Thursday, 16 February 2017

Detached Objects: live footage at CFAT



Detached Objects was a light art animation that was projected upon sheer fabric into a courtyard space on a snowy Thursday in February 2017. This footage captures the mood evoked using 3 projectors and combining the imagery of the Detached Objects files. The project was compiled using Isadora.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Detached Objects at CFAT


Detached Objects is an investigation into stone and its human-lithic relationship with the development of the human mind. 


Heavy physical ceramic objects that resemble stones or asteroids were animated, distorting our perceptions on their size, scale, and weight. The title refers to comets that inhabit the distant regions of the Solar System, and it is theorised by scientists that the impact upon the Earth of one or more of these objects may have been the catalyst for life as we know it.


The screening of the five scholars work: Jeighk Koyote (Mentor: Sam Decoste),Tamar Dina (Mentor: Becka Barker), Todd Fraser (Mentor: Lukas Pearse), Ryan Josey (Mentor: James MacSwain) and myself, Kate Ward (Mentor: Susan Tooke) took place on a snowy stormy night last Thursday. A big thank you to all who braved the conditions to attend.


My work was screened from 3 projectors which projected Detached Objects simultaneously onto sheer fabric in the central courtyard space. The snow enhanced the effect, dancing in the projected light, and shimmering on the fabric. Each of the detached objects had a sonic audio personality which appeared as each of the objects appeared in the dark. 

For more images of the event visit the CFAT Facebook page.

A big thank you to CFAT for such an amazing experience. I really enjoyed my time , and the experience of the scholarship surpassed my expectations. I learnt so much and met so many wonderful and talented people - it truly has been the most marvellous experience! 

I was super impressed by everyone's project - I thought they looked incredibly professional which demonstrates the wonderful knowledge that has been shared with us through the workshops and mentors. Being paired with an amazing mentor (Susan Tooke) is such a great experience and I couldn't have achieved what I did without her support. Lukas Pearse was also incredibly helpful offering his time so that I could catch up on the missed sound workshop and he also shared his passion and knowledge for Isadora with me - its definitely a program I would like to learn in more depth once the dust settles!

Id also like to say a SUPER big thank you to CFAT staff Tori, Tom and Sally for all their amazing help with the lead up to last night's exhibition. It takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication to have such a successful show. 

xxx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Art Jewellery Today 4


Im delighted to share with you the publication that has recently been published that features a 3 page spread of my work, Art Jewellery Today 4.

Compiled and edited by Sandra Korinchak, editor and writer who has over twenty years of experience in the subject areas of art, crafts, and jewellery, the book features delicious large colour images of the works, and an artist statement for each artist.

Featuring 72 hand picked artists from across the globe, the hardbound book is a lovely collection of works by contemporary jewellery artists.


Im delighted that I was selected to be part of such an amazing publication. 



This is a sneak peak of one of the pages in the book. 







Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Out of the Centre - CFAT Scholarship Screening



Join me and the rest of the CFAT Media Arts Scholarship gang at the screening of our works on Thursday 9 February 2017. The evening commences at 7pm.

I was awarded the scholarship in August of last year and have been participating in a series of workshops where we have been taught digital editing. As part of the mentorship, each of the scholars is paired with a mentor. I have been very lucky to be working with Susan Tooke, a prominent painter and media artist (and all round lovely person). 

The digital work I have been creating is a continuation of my MFA thesis work, where I was exploring the physical relationship between stone and human memory. In the CFAT scholarship I continue this in a metaphysical realm where the objects, when devoid of their physical presence, become weightless and float in space.

Detached objects is a philosophical investigation about stone and its human-lithic relationship with the development of the human mind. Heavy physical ceramic objects that resemble stones or asteroids have been animated, distorting our perceptions on their size, scale, and weight. The title is a play upon the meaning that is associated with comets that inhabit the distant region of the Solar System, and it is theorised by scientists that the impact upon the Earth of one or more of these objects may have been the catalyst for life as we know it.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Design and Print Your Own Tea Towel weekend workshop

I will be teaching a number of textile workshops at the NSCCD (Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design) during the winter semester 2017. 

Orange Fox by Willa

The second workshop I will be teaching is Design and Print Your Own Tea Towel. During this short weekend course we learn how to design and create simple stencils and explore shapes, colours, and layering working with opaque and transparent print paste. 

Experiments with overlaying coloured printing inks

We practice on cotton fabric and course participants will be provided with cotton and linen tea towels to print their final design.

It is fabulous to watch simple designs transform and become beautiful patterns on fabric.

Fun things happen when blending ink in a single stencil

The fabulous thing about this course is that all the techniques you learn during the two days are easily transferable and you can take this knowledge home and start printing on your kitchen table (if you so desire!)

COURSE DATE(S) 
Jan 28, 2017 to Jan 29, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
6 hours/2 days
Class size: 6 (no experience necessary)
REGISTRATION CLOSES 
Jan 23, 2017
COSTS 
$60 + materials fee $50 payable to the instructor on first day of class



Call Alexis, the NSCCD Studio Coordinator, at 902-492-2524. If you're leaving a message, please make sure to - Leave your Name, Number, and the Class you want to sign up for. If you're in a hurry, you can also call Becky, the NSCCD Administrative Coordinator at 902-492-2522.





Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Simply Irresistible Dye Techniques at NSCCD

I will be teaching a number of textile workshops at the NSCCD (Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design) during the winter semester 2017. 

The first workshop I will be teaching is Simply Irresistible Dye Techniques. During the course we explore a variety of resist dye techniques. Methods include the Japanese art of shibori (stitching, wrapping and knotting fabric) using indigo. 

Shibori with indigo

We also create a book of samples (cotton, silk and wool) experimenting with natural dyes such as madder (beautiful turkish reds), cochineal (red from a beetle), log wood (purple), yellow from turmeric and weld. We over dye the fabrics to achieve further colours (greens, browns, orange) and also add different mordants to achieve different colours (beautiful greys).

Different colours of madder in the dye pot
(cotton, silk and wool)

We also play with alternative dye methods such as rust to create fascinating patterns.

Fascinating patterns dying with iron (rust)

And we create three dimensional fabrics using thermoplastic techniques which utilise heat to alter the fabric, and melt-off which removes metal from metal fabric coated materials. 

Sea Rhapsody
Three dimensional fabrics using melt-off and thermoplastic
techniques

Other resist techniques explored in the class include painting directly onto the fabric to create hand drawn designs. 
Hand drawn resist onto cotton dyed with indigo.

This class is simply irresistible with all techniques that are demonstrated and lots of fun. The great thing about the course is that all these techniques can be easily done at home and along with learning new techniques and you can also put your new knowledge towards creating a final project within the class.

Apron made with shibori indigo techniques


Registration closes January 16. 

Call Alexis, the NSCCD Studio Coordinator, at 902-492-2524. If you're leaving a message, please make sure to - Leave your Name, Number, and the Class you want to sign up for. If you're in a hurry, you can also call Becky, the NSCCD Administrative Coordinator at 902-492-2522.


Simply Irresistible Dye Techniques
Mondays, January 23 – February 27 
6:30-9:30 (18 hours/6 weeks)
$185 + materials fee $50 payable to the instructor on first day of class
Class Size: 6 (no experience necessary)



Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter Craft Courses at NSCCD


I will be teaching a number of classes at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design as part of their Winter 2017 program. 

Irresistible Dye Techniques
Image of dyed fabric by Sarah 

Simply Irresistible Dye Techniques
Mondays, January 23 – February 27 
6:30-9:30 (18 hours/6 weeks)
$185 + materials fee $50 payable to the instructor on first day of class
Class Size: 6 (no experience necessary)

Registration Closes January 16

Simply Irresistible covers a variety of resist dye techniques including the Japanese art of shibori (stitching, wrapping, and knotting), and ombré gradient methods using indigo. We will create silk wool and cotton samples using natural dyes and experiment with alternative dye methods such as rust. Thermo-treated techniques to create three dimensional works through the use of heat are demonstrated. 

Prints Charming Screen Printing
Image of screen print by Willa

Prints Charming
Saturdays, February 11 – March 4
1:00-4:00 (12 hours/4 weeks)
$125 + materials fee $50 payable to the instructor on first day of class
Class Size: 6 (no experience necessary)

Registration Closes February 6

Design and print your own fabrics! In this course we will use screenprinting, block printing and various resist methods. This course will encourage artistic exploration of ideas using basic colour theory to mix your own colours and experiment with transparent and opaque print pastes. The skills developed in this course can be applied in the studio or on the kitchen table. 

Design and Print your own tea towel
image of block print by Natasha


Design and Print Your Own Tea Towel 
Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29
1:00-4:00 (6 hours/2 days)
$60 + materials fee $50 payable to the instructor on first day of class
Class Size: 6 (no experience necessary)

Registration Closes January 23

NEW! In this two-day course students will explore shapes, colours, and layering using simple stencils to create their own personalized tea towels. 

Furoshiki wrapping cloth
Image of design by Kate 


Furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth)
Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2 
1:00-4:00 (6 hours/2 days)
$60 + materials fee $50 payable to the instructor on first day of class
Class Size: 6 (no experience necessary)

Registration Closes March 27

Students can make their own reusable and recyclable Japanese wrapping cloths, both beautiful and functional used for a lunch bag, ecowrapping technique, or clothing garment. Students will experiment with different resist dying techniques using indigo dye on silk and cotton fabric. 

Zen Stitching
Image of design by Ingeborg


Zen Stitching: Embroidery as Textile Art
Sundays, February 26 and March 5 
1:00-4:00 (6 hours/2 days)
$60 + materials fee $30 payable to the instructor on first day of class
Class Size: 6 (no experience necessary)

Registration Closes February 19

NEW!  Embroidery can be a traditional, sustainable, a simple repetitive act, allowing time for reflection and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice. In this two-day course students will explore ways in which to slow down by using simple techniques, reusing and re-inventing materials and limiting equipment. Take the time to think about the practical and decorative techniques of mending.

To enrol in any of these courses, call Alexis, the Studio Coordinator, at 902-492-2524

Or register in person! Come see us at 1061 (Mary E Black Gallery) or 1096 (The Studios) Marginal Rd.


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