Wednesday, January 27, 2016

From the Hortus Botanicus to the shed...

It's taken me a little while - but if you have 6 minutes and you'd like to see
some more of me making my work ... here it is...

From the Hortius Botanicus to home from tara axford on Vimeo.

After reading Elizabeth Gilbert's The signature of all things, I was keen to wander around the
Horticus Botanicus while in Amsterdam in September.

Once I had returned to the shed - I edited my favourite shots to see what, and perhaps how many variations of artworks I could experiment with.. Of course it began with some gelli plate printing.
Mostly I am using Golden open paints and layering the transparent colours.. although i do often grab whatever else i have on hand...

Inspired by the 'ponds'
 Some of the pieces I create in the video...

collage using some gelli prints

A 'straight' gelli print

Monoprint collage on gelli print background

Inside the butterfly house at The Horticus Botanicus

Distilling down the essence

Collage from gelli prints

collage of 2 gelli prints using hand cut stencil

While it is tricky to film yourself creating, and to 'stay in the moment',
I have attempted to share some of my behind the scenes process, 
as it's fun to see what others do, isn't it?? 
Thanks for dropping by - hope you enjoy watching.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bloomin' blossoms - it's Christmas!

Ahhh! just where did those last 2 months go? Just as I jump into the festive season
 and look forward to some creative projects on the other side.. I thought I'd share this...

A little bit of Jacaranda, a little flowering gum, hand carved rubber stamps..
if you'd like to see behind-the-scenes... take a look...

Happy holidays everyone!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Nine days in The Netherlands

I don't know about you - but I have to 'process' my trips. Yes, I lived in the moment while I was there, but to be honest, I was also flat out recording them for when I was no longer there. Now that I'm home and looking through my shots & footage - I'm really glad that I whipped out my iPhone to film from the tram when I arrived, or that moment the boat passed me on the canal, and to be honest - it is second nature to me (it's not a chore) so I appreciate it more when I discover the details when I'm editing. Here's a snap shot of my week, which I hope gives you a taste of Holland.

Nine days in The Netherlands from tara axford on Vimeo.

Here's some tips too:

1) Citymapper app here was fantastic. It was like having a personal concierge without the overheads. I constantly used the 'get me somewhere' feature, entered in my start and end, and it showed me overground, underground, tram, train, taxi and walking options, how long it would take and how much it would cost. It also lets you save this offline, plus I did screen shots or wrote down the info for later.

2) Rembrandt's House Museum was definitely a favourite, less queues, and it's where he actually lived and worked. There were also live demonstrations like the etching one shown above, worth planning your trip around this.

3) The Rijksmuseum is worth it. Fabulous collections, beautiful gardens, super shop + cafe. Book tickets online and get there early. I did the multimedia tour - so i could just view suggested highlights or key in numbers to hear about specific works (it emails you back your favourites too). No point getting museum fatigue. AND if you loved The Miniaturist - Petronella's dolls house is here..!

4) Why not continue the literary theme with a visit to the De Hortus Botanicus? If you enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of all things you'll enjoy this oasis in the city.

5) Follow locals of the city on instagram a little before you set off, one afternoon as I sat with my cake enjoying free wifi - I came across a picture of a photographic  fair - I googled it to find out that it was 20 minutes by tram from where I was sitting. So instant!

Next I'll be working on a nature in The Netherlands video AND hopefully taking that to the shed to bring you another one of my process videos... stay tuned!


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