Recently I spent a fun afternoon at Tiffaney Bishop Collectivewith the STUDIO SCHOOL students, tbC artists and mentors. We were challenged to make an artwork with beautiful vintage books kindly donated by a local tbC supporter. I had been provided with a beautiful Chinese painting book, which inspired this painting. The text is an analysis of Chinese landscape painters and poets over several centuries and describes the different approaches to their artwork. I cut the page into three sections, glued it with conservation Japanese rice paste onto unryushi paper, then painted a very simple gum tree branch over the top, embellished with some subtle decorative elements. A little bit of Australiana inspired by traditional Chinese ink paintings. A very quick two hour project (with my little Oliver blissfully experimenting with watercolour pencils and collaborating with tbC’s Tim Willis)!
The other project floating around the room was a quant little book of garden poetry. It was passed around for us all to add something of our own to a page. Here are a few…(photos by Tiffaney Bishop).
For more information about the Studio School, contact Tiffaney Bishop at Tiffaney Bishop Collective.
Set Designs For Ferny Creek Primary School
I was invited to design the backdrops for the 2013 Ferny Creek Primary School production. It was a huge collaboration between students, teachers and parents, the emphasis being on allowing everyone to have a go and pitch in with the painting.
The show was ‘Cinderella And Rockerfella’, a contemporary take on the classic Cinderella fairy tale, set in the 50s. Multiple scenes required several set changes, and these boards rotated to reveal a village scene on one side, and the well known castle kitchen where Cinderella completes her chores on the other. There were also boards that attached over the top to create the background for three other scenes!
Something magical happens when a community gets together to create something out of nothing, fuelled by passionate volunteers, generous teachers, and enthusiastic students.
The sets are now available for hire, along with the incredibly elaborate and professional costumes. Please click here if you school might be interested.
It was such a fabulous project, I'm already looking forward to the next one!
Concept sketch of village scene
Concept sketch of reverse panels
Sketches for individual boards
Colour sketch of village scene
Colour sketch of kitchen scene
Painted village scene
Painted kitchen scene
Painted Rockerfella's room scene
Painted bakery scene
Painted ballroom scene