Ken weaves articles such as scarves, shawls, floor rugs, home wares, and wall hangings.
All articles are individually designed and handwoven using beautiful fibres including silk, alpaca, cotton, tencel, and fine wool.
Ken’s weaving ranges from classic and earthy, to funky and energetic. From the spark of an idea through to meticulous design, to fringing and hemming, Ken’s handwoven items are designed, produced, and presented with joy and delight using up to 16-shaft looms, shaft-switching rug loom, and computerised loom.
Peter Ronne lives on a hill in a swamp with his beautiful wife Rose and works in his shed and back garden with tools ranging from chain saws to delicate carving implements.
Presently his practice is concerned with surfaces, the depths being left to philosophers and x-ray technicians. Lately he has been in pursuit of smoothness so as to emphasize the new surface revealed by removing the old one. The grain of the wood, its knots, and ravaged spaces are always a surprise to be worked around and into the piece. The forms he reaches for are the ghosts of archetypes and cartoons. Humour, presence, and moments of attention in a world of anxious chatter, these are hopefully what the carvings may achieve. A hint of practicality enters through the flattish tops of some, where drinks or flower pots may be left to linger.
For years he worked in stone which is heavy and produces an abrasive powder. Wood is lighter and having been alive carries an echo of that life with it. Stone needed to have its story pounded into it whereas wood carries so much of the story on its own. As always there is dust, but it is redolent and doesn’t scratch spectacles.
About these pieces:
The Guardians 1 & 2 are named for their apparent posture and anonymity. One cannot really tell who they are, but they stand ready in case of emergency.
The Money Changer is changing money, in this case a handful of New Zealand coins into a scattering North Korean ones.
So What is a comment on the cult of appearances.
Hunger Bureau is a furnishing for hungers which can be used as a letter (remember them?) holder and drink stand.
Old Man represents an ancient codger content to lean upon his staff.
Song for Odysseus references that song from antiquity which drove a great hero bonkers.
Robyn was born and raised in Sydney, and as a young woman studied Fine Art at East Sydney Technical College. By day she worked as a retoucher in a Print Shop and in the evenings studied painting and ceramics. As a mature-age student, she continued her studies at the City Art Institute, majoring in painting & drawing. Robyn further added to her knowledge by studying Scientific Drawing at Macquarie University and attending print-making courses at various studios.
Robyn has taught a variety of art mediums at various institutions and schools.
“The most enjoyable would have been teaching and exhibiting as Artist in Residence at Thredbo Village.”
Robyn has exhibited in numerous galleries in Sydney and Newcastle including in her own pop-up gallery.
“I have always been a keen supporter of the environment and my work reflects this. In my paintings and printmaking I use images of our home environment as well as the wildlife that surrounds us.”
Lyn has been Weaving, Spinning, Felting, Dyeing Fibres along with many aspects of the Fibre Industry for many years. Her love is, to make an individual piece in which to make the wearer feel special. Her studio is full of fabulous fibres, yarns and embellishments, to be able to create that special piece. Her Weaving is unique in colours and style.
Creation is what she loves to do.
Judy Connors has lived in Newcastle all her life, and has been painting for 20 years.
Her teacher was the late Lorrie Jorritsma, who was also a dear friend.
She has tried all mediums and subject matter and now loves using pen and ink to produce really quirky animal sketches always adding that extra little bit to make them all unique.
John Morris is a reductive landscape painter with a lifetime of experience as an artist with which to inform students in technique, composition and materials.
John’s work can be seen in major gallery and private collections. He was the winner of the 2018 Newcastle Club Foundation Art Prize.
Carolyn’s practice concerns itself with sustainability, connection to place, identity,
belonging and the relationship of perception and creativity to these.
“I am currently working on a body of work that makes commentary on a shared hope for infinite renewal of the natural environment. I work in layers of meaning using poetry and diverse visual media to comment on contemporary social, humanitarian and land use issues. I work primarily in digital composition, but also enjoy abstract watercolour.”
Each of Carolyn’s prints are produced in limited editions of 3. Commissions are produced as Unique Prints.
Of himself, Jayde writes:
“Colour is the hero, the brighter the better. I’m just the lucky one who gets to repackage it for the observer”
The subject matter for my work comes from my subconscious, with scenes that resemble a place, that exists somewhere, familiar yet hard to remember.
As an emerging Australian Artist I have a wealth of life experience to draw upon. I have a military background which has been overshadowed by a reasonable amount of time served in maximum security prison. As a true military man, i was able to use the skills acquired through service to help me improvise, overcome and turn around what would normally be a life devastating event into an all-out positive assault, producing a staggering amount of work within a three year period.
I work from my studio in Newcastle Art Space, and at the respected Newcastle Art School, TAFE NSW, where I’m completing a Diploma of Visual Arts and next year, an Advanced Diploma.
I have developed a style which can be recognised across a variety of mediums. I am not afraid to tackle controversial subjects or to delve into the world of abstraction. I work to find a balance between what is technically correct and artistically appealing, breaking the rules to find a new path. Mistakes can make the most interesting pieces.
My current body of work crosses the boundaries between contemporary abstract and portraiture, a graphic kaleidoscope full of energy and bursting at the seams.