Category: Featured Fridays


Feature Friday!

Name: Nikki Farren  Petal Art is my business name
Where are you based? Eastern Melbourne
What style of art do you create?
I create collages on canvas using craft paper,buttons,  fabric and paint to create pretty pictures for girls rooms.
Out of your own collection what is your favourite piece and why?
favorite piece is the art with my daughter’s name it was her suggestion to have the pink flowers so just did what she asked!
Where can people to to see your work?
I have only just started my little business so currently my work can be seen at Fete’s and Markets …the next one is at Laburnum’s school fete. I will also be displaying my work on “madeit” and Mathilda’s market so watch this space.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am curently getting ready for the Laburnum fete so creating a few canvas’s for that with Owl’s , butterflies and flowers..all things pretty.
What inspires you?
My children inspire me , creation around inspires me
How can people get in contact with you?
If interested in my work and you would like me to create something for you please contact me on 0433229111
Words of wisdom?
Believe in your self and take a risk!!

Feature Fridays

Name: Nick Mutton 

Where are you based? Melbourne

What style of art do you create?

Eclectic; I do a variety of things that are all bright and bold from fine arts florals, to cartoons, photography, and collages.

Out of your own collection what is your favourite piece and why?
My photo of Garfish. I wanted to do a piece that was blue. I was at the vic markets and it was a spur of the moment thing, I saw the Garfish and thought perfect. I just love the fact its a little bit of an odd subject to begin with.
Where can people to to see your work?
There is not really anywhere people can go to see my work. I have sold at lot privately and mostly I do it for my own pleasure. I need to create, so I do. I have done a lot for friends and love a good barter.

What are you working on at the moment?

Not working on anything right at the moment, life is pretty busy at the moment. Although the next creation I am thinking about is for the outdoors, a backyard piece.

What inspires you?
Colour, things I see, it could be anything, looking through magazines, or sometimes just the smallest thing can inspire me.

How can people get in contact with you?

muttfish@yahoo.com

 

Words of wisdom?

Don’t hold back.

Pencils

Unfortunately I have been sick this week, as a result I have not done any interviews this week, sorry. Instead I have the most fantastic pencils to show you. Maybe these little beauties can inspire you to create some art work of your own. They are made out of recycled paper, yet they feel and work just like any other normal pencil. The only difference is really noticed when you sharpen them. You can clearly see each layer of pencil as you go. I just love it!

Nice normal coloured pencils.

Look at those layers

Feature Friday

A stunning self portrait

Name:
Claire Marmur

Where are you based?
Melbourne, but I have spent most of the past 5 years in Munich.

What style of art do you create?

Paintings mostly, but it varies. For my private practice I mostly do large oils, but more recently I have been working with watercolour minatures. Aside from this I do large scale Scenic Painting and Murals as well as Design and Scale Models for theatre.

Set Model for Don Parties

Palestrina (Bayerischesstaats Opera) - Set Model detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of your own collection what is your favourite piece and why?
I dont think I have a favourite piece per say. I try not to get too attached to my work, otherwise I don’t want to sell it. My walls were full with paintings before I figured that out!

Where can people go to see your work?
Most of my work is in private collections or Mural work in Germany, but I am planning to have an exhibition in Melbourne sometime later this year.

What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment my private pactice has taken a bit of a back seat to the design work, but I am working towards a continuation of an exhibiton I had in Munich. It is a very large series of watercolour minatures.

What inspires you?
People and my surroundings, places I have been and things I have experienced.

How can people get in contact with you?
I am not a very tech-savy type… email? claire_marmur@hotmail.com

Words of wisdom?
Do what you love.

Feature Fridays will be taking a short break and returning again in the new year. I have some exciting interviews lined up and am very much looking forward to sharing them with you.

Feature Friday!

This weeks featured artist interview was a blast. I have been fortunate enough to get an interview with Stephen Mackenzie – an extremely talented artist who usually doesn’t do interviews. He has a wicked sense of humour and his work is diverse and wonderful. From the fine arts to sculpture he has a wide range of talents and skills. Thanks for the chat Stephen and good luck with your current piece!

 

Name:

Stephen Mackenzie

Photos of The Opera Series, Floors In Light

Where are you based?

In my head

 

What style of art do you create?

Anything from noises to the plastic arts.

 

What inspires you?

Thought and lashings of nonsense

 

Out of your artwork what is your favourite creation?

Probably something I’m still working on.

 

Where can people go to see your work?

Currently more of my sold artwork is in private collections, some behind doors, propping open windows, possibly even the odd spice shelf.

How can people get in contact with you?

By talking to me, but I’d prefer you didn’t. I’m not into contact. I wear a wet suit when I shower.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

A hair style (editors note….he has none). Actually a 2 metre high 1.4 metre wide door stop…needing handles

 

Words of wisdom?

Anyone who’s serious must be kidding.

 

Feature Friday!

I have another very talented artist for you again this week. Do you remember when I shared with you a photo I had found on line that I loved by Jo Williams? Well she has kindly agreed to be my second featured artist! I love her photography, she manages to capture in her art, the beauty that is often so fleeting in life.

 

 

Name: Jo Williams

Where are you based?

Mount Waverley, but for photoshoots I will travel anywhere.

What style of art do you create?
Photography

Out of your own collection what is your favourite piece and why?

Well I’m not really sure if I have a favourite, but I have two photo’s that I have taken that I really like and they are nature photo’s, the first one is of a poppy flower, I really like poppies and this capture reminds me of a butterfly. So I have called it Poppyfly flutter.

The other one is of the liquid amber tree in our backyard, which has so many different stages with the seasons. This particular image is when the seed pod is on the tree. I love the depth of field in it.

Some of the other images I am showing you are portraiture work, and event work I have taken.

Where can people to to see your work?

I’m still getting organised really, but some of my work I put on my Blog page Jo Williams Photography
I have a Red Bubble page.
Soon I will have a facebook page for my business.
On the 5th of December I will be holding my first market stall at Yarraville Market, which I’m very excited about.
And I have recently been doing some work for Penny at P.S I Love You, but a lot of the work I have done is still not up yet.

What are you working on at the moment?

Whatever photo’s I have taken recently, editing in photoshop. I’m still learning so much. I am self taught.

What inspires you?

People and nature.

How can people get in contact with you?

Words of wisdom?

Well when growing up my Mum always told me “You can do anything, if you put your mind to it” and I think that is so true. I now say the same words to my children.

 

First Feature Friday!

Here it is my first Feature Friday. I have been lucky enough to get Jo Melrose to be my first feature artist. She is a very talented local artist whose style is just divine 70’s all the way!

Jo Melrose


Where are you based?
I work as a designer and artist from home in Mont Albert, an eastern suburb of Melbourne.

What style of art do you create?
Over the years my style has changed and evolved. My collages have a strong 1970s feel to them.
My laser cut clocks and wall hangings have a scandinavian and folk art feel to them.

Out of your own collection what is your favourite piece and why?
My favourite piece of work at the moment is the ‘Nordic Cuckoo’ I designed it this
year while, watching the Eurovision song contest! Its my twist on the traditional cuckoo clock.
During the design process I kept asking myself ‘ Am I creating something really hideous,
or something amazing? (I’ll let you decide!)

Where can people to to see your work?
I exhibit my collages at the Canterbury Art show each year and I have recently
created a website of my lasercut designs. www.jomelrosedesign.com.au

What are you working on at the moment?
I’m not really working on anything ‘physically’ at the moment, but I’ve
got a few ideas floating around in my head that I need to get down on paper.
I would like to work on expanding my clock designs.

Jo's lounge room with some of her wall art.

What inspires you?
My children, past memories of my 70’s childhood. It might be a piece of wallpaper, a button, or a movie.

How can people get in contact with you?
I can be contacted via email : jomelrosedeign@gmail.com.au

Words of wisdom?
Don’t listen to everyone!  Think positively, go with your gut feeling,
and remember this equation: talent + determination = success

Jo Melrose Design

Her bird creations with their big eyes are so sweet!

I am starting a new theme in my blog. Why? Well it seems that as part of the VCE arts subjects students need to find local artist and write a paper about them. I have been informed that this can be quite hard for these students. A lot have no idea where to start and others are in small country town with no hope of just stumbling across an artist whose work they like at the local market. With this in mind I have decided to start a section to help promote local artists, what they do and how to get in contact with them. I will ask some very basic questions so that you can get an idea of who they are, what their art is about and how to get in contact with them. I hope this helps not only young people who are keen to find and write about these artist but also anyone else looking for some artworks or just some inspirations!

If you are an artist that would love to be Featured on the new Friday program drop me a line, I would love to hear from you!!!

You do need to be Australian or live in Australia to be featured.

 

I know you have all seen the current crafty art I am into these days. So here is one of my older artworks instead!

My favourite!