Abby Seymour

Australian designer Abby Seymour is a creator of handcrafted jewellery, pretty painted porcelain, and detailed print works.  Here is a taste of her work.

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Woven tapestry letterpress print A5

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Woven Profile Print print A5

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Scales print A5

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Triple Rhombus:  Hand painted faceted porcelain bead with small brass beads and oxidised silver chain

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Galaxy Blue Bead: Hand formed on sterling silver chain

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Universe Threads Blue Ring:  Hand carved ring with painted porcelain gem

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Universe Galaxy Blue Studs

Abby offers a variety of workshops in Melbourne.  Look out for her upcoming jewellery casting workshop transforming wax carving to metal jewellery. For more visit abbyseymour

Fiona Watson

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“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.
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“Christmas 1969” by Fiona Watson

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“Fishing Trip” by Fiona Watson

“Jan’s Place” by Fiona Watson

Coconuts by Fiona Watson

Coconuts by Fiona Watson

For those in the Gold Coast area, Fiona’s work can often be found exhibited at Café D’bar Gallery at Coolangatta.  Find out more about this talented lady at her site  the sentimentalist You can also purchase prints on Fiona’s online store.  Fiona Watson can also be found on facebook or instagram

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis is a designer, maker, photographer, cinematographer and lover of Tasmania.  It would appear that this guy’s hands were made to make.   Apart from being a talented and successful photographer, he also 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 or preview his cinematographic work here visit Jordan Davis photography or preview his cinematographic work here

Kate McCarthy

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“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 check out her instagram page