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!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bowen's Creek and gelli printing

Last weekend we visited Bilpin near the Blue Mountains of NSW, while I had a little wander around the property I recorded a few snippets of inspiration.

Bowens Creek from tara axford on Vimeo.


Once back home I popped into the shed to print:

Gelli printing a visit to Bowen's Creek from tara axford on Vimeo.


Once I had finished making textured papers I could evaluate 
what I had, and how I might work with them next.



Here's a few finished pieces...
collage from prints

collage from prints

collage from prints

These two prints below, also used watercolour masking fluid to 'block' 
out paint, leaving white areas when finished. 

postcard size gelli print

postcard size gelli print

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