Without Walls

No dark sarcasm in the classroom please, this is a positive post.

It’s well known that one of the biggest markers of progressive thinking is openness. Wikipedia says openness is “an overarching concept or philosophy that is characterized by an emphasis on transparency and free, unrestricted access to knowledge and information, as well as collaborative or cooperative management and decision-making rather than a central authority. Openness can be said to be the opposite of secrecy.

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre prides itself on being a progressive institution and has an annual photographic exhibition open to all Victorian women (cis, trans and non-binary inclusive). It creates an exciting way to round out the year, and what better theme to work with than “Without Walls”.

I have a couple of pieces in the collection which I’m thrilled about as the exhibition is of quite a high standard.

The first piece draws from my love of graphic design and this year’s Pantone colours – “Ultimate Gray” and “Illuminating”, a punchy yellow. I first noticed the pairing of these colours in a large beaded necklace I bought from a fancy department store in the eighties. I thought it was the height of trendsetting and has stuck in my mind ever since.

My first photographic entry is called Strength and Optimism.

Strength and Optimism

Originally planted by guerilla gardeners, I spotted this gorgeous flowerhead in Armadale in the carpark just outside Firestation Print Studio. This magnificent sunflower and its background were captured to reflect the Pantone’s colours bringing a message of happiness supported by fortitude.

Here’s a link so you can scroll through and see everyone’s work. It’s quite the salon this year!

My other entry is titled “Lady of Letters”. It is a self portrait and it features my face (and messy grey hair) superimposed over a printed letter press poem. A bit self indulgent, but hey, waddyagonnado?

Well lah-de-dah. It’s the “Lady of Letters”.

Speaking of walls, here in Melbourne we recently surpassed Buenos Aires in Argentina with number of days in lockdown totaling over 260 making us the world’s most restricted city. All that isolation, surely a little self reflection is justified?

We’re out now and so far, so good.

Anyway, as you know the online gallery is now live and the salon exhibition will open at the Centre 4 January until 28 January 2022. Come along and say hi! Winners will be announced during the live exhibition.


Opportunity from Firestation Print Studio

“New To The Stockroom” is a great way to support Firestation Print Studio and their studio artists (of which I’m one). Click here to browse a handful of works from my awesome studio buddies.

Studio artists and members are all following the roadmap out of these lockdowns so we can just get back into the building and start printing. Sometimes rubbing the back of inked paper with spoons to produce a print just doesn’t cut it!

If you happen to be a fan of Australian magpies you’re in luck – there are two works on offer, one by myself (pictured below) and one by Karen Neal, coincidentally both feature a gathering of four magpies, click on the picture to see all the works.

“The Meeting” This is the first of five prints pulled from a drypoint etching and hand coloured with aquarelle.

Throughout this lockdown, birthdays, mothers days, fathers days, anniversaries and more are all still being celebrated.
Artworks are unique, thoughtful gifts which support artists, and the broader art community as well as inspire others to both create and collect beautiful images and objects.

​Works range from $180 – $750

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