Many Hands and One Foot

There were many hands and one foot going for broke at a recent public workshop in the art studio of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Bunbury Campus.  The workshop was held to give participants a jump start at creating 9 x 5 inch panels for upcoming exhibition and auction to benefit Art Partners.

The workshop was facilitated by South West artists Helen Seiver and Marina Troitsky.

The first part of the workshop was taken up with printmaking demonstrations.  Helen focused on found objects that could be used to transfer an image onto paper.  The idea was that those interested in experimenting with printmaking would work with paper, and then the chosen paper creations could be glued onto the 9 x 5 inch panels.  The found objects included leaves, feathers, peppermint tree twigs and curtain lace.

Once the paper prints were glued onto the 9 x 5 inch panels, Helen recommended giving the works a coat of wax to finish them off.  Wax is an excellent sealant, is archival, provides a beautiful finish and adds depth to the work.

All in the Egan Family

Janine Egan, who has been part of the Art Partners program since 2012, hails from a very artistic family.  She was joined in the workshop by her father Adrian, and her sister Lisa.

Janine’s favourite subject is flowers, and she had several panels on the go.  In the finished one featured here, she used leaves to create the preliminary layer.

Adrian also got stuck into working with acrylics and produced this beautiful delicate piece he called Quincessential.

Lisa was inspired to experiment with printmaking, and created a work with beautifully strong contrast using leaves and peppermint tree twigs.

Mentors in the Thick of It

Long time Art Partners mentor Edy Rees chose to paint with acrylics.  She called her bold and striking work Peacock.

Newly recruited mentor Ric Stacey tried his hand at printmaking, and produced this lovely, delicate work called Autumn Owl (named for him by Keon Hall).

New Friends Come to the Fore

The ECU workshop was a super chance for the Art Partners team to engage with new friends.

Sarah Mills, who is the Student Activities Officer at ECU, was inspired to work with wax.  She bravely dipped her beautiful panel into a very hot frying pan of melted wax!

Danielle McLachlan, a former student at ECU, produced very delicate works using paint, tissue paper and feathers.  Pictured here is Cape to Cape Coast (II).

Cape to Cape Coast (II) by Danielle McLachlan

Cape to Cape Coast (II) by Danielle McLachlan

Barbara Payne worked with acrylics to produce an intriguing abstract work she called Red Flash.  Following the application of strong colours, Barbara gave her panel a wash of white acrylic paint followed by a dip in hot wax.

Val Coventry tried printmaking techniques using curtain lace.  She completed her piece with delicate brush strokes and called it Rainforest Butterflies.

Shirley McMurray, also experimented with printmaking techniques using curtain lace, and called her finished piece Thanks for Experience.

Thanks for Experience by Shirley McMurray

Thanks for Experience by Shirley McMurray

And the Foot Belongs to…

Roslyn Burns, supported by mentor Mandy Doust and friend and support worker Tracey Musham, tried a variety of printmaking techniques for the very first time.  Roslyn completed two striking panels she named Koi and Autumn Leaves.

What’s Next

A selection of the panels featured in this post along with others will be exhibited in the Front Room of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries from August 22* – 31.  From there, a second and larger exhibition will be held at ECU (Building 03 Foyer) from September 3 17.

The grand event, a fundraising auction for Art Partners, will be held at ECU on Friday, September 19.

*Date changed from the original post.

What You Can Do

Tell us in the comments section what you’ve enjoyed about the processes and finished panels we featured.

If you’re an artist in the middle of completing a 9 x 5 inch panel, we’d love to have it back at one of the distribution points by August 22.

See you at one of the exhibitions or at the auction!

50 thoughts on “Many Hands and One Foot

    1. Carlene Egan

      What beautiful works of art. I came away from reading this feeling very inspired, with my fingers itching to create something!! My five year old daughter who was sitting with me as I read this post was also inspired and has asked if we can spend today printmaking and painting with our feet 🙂 One of the things that Art Partners does so well is creating opportunities that allow artists to work to their strengths while also dabbling in new techniques…and the results are truly wonderful! Well done…

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      1. Art Partners Post author

        It’s great to hear from you Carlene. We only wish you were closer so we could have engagements in person rather than over the net. You and your daughter would have loved the workshop. Perhaps next time the stars will align and you’ll be in town when we’ve got something on. Thanks for staying in touch. We really appreciate it!

  1. Donna Mazza

    It’s wonderful to see people busy in our studio alongside some of our students and alumni and ECU Bunbury. We are really looking forward to the auction on 19th September and I’m sure there will be a bidding war over some of this amazing work.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Donna! The Art Partners really enjoyed the experience of being on campus. We’re delighted that you were able to accommodate us. As said in the post, it was a great chance to connect with some new faces. See you on the 19th of September!

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  2. Amanda Doust

    Was a great opportunity for Roslyn to experiment with a different method application of paint to her canvas. Ros produced two awesome pieces of work using leaves, feathers and foliage.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Amanda! It’s absolutely marvellous work you and Tracey are doing with Roslyn. An amazing amount of beautiful work was done at ECU in a very short period of time. And, great to see Roslyn creating tiny works compared to the much bigger canvasses she usually paints. Bravo team!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      You’re absolutely right, you are famous! In fact, at Art Partners, we like to think that everybody is famous. It’s just a question of degrees, isn’t it? But, judging by your panel ‘A Gift for Miriam’s Ghost,’ your degree of famousness is clearly headed skyward!

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  3. Irene

    I so love seeing the artwork and the process (artists and mentors) that make it possible. Each segment of this story is like a mini-story in and of itself. Impossible for me to say which I love most, I admire each one individually for its uniqueness. Such a fun way to learn about art, its diverse facets and the many people involved in making ArtPartners so precious.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Irene, It’s wonderful to hear from you and to know that you’re following us from afar. The workshop was a beauty, and it’s actually the first time we collaborated on a public workshop that wasn’t about sewing Little Dresses for Africa. Here’s to more public workshops for Art Partners in great locations like our local Edith Cowan University. Please continue to check in!

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  4. Barbara Payne

    Many thanks for the opportunity to be part of the fantastic event. Such a great way to raise funds and awareness in the community. I really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from other participants and mentors. Thanks to all involved.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Barbara, Thanks so much for coming to the workshop. It was a great opportunity for us to connect with you and your friend Val. We’re delighted that you found it worthwhile. We hope to see you at one of the exhibitions and the auction! Thanks for visiting the blog!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Danielle! It’s been great getting to know you through this wonderful community arts initiative of Art Partners. Thanks so much for your ongoing support. There will be more ways for us to connect in the future. Looking forward!

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  5. Johanna at ZigaZag

    Mentors and artists together – wonderful, and in such an inspiring setting. I loved Danielle McLachlan’s work Cape to Cape Coast (II) using paint, tissue paper and feathers – so delicate and intriguing. But oh, what a very clever and creative foot belonging to Roslyn Burns. Fabulous artwork she’s producing and love those strikingly lovely panels Koi and Autumn Leaves she created – and fab to have the support of mentor Mandy Doust and Tracey Musham. Good work team.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Johanna! It’s always great to hear from you. Yes, I love Danielle McLachlan’s work as well. In fact, the background of Cape to Cape Coast (II) reminds me of the work of Claire Pendrigh Elliott who had an exhibition in Perth not too long ago. And, yes, Koi and Autumn Leaves by Roslyn Burns are striking as well. It’s great that Roslyn can just trust the process (and her team of Mandy and Tracey) to lead her somewhere quite beautiful.

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    2. Amanda Doust

      Hi Johanna, Thank you, it is a wonderful journey of discovery working with Ros (Tracy and Wanda). Roslyn is totally willing to be led to new places however there is an equal balance of Ros leading us.

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  6. Mike

    This is awesome and I’m always absolutely fascinating by what folks can do with painting! The best I ever did, with the help of a mentor, was tole painting on a couple pieces of wood. I don’t have steady hands so intricate painting makes it difficult. I loved your answer to Sarah Mills 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Mike for following our developments for such a long way away! Apart from our thoughts about being famous, we also believe that anyone – given the right situation – can do amazing things with paint. That includes you by the way. Thanks for checking in.

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  7. Susie Waller

    What an amazing workshop and artworks! I wish I had been there myself! I really enjoyed Janine and Roslyn’s pieces. I really liked how works were dipped in wax at the end, will have to try this for myself! Wishing you all the best of luck with your exhibition and auction!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Susie. It’s great to hear from you. I sometimes wish we were closer and had more access to other As We Are artists. But, then again, we will see you at the upcoming exhibition in Perth. Looking forward as are a few of our artists. Good luck with the wax!

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  8. Susie Waller

    Yes me too! And I’m sure many of the As We Are artists would also love to be closer too, so that they could attend your workshops, exhibitions etc. Look forward to seeing the entries from the Art Partner artists this year. There is certainly much talent in the group and if last year’s entries are anything to go by, I am sure they will blow us all away again this year!

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  9. BRAG WA

    It looks like everyone got a lot done! We can’t wait to have a selection of the boards displayed in the Front Room gallery space in the lead up to the auction!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks BRAG! Yes, the workshop was super productive, that’s for sure. It’s going to be great to see the panels up in the Front Room at BRAG. Can’t wait!

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  10. Rosalie Carmichael

    I am glad that some of you have worked with wax. I have used it to create structures for floral design. Congratulations on your work. Cheers Rosalie Carmichael

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Rosalie! Yes, the wax was a big hit. Sarah Mills was just delighted and she took the plunge in a big way! Hope to see you at one of the exhibitions or the auction on September 19.

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  11. Renee Kaczmarcka

    What an impressive array of work. I particularly enjoy Lisa Egan’s striking print and Sarah Mills’ piece (well done for braving the hot wax dip), and feel inspired to get my feet grubby with colour after seeing the results of Roslyn Burns’ footwork. Promises to be an exciting auction!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Renee for checking out the post. The work is impressive, and such variety! Lisa’s piece is a beauty, and we’re super proud of Sarah for taking the hot wax plunge. You might just have to visit us at the Stirling Street Arts Centre and dab your foot in some paint with Roslyn looking on. Hear from you again soon!

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      1. Renee Kaczmarcka

        Cool AP. Is a visit to Stirling Street by arrangement only or can one just, er, put their best painterly foot in the door at any hour? I’m in Busselton so it’s not always convenient. Will bear it in mind when in Bunbury next though.

      1. Renee Kaczmarcka

        Thanks for the (subtle) tip Sarah 😉 Is there a rule of only one submission per artist in the auction, or is there the potential for me to purchase a triptych for my ‘said’ wall?

  12. Judi McGuigan

    Couldn’t be there for the workshop ….I wish I could have. It looked like you all had an exciting time. Some impressive works…beautiful flowers from Janine, Roslyn’s Koi, beautiful experimental works from Barbara and Shirley…and more

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Yes, Judi, we really missed you, that’s for sure. It was great being in a totally new creative space. The ECU art studio is so spacious. I think participants really enjoyed themselves, and the lovely work speaks to that.

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  13. Art Partners Post author

    Hello Renee, and thanks for popping by again. Art Partners is at Stirling Street Arts Centre on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – noon during the school terms. We are almost always there, but it’s probably best to let us know you plan to pop by. For example, this coming Tuesday, we’ll be out presenting a guest lecture. Hope to catch up soon!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      You’re right Ingrid, c’est fantastique! It was a super workshop, but the next time we hope you will be with us. There are some parallels between the colours of Roslyn’s work featured in this post, and the colours she chose for her yet to be unveiled portrait. See you again soon.

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  14. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it

    I am very inspired by the different types of artistic paintings. I volunteer at a Senior Center now that I’m retired and this would be so great for non-painters to try. Unfortunately I would need someone to teach us and will look into getting assistance for them to have the enjoyment you showed in your photos.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Neva. Yes, it would be a wonderful idea to find an artist and host a workshop for your seniors. It would be even more wonderful if you could bring in some children to inject some youthful energy into the mix. The contrast in the group dynamics could create some magic. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Stirling Street! We hope you can get down to BRAG while the panels are on exhibition until August 31. If not, maybe we’ll see you at the auction!

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  15. Edy Rees

    What a fun workshop! Great to see so many different techniques happening in the room.Time just flew we were all having such a good experience 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      It was great that you were with us for the workshop Edy. We are hoping to host another one at Edith Cowan University in the coming months. Please stay tuned and we’ll look forward to seeing you again.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Leighton, Thanks for checking out the post. It’s always good to hear from you and to know that you draw some inspiration from what we get ourselves up to. You’d be keen to hear that we’re back on campus tomorrow presenting about two super successful projects from 2013. Please stay in touch.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Kathy! Great to hear from you. Yes, we are running another workshop on Wednesday, October 6 as part of Community Mental Health Day at ECU. The workshop will run from 10:30 a.m. – noon in building/room 5.133 and is being led by artist and mentor Amanda Doust. Feel free to pop by to see what doodling is all about.

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