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Art Partners Choose their Favourite Flowers

The Art Partners made two trips to the Freight Gallery (DADAA) in Fremantle to take in the visual delights of Fingers and Petals – the handmade flower show.  Protégé Roslyn Burns, her friend and support worker Tracey Musham and Art Partners Program Officer Wanda Ariano made the first trip, while protégé Janine Egan, mentor Judi McGuigan and Wanda made the second.

Why Fingers and Petals?

Art Partners had a strong connection to Fingers and Petals given that three of their flowers were included in the Freight Gallery exhibition.  As one of the first projects of 2013, Helen Seiver, the Art Partners Consulting Artist, hosted a series of workshops in her Capel studio with the aim of fashioning a series of handmade flowers.  Along with Helen, the Art Partners project involved Roslyn, Tracey and Wanda.  Roslyn’s mentor Billie Griffiths joined the project in its final stages.

It was a multi-stage process with Roslyn drawing petal shapes with a pencil held between her toes.  Helen then scanned the petal drawings and reproduced them in different sizes.  Paper patterns were cut, Roslyn suggested colours, Tracey mixed paint, and Roslyn painted canvas in varying shades of the chosen colours.  The canvas was then cut according to the paper patterns.  The three flowers were then lined with fabric and given wire inserts which means every single petal is flexible and can be manipulated to achieve a desired effect.  Billie, Helen and Wanda stitched the flowers to provide the finishing touches.

Roslyn Burns and Tracey Musham at Fingers and Petals, Freight Gallery

Roslyn Burns and Tracey Musham at Fingers and Petals, Freight Gallery

Although the partnership of Janine and Judi was not involved in creating flowers for Fingers and Petals, they are true lovers of flowers and nature.

The Favourite Five

Everyone was assigned the task of choosing their favorite flower.  It proved to be a daunting challenge, as there were so many flowers to choose from, and many of the creations were simply stunning.

Roslyn didn’t take long to choose.  She gravitated to Slender Paw, a creation by Lesley Munro of White Gum Valley.  For those who are close to Roslyn’s arts practice, this choice was obvious given that she had recently completed a painting of a kangaroo paw.

Slender Paw by Lesley Munro

Roslyn’s Choice: Slender Paw by Lesley Munro

Ros couldn’t resist the opportunity to chose a runner-up.  She opted for Yellow Flower to Scarf  by Bernadette Aitken of Coolbellup.

Yellow Flower to Scarf by Bernadette Aitken

Roslyn’s Runner-up: Yellow Flower to Scarf by Bernadette Aitken

Tracey was captivated by the group of pieces by Sally Baulch from Beaconsfield, four of which included found glass pieces.  She succumbed to pressure and narrowed her choice down to Fleur D’oor.

Fleur D'oor by Sally Baulch

Tracey’s Choice: Fleur D’oor by Sally Baulch

Wanda’s choice was Vegetables in Bloom, an exquisite creation made from chillies and wire by Dean Whineray of Coolbellup.

Vegetables in Bloom by Dean Whineray

Wanda’s Choice: Vegetables in Bloom by Dean Whineray

Janine couldn’t resist the set of five flowers called Axminster made by Serena McLauchlan of Albany.  These beautiful flowers crafted from drafting paper and textas will surely provide some inspiration to Janine and her ongoing arts practice which often revolves around things floral.

Axminster by Serena Mclauchlan

Janine’s Choice: Axminster by Serena McLauchlan

After a lengthy deliberation, Judi chose Desert Bloom by Leah Van Lieshout of Gwelup.  It’s a stunning creation crafted from merino wool, glass and thread.

Desert Bloom by Leah Van Leishout

Judi’s Choice: Desert Bloom by Leah Van Leishout

Chats with Artists

Along with flower gazing, there was plenty of time to chat with DADAA staff and exhibitors who happened to be at Freight.  Janine and Judi met artist Joanna Hayward who was animating the exhibition by stitching in the Gallery.  Roslyn and Tracey hung out with Pauline Miles who took time to look closely at the Art Partners flowers and propose some ideas for expanding the flower-making practice.

Pauline Miles Discussing the Art Partners Flowers

Pauline Miles Discussing the Art Partners Flowers

Fowers by Art Partners clockwise from top left:  Barcelona Olé, Pink Rose, Poinsettia

Fowers by Art Partners clockwise from top left: Barcelona Olé, Pink Rose, Poinsettia

Janine Egan and Judi McGuigan with Joanna Hayward

Janine Egan and Judi McGuigan with Joanna Hayward

Special thanks to the exhibition organizers Nalda Searles and Judy Mary Seward, to all the flower makers for providing the visual delights, and to the team at DADAA for receiving everyone so graciously.

PS:  Don’t miss Roslyn’s PlaceStories digital postcard Dear Helen & Billie  and the official Fingers and Petals blog