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Little Layers of Happy: SALA 2013

Oh friends, today’s post comes to you with much gleeful hand clapping and just a wee bit of nervous hair twiddling…

After much plotting and planning and too-ing and fro-ing, I can finally share with you the details of my very first exhibition:

Poster for sala

Hurrah! I can scarcely believe that what began as a half-joking personal challenge  for 2013 has blossomed into “an actual thing!” (as my family has heard me exclaim with increasing frequency round these parts). I will admit to a skip in pulse rate as I look at my countdown calendar and do a double take – can it really be just 60 days until opening night? Surely not… but then I stand in our hallway and smile proudly at the little family of weaving that is growing on the wall, and the fear turns back into excitement again at the thought of them finding new homes out in the big wide world.

I have been smiling at my snazzy poster for a few days now. It is the result of my dear friend, former A Visual Sensibility Mk 1 teammate, and creative right-hand – Alison  from Antler Studio. A humongous and heart-felt “THANKYOU!” Ali for  your wonderful work, cheering, advice and all-round radness.

“But Megan, what is this ‘Collaborative Community Weaving’?” I hear you ask.
Well, throughout the duration of the exhibition, visitors and customers of The Seasonal Garden Cafe will be able to make a donation of their choosing to local food rescue service OzHarvest Adelaide, and then add their own ‘little layers of happy’ to a simple frame weaving. The finished piece will be  raffled off – one lucky collaborator will win the finished weaving, and OzHarvest will receive much needed funds to continue it’s great work. I am more than a little chuffed and so very grateful that cafe owner Silvia has taken a chance on me and my little makings, and can’t wait to see my pieces snuggle into their spots within such a warm and cosy space.

All this busy making, organising and promoting has called for a new website: meganwalshcheek.com

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Pop over to find a (growing) gallery of work, news, links to this blog and to my Etsy store – which will soon be filling up with woven goodies just as quick as my busy fingers can go.

Phew! What a lot of exciting news for one post – time for a cuppa and a bit of a lie down… who am I kidding, I have an exhibition to make for, chop chop!

Here’s to an exciting few months ,

Megan.

Creative Crush Wednesday: I’m smitten!

Hello Friends.

It’s true. I can’t hide it anymore.                                                                                                    I am totally in love with the work of encaustic artist Robin Luciano Beaty and I just have to share her brilliance with you….

Oh. My. Goodness. The TEXTURE. The LAYERS. The COLOUR. The little scraps of FABRIC. The snippets of HANDWRITING. Did I mention the TEXTURE?

For the record, encaustic painting is described by the ever trusty Wikipedia as:

” Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax… Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface” – in Robin’s case, that would include nails, metal fibres, mesh, cloth, lace, paper and photographs.

(Click on all images to link to Youtube source:)

While these images look like whole paintings in themselves, they are in fact close ups to show the detailed layering that goes into each work. I know, delicious.

I have always been intrigued by encaustic art making in my creative jaunts around art and design school, but somehow have not stumbled upon the wonderfulness of Ms Beaty until now (thanks again, Pinterest!). I have complete studio envy, and would quite like to spend my days wielding a blow torch and mixing up caramel-y layers of wax. Actually, I wouldn’t mind rocking a tank top and bangs like that either ….

If you are as enamoured as I am, you will enjoy a good potter through Robin’s website here, where you can sigh delightedly over an extensive catalogue of work.  And check out Youtube here and here to see these lovelies being created… and a spot of rollerskating. True.

Happy Wednesday folks.