Crowning the Queen. Photos: Sam Frederick
Some images from a unit teaching portraiture to a class of year 7 students. These kids were great, they were so enthusiastic and each lesson they impressed me, but more importantly themselves, with their drawing skills. I ran these lessons in a similar style to life drawing classes i’ve attended. We started with quick, warm up drawings- 30 seconds, 2 minutes, no looking at the page, continuous line, the pencils in their mouths etc. Over the lesson we built up to longer drawings, focusing on building tone and thinking about how different colours communicated light and dark shades. In the final class the students all made a frame for their work that represented them, they titled their artwork and they shared their work in a class exhibition.
The windows i’ve painted
Screen printed tea towel made at a workshop at Home Work Studio with Linda Jackson.
A project spanning the separate studios of represented Pieces of Eight artist Seb Brown, and Jessilla Rogers, Genuine Relic explores tension and harmony; the close and awkward interaction between objects and materials.
Fascination with cultural artefacts has brought the two artists together, and after previously collaborating on a small range of objects this show brings together a larger body of work for the first time. With painterly abandon the pair layer their work - sometimes literally - investigating themes of adornment, placement, vignettes and the tension between their bold personalities and differing practices.
Self-taught jeweller Seb Brown’s practice incorporates a variety of mediums, all of which inspire and influence his collections. Trained in Communication Design, his work demonstrates an evolving collection of shapes and words which reference the often unnoticed nuances of daily life.
Jessilla Rogers completed a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) at The University of Melbourne and has also undertaken study at RMIT in Fine Art (Ceramics). She has exhibited at Mr Kitly gallery in Melbourne and Shepparton Art Museum and teaches regularly, including workshops at the NGV.
Still Life installation at Monk House Design 2016.
Still Life is an amalgam of bits and pieces I have been making over the past year, experimenting with new media like silver, brass and beading. I have also been playing around in my main practice with ceramics using different clays and firing at lower temperatures.
Further, I have been collaborating with Seb Brown a lot this year for a show we did together. One of the things it really showed me was what my own aesthetic is and is far more feminine than I realised. For this show I wanted to embrace that- bring one the glitter, the beads and the pastel hues! I also don’t often exhibit alone, and so for this installation I wanted to put my work together in a way that is pretty similar to how I put objects together in my own home, which means things are always being moved around. The install, or placement of the objects, is only as it is because it looked right on the day and if it were done tomorrow it could have been totally different.
Past workshops @
The National Gallery of Victoria
Shepparton Art Museum
Guild of Objects