Have heard that my latest ongoing sculpture has been accepted into the Melbourne Flower and Garden Sculpture Exhibition in March, but as it is a work in progress currently it is a mad panic to actually complete it. Will have to post photos in a few weeks when hopefully it will be ready.
Meanwhile, my photographer has given me the most gorgeous detail shots of Equinox, my coiled wall sculpture that I uploaded some time ago. The colours look mouthwatering. This piece has just gone to the gallery to be a part of their 3D exhibition in March.
It was inspired by the Spring Equinox.
Had some time over the weekend to continue with the bikini girl. The hair is taking some time as I am giving her all those lovely curls. Edging curls will be left so that the background colour can show through, hopefully giving the impression of a slight breeze..
Slowly moving along with the next beach girl. Have started with her hair, following the coils and using a little smattering of white gold which, along with the pearlescent seashell coloured glass is looking really pretty. I have used tiny white irridesscent glass gems to begin each curl. The work is being done on fibre glass mesh as I haven’t decided just how big the panel will be.
Feels good to be back to blogging, not much happening though apart from the mammoth study workload, but I have managed to take quite a few walks along the beach. Noticed that this year there are a lot of bums on show. So I have been sketching.
Meanwhile, I have been painstakingly going through my many, many Bizazza sample folders and noticing a hell of a lot of shell type colours. I feel a mosaic coming on. What do you think?
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