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Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.


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Material Things

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©Libby Schrieber Apple Picking Saints, silk cut linoleum print

There's a little number that's been tucked away at the back of my wardrobe for what seems like a life time.  I remember wearing that cheeky llittle hot pink shirt to a significant dinner with a significant other.  That collection of cotton fabric, buttons and thread, assembled into a garment, has always reminded me of that moment. I haven't worn it for years but I simply can't part with it or the memory it evokes.

So no surprise that when the invite to this exhibition came across my desk, I felt compelled to go. Material Things began with Libby Schrieber's idea that clothing can tell stories. The more she thought about it, the more possibilities presented themselves.

"There's a whole world of stories and history and gender issues in what we wear."

So she gathered together three like minded print makers to add their own interpretations to her original idea. What has resulted, is a fine printmaking exhibition "exploring the use of fabric in our society".

"Libby is inspired by portraits of royalty and religious figures from the past as well as present day characters." from an email  8/10/12, M. Burton

Libby GardenAngel copy

©Libby Schrieber Garden Angel,  silk cut linoleum print

Mirranda Burton has been prominent on Isiiad's radar in the last week or so. On Wednesday 3rd of October she was the Red Chair presenter.  In addition to her  printmaking skills, she's also an accomplished animator.  So it was pretty special to see footage of that side of her work at the Red Chair.  

Given that Mirranda is presently an artist in residence at Dunmoochin, she's been revelling in having 24 hour access to Clifton Pugh's printing press.  All of the work she exhibited in Material Things was produced on that press.

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©Mirranda Burton Material Girl, silk cut linoleum print

"Inspired by her experience of moving from the city to the bush. Mirranda Burton creates playful dialogues between the material and natural world." from an email 8/10/12, M. Burton

M Burton cotton fields

©Mirranda Burton Cotton Field, silk cut linoleum print

Kylie Shear Magic

©Kylie Sirett Shear Magic, silk cut linoleum print 

"Kylie’s intimate still life prints explore sewing implements, fashion accessories and furnishings from a bygone era." from an email 8/10/12, M. Burton

Kylie LookingIn

 ©Kylie Sirett Looking In, silk cut linoleum print

Maria Catherine copy

©Maria Barbaro Catherine, silk cut linoleum print

"Maria’s fluid lines echo the romantic elegance of beautiful gowns in fine silks and delicate textures." from an email 8/10/12, M. Burton

Maria TheBodice

©Maria Barbaro  The Bodice, silk cut linoleum print

The Material Girls

The four 'material girls',  clockwise left to right, Kylie Sirett, Mirranda Burton, Libby Schreiber, Maria Barbaro.

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to 'Meet the Artists',  Eltham Library Gallery, Sunday, October 21st, 2:30pm-4pm (Please note change of time from 1-3pm as previously advertised.)

Material Things  4th - 29th October 2012.  Eltham Library Community Gallery, Panther Place, Eltham.

 

 

Parent Category: Arts

Steampunk

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You could be excused for thinking these pics were taken on the set of a movie about the life and times of Jules Verne. In fact they were taken at an event called Steampump at the Meat Market  on 11th of August this year. The event celebrated the Steampunk movement.  

Members of the community here in the Yarra Valley introduced me to the delights of Steampunk. In particular, Amanda Gibson who is just as much at home in a blacksmith's forge as she is on a catwalk.  You may remember that she's the manager of the Tree Project.  She's been modelling for the Clockwork Butterfly for some time.  Clockwork Butterfly put on an unforgetable fashion parade at Steampump. Designer Alexandra Chambers is responsible for the costumes.

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I'm always astounded by the way that once I discover something...more information appears, as if by magic, in other places.  While at the Wattle Festival in August, I spotted a wonderful window display at Oku Den, that was also celebrating Steampunk.  Oku Den have been making and selling Steampunk forever.  Incidentally if you're looking for Oku Den, be aware that they have moved to the main drag of Hurstbridge.

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In addition to the Clockwork Butterfly parade, Steampump included displays of wild and wacky objects, glassblowing, an old style card game and a very tasteful striptease. It was an alcohol free event.

So strap yourself into your time machine and sit back to enjoy this pictorial record of the night at the Meat Market. Incidentally, photographs are all courtesy of and ©Kerry Cross.

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If these pics have you wishing that you could join an event like this, you might be interested in attending Steam being held at the 100th Goldsmith Steam Rally near Beaufort in regional Victoria on November 3rd and 4th 2012.  Clockwork Butterfly will be appearing once again.

Parent Category: Arts

Fu Hong - a Retrospective Exhibition

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FU Hong Window I, oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm. (Photograph courtesy of the artist)

The above painting is one of many being exhibited in the Barn at Montsalvat, in a restrospective for the artist Fu Hong.  Standing in front of it, I was drawn into the oh so subtle use of colour and the impeccable composition. The three dimensional quality of the figure, in a pose that had me imagine she was contemplating a pirouette, was mesmerising.  I later wondered if Fu Hong's year as artistic designer at the Central Folk and Dance Troupe of China (1974 - 1975) was partly at work here.  In the composition, I recognized the window straight away -  the attic at Montsalvat, my first clue to the home of the artist. Further evidence, a second painting in Fu Hong's window series, where the window looked very like those in the Great Hall.  Then a portrait of Matcham Skipper clinched the deal. Research confirms that Fu Hong lives in Eltham.

I've been posting on Isiiad for just over two years now, but I  still get a little buzz when I discover another accomplished local artist.

His accomplishments are impressive, most notably, finalist in the 2008 Archibald with a portrait of Dr Joseph Brown and in 2009 with a memorable portrait of Dame Elizabeth Murdoch. In 2002 he won the prestigious Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

Scroll down to see three more works from the exhibition.

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FU Hong My Heart, oil on canvas, 165 x 155cm.  (Photograph courtesy of the artist)

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FU Hong Morning News, oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm.  (Photograph courtesy of the artist)

The self portrait below, let's me know something of the intensity of the artist.  His preparedness to push out the boundaries of his work is also evident here. It's a big bold rivetting work that demands attention.

Fu Hong self portrait 183 x 183cm oil on canvas

FU Hong Self Portraitoil on canvas, 183 x 183cm  (Photograph courtesy of the artist)

Fu Hong's retrospective was curated by Naretha Williams,  Arts Manager Montsalvat.

The exhibition closes on October 28th.

 

  

Parent Category: Arts

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