Monday, November 26, 2012
At Eveleigh Market I met a fellow cardboard afficionado... A customer showed me the cardboard handbag she'd bought from him, so I went to the other end of the market shed to check it out.
"I work with cardboard too!" We both started waxing lyrical... "I love it! It's simple but elegant... It's raw... It's abundant... I love the 'fluting' inside... yeah, the corrugations, I love the edges too!" Well, something like that...
His name is Jeff McCann... he's from Wagga Wagga but was having an artist's residence at Gaffa Gallery in the Sydney CBD.
One of Jeff McCann's paintings on cardboard - image via Between the Sheets of Cardboard
Jeff makes cardboard handbags/satchels, they're folded into a delicious pillowy shape, with brown paper tabs along the sides. He says he likes cutting up the big brands and featuring bits of text and colour. I do that too in my collages. Sometimes he does that, other times he decorates with original drawings. My friend Kirsten bought one with a gorgeous Fox on the front.
Find out more about Jeff's work here at The Cardigan Threads Collective.
Jeff was sharing a stall with Nina Baker, from The Side Project. Nina's work is awesome! It's edgy and beautiful. Some of Nina's jewellery designs feature thin strips of metal collected from the street - they've fallen out of street sweeping machine brushes.
I snapped one up at a previous market! It's got two strips of metal, some bright yellow teardrop beads and a tiny pearl, on silk thread.
I also love The Side Project's brooches - photos printed onto aluminium sheet - quirky images like burlesque beauties from a bygone era, Australian scenes - street signs, suburban homes. More images here at sideprojectcollective.com
This one's mine all mine. Ain't she beautiful?!
Mind you, this is just the "side project"- more on Nina's jewellery here
That is one of the great things about doing markets - meeting other like-minded people who love to create.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Love this work by Bronwyn Berman, so really must try to get to this curated group exhibition at Incinerator Art Space - 2 Small St, Willoughby. It's on until 4 March 2012.
"Paper Now comprises thirty works by eleven Australian artists who share a common approach to their current practice through the use of paper as the primary medium... They cut, fold, stitch, etch, stamp, trace, draw and paint on and with paper highlighting the sensuality and fragility of this extraordinarily versatile substance."
Cardboard (and paper) is so versatile! There are so many interesting projects out there.
Here's a promotional campaign for the Laforet Grand Bazaar, in Harajuku, Tokyo:
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Guerilla knitting hit Sydney a few years ago, and it still brings a smile to my face. The other day, I discovered some delightfully quirky guerilla crochet close to home, when I went out for an afternoon walk.
A lovely vine creeping around a wooden pole, with a mixed bunch of crocheted flowers and leaves. Love it!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Walking past a painted mural on a corrugated iron fence in Newtown, the deteriorating paint caught my eye. It was split, cracked and bubbled, with rust? Straight away, it reminded me of natural decay.
Then as I looked closer (with my camera), I began to see beautiful colours and textures, which again reminded me of nature...
...leaf veins... sun-baked mud...
...coral reefs... viewed from the air...
I got caught up for a moment in this hidden world.