Have been a bit slack with the blog posts of late. This degree is getting in the way of everything right now. However, we did get the Rainbow Serpent mosaic installed on the Kinder wall and then the local paper popped over and did a publicity shot and story, which was super exciting for the children, especially as the photographer made it so much fun. Never work with children and animals so say movie gurus, but this all worked out pretty well.
Anyway, the 10 metre long snake is now shimmering on their outdoor brick wall. It was a barren spot before but now is a smack of colour in the neighbourhood and can be seen from the busy road. The teachers and parents have landscaped the area and put turf down so when everything goes the space will be completely transformed.
It is so nice when something that has been in the pipeline for so long is finished.
StarWeekly Dec 2014
This week I uploaded three of my detail images onto my retail site as they both seemed so suited for Christmas cards. However, whilst I was messing about with them I also loved the way they looked as other items. Am thinking of ordering some as throw pillows (cushion covers for my studio).
You can see the full range on http://www.redbubble.com/people/juleelatimer
What do you think?
Starry Nights Throw Pillow
Snowballs phone case
Red Gerbera lap top skin
On Monday I took delivery of around 70 hand made clay tiles. They had been completed as part of a fund raiser at the kindergarten where I have been completing a large Rainbow Serpent with over 50 four year olds.
The children and their families each made a tile for inclusion into the serpent, so my design had fifty circles left free for them. The rest will be part of a flower design that they teachers are going to do around the serpent.
The tiles turned out fab, some were incredibly inventive and some were done by past families and students. One had 1970 inscribed into it, so there is much history involved and I think they will really add something special to the mosaic. What do you think?
Now and again people send me photos of mosaics they started in my classes or pictures they too during my Open Studios. Yesterday, a friend who now lives overseas sent me this photo. I had forgotten all about it. I am holding her little boy Hugo, who is now four. The sculpture ‘Sit Your Art Down’ was my first large scale piece and was entered into the Tesellaar Sculpture Exhibition in 2011 where it sold almost immediately to a Council. I have not seen it since its installation outside a Residential Care Home. Was lovely to see it again.
It is carved from foam and layered in concrete and mesh. The mosaic is entirely glass with some mirror thrown in for sparkle and it was inspired by the drought Melbourne was going through at the time. It really seemed as if no one would ever be able to have flowers in their gardens again as watering was on a complete ban for so long. Glad to say that is no longer the case but I am passionate about mosaic art being able to provide that much needed and permanent colour.
SIT YOUR ART DOWN
work in progress
After recently finishing my Equinox sculpture where I attempted to capture the spirit of spring, I find I am becoming obsessed with snowstorms. As we head into summer here in Melbourne, I find that my thoughts are with family and friends who are heading into winter. Lots of beautiful white tesserae available in my stash are perfect for the idea that I have. Here is a sneak preview.
This week I started working with the four year old children at Seabrook Kinder. First group was the Seahorses. We are working on a Rainbow Serpent, which are a popular choice this year for school murals. Love doing them as you can combine so many different fun colours. I have worked out the colour scheme over the 11 panels, so that each child has a choice of at least 3 colours when they work with me.
These kids were so neat and tidy, there is barely any scraping left for me to do when I grout. We are using ceramic tiles which I have hand cut into little blocks.
What do you think?
pressing down those tiles
working on the background
So it is all exciting today, I just heard the Toyota who do fantastic exhibition have accepted Cosmic Hug into their annual Sculpture Exhibition. The show span three areas, the Atrium where all the big indoor works go, the gallery where the small works are the grounds where the exterior stuff is housed. I have been accepted to the grounds where I get to choose my spot. Only one piece allowed on the courtyard and i got it. Toyota run their exhibitions for four months and put on amazing launches which are always packed. Their buildings are incredibly contemporary and it is a fantastic place to exhibit and very hard to get into due to the overwhelming response from artists.
I am proud to say that this is my fourth acceptance in 8 years, 2 indoor, 2 outdoor. The theme is always picked after the curator decision is made so is always fun to see what binds the chosen sculptures together.
Cosmic Hug was inspired by ‘are we alone out there or gently watched over and protected?’ It is over a metre tall and is a glass mosaic over a hand formed substrate.
COSMIC HUG side view
This week has been all about my latest assignment, very broad in that you could explore anything about colour – what a fascinating world that is and something that I have studied and read about for many years. So I decided to work with colour wavelengths.
Do you know that red has the longest wavelength and because of this it will reach your retina faster than any other colour. Violet has the shortest and will appear further away. I needed to make a maquette to convey this, so I used kids craft paper to create lots of coils, along with plastic party cups and some straws. I pushed bamboo skewers in to a foam block in order to stand them up so I could get the general idea.
As I was working with many varieties of this, I realized how this was also reminding me of the noise levels of children’s parties, the excitement and the squeals. Here are my explorations. I should like to see this enormous on a gallery wall or ceiling, where people could sit or lie and ponder the various colours. How cool would it be if it also had LED lights within the installation that changed colour.
Ideally this would all be made from glass, what do you think?
Standing in front
Hello everyone, I have finally got a frame around the painting I did some time ago. This is my attempt at saving my wrists and thumbs as both are pretty painful of late, too much glass cutting. So I have reduced the amount of mosaic dramatically on this piece. It is just an experiment as I am not so interested in painting flowers, but that is what popped into my head when I decided to explore this technique.
Am liking the way it turned out though and will be starting some abstracts pretty soon. What do you think?
61cm x 61cm
24 x 24 inches
paint and glass
RED GERBERA detail
This week has been about the exhibitions. It is the final day for the Annual Sculpture Association’s exhibition in 120 Collins. A fabulously contemporary and huge foyer of a business corporation right in downtown Melbourne. I worked there yesterday afternoon with two other sculptors and I learned alot about their work in silver, wax and bronze. Also spoke for a long time with a couple of art lovers who suggested they would love to see tiny LED lights in the stamens of my flowers. An idea I loved and will definitely be researching in the future. Unfortunately Moonflower did not sell, but as one of my fave pieces I am quite looking forward to having her displayed in my hallway for a while.
Have also be installing the Big Heads at the Tesellaar Sculpture Exhibition where they will live for approx 6 weeks.
And on another note, I have been working on a birth chart of a friend of a friend, so on that note, I hope you are all feeling the creative vibes of that full Pisces Moon some days back, the Harvest Moon, last one before the fall equinox. All screwed up here as we are heading for the spring equinox. But hey….
Me with The Big Heads