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
For Being Kind
Zoe made a medal for Helen: Kindness Award
For Being Beautiful
Isabell made a medal for Alyssa: Beautiful Young Woman Award
For Having Spirit
Wanda made a medal for Zoe: First Prize for Spirit
Helen made a medal for Wanda: Inaugural Birds of a Feather Award
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.
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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