In the Studio. Rust. Tea. Vinegar.

February 13th, 2016

In the Studio. Rust. Tea. Vinegar. Experimenting today, with rusty things.




I usually rust textiles by wrapping them around rust objects then leave them to weather, in the elements a few weeks.




Today, I sprayed rusty objects with vinegar




and soaked pieces of cotton cloth in tea. I then put a layer of rusty, fence droppers on top. (Apparently, tannic acid in tea and rust, heated gently, gives off orangey, red marks)




Then, covered it all with another piece of cloth.




I weighed it all down with concrete tiles to give good contact




I also want to try out saltwater and coffee as the wetting agent for rust dyeing.


Japanese Shibori Workshop. Indigo Dyeing

February 5th, 2016

I recently spent a very enjoyable Saturday at Craftschooloz learning the Japanese dyeing technique Shibori. This involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in beautiful indigo.

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I wanted to see what effect the indigo dye would have on some of my previously rust dyed, lace and doily’s


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So, I clamped several wooden shapes over the areas where I didn’t want the indigo dye to seep in


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I was very happy with the result


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Old tablecloth, cotton fabrics and string


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Some beautiful dyed cloth from other people at the workshop


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This vintage tablecloth was clamped with shapes. The cloth had been previously dyed with rust and tea


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The Shibori method worked extremely well with all my pieces of vintage French lace, cotton, string and doily’s


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I love how indigo has many shades of greys, as well as blue, depending on what stage of fermentation, the dye vat is at


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Playing with some ideas…Victorian silk buttons


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buckles and rusty bits


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and doily’s


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Abstract Painting. Creative Process. Layering.

January 23rd, 2016

Abstract Painting. Creative Process. Layering.

The life of a painting, sometimes takes on many layers. My abstractions, may have as many as, 5 to 50 layers. They can take days, weeks, even months, to complete.




This painting, started out very busy and chaotic, as, I wanted to get the paint and marks down, as quickly as possible. During the process, I eliminated many layers of paint and marks, to calm it all down, until I was satisfied.


The beginning splashes of acrylic paint and marks.




Somewhere in the middle. Around 10 layers of paint, ink, powder pigments and shellac.




The final stages of the painting after, eliminating layers and using a more subtle palette. I wanted the painting to have a lot of texture with a calm, stillness about it.




This painting, links to “found marks” in urban landscapes in Australia and Europe.


Large Format Metallic Photographic Prints. Biomorph Series by Jenny Davis.

January 21st, 2016

Large Format Metallic Photographic Prints. Biomorph Series by Jenny Davis.

In creating my artwork I use various processes. By physically dismantling objects and clothing, I reassemble them into something else. My intention is to reconstruct the significance, or purpose of an object, from its earlier meaning and appearance.

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Biomorph 3



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More photographs  here

Stripping Back Layers. Plaster. Old Wallpaper. Paint.

January 16th, 2016

Stripping Back Layers. Plaster. Old Wallpaper. Paint.

Taking away layers stripping back identity to get to the essence of something


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is much more interesting to me than creating something recognizable



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As a child I was more interested in pulling things apart to investigate the material it was made from



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I then went further and tried to destroy the material scratching into it to get back the original source



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I still do that today in all my work



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experimenting with layers of paint plaster found papers antique french print vintage wallpapers and ink




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pulling apart scratching tearing and ripping



Altered Vintage Postcards. Small Paper Collages.

January 8th, 2016

Altered Vintage Postcards. Small Paper Collages.
A couple of altered postcards. I call them postacards. When I’m in a creative slump, I pull out a box of vintage postcards, found papers and tear, cut & paste.Weird things happen when you throw in unrelated images together. A whole new narrative is created.

Vintage cards collected from all over the world


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Heat. Bush Fire. Painting.

December 20th, 2015

Heat Bush Fire Painting

After 3 days of sweltering heat and bush fires nearby it’s time to relax and do some mark-making on big sheets of paper

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using dyes



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ink and pen


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with hand painted papers


Bring some art into your life!

December 9th, 2015

Bring some art into your life!


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Yellow Square. Jenny Davis 2015


Art can help us to make sense of the world and broaden our experience and understanding.



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11 + 89. Jenny Davis 1998


It allows us to develop new ways of thinking and expressing what might not be understood through the printed or spoken word alone




Letters from the border 1. Jenny Davis 2006


Art not only helps strengthen our critical thinking skills, but improves the way we communicate our thoughts and emotions to others



Terras Tower by Jenny Davis

Terras Tower. Jenny Davis 2015


It is free expression of human mind and senses



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Wallmatter Series. Jenny Davis 2015

Bring some art into your life!

Play things on my studio bench.

December 4th, 2015

Play things on my studio bench

Handmade mark-making tools


Silk tea bag pouches


Rusty fence droppers found in outback


Old used paint brushes

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More handmade tools


Japanese ceramic toy & stack of vintage tobacco tins

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Metal detector finds. Suspender buckles and other types. Brass and copper. 1850s-1890s


Deconstructed  vintage chair


Antique watch faces and parts

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Felt & thread pad from vintage chair


Mail art sent to France


Limited Edition Fine Art Prints – Jenny Davis

November 30th, 2015

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints – Jenny Davis

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Paper Cartel recently curated a selection of my artworks to sell to a global audience as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints  on archival paper. Express shipping is also available, worldwide, for just $19! with custom framing available on any print.

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About the Print & Paper

Permanent light-fast inks are printed into Fine Art Paper, which is a 100% cotton heavyweight paper that is engineered to give you the highest resolution and colour saturation possible in an art print that will not fade or degenerate over time. The paper is Moab Entrada Natural, A Cotton Rag Art Paper, 290. It is an award-winning art paper made of 100% cotton and is the choice of fine artists worldwide.

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Browse more of my colourful abstract art in the online print gallery.


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