By Wendy Spall
Further to my article in last month’s Leigh News, I will introduce you to the remaining artists that I met during the Dereel festival.
Lisa Hunter is a mixed media artist and she was experimenting with a concept she was calling “Ancestral Imagination,” It consisted of her layering photos of her ancestors onto photos of our current bushland. “I was just thinking of the impact we have on the landscape I guess.” It was a fascinating concept and I hope it goes well for her.
Caroline Everett’s work was a little different to what you’d expect. Using a painted head of a bird, the image was completed with doodle art, tiny little pictures of squiggles, bugs, birds, and flowers, using a fine black pen. The end result was fascinating. “I like to chop and change my art a lot, I like to experiment.”
When I approached Jean Brown’s table she was busily painting with acrylics, when I asked her why she used that medium she informed me that it dried quickly.
“Acrylic’s give you a good colour range and it dries quickly, if you need to change something or you make a mistake it is easy to rectify” she chuckled. Jean took up painting again when her children had grown, and left home and I had the feeling she very much enjoyed her work.
Also, at the festival was Clarissa Stein, who proudly told me she was a writer, a poet, and a publisher, she and her husband had published over 170 books in the last 30 years. They publish writers from Australia’s diverse cultural population. “I look for writings that appeal to me and grab me. You can’t write if you don’t read!” she informed me. Clarissa was busy writing when I disturbed her.
The last artist I spoke to was Julie Donaghy. Julie is a quilt maker. The quilts she had up on display were colourful and they had the wow factor.
“I’ve sewn all my life, my Grandma taught me, but I taught myself the art of quilting. “I sew everyday if I don’t, then that is a bad day.” Julie informed me that she still had the first quilt she made.