa Bees web site

Wrappa Bees Facebook

Wrappa Bees Instagram

Thanks for being here Cheryl – great interview! Thank you for reading dear bold soul! Isn’t Cheryl doing great work? Share in the comments your next step to keeping more plastic from getting into the environment. Mine is be more conscious of recycling soft plastics. Talk soon, Meg x o

 

PS Click this to find out more about my Happy To Be Here exhibition – it’s on from September 1 – 27, at Goolwa, South Australia.

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Happy to Be Here: Out & About at the Exhibition Venue

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My Spring art exhibition is drawing closer. <<< Heh, see what I did there?

Just the final things are left to organise, now that paintings and prints are finished and in the capable hands of my wonderful framer, Nick Heysen (for those of you playing at home).

Last week saw time-consuming wrangling with the computer mail merge. Maybe it ended up wrangling me? Either way, in the end, the addresses were on the sticky labels! Hoorah! When you receive yours it will be in an Alexandrina Council envelope. Keep an eye on your letterbox if I have your mailing address!

I’m also making final plans with Leah and volunteers at Alexandrina Council (Just Add Water Arts) and our sparkling launch speaker Rene Strohmeyer who invented the wonderful Sunshine Van.

While organising this I’ve had a few nice little walks around Goolwa. Here are a few of my favourite phone photos – including plenty of feet/shoe pics in the spirit of the Happy to Be Here Project! Which I’ll be finalising this next week, too.

Check out this lovely pelican mosaic by Michael Tye I ‘found’ while out walking in Goolwa near the exhibition venue!

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Love these graphic ripples at the local wharf, on an otherwise almost glassily calm day.

view from wharf to jetty, across rippled pale blue water

 

And these textures.

looking downwards at blue jeans and shoes standing on wooden wharf with white painted tyres attached to the edge and green water below

 

I think of green water as grimy, but isn’t this gradation pretty?

blue shoes on dark wood floor with artwork propped against white wall

 

Here we were laying out the pictures to see how many would fit and where, at the Old Police Station gallery. The lovely old floor boards would have many a story embedded within them!me_Feet and art at Gallery_630

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Have a great week!
Love Meg x o

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Bold Interview 13: Peter Drew

Hey Bold Soul! You probably recognise Peter Drew’s “Real Aussie Say Welcome” posters – photos of them have been widely shared around social media. Peter agreed to be interviewed here, and I asked him about how that and subsequent “Aussie” poster projects came about. Enjoy! M x o

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Why did you decide to start your “Real Aussies Say Welcome” and “Aussie” poster projects? Why are you so passionate about the Australian Governments policies to help/harm refugees and immigrants?

Before 2013 my art was apolitical, but something changed during the election. Both major parties were falling over one another with promises to ‘stop the boats’ and that phrase struck me as absurd coming from a nation of immigrants. I was living in Glasgow at the time and I suddenly felt quite confronted by Australia’s identity. Ever since then my art has been concerned with national identity, especially to notion of ‘welcome’.

Happy women holding 'Real Australians Say Welcome' in a city street

Why posters? What makes you think your poster art can make a difference?

I’m an artist first and foremost, so I focus on the task of expanding the human imagination. That’s my job. I try not to think about making a difference beyond that because the weight of responsibility can often feel too great.

Peter Drew Arts posters and helpers

Tell us some stories about meeting people on your ‘poster posting’ travels. What range of responses do you get when you tell or show people what you’re doing? Anything unexpected?

I visited a Sikh Gurdwara in Perth where they gave me an opportunity to speak about the project. Afterwards I installed posters of Bhagwan Singh and Monga Khan. My mate Harjit from Turbans and Trust explained to me that Sikhism is all for respecting other religions, so it makes sense that they would welcome Monga Khan as a Muslim.

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What is your creative process like? Is this different when it’s something personal vs. a movie etc commissioned by a client?

I find it very satisfying to work for clients because it’s an escape. I can forget about my own concerns and enter into the mind of someone else and tell their story. Each time I work for a client it renews my enthusiasm for my own work.

full set of 7 AUSSIE posters by Peter Drew Arts, pasted on a white wall with the road showing in the foreground, with yellow dashed painted markings

Photo portrait of Peter Drew by Rebecca Mansell

Photograph of Peter Drew by Rebecca Mansell (Perth 2105)

Peter Drew was born in 1983 in Adelaide. He holds a Masters Degree from the Glasgow School of Art. His artworks have been exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, though his most prominent work is installed on city streets.
“I like to exhibit my art on the street because public space is a great equaliser, and it’s also an ancient forum. When you address the public through the street you’re entering into a tradition that emphasises our fundamental freedom of expression, over the value of property… I enjoy examining our collective identities and my aim is always to emphasize the connections that bind up, rather than the fractures that divide us.
Peter produces videos for people in creative industries. He especially enjoys working with smaller companies, independent makers or anyone who loves their work. He’s based in Adelaide but can work anywhere in Australia. Click this to email Peter about your project. Or click this to see Peter’s website.
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Peter: Thanks for visiting to tell us about your art & message of identity and connection!
(Hey, random thought: Install posters at Pokemon stops!)

Bold Soul: I hope you enjoyed meeting Peter Drew. It’s inspiring when people of all walks speak up in ways that they can!

Talk soon!
Meg x o

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PS 2017 Bold Art Calendars have already started going to good homes! Get yours early – particularly if you’ve already started stapling your January 2017 appointments onto the back of your December 2016 page! Click this to check out the new cover art.

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Bold Living 52: Ray Bradbury on Being Yourself

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Since putting together the 2017 Bold Art Calendars, I have a marvellous new resource… a collection of quotes that I absolutely love, which for one reason or another didn’t make it into the calendars. Here’s one of them, overlaid onto a double exposure put together with joy on my phone!

Talk soon! Love Meg x o

 

 

PS To get a real postcard invitation to my upcoming Happy To Be Here exhibition at Goolwa, South Australia, send me your mailing address in whichever way is easiest for you … You could: join my eNews list, and add your address to your details on there. Or, use the Contact page and email me that way. Or, message me on Facebook with your postal address.

PS2 Another wonderful Bold Interview coming up this week. Stay tuned!

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Bold Interview 12: Anna Small

Dear Kindred Spirit, I have been fangirling over admiring Anna Small’s work for years. Sturdy metal-ly, twirly artistic beauty – and up-close-in-person, the textures are luscious! I’m delighted that Anna has agreed to share some of her backstory in this Bold Interview. Enjoy! M x o

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Regarding your training as a jeweller … How did your education in a relatively tiny art from evolve into your present architectural-scaled decorative pieces?

The art school I went was very focused on conceptual development. So we were given a concept to explore and then taught a technique to utilize to express or explore that concept. We then learnt the technique while processing a thought really.

I from the start made more small sculptural pieces or hand cut little scenes out of the metal. Kind of a drawing in metal.

I was part of the Rundle St Markets when they used to shut the street on a Sunday and sell my little metal pictures with rustic frames. People kept requesting that i make really big ones to go on their walls so that was how getting bigger started. I couldn’t hand cut the bigger ones so explored how I could get my designs cut bigger which led to the laser cutting.

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Your sculptures are an intriguing mix of nature-inspired feminine swirls and hard, laser cut, weather-proof metal forms. How did you think to put those 2 elements together? Do you think this is paralleled in the fact that you create with your husband as “A Small Art Factory”?

I am not sure how I have ended up here. Maybe because drawing was my initial art form so I am converting drawings into sculptures.

Sometimes I look back and I can see the incremental steps that have evolved my art practice. I didn’t ever think intentionally this is where i was heading.

Definitely there is more I do because I have Warren’s building skills to apply to ideas. It is a bonus that we have each other to brainstorm ideas and get immediate feedback. We both think differently design wise so can open each other’s mind to an alternate idea or way of approaching an idea.

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Have you done commissioned works for people with their chosen motifs, or on specific topics for exhibitions? What have been some of your favourites, ‘specially ones that you wouldn’t have tried if you hadn’t had the request?

Yes I have. I definitely prefer it if they are happy for me to design in my style. There was one that someone commissioned to go on their cafe wall in Robe. When he didn’t go ahead with the cafe I still went ahead and made the design. It has been one of my best selling big sculptures, the ‘Sprout’ Tree.

Another person asked me to make a security screen for her window in my style. I have made variations on this design and it’s also a popular one, ‘The Flower Landscape’.

cut metal flower landscape by Anna Small

What is your creative process like? How does a piece develop from sketch to final metal sculpture?

Warren and I do our own sketches, I scan the picture into my computer then work on the sketch a bit more in Photoshop to get the lines clear. Then I use Illustrator (computer software) to trace over the design to get a CAD drawing that is linear and made up of lines and arcs joined how as laser machine would like to read it.

I email the CAD file to a local company with an industrial size laser cutting machine. They call me when it is cut and I pick it up. The format is a flat cut out in raw metal.

Then I take it to our shed where we both bend and shape with locking pliers, hammer and and old chisel to bang out. Warren does all of the welding and building of any sculpture bases from wood. I do any hand cut copper pieces on a jewellery desk (with a jewellery saw) that we rivet on to the bigger sculpture.

We use a mild acid that i make up that is water based to get a rust patina on the metal or a blue green patina on copper.

Fleur de la Mar by Anna Small A Small Art Factory

 

What has been the best experience you’ve ever had involving your artwork?

I really enjoyed winning the SALA OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Prize and being given the opportunity to work on a larger copper sculpture.

Mostly I love the whole experience as an ongoing thing. I love being able to be creative and make a living from it. I was in hospitality for many years while studying and this kind of became my career by default. I always still dabbled in art having one exhibition every year.

My confidence as an artist has grown over the the last ten years. I had a bit of a crisis in my life about 10 years ago and this was the catalyst for me to stop wasting my life and start believing in myself or just doing what I wanted.

Anna Small,'Sprout' , 175 x 120cm $1650

Bonus Question: How do you feel about art classes/degrees in general?

I can only really answer this in reference to myself personally. It is different for each of us and some people maybe don’t need art school.

I wouldn’t be who or where I am now if I hadn’t gone to art school. The skills I have are techniques that I have learnt there or have built on from my grounding and art training.  My greatest teacher was Don Ellis who taught me not only jewellery techniques but also design and conceptual thinking. I am so grateful for my time at art school it shaped a lot of who I am now.

Anna Small in studio_315

A Small Art Factory – Metal art to warm the heart of your garden and home. 

Made with love, grunt and sweat by the partnership of Anna Small & Warren Pickering.

Find them online here:

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If you’ve enjoyed this story of creativity with Anna and Warren & their gorgeous metal sculptures, click through and visit them online – say Tangerine Meg sent you!
Love Meg x o

PS You can check out all the Bold Interviews here :)

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Happy to Be Here Project: Progress Report 3

a photo of a person in blue jeans walking across ashphalt, overlaid with a graphic of a black-outlined orange cat, overlaid with chunky type saying "Happy To Be Here Project: Progress Report 3"

I’m close to finishing my artwork ready for my art exhibition in September! Along with 3 rooms and a couple of lobbies lined with my art, in the installation room at the venue we’ll be screening a movie/slide show with photos from readers around the world. I’m calling it the Happy To Be Here Project. Bold souls from near and far have gotten involved, and bold souls who visit the exhibition can see what other kindred spirits are seeing and doing.

Project submissions are now closed!

And this happened:

In other news, that affects everything: if you follow me on instagram or facebook, you might have seen that dear OrangeCat made his rainbow journey last week leaving a big fluffy gap. And I also made a short blog post here. Playing with iPhone double exposures helped as I worked through the grief.

Here are the last batch of entries into the Happy To Be Here Project

A Summer sandals wearing photo at some mulched ground from Tricia O’Donovan. Nice fabric! Click the picture to read about Tricia’s eco housing business: Living Not Beige.

Person wearing a pink spotty dress and blue sandals standing on a paving stove near some brown mulched earth

The definition of relaxed and serene: fishing off a boat with the sun and white fluffy clouds behind you. Thanks Gill and Stephan.

silhouetted fisherman on boat with cloudy sky behind

My kind of pass time! Love the feet, the fab poultry and the pretty pansies. Thanks Carroll from Vermont!

propped up feet keeping company with ducks geese chickens

Maddie and Josephine. Mamma, baby and wonderful quilt…

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Claire Byrt’s photo of trees at sunrise… “Happy To Be Here”
Click the pic to learn more about Claire’s heart centred business, Project Work Life.

Trees at Sunrise, Fleurieu PeninsulaClaire Byrt also sent in this ‘everyday delightful moments’ pic of her boys.

boys by a blackboard

Love this! Claire Smith from Salt Yoga #fearless #happytobehereproject #tangerinemeg #innerfirelumimaries #myinnerfire Click the pic to learn more about Salt Yoga.

ClaireSmith_SaltYoga_630Philippa and Alastair … lovely and cosy. Click the pic to check out my second Bold Interview which was with Philippa. Thanks for playing – the interview and this project – Philippa!

Philippa and Alastair_630Thanks, Adrian and Robert, for cleaning out the septic! Someone’s gotta do it!

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Naomi Benoist captured this amazing spot in Canada with a turtle shell like rock marking – while wearing pink shoelaces! Thanks, Naomi!

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Kelly Wilk Ricard recorded this moment with her juicy reading material and colours!

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Tom Pilarski has snuck his feet into his shot of this orange rind happy dude.

Orange peel Dude

Luciana made her own HappyToBeHere lettering and Nya lay upon it. They’re from Rosario, Argentina. Loving the stripes and sweet cat.

Luciana and Nya, in Rosari, Argentina

Making a grey day so colourful and happy in France! Thanks, Helen!

bright slippers on bright fabrics with poem overlaid

Syd keeping things colourful during a short hospital stay!

blue pants and orange socks make a hospital stay more colourful

And that’s it!

I’m loving this not-so-little collection! Are you, like me, enjoying the sense both of the participants places, and our connectedness around the world! It’s good.
Click this to see the first batch. Second batch here. You’re reading the 3rd and final installment!

Entries are now closed!

Feel free to share this blog post along via social media or what have you … the more the merrier! If you’re on my mailing list (get on it here) and want a postcard invitation to my “Happy To Be Here Exhibition” in the Real Mail, add your postal address and I’ll send one your way when they’re printed :)

Leave a comment below or email me via this page if you’ve other questions!

Have a great week!
Love Meg x o

 

PS The 2017 Bold Art Calendars are now back from the printers. They are delightful: colourful, shiny, happy! Click this to check out the covers and order yours!

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