All Manner of Medals

Who doesn’t love receiving a medal, an award, a prize, or even a thoughtful certificate? Chances are, it’s appealing to most of us.

The idea of making inventive medals to honour people was the starting point for a 2015 project.

The Back Story

For anyone who has been to Helen Seiver’s studio, or seen images of it on previous blog posts, you’ll know that it’s overflowing with all manner of fascinating objects. One thing that found a temporary home in Helen’s studio was a cardboard box stuffed full of athletic medals.  These medals belong to Wanda’s husband Mark Sadowski.

Inspired by the theme of ‘Collections’ for the upcoming issue of BIG Kids Magazine, Art Partners hosted two workshops in Helen’s studio in which participants could respond to Mark’s medal collection. The idea was that participants could create medals for each other and other deserving loved ones.  In one workshop, participant Zoe organised a medal presentation ceremony and captured it on video.

The medals were then beautifully photographed by Carensa Watts on a Bunbury beach.

For Being Lovely

Alyssa made a medal for her mother: Lovely Woman Award for being a nice mum

Lovely Woman Award. Photo by Carensa Watts

Lovely Woman Award. Photo by Carensa Watts

For Being Kind

Zoe made a medal for Helen: Kindness Award

Kindness Award. Photo by Carensa Watts

Kindness Award. Photo by Carensa Watts

For Being Beautiful

Isabell made a medal for Alyssa: Beautiful Young Woman Award

Beautiful Young Woman Award. Photo by Carensa Watts

Beautiful Young Woman Award. Photo by Carensa Watts

For Having Spirit

Wanda made a medal for Zoe: First Prize for Spirit

First Prize for Spirit. Photo by Carensa Watts

First Prize for Spirit. Photo by Carensa Watts

And…

Helen made a medal for Wanda: Inaugural Birds of a Feather Award

Inaugural Birds of a Feather Award. Photo by Carensa Watts

Inaugural Birds of a Feather Award. Photo by Carensa Watts

Other Inspirations

The mother and daughter duo of Jen and Elise were inspired by the Art Partners medals and decided to have their own go at medal-making. By using easily found crafty materials including bottle caps, ribbon and markers, they created these spirited awards.  Thanks to Jen for the photo and to Rob Cox for photo editing.  From left – Jen made a medal for Elise: Most Amazing Daughter Award; Elise made a medal for Jen: Best Worker Award; Elise made a medal for Dad: Best Driver to School Award.

A More Traditional Award

On Australia Day 2016, Art Partners was honoured with a nomination for the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group or Event which was presented by Mayor Gary Brennan.  This award is for “fostering Australian pride and spirit through active citizenship and outstanding contribution to community.”  Congratulations to the other nominees Hands up for Kids (winner) and Bunbury Men of Song.

Award for our Readers

An acknowledgement or an award can be as simple as a note on a paper napkin.

So to all those who have read, commented on and shared our stories over the past year, we offer this inscribed paper napkin (by artist Christine Blowfield) as thanks and possible inspiration for your own creations.

You are the Best by Christine Blowfield

You are the Best by Christine Blowfield

Over to You

Is there anyone out there you feel deserves a medal or an award? Let us know in the comments section (by Friday, March 11) and you could win a copy of the upcoming issue of BIG Kids Magazine!

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22 thoughts on “All Manner of Medals

  1. Carensa

    Congratulations to Art Partners for the Premeir’s Australia Day Active Citisenship Award, good to see all your hard work getting recognised in the community 😊

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  2. Rob Cox

    Congratulations Art Partners on a well-deserved nomination! The medals are an inspirational idea – what a fun way for someone to acknowledge the important people/influences in their life. Bring on a BIG 2016!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Rob, Thanks so much for your numerous collaborations throughout 2015! We have many more exciting projects planned for this coming year, and we hope you will be travelling with us. Keep that camera and those lenses handy!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Lois and Mike. Yes, it is a great thing to be able to appreciate each other. Thanks again for your ongoing support, and for the 41 framed works we presented at the end-of-year morning tea in December. As they say: “we couldn’t have done it without you.”

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  3. Louise

    Well done Art Partners and all of the other nominees and recepients. It’s such a good feeling to be appreciated and expressing our gratitude for each other is a wonderful way to do that. Feeling very grateful and appreciative of all the Artists out there who share their work and love of the creative process.

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  4. Irene

    Congratulations on your well-deserved award nomination and thank you for the consistently inspiring visuals, art, stories, and real-life characters!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Just great to hear from you Irene. Thank you for following our journey! And, just to let you know: we read one of your previous comments out at our end-of-year tea in December. So, thanks for being with us in spirit. Have a great 2016!

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  5. Mark

    Congratulations Art Parners on the nomination for the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizen Award. Deserved recognition for the hard work and dedication that makes the organisation the success it is.
    The medal workshops to honour those near to us a splendid and original idea……captured superbly by Carensa.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Mark. And, thanks for the loan of the medals. After all, it’s all your amazing athletic feats that inspired the medal workshops! Congratulations to you for all those medals and all those victories.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Well hello Judi McGuigan! It’s lovely to hear from you. We trust you have had a super satisfying 2015, and we hope we will see you in 2016. Perhaps at the Tree Street Safari?

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  6. Louis Ariano

    Your display of medals is truly original. What better way to recognize folks who have made a contribution. Art Partners truly merits receiving the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award nomination. The people who are involved with this organisation should be justly proud. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Louis for checking out the post. Yes, the medal-making was a great idea, and Mark’s sporting medals proved worth inspiration for our workshops. It was most honouring to receive the Premier’s nomination. Thanks for staying in touch.

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  7. Leighton Jay

    Well done on the Premier’s Award nomination. Like others, I think it is well-deserved. Your idea of focusing on ‘collections’ of things (medals in this case) also reminded me of last year’s post about collections (https://artpartnersbunbury.com/2015/08/15/traceys-art-of-collecting/) and also this online book about collections – http://issuu.com/clairejay6/docs/bookdesign. What you’ve collectively done with this collection of medals is fantastic. I also think that Mark deserves congratulations for actually winning such a great collection of medals – very inspirational!!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello Leighton. Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, you’re right. Last year’s post about collecting (Tracey’s Art of Collecting) as well as this post on medals were both inspired by the theme for the current issue (9) of BIG Kids Magazine. In fact, on page 7 of the issue, you can see Carensa’s photo of the Inaugural Birds of a Feather medal (also pictured above). And, yes, we love Claire Jay’s work on collections. Very accomplished and beautiful! Thanks for commenting and for sharing.

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