The contents of my bag (number 30) for the WAFTA Altered States Challenge
Altered States was the title of the exhibition challenge set by WAFTA. Buying a bag full of “bits” was the entry point for the exhibition launched in April 2017. The bag contained: A magazine, a dress pattern, a synthetic and very stretchy cocktail dress, 2 lots of wool carpet yarn, sea-grass rope, a piece of cotton fabric, a piece of yellow embroidered and beaded sari, some Watsonia leaves (a noxious weed here in Western Australia), and some unwashed and smelly alpaca fleece (my dog was very interested in that!), We could also, if we wished, use the bag itself.
Making an artwork from said “bits” to be shown in an exhibition at the Perth Town Hall from 16-25 September 2017 was the challenge. There were only 2 rules: One – to use a little or a lot of everything in the bag, Two – the finished item must fit inside a cube 30x30x30cm (if flat, 30x30cm).
I made a necklace titled Artists Amulet. The statement for the piece read: “This necklace has affirmation beads which the wearer may use to alter a negative state of mind by drawing on their courage and inner resources to meet the challenges of creating and exhibiting work. The amulet bead protects against those individuals that contribute negative energy.”
Artists Amulet as displayed at Altered States Exhibition, Perth Town Hall, Sept 2017
Detail of the affirmation beads in Artists Amulet.
Detail of the amulet bead made for the Artists Amulet necklace.
Detail of some of the paper beads made for the Artists Amulet necklace.
I was invited to give a talk about the making of my piece, including how I felt when I first saw the contents of the bag. I’ll put the notes that I made for the talk in my next blog post.
Today both Robi Szalay and I set up our Artist in Residence spaces in the Shopfront Gallery, 149 Beaufort St, Northbridge. We were ably assisted by Gail Hawes (WAFTA AIR Coordinator) and Margaret Ford (a very willing friend). WAFTA have done a great job with the publicity – posters and postcards. Robi and I are both very excited at the prospect of 2 weeks to concentrate on our creative work and we look forward to visitors popping in to see what we’re up to and discussing our creations. The shopfront is open from 10-4 (weekdays only) from August 8 to 18th.
The brooch featured on the poster is prominently displayed in the shop window. Other finished items are displayed in the front half of “my” space and the other half dedicated to making. Margaret assures me that it looks like an atelier 🙂
Adam tagging electrical equipment prior to use.
Red Glove Brooch and Red Ripple Necklace by Liz Arnold on the shopfront mannequin.
WAFTA have issued a challenge to its members. To buy a bag full of “bits”, make an artwork from said “bits” and the resulting artwork will be shown in an exhibition at the Perth Town Hall from 16-25 September 2017
The contents of my bag was a very mixed lot – sort of cocktail dress meets rustic. Maybe a “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” theme would work!
We have to use some of everything in the bag (including the bag itself if we wish). The finished item may be 2D or 3D and it must fit within the confines of 30 x 30 x 30 cm. We cannot swap ingredients, nor can we leave anything out. We are allowed to add an armature and we are allowed to add thread so long as it doesn’t visually overpower the items in the bag. We can alter the items in the bag in any way – we can paint, dye, bleach, distress, weave, knit, crochet, felt, darn, unpick, unravel, slash, burn, screenprint, knot, net, glue and more.
Initial conservative thoughts are a vessel or bag. Second thoughts are for a burgundy, yellow-beaked, triple-humped camel-like animal wearing snow shoes and dressed to party…..
Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 13 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014
Not one, Not two, but three Jolly Gerbera Series drawings were sold recently by the Artisan Store of Fremantle. I’ve been on a high ever since 🙂
There are still some drawings available for purchase. Numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 are still for sale. I’ve just updated my Artwork Images to show all 18 of the Jolly Gerbera Series so you may like to check them out. They are for sale through the Artisan Store of Fremantle which specialises in high quality hand made art, jewellery and craft.
Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 07 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014
Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 04 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014
Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 01 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014
I’m EXCITED to have my work for sale in The Artisan Store Fremantle.
I have a glass cube and a glass shelf quite close to the window. Currently in the cube I have several hair barrettes and a bracelet made using Japanese seed beads. Also in the cube are 2 ceremonial bowls (made by recycling tea bags).
On the glass shelf I have a small easel with Jolly Gerbera #1 (of a series of 18 unique drawings) waiting for a new home. These are all framed by a professional framer here in Ellenbrook with a 20mm plain white frame so are ready to hang (ideal Christmas present for someone special). There is only room on the shelf for one at a time so if you see another one that you would like please contact The Artisan Store Fremantle. Once the one on display is sold they will put another one on the shelf. There are not many left now.
About the Jolly Gerbera Series
The Jolly Gerbera series was part of our MELD exhibition in 2014 and was very popular. My artist statement for the series was:
Gerberas. Jolly Gerberas. Their “essence” is vibrant, colourful, happy. Each one is a miniature natural mandala for meditation and contemplation with the power to transform my mood. These drawings attempt to preserve the “essence of Gerbera”. Pen drawing using archival pigmented ink on 185gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper. Coloured with archival pigmented acrylic inks. Sakura Pigma Micron black pen. Schmincke Aero colour Professional Finest Acrylic Ink and Art Spectrum Artists’ Pigmented Ink. Drawings were begun in March 2014 and series completed in July 2014. Each drawing 18cm square (30cm w x 30cm h including frame).
Keywords: flower, bright, circle, mandala, symmetry, gerbera, daisy, abstract, modern
Detail of a Jolly Gerbera drawing displayed at the Hidden Revealed Transformed (October 2014) Exhibition
Tonight at 7pm the members of MELD (myself, Margaret Ford, Louise Wells and Julie Devereux) will be giving a powerpoint presentation with informal discussion at WAFTA. We’ll talk about how the group formed, how we came to the decision to hold a group exhibition and how we went about making it happen. We learnt a lot, and had some fun along the way of course. The Hidden Revealed Transformed exhibition was a very positive experience for us and If you’ve ever thought about holding an exhibition with friends we might just persuade you that you can do it too! We will be displaying some work from the exhibition so it will be a chance to see those up close if you missed our exhibition and chat to us about those as well. The venue is Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Road, Menora (Perth, Western Australia). Visitors are welcome – there is a door fee. We hope to see you there.
The invitation card for Linda’s Exhibition.
Textile Artist Linda Stokes is exhibiting her work at the Genesis in the Hills vegetarian cafe in Roleystone, Western Australia, from the 11th January to 1st February. More details and a couple of images on Linda’s website.
It’s TONIGHT! The opening that is. The 4 of us (Margaret, Liz, Louise and Julie) have been working for the past year on works to display at this exhibition. We spent the past couple of days setting it up and we’re really pleased with how it looks. We had invited Jan Mullen (our opening speaker) to view the works during the latter stages of set up so that she could see how the works related to each other and to give her the maximum time to compose her speech. Jan called in yesterday afternoon to look at the works and gave us a big “thumbs up” – commenting that we had created a cohesive show. We were pretty chuffed to hear that so now we’re looking forward to hearing what else she has to say at the opening. Louise has posted some photos of us all working hard during set up on the MELD blog.
Detail of a Jolly Gerbera drawing exhibited at Hidden Revealed Transformed (October 2014)
Hidden Revealed Transformed is the title of the MELD group exhibition to be held 17 October to 1 November 2014 at the Showcase Gallery on the corner of Aberdeen and Beaufort Streets, Perth, Western Australia. We’ve been working hard to make this exhibition happen for the past year and now it’s approaching fast. We all attempted to finish work ready for photography six weeks prior to the opening in order to give ourselves plenty of time to review the resulting images and create the invitations and catalogue.