Wednesday, December 31, 2014

wandering around....

so, is it a bus man's holiday if you find yourself seated in front of your computer? 
oh wait! i did venture O U T (see below) to capture video to try out new imovie editing skills... :)
here's a little wander through our neck of the 'woods'.

Altered images...

Recap. Around the end of October/early November i did an online workshop with Jane Davies, on text and image. I was drawn by Jane's expressive painterly style - so i thought i'd explore working on my collage pieces but perhaps from a more painterly angle. 
I thought i'd share one of my favourite exercises from the course:

the found image on the left, was altered..then collaged into:

these 2 were altered and combined into:

these became:

i liked how altering the images made it easier to combine them visually

It was interesting to see where a handful of images ended up,
and how they take on a new identity!

Jane also has some demos on her site and a youtube channel here

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Out and about...

Look, i promise not to go overboard with my new obsession, BUT i had to try a little film work while out and about yesterday. Here's what i saw...

out and about from tara axford on Vimeo.

If you're in Sydney the Chuck Close exhibition is definitely worth a look. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety, but more than that is the 'reveal', it is possible to see or get an insight into his process.

So, you can get .... up ... close.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Getting festive

One hope i have for 2015 is to create videos.. 
here's my first edited imovie, just a splice of life.. from last week.
Realising i was lacking in human footage... i eerrrr stepped in.

getting festive from tara axford on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

pretty little packages ..

tied up with string...

My daughter left last week for 2 months as an exchange student in Holland.
 I wanted her to have a few little bits and pieces on hand to say 'thank you' with an Aussie feel. I purchased some lemon myrtle soap - then grabbed the gelli plate.

I wasn't thinking about patterns or shapes - just the colours, mood and feel of the bush when i've wandered through it. The light is bright, the texture of the bark and gum trees..
 i printed layers on several sheets.. here's how it went..
i made some 'marks' with black crayon on white paper..

I scribbled text and scrawled..

i stamped some hand made foam + rubber stamps

I was thinking sticky bark sap..

then i cut into wide strips.. and it was .. a wrap.. :)

Pattern making

have you seen:
MOYO Magazine? it's digital and last week 
 Issue 7 'The Words + Typography Issue was released here

It's JAM PACKED 150 pages are created with surface/pattern design at it's core.
Issue 7 includes:
 Kelly Rae Roberts on the power of personal mantras
For the love of lettering by Lisa Congdon

Shooting words with Holly Booth Photography
Expert insider: MOYO meets Dashwood Studio
Transforming old furniture with pattern
Behind-the-scenes at Surtex
PLUS: Designer Diary: Jillian Phillips,

each issue has a design challenge - this one was graffiti,
how chuffed was I to find out i was a runner up!

Here's my 3 submissions:

Can't say i've mastered the whole 'repeat' thing -
but hey, I've signed up for various tutorials, have a few books...
and i'm not giving up yet! just taking it one square at a time...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Loosen up

Last weekend while wanting to ink up the gelli plate i also wanted to cut up and collage and swoosh around some paint. I got out some crayons, markers, pens and made some marks on photocopy paper. Then rolled out the paint on the plate...

out came the scissors + blade as i chopped and sliced them up...

I was trying to let the materials lead me and found myself adding ink + paint washes..
it felt a bit like 'undoing the graphic designer within', here's what happened:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Matching your (gelli) prints...

Sometimes it's good to focus on the smaller, brighter things..
like making beads..

source a bit of fimo in some lovely colours and thread 'em up.
...put together an outfit... with optional kooky pose.

Then! realise that you really love those colours ..
(change into old gear and head to the paints). Grab gelli plate...
Print up a whole lot of sheets in ranges of colours inspired by selected outfit... slice, chop them up
collage into smaller works:

Or, just be inspired by colour combos you find ...
whether they are from your wardrobe or not.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Best of both worlds...

Last week in Randel Plowman's online collage course our project was to make little artist books.
One of the suggested topics was birds. I have a few drawers of monoprints from my gelli plate.. so i decided these would make great feathers, the collage below was created entirely from my gelli prints. Not even the tricky ones either, just pretty much straight block colour tone on tone.

i scanned it in, enlarged part of it and created an accordian style book 3x4 inches

 Every time I hear a kookaburra 'laugh' i am reminded of the song that children learn in primary school, "kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, merry merry king of the bush is he,
laugh kookaburra laugh
so i added some hand lettering too.
reverse, far right panel is cover

More lovely gelli plate printed textures.. ready for some more embellishment
- or just yummy bits of colour echoing nature...


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