Experiments with Concrete Cloth and Rust. Sculpture.

May 15th, 2016

Experiments with Concrete Cloth and Rust. Sculpture.

Just a quick update about what Ive been doing lately.

 

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Work for my exhibition was almost finished, until, I discovered a bunch of rusted textiles Id forgotten about. Now, I want to make more sculpture. A solid form with thin wafers of cloth, concrete and rust.

 

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Today, I’m heading into the studio to work out how to achieve this. Wet concrete is very formless so pouring, layer, upon layer of cloth then, concrete, in a mold, just wouldn’t work. The cloth would get covered with concrete on the outer edges and I want slices of cloth sticking out and visible on the outside.

 

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Funny thing is, when I Googled it, all I came up with was my own experiments and work with concrete, cloth and rust.

 

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So, I’m now in the process of inventing how to do this:)

More details about my “Wallmatter” exhibition coming soon!

 

 

Arts Business Ideas. Artist’s Websites. Jenny Davis.

April 25th, 2016

Arts Business Ideas. Artist’s Websites. Jenny Davis.

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Over the past 14 years, I have been promoting and selling my art online, as well as, exhibiting my artwork worldwide. I have also had many artists contact me, during this time, wanting to know, how I market, promote and sell my artwork on and offline. So in this post, I would like to share a few things I’ve learned from having my own, artist’s website and a few other arts business tips.

 

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Very early on, I learned, if you want people to take you seriously, your career as an artist is only as serious as you take it. You either work at it, as a job, putting in “regular” hours, or “occasionally” as a hobby. Its either a hobby, or your job. As a working artist its about working on your art day by day, as well as, marketing your art in all areas.

 

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I think every artist needs a website! With some hard work in the initial stages of setting up your own website, it’s always, worthwhile, getting your art online. In your own space you can do anything.

 

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Exposing your art online, helps promote and gets your work seen worldwide by potential collectors, gallery directors and other artists for collaborations and projects. Remember though, you are also competing with millions of other artists artwork, as well. So, your website, which is your online creative space, has to be place where, people will want to stop and spend time.

 

 

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After the initial set-up of my own website, with the generous help of several family members, (who I am forever grateful too) I then, had to put in the hard yards myself and learn the rest. I did many courses, tutorials and googled everything, I wanted to know. I soon found out, it’s not just a matter of making the website, uploading your artworks and sitting back, waiting for sales to walk out the door. Sounds great! But, it doesn’t usually work that way.

 

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You have to work really hard on your arts business and take it seriously. Mostly on a daily, or weekly basis, promoting, marketing, photographing artworks, descriptions, layouts, seo, meta tags, as well as, getting your website seen in many areas, including search engines.

 

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Social media is one way of getting your website seen if you post regularly. A Facebook business page,  Twitter and Instagram account will help you get a following, who in turn, may visit your website to find out more.

 

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Create newsletters, blog posts set- up exhibitions and share your art life with others on your website. Network and collaborate with other artist’s on forums and in art groups.

On your website and social- media sites, its good to share, how you make your art, your challenges, your successes. Make it real! This will build up a following of people who are genuinely interested in your art, and, in what you do. People want to trust and get to know an artist, before they buy online.

 

 

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Unless your famous, well known, or an established artist, picked up by reputable galleries, as a working artist, you really need to learn, how to diversify with your art.

It may not suit every artist, but, if you want to make a living from your art, these days, you need to be a creative business person too. Be open to, exploring other creative avenues, for sales and work. Your bread and butter money. This can be done alongside making, your more, serious gut- felt work for exhibitions and projects

 

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My bread and butter online websites Outlook8studio, Strazz and Atelierinparis I do have a vintage shop, as well,  Nostalgi but, after 8 years of being on Etsy, I am in the process of downsizing all shops and combining some together. Many thanks to some wonderful business advice, I received from Penny! at Sparrow Savage recently.

 

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When uploading your artwork images onto your website, always make sure your photographs are professional looking, not blurred and as close possible to the colours in your original artwork. After-all,  it’s your photographs that sell your art, online.

 

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Great customer service is a must! Quickly answer any questions and concerns your customer may have. Don’t argue with your customers and be polite. If you do come across a problem, try to stay calm, cool and business- like, in your correspondence with them. They will eventually go away, but a bad business reputation won’t online.

 

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Packaging your artwork. Wrap your artwork professionally. I like to include a hand- signed “Certificate of Authenticity” (A statement that a work of art is genuine) with my artworks. To package small to medium size paintings on stretched canvas, I first wrap layers of acid free, tissue paper around the painting, then cut out a piece of stiff cardboard for each side. Bubble wrap it all, then pop the package into a custom- made box. A “thank you” note and instructions on how to look after the artwork, included in your package, goes a long way. Remember to slip in some extra business cards too, that can be passed onto other potential collectors/customers.

 

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If your artwork needs to be framed behind glass, I would suggest using, crystal clear perspex instead of glass. It looks like glass and is much safer and lighter, to ship, especially internationally, without the costs of breakages.

Once you get used to having a website and a presence online. It does get easier and is not so overwhelming. You may find by having your own website, it will open up a whole new world of opportunities for you and your arts business as well get your your artwork sold and out of the studio.

 

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What do you do to get your art seen online?

 

 

Experimental Painting. Industrial Materials and Methods.

April 22nd, 2016

Experimental Painting. Industrial Materials and Methods.

Its been almost a year since I started this group of paintings using traditional, non traditional, industrial, materials and processes. There are 20 paintings altogether.

After several months of research and practical experiments, I finally discovered how to make my textural, gritty surfaces, stable and permanent for a flexible base.

 

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Concrete. Rust. Textile. Sculpture. Work in the Studio.

April 3rd, 2016

Concrete. Rust. Textile. Sculpture. Work in the Studio.

Experiments with concrete, rust and textiles in developing sculpture.

 

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Junk packaging for mold making

 

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Taped up packaging filled with concrete, rust and cloth.

 

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Poured wet concrete sculpture

 

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A series of 3D objects in the making

 

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The first raw reveal after 24 hours. At this stage, I need to make my final decisions and changes to this sculpture, while the concrete is still soft enough to work with. I discovered in some of my earlier experiments, once its rock hard, its more difficult to work with.

 

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I am still working on this series of sculptures using concrete, rust and textiles that will be part of my “Wallmatter” exhibition.

 

Rust & Shibori. Vintage Cigar Tins. Work in Progress.

April 2nd, 2016

Rust & Shibori. Vintage Cigar Tins. Work in Progress.

A heap of vintage cigar tins in the process of change.

 

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Vintage buckle, Japanese Shibori dyed scrap. Rusty fence wires and Victorian silk buttons were purchased from Penny’s antique and vintage mixed media supplies.  Faginsdaughter

 

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Old rusted door lock and fence wire with weaving made from beach- combed finds and indigo cotton string.

 

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The beginnings of a textile book.

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Rust and indigo dyed wall piece

 

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Finally, another tin. Metal detector find, central Victoria, 1800’s suspender buckle, rusty wire and rust indigo dyed doily scrap. Unfortunately the beautiful buckle broke in this installation. It could be made from gold, as it was very soft.

 

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I may use some of these artworks in my next solo exhibition, “Wallmatter” in July

Nomad Art. Instant Art. Mobile Art. Portable Art.

February 26th, 2016

Nomad Art. Instant Art. Mobile Art. Portable Art.

Looking back through my art diaries recently, I came across some ideas I had written many years ago, when I was feeling very disillusioned by the art world.

 

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Reproduction from the book  Dada Almanach; im Auftrag des Zentralamts der Deutschen Dada-Bewegung, by Richard Huelsenbeck

What I wrote back then, now, seems quite relevant in a world full of instant mobile art. All accessed through portable computers, iphones, ipads etc. and art branded using tools like Instagram Facebook Twitter and Pinterest

 

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Excerpt from my diary

Instead of 1 piece of artwork costing heaps, create heaps of artworks costing less, or for nothing, so everybody can have it.

 

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Lets create art that doesn’t wait to be seen. It needs to travel, be mobile, just like all other technology. Portable – Affordable – Instant. Get art out to the masses!

Nomad art!

 

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What is this art about?

Art for the world

Art for now

Art to wear

Art to carry

Art to share

Art to play

Art to read

Art to solve problems

Art that lectures

art that soothes

art that disgusts

art that provokes

art to laugh

art that cry’s

art that shouts

art that is silent

Art that upsets

Art that calms

Art that is art

Art that doesn’t lose its integrity or history, just because its easy access to all.

That’s today!

That’s now!

 

“Just turn up and the work will show itself”. New Work.

February 15th, 2016

I’m not sure where I’ve heard this, but fully believe in this saying,

“Just turn up and the work will show itself”

Today, I headed to the studio and let go of all the pressure, I had been putting on myself for weeks, about starting new work for my next exhibition.

 

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I sat for awhile without any expectations, trying to connect to something.

 

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I then started playing around with materials, I hadn’t used since art school

 

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and after finding some leftover weathered metal from my welding days

 

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my ideas eventually came together.

 

 

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By just letting go and believing in the creative process

 

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I now, have a better idea of where I’m heading with my project

 

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and some of the materials I will be using.

 

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In the Studio. Rust. Tea. Vinegar.

February 13th, 2016

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

 

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

 

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Today, I sprayed rusty objects with vinegar

 

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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)

 

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Then, covered it all with another piece of cloth.

 

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

 

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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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tin

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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