Guest Speaker: Kathy Luxford Carr
A local artist with a 25 year background as a professional Florist in the boutique shops of Sydney and Melbourne, where she created lifestyle designs for Interior Decorators.
Returning to Gippsland has allowed Kathy to broaden her work.
Kathy has been working with botanicals, wire, sticks, stones, paints and recycling from an early age transforming the ordinary into new forms and reversing the minute into the gigantic by weaving natural and manmade textiles.
Her designs are handmade and expressive.
Kathy’s favourite works are the three ‘Giant Cocoons’ hung from the Art-play Building at Fed Square Melbourne. Also working with students to create the numerous permanent Bug Blitz school Artworks, including the
‘Giant Algae Cells’ on the Avon River, Stratford,
The ‘Willow Weave’ at Lake Gyatt and
The Gippsland Lakes 50km Bird Perch at the Heyfield Wetlands.
Kathy has illustrated two children’s books ‘The Frog Bear and Sparrow’ and ‘Miss Pickles’.
Kathy’s studio is an Art Stay Space for creative minds to explore their creativity. 47 McMillan Street, Stratford Victoria 3862
2012 CHINK IN THE WALL
2nd Stratford Art Trail Sculpture
Two part free form concrete walls with internal speaking pipe and hand carved turning engraved spheres.
2012 BLUE GABLES WINERY SKY VINE
Approx. 20 meters x 12 meters based on the Chagall’s windows in Israel made of shiraz vine prunings ( recycling organic products)
2013 ART PLAY FED SQUARE Children’s workshop
WEAVE 3 GIANT COCOONS HANGING
FROM THE ART PLAY BUILDING
Woven with recycled textiles ,beads ,shells , feathers by the children on 3 premade structures one red , one blue green & one natural.
NAIDOC WEEK At ART PLAY FED SQUARE
2 Woven giant cocoons
Which were donated to and indigenous primary school
TOM CAPS WINERY
2 X Vine dog’s made of grape vine 1 meter high
Floating 8 meter Water Dragon
For the Glenmaggie Scottish Festival
2014 RAINDROP ARTPLAY FEDSQUARE
5 Day Children’s work shop
5 Part 2.5 meter high Willow bead embellished tower s Representing the shape a raindrop makes when it hits water , complete with a Rain dancer on the last day . Fabulous.
Memorial Infinity Weave by Simon Spain of Art play
HAPPY THOUGHTS AVENUE
Permanent sculpture Bairnsdale Primary School
Promoting non bullying . care for others & happiness for the children
SCULPTURE IN THE VINES
Blue Gables Winery
2 day sculpting weekend, recycling of vines for artistic people .
A fairy making a dandelion, 3 giant fish and a huge flower were created.
ROCK THE ALGAE BUG BLITZ Children’s Program
3 Giant Algae Cells were created on the Avon river bank
The Children collected the rock’s coated them with a clay slurry the colour
of Algae or coloured fabric then filled the cell shape 3m x 2m. Sculptures left in situ on the river bank and seen from the Stratford bridge for 3 months . Teaching that algae is a super hero, a friend not a foe as it absorbs 75% of our carbon.
GIPPSLAND LAKES 50KS BIRD PERCH HEYFIELD WETLANDS IS LAND BUG BLITZ CHILDREN’S PROJECT
3 Towers of different heights made out of 120 pieces of collected drift wood Painted by the Toongabbie , Heyfield and Cowarr primary schools . Placed out on the Wetlands Island on a steel internal structure .
2015 WORK IN PROGRESS
Sale Botanical gardens music day Children's program Botanical Collage Balls made of leaves , twigs and textiles .
CHARLIE’S BIG DAY OUT 2015
In honour of Mr. Charles McCubbin’s Australian Butterfly book A Giant Chrysalis made of wire will be embellished with butterflies made by the children , bursting out from an opening , others will be placed in the ground in front of the Chrysalis at the Leaf Stadium at the sale botanical gardens.