The Journey of the 9 by 5s

The Works

Above is a sneak preview of the 9 by 5 inch artworks which were inspired by a July workshop hosted by Helen Seiver.

The Workshop

Fresh on the heels of the successful 2013 Rob McNamara Workshop Series, the Art Partners team decided on a mini-workshop with a few objectives. First, was to inspire the creation of 9 by 5 inch panels for an upcoming fundraising auction at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Second, was to facilitate some introductions between participants. Protégé Janine Egan’s mentor Judi McGuigan was going to be away for the term. Thus, newly-recruited mentor Julie McKie was scheduled to begin working with Janine in her class at The Red Mill Store Studio Gallery. This workshop was the chance for Janine, Judi and Julie to spend some time together. If the names are throwing a curve ball your way, don’t worry. Just think of them as the Triple Js!

Helen Seiver agreed to facilitate the workshop for the 9 by 5s. Other participants included mentor Ann Simpson and Program Officer Wanda Ariano.

It was agreed that participants would come to the workshop prepared to respond to a floral theme. This was inspired by Janine’s love of flowers, and also by the fact that flowers are universally admired and are an attractive subject to so many artists.

Janine wanted to work with wax. Judi was keen to experiment with a floral linocut and a stamp with beautiful, but indecipherable Italian script. Julie planned to create a 9 by 5 using ‘paper napkin art,’ which had everyone intrigued. Ann was inspired to share her love of textiles and stitching. Wanda came equipped with aluminum cans, beads and wire and was enthusiastic about make flowers with dimension.

Judi McGuigan applying heat to her 9 by 5

Judi McGuigan applying heat to her 9 by 5

Julie McKie creating amazing things from paper napkins

Julie McKie creating amazing things from paper napkins

Ann Simpson working away on her appliqué

Ann Simpson working away on her appliqué

After a very engaging few hours together, there was clearly homework to be done.  Janine, however, managed to finish her acrylic and wax work which is a colourful composition of carnations standing in a yellow watering can sitting on a blue table. The finishing touch was completed with support from Helen who demonstrated how to apply a wax surface to Janine’s painting. Everyone else parted ways knowing there were challenges ahead in order to meet the ECU deadline for completed auction offerings.

Helen Seiver getting ready to wax

Helen Seiver getting ready to wax

Watching the waxing process.  Janine Egan is standing beside Helen Seiver

Watching the waxing process. Janine Egan is standing beside Helen Seiver

Janine Egan's piece after the application of wax

Janine Egan’s piece after the application of wax

In the weeks following the workshop, the finished pieces started to roll in. Judi completed two beautiful and complimentary works using her linocut and the stamp of Italian script. Julie did maximize her use of paper napkins to complete two lovely works. Ann offered up a striking 9 by 5 appliqué called Sweet Viola which, according to her (and the Art Partners team absolutely agrees), “is ablaze with colour to brighten your day and to cheer and warm your heart.” Wanda created (or is that ‘engineered’ with support from husband Mark) Pop Can Blossoms using aluminum cut from cans, beads and wire.

Helen, who was far too busy keeping everyone on track at the workshop to even begin her own creation, completed a beautiful floral ‘lino’ work, Translating the Domestic, also layered with wax.

Although Billie Griffiths was not at the workshop, she has been a mentor with Art Partners since the program’s inception in 2011. Billie, not one to miss out on much, created Spring Celebration in response to her love of the life-giving tree.

The Auction

Friday, September 20 will be your chance to see these creations which will be up for auction at ECU. Funds raised from the sale of the 9 by 5 inch artworks will be used to produce a professional catalogue of the work of the visual arts graduating students. In addition, a portion of the funds raised will be donated to Art Partners to support artists’ expenses. Don’t miss this opportunity: Friday, September 20 from 1:00 p.m. in Building 6. The works will be on display for one week prior to the auction in Building 1.

If you’re based in Bunbury, the Art Partners hope to see you there!

9 thoughts on “The Journey of the 9 by 5s

  1. Donna

    Fantastic work everyone – well done – great to see art partners getting involved in lots of projects lately. Congrats to Helen and Wanda for all your enthusiasm and energy to keep these projects going.

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  2. Art Partners Post author

    Thanks Donna! It’s great to know you enjoyed seeing the work. We really hope to see you at the auction on Friday, September 20 from 1:00 p.m. in Building 6 at ECU.

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  3. Johanna

    How inspiring! And the artists produced some incredible pieces. I also love flowers … their colour and vibrancy are so compelling and I can quite see why artists are drawn to them across every medium. Keep up the great work, and well done to the mentors too 🙂

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  4. Donna Mazza

    Thanks for your amazing work Art Partners. It looks like you had fun with it and the pieces have lots of bounce and joy in them. I think we’ll get a lot of bids – they are beautiful.

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  5. Art Partners Post author

    Thanks Donna! We really enjoyed the process, and are hoping to come out in force for the auction in September. In fact, a few of us will surely come during the preview week.

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  6. Art Partners Post author

    Thanks Jo. Flowers are definitely one of the favorite themes of the Art Partners. We’ll surely be doing more work in the future with flowers as a central theme. We’ll keep you posted.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Denise for stopping by. We’ll make a point of including lots of photos with our posts. Therefore the Art Partners blog will be super easy to follow. We look forward to your next visit!

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