Four( Three now!) Days to go!

With only four three days until Open Studios,http://openstudios.org, things are pretty frantic at my place. I have, however, been adding more ticks on the to do list which is always an achievement. Was hoping the weather would hold out for us but it is not looking promising. Another rearrange in the studio then, to fit everything in.
You should’ve all started working out your itinerary by now. There is so much to see, you don’t want to waste any time!

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I have been finishing off lots of pebbles this week- painted and crocheted.

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See you on the weekend,
Tiff x

Tick Tock

Why is it when you are at your busiest you get your best ideas? With only just over a week to go before the Open Studios weekend, and lists dotted all over the place, I keep getting great ideas for new products-more temporary tattoos, linocuts, purses! You never know, a few things might make the deadline. This week I will be starting to sort my little space out at Jacquis place.

Last week was the opening night of the Balance Exhibition at Burrinja. The work in the exhibition is so diverse and I will have to go back to have a closer look! I especially liked the fine art mosaic works of Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan, the delicate clay work of Glenn England and Jacqui Christians ink painting.  If you didn’t make it, it is definitely worth a look, it’s on until the 18th of May. It also makes a great starting point, to check out your favourite artists and grab a coffee before your tour of the studios.

 

Open Studios

Only  three weeks until Open Studios!! Hope you have all put it in your diaries.

For a single weekend this autumn, you are invited to experience the world that unfolds within the working studios of artists in the charming Dandenong Ranges.

We have created a lovely short film about the event that you can watch here and the Open Studios website will give you all the information you need to plan your trip to the Dandenong Ranges on the 3 and 4 May. You can also download your guidebook here.

Today I am delivering my contribution to the Balance exhibition to Burrinja. Opening night 17 April, 7pm.

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I have lots of new stuff I am dying to show you on Open Studios weekend. As well as plenty of cards and prints of my work, I have been working on some temporary tattoos. So now you can wear a little of my artwork around with you , for a few days anyway!

I am also really excited about a collaboration I have been working on with a dear friend of mine, Amy.  This well be a collection of resin rings with some of my stitched paper or miniature doilies embedded in. No pics of those, yet. You will have to come and see them on May 3 or 4!

Next weekend, Easter weekend, I have two pieces in the Sandy Point Art Show. Cards of these will be available at Open Studios too.

Enjoy this rainy weather!

Tiff x

Artists I Love- Lyndie Dourthe

Parisienne artist, Lydie Dourthe, creates artworks that combine the beautiful with the macabre. Made from paper and fabric, each piece is meticulously hand made. Looking through the images of her paper flowers, is like discovering enchanting vintage treasures. Her other work is a mix of science, nature and anatomy and reminds me a little of voodoo magic. Many of her pieces are displayed under glass domes or framed in box-frames adding to the scientific or laboratory feel of the work.

Images © Lyndie Dourthe

PS.   I know it’s early, but its time to put the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios weekend in your diary. This year it’s on the 3rd an 4th of May. I had such a great time let year. It was really nice to connect with so many people both local and visiting. I am really looking forward to it!

Tiff x

Artists I Love- Mister Finch

Wow! This man is amazing!

I have been following his work for some time now and thought it was about time I shared him with you.

He creates amazing, magical , larger than life fabric sculptures, sewn from recycled materials. Dusty or faded fabrics full of stories and charm are reborn as birds, insects or flowers. There is something a bit fairytale about this man. Maybe because he is a man that sews, maybe because he lives in Yorkshire. I think I imagine him, somewhat hermit-like, at his sewing machine, stitching stories in his magical fairytale world. Giant moths with frayed wings flapping overhead, enormous spiders silently sitting on the wall and faded tapestry bunny asleep on his lap.

Happy 2014!

Tiff xx

Exhibitions, Festivals and Markets

Well it has been a busy couple of weeks! Exhibitions, markets, Festivals and a new job! Yesterday was the much anticipated End Of The Line Festival in Belgrave.

I was involved in an exhibition with two lovely friends, Adriana Alvarez and Jacqui Christians, downstairs at Grunge Cafe and I also set up a market stall in the artists market. I had a great day meeting and talking to so many interesting people. And the weather was so kind! Don’t worry if you missed the exhibition,it’s moving to Burrinja Cafe in Upwey on December 6 so go have a look there.

Here is a few pics of my work from the exhibition. Each work is painted and then hand-stitched.

…and a few of the whole exhibition,

…and some from the End of The Line Festival

No time to rest, though. Have to prepare for Kallista Market on Saturday and Belgrave Big Dreams Market on Sunday!

Enjoy your week!

Tiff x

Artists I love- Heraa Khan

Well, its school holidays here, I’m home, and have a long list of things to do but I can’t seem to get in that creative head space. Instead I have been drooling over other peoples work, like Heraa Khan. Heraa is from Pakistan. Most of her works are miniature and portray a lavish and sometimes lonely lifestyle. Flowers, chandeliers, and smiling ladies, I love them all! She also makes everything she needs. I would love to do that! She makes it sound so romantic maybe the reality isn’t so!

Here’s what she says

“I have been trained as a Mughal and Persian miniature painter. My work involves transforming the old technique driven art form into a more personal and contemporary form of art. My work process includes making my own paints, my own paper (wasli) and making my own paint brushes from squirrel hair. I make lots of colors and store my paint in little sea shells.”

Have a good week!

Tiff xx