Jill Bryant

Moonpond by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant Moonpond 2014, acrylic on canvas, 101.5cm x 76cm

Our featured artist this week is Western Australian talent Jill Bryant.  Her magical watercolours and mixed medium works seem to twist light and colour to take the real to the abstract.  The paintings are uniquely fluid and alive. Jill took some time out to answer some questions for Collate Culture.  Find out about her studio and check out some of her whimsical pieces as you go.

CC:  If you were to paint a picture of your Studio, describe what would it look like right now.

JB:  An organised mess! One wall draped with a very large sheet of canvas decorated in a kaleidoscope of splashes some of which have found their way to other walls! A table covered in plastic takeaway containers, varnishes and mediums, squirt bottles, jars of well worn brushes and palette knives of all shapes and sizes, the last used tubes and tubs of paint waiting to be put away and replaced with a change of colours. Little bits of this and that that may or may not be used for texture. A stingy window that is never giving me adequate natural light. A cupboard with shelves and drawers that looks somewhat organised with more paints and mediums, a serious looking spray mask, heat gun and halogen lamps that compensate for the stingy window. On another wall sits a well loved english oak antique chest of drawers housing all things to do with watercolour and printmaking. Stacked against it on one side are watercolour paintings I don’t really love that much and haven’t yet decided what to do with them and on the other side rests easels large and small. Strewn across the wooden floor is more drop sheets and black plastic for the more serious spillages. Thrown into the vista is two carpentry horse stools for resting freshly varnished paintings. That’s about it, wait no, lastly but by know means least is a cupboard housing a generously stocked (thankfully) wine rack!

The Journey by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant The Journey – Diptych 2014, acrylic on canvas 81cm x 41cm 

CC:  What is your favourite medium to work with and why?

JB:  It would most definitely be watercolour. I am in love with it’s translucency, freshness, fluidity, unpredictability and ‘less is more’ nature of the medium. It can produce magical results if you just let it do it’s thing under delicate guidance. It’s is the most challenging medium to work with which keeps you on your toes and good planning often has to happen before you touch the paper, even if it’s abstract watercolour you’re working on.

Harbour noise 1 by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant Harbour Noise 1 2015, acrylic on canvas, 76cm x 51cm

Harbour noise 2 by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant Harbour Noise 2 2015, acrylic on canvas, 76cm x 51cm

CC:  How do you know when a piece of work or series is finished?

JB:  I don’t always know but often when it visually speaks to me or gives back to me. The process of creating a painting can require a lot of mental and emotional energy so when I’m no longer continually thinking about it or when I feel something in return, the more I look at it. Then I guess it’s done.

CC:  How difficult is it to discard work that isn’t working?

JB:  Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it takes time to come to that decision. What I might consider not to be working someone else loves. This has happened a number of times where I have thought about painting over artwork I’ve finished and then someone decides to buy it. So whenever I threaten to re-do a piece my husband gives me the look. Mostly I refrain but not always.

Out of the blue by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant Out of the Blue 2015, water colour, 57cm x 77cm

CC:  What is the best advice you have received?

JB:  Work with confidence.

CC:  do emotions drive or stifle your creativity? Do you do your best work when you are happy? sad? angry?

JB:  Both. For me anxiety stifles but sadness can drive. However being in a happy place is energising so I feel that it is the biggest motivator for me and I feel my work mostly reflects that emotion. While painting though, I often experience a range of emotions through the artistic process so it is hard to define which emotion produces the best work

Problem solving by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant Problem Solving 2015, water colour, 41.5cm x 41.5cm

Wetwonder by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant Wet Wonder 2015, water colour, 57cm x 77cm

Geyser by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant Geyser 2015, water colour, 41.5cm x 41.5cm

Two lamps by Jill Bryant

Jill Bryant Two lamps 2014, acrylic on canvas, 101.5cm x 76cm

To find out more about Jill visit her website Jill Bryant.  You can also take a look at our post featuring the work of Celeste Wrona who creates stunning ink on paper creations


Jon Goulder

Australian Designer Jon Goulder delivers unique, uncomplicated design brought to life with quality craftsmanship.  His creations speak for themselves…

Lampes: Jon Goulder hand blown glass lights

Hand blown glass lights: Three glass forms make many variations centred on a wooden hub.

Lampes: Jon Goulder hand blown glass lights

Lampe compositions, in black

Settlers Chair by Jon Goulder

Settlers Chair: Water formed leather shell on a Tasmanian blackwood frame

Settlers Chair detail by Jon GoulderSettlers Chair by Jon Goulder - detail

Amore Mio Chair by Jon Goulder

Amore Mio Chair

Fruit Bowl by Jon Goulder

Acrylic, plywood and wenge Fruit Bowl

Maggies Basket by Jon Goulder

Maggies Basket with waterformed leather gusset

For more information visit jon goulder

Kate McCarthy

Ferry to Calais by Kate McCarthy

“Ferry to Calais” acrylic on canvas

Kate McCarthy plays with texture, shape, colour and childhood memories to produce these vibrant and playful pieces.  Kate lives in Tasmania and uses a multitude of mediums, including oil, acrylic, enamel, aerosol spraypaint and collage.  Enjoy these delightful creations.

Polly Voo Lores by Kate McCarthy

“Polly Voo Lores” acrylic, oil, collage and enamel on canvas

Stuyvesant Cider by Kate McCarthy

“Stuyvesant Cider” acrylic on canvas

St Johns Comfort Lores by Kate McCarthy

“St Johns Comfort Lores” acrylic oil and aerosol spray on canvas

Ascanio by Kate McCarthy

“Ascanio” acrylic and oil on canvas

For more on Kate visit her website Kate McCarthy or  instagram page

Cherine Fahd

“Breath” by Cherine Fahd

Sydney based photographic artist Cherine Fahd’s latest collection is entitled “Homage to a Rectangle”.  In these works, glimpses of youthful bodies are revealed from behind large bold colours. Cherine has recently been announced as a finalist in the 2015 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for her photograph “Breath” as pictured above.

“Outty” by Cherine Fahd

“Inny” by Cherine Fahd

“Face” by Cherine Fahd

“Hair” by Cherine Fahd

For more information visit Cherine Fahd

Cezary Stulgis

Above and Below by Cezary Stulgis

Above and Below by Cezary Stulgis

Sculptor, Painter, Designer; This amazing talent has been making his impression on walls, streets, canvases and galleries for over two decades with a range of powerful paintings, sculptures and street art. Polish born, Cezary Stulgis, is based in Australia and has answered a few questions for Collate Culture…

CC:  If you were to paint a picture of your studio/ workspace, describe what would it look like right now?
CZ:  It’s currently not being used as I am doing the next stage of my sculpture in The Foundry, so my studio is neat and most things are put away.

CC:  What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
CZ:  In sculpture I like using clay but also like to weld steel and use wood as well.  In painting I use acrylics and spray paint.

CC:  How do you know when a piece of work or series is finished?
CZ:  I just know intuitively as well as being happy with it and not overworking it so it retains a freshness about it.

CC:  How difficult is it to discard work that isn’t working?
CZ:  Very easy just go over it with a roller.

CC:  What is the symbolism of the dogs that feature heavily in your work?
CZ:  They are a metaphor for human behaviour and pack mentality.

Ground Level by Cezary Stulgis

Ground Level

Head On by Cezary Stulgis

Head On

Zombie Dogs Cezary Stulgis Collaboration with Plea F1

Zombie Dogs Collaboration with Plea F1

Heavy Cargo by Cezary Stulgis collaboration with Makatron

Heavy Cargo collaboration with Makatron

Warriors by Cezary Stulgis


For more information on Cezary’s work visit cezary stulgis


Simple, functional and lasting: This is Kin.

Connect Bench

Connect Bench

Kin, founded by Dermot and Janelle Lenaghan has a focus on great design, sustainability, functionality and high quality craftsmanship. Each piece of Kin furniture is designed and ethically produced in Australia by local craftsmen. The pieces are hand finished at Kin ensuring optimum quality. Kin succeed in producing simple, beautiful and durable pieces:  Some from the Connect Collection are featured below.

Connect Coffee Table and Side Table

Connect Coffee Table and Side Table


kin_cooper_footrest_closeup_1024x1024   underside stool


Connect_bench_detail_grande     colours


Black Table

Black Table

Connect Bar Stool

Connect Bar Stool

Connect side tables

Connect side tables


For more information and to order visit kin.

The Sentimentalist


“Mahia” Linoprint: Fiona Watson

Fiona Watson is our featured artist this Wednesday.  She lives on the southern Gold Coast and creates beautiful lino prints which deliver an overwhelming sense of nostalgia.    Many of the works feature  fibro houses, breeze blocks and caravans perched amongst simple seaside vistas.  She takes the old back to a time when it was new.  These aren’t just pretty pictures;  they are happy memories.  Fiona hand cuts and prints the works herself but was able to take some time out to answer a few questions for Collate Culture…

CC: If you were to paint a picture of your studio, describe what would it look like right now?
FW: A busy space filled with drying prints, Lino blocks, artists inks, brushes, sketches of works in process and collected objects and photos that inspire my work.

CC:  What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
FW:  I use a relief printmaking process called Lino printing where my design is sketched onto a special surface and the unwanted areas are removed with small carving tools. This surface is then inked up with a roller and paper is laid over the top. After hand burnishing the back a print is taken. I love the hand made marks of this medium and the contrast of black ink on white paper. I feel it also best represents the time worn nature of my subject matter. When I hand colour some of the prints they remind me of early book illustrations.

CC:  How do you know when a piece of work or series is finished?
FW:  Working in black and white I know the block is ready to carve and print when I have a balance of tones and textures. Some prints are fully coloured when I feel the subject allows it whilst others have more selective areas highlighted.

CC:  How difficult is it to discard work that isn’t working?
FW: I think most artists will know when a composition isn’t working and would always discard or change/ alter the design. When your work flows easily you know you’re on the right track.

CC:  What is the best advice you have received?
FW:  Never undersell yourself. Value what you do as a unique talent.

CC:  Do emotions impact on your creativity?
FW:  I certainly have an emotional connection to the subjects I choose, as do my customers. My work is based on happy memories and I always describe my time spent creating my art as my ‘happy place’. I can tune out meditatively for hours on a piece.



“Christmas 1969” by Fiona Watson



“Fishing Trip” by Fiona Watson

“Jan’s Place” by Fiona Watson


Coconuts by Fiona Watson

Coconuts by Fiona Watson

For those of you in the area, Fiona will be holding an Intro to Lino Printing Workshop on November 14th at The Craft Parlour, Miami Marketta.  Keep an eye out for her next solo exhibition at Café D’bar Gallery at Coolangatta in March 2016.  Find out more about this talented lady at her site  thesentimentalist

or Instagram

The Shy Albatross

Jordan Davis is the man behind The Shy Albatross.  He is a designer, maker, photographer and lover of Tasmania.  It would appear that this guy’s hands were made to make.   He throws clay and turns it into beautifully rustic  pots and dishes that you just want to wrap your hands around.  His leather goods are robust  yet simple and sleek and made to last.  These products just seem to take you to a nice cosy place that you haven’t been to for ages … and you want to stay.   Just a couple of his products are featured below.

tsa belt

tsa ipad cover

tsa rustic bowls

tsa white cork

white pots

white cork single

For more information visit the shy albatross

Celeste Wrona

Sydney based Artist Celeste Wrona produces stunning works with ink on paper.  Showcased here are some pieces from her “Drifting”,”Exhale” and “Release” series.

Drifting IX Celeste Wrona

Drifting IX by Celeste Wrona

exhale II Celeste Wrona

Exhale II by Celeste Wrona

exhale 3 Celeste Wrona

Exhale III by Celeste Wrona

Release III Celeste Wrona

Release III by Celeste Wrona

release 4 Celeste Wrona

Release release IV by Celeste Wrona

For more information about Celeste and to purchase Original work or limited edition prints, visit her site  scissorspaperbrush.  If you are interested in more beautiful fluid art like this, make sure you go and see the blog post about Jill Bryant who is interviewed by Collate Culture about creating beautiful watercolours.