we went along to the Tracing Materiality exhibition on Sunday. the artists had been doing some continuous drawings on large rolls of paper, as well as wall drawings, and working with wax. I’m going to try make it to the talk on the 20th march too. I loved all the work! and there was a stack of drawing books for me to chase up also 🙂
event details via https://www.facebook.com/events/1668459076503049:
‘Tracing Materiality’ is a project and exhibition by Sydney based artists Gillian Lavery, Renuka Fernando and Kath Fries. Exploring expanded drawing practices that move beyond drawing as representation to focus on materiality and mark making. The artists’ process-based approaches are open-ended, improvisational and unfolding, taking place live within the gallery over the exhibition’s duration.
Opening night with the artists and MOST wrap party Sunday 6th March 6-8pm.
Exhibition open from 5th March to 20th March. Thurs- Sun 11am-4pm
Marrickville Open Studio Trail
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March 2pm
Finissage & Discussion Panel
Sunday 20 March 2pm
For further information we will be updating our blog as the exhibition proceeds.
For information about MOST http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/most/
I sat down again to my stitch noodling frame today to relax and play and tried some thinner cotton. this time double stranded sewing thread. tried some button hole stitch — still my favourite ever since discovering Junko Oki’s work — especially her circles, last year. the first row is a row of straight edged button hole stitch. for the second row, I noticed the thread was settling into the fabric in a more organic way, not wanting to stick to the straight line. so I let it go, and it made this really nice organic, jagged line which I really like. it’s a bit closer to an open (loose) cretan stitch, but also looks more like a heartbeat, or simple audio waveform. sometimes it’s worth letting go of your plans to find the better line.
I’ve been trying out my new artgraf water soluable graphite tonight with another drawing of a bee for my theme. I think it’s sometimes called watercolour graphite. I put water in the lid and found my paintbrush and tried it out. I haven’t got the bee shapes right yet but I love the variations in lightness and darkness of the graphite. there’s even a slight shimmer and sparkle to it in this dim light. will see if it’s still there in the morning daylight.
I shouldn’t have tried the background wash though.. 🙁 don’t like it atm
another in (hotel room) biro practicing hatching (with wonky bee shape still)
another exercise I learned from one of Carla Sonheim’s classes, is to practice seeing shapes — animals and other things, in the cracks and lines and shadows on the footpath and other places. I think this might be a type of pataphysical drawing exercise too.
collating some of them here — most a “imaginary animals” or “blobimals” as it’s fun to draw them, and they seem to be everywhere once you start looking! it’s like finding animals in the clouds.
some I’ve done:
and some shapes I’ve collected and am yet to draw the “blobimals”:
some are obvious, and others less so..
I read about the “brushes” ipad app so I’ve been trying it out this weekend. it allows you to draw in layers. so far I’ve been roughly tracing photos from my photos collection to practice and get a feel for drawing lines and objects & people. I know we should do more freehand drawing, but i get quite disheartened that mine don’t look like the original, that I don’t feel like doing any more. with the tracings, i can see the image coming through and it’s teaching me to see the shapes better, and to select which lines and shapes and shadings to include and which to leave out. i think this is half the battle of drawing – deciding what to include and what to discard that still gets your message across. I’m using my finger to draw with and still getting the hang of the app’s brushes too, so even though I’m tracing, it’s still not looking exactly like the original. but hopefully it’s training my hand eye co-ordination a bit (more than not drawing at all). here’s the first attempts.
some students are trying the “summer drawing project” from the distant stitch group on the OCA textile group page. I’ll try some of it too to see how it goes — even though it’s winter here for me 🙂 (which usually means more fibre projects as it’s nicer to knit in the colder months)
week1 — exploring “What type of mark do you make most naturally?”
repeating geometric shapes seems to be my most natural mark making. the first page was done using conte pencils and the remainder using a fine (0,3) ink pen. we had to fill the page with marks. so I tried repeating the shapes to see the effect. I could definitely turn these pages into stitches. though I think lace would be suited for the circles—I might have to learn how to make lace next 😉