Printmaking on clay at The Wooden Haus

Whilst its still fresh in my mind…. It was wonderful to have six lovely women from as far afield as Wollongong and Sydney in the new studio on Saturday for our inaugural workshop! Whilst the rain continued to fall outside we were all kept warm by fresh yummy orange cake for morning tea… thank you Pat and some other vegan and gluten free yummy treats.

There were five art-makers who had backgrounds in printmaking and one very brave artist who was new to it all!

It was a productive day for everyone producing very layered and beautiful prints on clay. I think its safe to say everyone was happy including the artist in residence! More to come soon at The Wooden Haus… please like our page on Instagram and keep an eye on what we are doing.

 

 

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Grave seats: Hidden 2018

Grave seats 2018 installed at Rookwood Cemetery in August and created for Hidden Sculpture Walk  was born out of previous work and the printmaking processes of mono-type and silkscreen print.

Seats 1- install day

I think the process of making this installation was more exciting than the final work. On many levels this work really stretched my process and pushed me outside my own limits! Every now and again artists have to challenge themselves and this certainly has!

Grave seats 2018 was without a doubt probably the most challenging work I have ever made. I am not sure I like the result but I can certainly see the possibility of future projects… however not in the open air!

I have had sleepless nights worrying about the work, out in the rain in the cemetery, out in the elements..

Below is the Artists statement for the catalogue:

Grave seats 2018 by Linda Swinfield invites us to sit, consider our own mortality and the ephemeral nature of the human condition.

The making of the individual seats have enabled Swinfield to shift her working process toward the representation of death, disintegration, burial and landscape. Swinfield’s work includes the symbolism of the family group, history, and manifold tangents of memory.

Swinfield started collecting disintegrated grave flowers whilst locating family graves in cemeteries in 2014. Collecting and printing the disintegrated flowers has become a meditative walking process and an extension of her art making.

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Final coat before install.

 

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Introduction to Contemporary Silkscreen: Blackheath NSW

A huge thank you to Blackheath Art Society NSW for inviting me to teach a two day Introduction to Contemporary Silk Screen Workshop.

This intensive experiential workshop introduced the medium to absolute beginners and seasoned art-makers alike. It additionally enabled participants to set up a printmaking space and work from home. My approach during the workshop was to enjoy the media, have fun and not be afraid to get messy!

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Demonstration work using layers and rubbing back the surface of the work.

Many thanks to Jo and Adel from BAS who participated and assisted me to organise the workshop in the lead up to the two days. Also thank you to the artists who came with an open mind and were willing to experiment with the messy nature of this process.

 

Day one was all about different stencil types, the history and setting up a printmaking space. Then day two focused on painterly and drawn applications onto the screen to push the traditions of this  printmaking.

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My demonstration work number two- its all about the layers!

 

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Grave flowers 2018

Swinfield started collecting disintegrated grave flowers at Rookwood Cemetery whilst locating family graves in cemeteries in 2014. She was finding the graves of deceased relatives during an Artist In Residence at Thirning Villa in Ashfield. Her first prototype prints were made in 2015, shortly after returning from the residency.

Grave flowers series

Prototype grave flower prints with lace works created in 2015. Monotype and collage on canvas board.

Collecting and printing the disintegrated flowers has now become a meditative walking process and an extension of her art making. She has since collected them in Toronto and near her new home in Katoomba and Wentworth Falls cemeteries in the Blue Mountains.

Three years later, in 2018 Swinfield started reprinting the flower remnants and covering four pieces of furniture as an installation titled Grave seats 2018  to be installed at Rookwood Cemeteries Hidden Sculpture Walk. This work was initially created to invite us to sit, consider our own mortality and the ephemeral nature of the human condition.

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Collected broken grave flowers found in drains and on pathways.

The making of the individual seats has enabled Swinfield to shift her working process toward the representation of death, disintegration, burial and landscape. Swinfield’s work includes the symbolism of the family group, history, and manifold tangents of memory.

 

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Hidden 2018

I am pleased to announce that i will be included in this years Hidden Sculpture Walk exhibition.

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk is a free, public outdoor sculpture exhibition that takes place every year amongst the gardens and graves in one of the oldest sections of the Cemetery.

HIDDEN 2018 Launch Party DL v3

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Paste up in Froma Lane April 2018

As a “up late event” I decided to do a paste up wall  outside the AIR in April 2018 whilst I was Artist in Residence at the Toolo Blue Mountains Tool Library in Froma Lane.

As the Toolos’ first Artist in Residence for 2018  I was gifted working space and time whilst in transition from coastal living after I made the decision to move to the Blue Mountains.

I spent my childhood and after visiting family and friends at various locations in the beautiful Blue Mountains.  In 2016 I begun visiting various locations in the mountains, to research family history including the lives of  two Aunts Ada and Florence who lived locally. Ada Hart (nee Swinfield) lived in Victoria Street and Florence grew up in Katoomba.

Represented on this wall are images from my family photo album including images of her Aunt Florence who worked at the Carrington Hotel during WWII and the Lithgow Small Arms Factory. There is an image of Florence in her teens riding her one eyed horse Prudence and her mother Madge Jarrett who ran a riding school in Katoomba.

 

Pictures also seen here are of Florence in uniform during WWII and her married life near Lithgow afterwards with son Raymond and husband Sidney Webb. There are also on the wall family holiday photographs taken at The Everglades by her father John William who was a keen photographer are included in the collage along the wall.

Other photographs gifted during this project include family photographs by the Hendriksen family whose grandparents married at the Carrington in the 1940s and local artist Gary Shinfield whose images depict the freedom of lifestyle during the 1970s.

The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the Toolo during her residency and Sushi & Co for the use of their wall and the arts community. Many thanks to the local community for making us feel welcome. This project is temporary and will be removed at the end of August 2018.

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“moving mountains”- was a bit epic!

This is a big thank you post…. for a tribe of many wonderful humans who assisted with our move from Lake Macquarie to Medlow Bath this year.  There is a cast of many and they include a list of exceptional people who assisted with the packaging up our belongings, the sale of the house and the actual move, help with the cats, advice about the purchase of our new home purchase.

The art community please look away as this might be long winded… and boring!

I apologise if I forget anyone…. from November till June has been a blur at times.  We  have had LOADS advice and support on social media and face to face from many friends over coffee.

Firstly and most particularly I have to thank Stephen Malone who tirelessly packaged up the house and studio with us and without us. He also helped with the move into the new dwelling as well and has since assisted and advised about its upgrade. Truly without you it wouldn’t have been as easy!

Also at the beginning of this journey was Jenny Kelly who helped pack up the studio and came armed with packaging tools and a sense of humour. Nicole Truscott from Awaba who helped to clean and prepare the house for the new family, organise some postage and keep an eye on the Toronto house.

In the beautiful blue mountains we stayed over several months in two beautiful and welcoming homes and that was wonderful to not have the burden of extra rent and enabled us to feel more welcome. The first was the Blaxland home of the Hendriksen family. A big thank you to Gay and Bert Hendriksen because we probably overstayed our time!

Sarah Noble otherwise known as the cat lady! Took care of our girls  in her home where they joined a tribe of 5 others. We spent many weeks with her in the final leg of the journey and she was extremely patient with us both.

The last few weeks was spent at the other end of Medlow Bath with Les and Gary. Their big house was always welcoming and enabled less travel time to my sons school. Gary even mowed the lawn for us in the first few weeks!

The purchase took a lot longer than it should have. there were several hiccups and some crazy moments where I wanted to scream.

I wont go into detail or talk too much about the long, drawn out and complicated purchase from an oddball vendor- But Olya from Chapman Real Estate made the process more humorous and less crazy. I will always think about the previous owner on full moons… a little quirky.

 

 

 

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