Saturday, July 25, 2015

Pattern Play: from the desert to the shed

Reflecting back on last year I realised once again how much I love taking + making pictures. It seemed a logical next step to make them move... in the Christmas holidays I signed up for a course with the filmmaker /photographer Xanthe Berkeley, soon i was chopping and clipping all over the place. Now 6 months later, I could experience the incredible environment of Central Australia capture the memories, AND bring it all back to the studio.

While not a how-to film, hopefully how i translated my inspiration and the process involved will become apparent. I don't know about you, but there is something about watching other people create... I know I enjoy a bit of sticky beak into a studio - i hope you do too!

From the desert to the shed from tara axford on Vimeo.
After a visit to Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia I spent time in the shed looking at my photos to see where patterns formed. I made marks, made prints and then made my patterns.

Ahhh, so having the start of a pattern, a textural print was all very nice - BUT trying to repeat that had eluded me! Once again I ventured online and found the lovely Jessica Swift who made the technique ... just about seamless! As they say practice does make perfect, but here are some of my initial attempts seen in the video above.



a gelli printed base with additional marks

a gelli printed base with additional marks + collage elements

a gelli printed base with additional marks

digital design using Adobe Shape app on my iphone
to capture sketches and convert to vector art. Then repeat in Adobe illustrator.

So there you have it, first round. It'll be nice to have those sit for a bit 
and then come back for round 2 perhaps...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Red Centre

Aahh, where did the time go? ...
Last weekend we were lucky enough to visit The Red Centre/Ayers Rock/ Uluru. Having migrated here 30 odd years ago from the UK I always figured that one day, i would go to ... The Rock. Until you are actually standing in the vicinity of such a monolith it's hard to know what going to "The Rock" means. Of course I have many a photo from the weekend but here is the essence of our 3 day trip into 3 minutes.

Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia from tara axford on Vimeo.


Hopefully next weekend I'll be venturing into "The Shed" with this inspiration and another one of my process videos will follow...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

An Artist's date

A few weeks ago i took myself for an artist's date... 
unfortunately it was a wet, windy, grey Saturday morning - but I had it 'locked in'.

I wandered for a bit around Reef Beach which is down the rocks from Arabanoo lookout, 
Tania Park, near Manly, Sydney Australia.


Arabanoo was an indigenous man who was kidnapped by marines in 1788, it is said that he first thought  the handcuffs to be ornamental. I wanted to explore this idea through imagery of pieces I found on Reef Beach.

Reef beach from tara axford on Vimeo.

From my foraged finds I took photos of some of the arrangements


shot on my iphone 5s
I used these images to form a grid of images that captured the essence of what I saw.


Making the structure  of the wristlet from sculpey,
I printed out the images onto fabric using my inkjet printer.
(ironing the fabric to freezer paper first, to keep it firm).


This monoprint was created using my gelli plate.
I'm enjoying the process of visiting a place and creating a response to it -
easier than sketching the great outdoors insitu!



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