AN EXHIBITION BY DINAH BARTON (TEXTILES), DONNA MARCIUS (JEWELLERY) AND LISA TIMMS STEVENS (MIXED MEDIA).
Award winning textile artist, Lecturer/Tutor in Art and Design at R.M.I.T (City Campus) now working in her studio in Loch Sport, Victoria. Solo/Group exhibitions. Favours embroidering with fabrics and threads. I consider myself a textile Artist. Instead of using paints and brushes I use fabric and thread. A variety of yarns are combined to get the desired effect. I do not use the sewing machine preferring to glue, hand stitch and embroider. In the final stages I may add pencil or paint. The design concepts are based on my own sketches, doodles or photographs. The original idea does not contain much detail, choosing to create as the journey unfolds. It is this process that maintains my interest and enthusiasm. The interplay between the embroidered piece and the fabric background create textural depth. The art work on display is highlighting aspects of my interest in "nature naturally."
1. Loch Sport is surrounded by water which attract a variety of birds. Their habitat extends across the Gippsland Lakes. There is international recognition of this area as birds make the long flight from as far away as Siberia.
2. Wilson's Promontory provides sketching opportunities of rock formations, the ebb and flow of river and sea set against the ever changing light and water reflections.
3. Outback journeys across Australia has created for me a new intensity of colour and light not found in the coastal areas.
4. Part of my teaching career covered interior decoration and design. These flower studies set in vases on tablecloths reflect that influence.
I completed a 4 year apprenticeship with Italian jewellers in Melbourne and have continued to work in the jewellery trade for the past 35 years. During this time I have worked in the retail trade repairing, remodelling and making jewellery in Melbourne, Traralgon and Sale. In this time I have worked one on one with clients creating their own bespoke pieces of jewellery. I work with all carats and colour of gold and sterling silver.
Nature has created such beautiful gems in the oceans and on the earth, so it’s a privileged to work with them, from the organic formation of coral and pearls, the time capsules of amber and fossils, to the most precious gems of opals, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds.
I live in Loch Sport Victoria and for many years have had a workshop at home. I’m surrounded by the Gippsland Lakes, 90 Mile Beach and National Parks, which has a great influences in the jewellery I create.
The other major influence is the Art Noveau period with its beautiful organic flowing lines. At the time this period was a reaction to the industrialization of the world and I think we need to encourage handcraft items in our time so we can be individuals and show our essence in what we create.
LISA TIMMS STEVENS
I live in Loch Sport, on the borders of Lake Reeve, a wide, shallow offshoot of the Gippsland Lakes. The surrounding Crown Land is a wildlife haven. When you walk through the narrow opening into the scrub and saltmarsh you enter a different world.
It was here that I found, earlier this year, a beautiful deer antler, and then a kangaroo skull. Their shapes intrigued me. All my art practice is about shapes – in the past I was drawn to mechanical shapes and my ceramic sculptures use shape to describe and define them. I began to collect native animal bones in earnest.
Bones lying on the ground in the wild are like little treasures – in almost every case when an animal dies the predators move in and scatter the bones so it is rare to find something in usable condition. I’ve been very lucky with my finds and the internet is a great source of information about cleaning and sanitising. Animal bone collecting is a worldwide hobby, though good finds are rare.
I feel a sort of reverence for the creatures whose bones I am portraying, it’s almost as though they are being acknowledged. It is right and natural for organic matter to return to the earth but it’s a nice thought that these helpless, harmless creatures have been appreciated for their wondrous existence even when they are gone. Among other things, I feel awed by the amazing skeletal structure of the echidna, the extraordinary shape of the wombat’s skull and the way the kangaroo’s skull fits together – and has two very long horizontal teeth at the front of the lower jaw. No wonder it hacks up our lawns!
I hope that these artworks may give others a sense of the beauty and wonder of nature as found in our own unique wildlife.
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.