Drawing Your Own Path

 

I’m going to write more about my experience participating in this course sometime soon. In the meantime, check out the book that the course is based on here.

 

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Old School Friendship

Michelle Genders

Old School Friendship

2017

Embroidery floss

Bracelets – Dimensions variable

 

Exhibited in:

It’s Been 10 Years

 

Artist statement:

I’ve been trying to step back from the computer. I’ve been trying to have conversations in person face to face. I wanted to learn a new skill using my hands and see the colours join together over time.

 

Sticky Notes

I prepared the above image for Book Machine 2017 held at Artspace Sydney. The initiative joins “participants of all backgrounds and experience with emerging designers from Sydney’s best art and design schools to create their own publications. Over 200 artist books will be generated over the course of the free five-day public program.”

I took the opportunity to create one of those books! I’ve been working with sticky notes for more than a year now, often drawing or adding text to collage elements taken from magazines as per the above image. In order to produce the book, I pulled together all the images of my sticky note experiments – over 300 in total. The book was printed in greyscale so I cropped, culled and converted the images in preparation for the session. It was a good a chance to reflect on what I’ve done previously on the project and where I will take it to next.

My session with designer Saskia Ruting was three hours long and we worked solidly together to realise the approximately A5 x 100 page book in a digital file. It was great to converse with her about what I’ve been up to and see the images afresh from her more distanced perspective. Saskia and the time limit helped me to focus in on what was best to include and how best to present it. The digital file was then sent to be printed by the Book Machine! It was a suprisingly validating experience to have an official collation of my recent work.

View the cover of the ‘Sticky notes’ book here.

View the interior of the ‘Sticky notes’ book here.

 

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Sketchbook Project

I’m taking part in the Sketchbook Project organised by the Brooklyn Art Library.

I’ve been plotting and planning what I will include in my sketchbook. In recent times, I’ve been investigating circles, drawing as a meditative practice and making daily. I’ve decided to follow on with these interests in my sketchbook. I’ll also be drawing upon my longer term interests in spiritual traditions and the years of experimentation that I’ve undertaken with pigment ink pens.

Anyone can participate in the Sketchbook Project – find out more about how to join in here

See regular posts on my progress on Instagram or Twitter.

 

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Join us for Creative Sprint

Almost one year ago, on April 1st 2016, I started my first ‘Creative Sprint’.

Those who are up for the challenge are sent a prompt by email each day. It’s free. For 30 days you make something new every day and share it on social media with one another.

I participated in that first Sprint because I was recovering from surgery on my ankle and wanted to do something creative, but without a lot of pressure, to while away those hours confined to home.

This drawing is what I made on day one. I completed that month long Sprint and continued on with a daily making project. I’ve been making something new each day for the entire year mostly (I had a couple of short breaks such as when my nan died and when I was on holidays in Japan).

The 2017 April ‘Creative Sprint’ is fast approaching. I’ll be taking part with my chosen theme of ‘CURVES’. See my daily posts on Instagram or Twitter.

Why don’t you join in? It’s going to be a lot of fun. Sign up here.

 

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Interview with Emma and Ivan

Image by Emma and Ivan from Tread and Pedals.

This interview was conducted by Michelle Genders and posted originally on the Australian Wandarrah team website.

Let’s get to know Emma and Ivan from Tread and Pedals. They reuse reuse bike parts that would otherwise be discarded to make beautiful and functional. Emma and Ivan opened up their childhood memories of bike riding and their favourite parts of running a handmade business.

Click here to read the interview

 

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Interview with Alison K

Image by Alison from Mettaville.

This interview was conducted by Michelle Genders and posted originally on the Australian Wandarrah team website.

Let’s get to know Alison Koh from Mettaville. Her shop is a beautifully minimal place to purchase carefully hand crafted journals, note book and cards. She shows us behind the scenes in her studio in New Zealand.

Click here to read the interview

 

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