Fairbridge Folk Festival Silkscreen Poster Workshop Success

Aaah! Just finished up two screen and block printing poster workshops for the youth art space at Fairbridge Folk Festival 2015, Perth. It was a huge success!!! Teens poured through the art tent eager to print their skulls and decorate their day of the dead poster with relief blocks and foam stamps. We mixed up some funky colours and got some really sweet combos. The tent packed out with a great bunch of teens, mums and kids. Such a fabulous festival site. And working along side some awesome artists surrounded by amazing music and lots of good vibes. Here are a few pics of some of the posters. I will upload a process page soon.

Murals
Kat Coppock

Projection Installation
NicNic Ansell

Lantern Parade/Workshop
Bec Masey

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We’re all feeling it!

The biggest social problem i believe we face is not that depression and pain seem to be an epidemic but that we are so insecure we think it makes us different and weak and find it all so confusing… This is hideously misguided considering almost everyone experiences depression in their lives, and everyone feels pain, it is not an element that separates us but one that unites us!!! We should be standing together and saying I feel like shit somebody hug me. Not I feel like shit I better hide or I might dampen the mood or not seem cool like those happy uplifting people…..

I cry a lot, and i laugh a lot, life throws ups and downs, it’s a rolls coaster and the social constraints put on children as a “way to behave” are crippling and outdated. We need to implement healthy mind studies into primary education.

When we were a society almost entirely guided by the church, this was… Somewhat… Happening. . Since we live in such a diverse society now not ruled by any one religion we need to fill the void. We need to inform children of the simple tools and techniques available to aid our understanding of our own psychology and emotional health so we don’t grow up in fear of feeling or in fear of our confusion about feeling. You do not need to control someone’s behaviour or morals to do this just inform them of what we as a species understand about ourselves, why do we learn sport and physical exercise techniques but not mental health exercises…. It would be so easy to transform an entire generation by providing the access in the early years, erasing the stigma attached to emotion and mental health and provide an open arms, open heart, open mind society.

Urgh men sure did get the industrial revolution cranking but what about the development of people!!! What about a psychological revolution that inspires growth and understanding of who we are and what we are likely to experience. You don’t need to do a phd to understand basic psychology you mostly just need reassurance that it’s ok to feel because what ever your feeling there is a reason it just needs acknowledgment and then a decision on how you want to let that feeling influence your decision making…. It’s only when these steps aren’t taken that a mentally healthy person can quickly become mentally unhealthy and even breakdown completely. Urgh!!!!

So frustrated with the priorities of society – capitalism is important I get that but it can’t take the lead ahead of health – health then economy then lifestyle

C’mon!!!!

Image: http://www.jillgreenberg.com/

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Mr Cuddly the Shark addresses Upper House!

Vocal Gansta representative of the Oceans Elite

Mr Cuddle the Shark at Parliament House

Mr Cuddly the shark presents his insight on the shark cull debate!\

LISTEN UP!!! Caus i got somthin to say,

and im not going to stop until you listen ok!

Sharks are shy diplomatic conservationists

we try to avoid the absurd human behaviourists

but unlike humans we can make mistakes

unlike humans we rarely nibble something we shouldn’t

unlike humans we are not so forgiven

we do not have a church to repent

but the humans come after us to have our heads

and not just the shark that made the mistake

that cops the full force of Australian state

but all our friends and family will be culled

for simply entering a beach we love

they don’t even make distinction

of species, age or intention

we never attack these swimming apes

and yet sometimes we do indeed make mistakes

all in all we are just highly intelligent developing creatures

that have survived the pitfalls of millennium extinctions

but no more are our waters safe

the real danger is these apes mental states

their perception of our kind

is brutal and undignified

We Deserve a Trial!!!

to have our say

defend our intentions

If you would just HEAR THE FACTS of the day

stop spreading hysterical myth

you think your so smart but you spread lies to sell print

I urge you to think about the backlash of karma

Please think twice before enjoying the drama

of seeing sharks as vicious killing machines

this idea is unsupported illegitimate and extreme

i know we seem scary and can look mean

but we are more friendly and kind ocean beings!

dont get me started on the trend of finning,

why do you like eating our tasteless rubbery fins,

it it for necessity to live?

or is it just some bulshit spread like cancer to the prestige?

you may not realise but we sharks control the ocean

not through bullying or governments passing motion

but through ecology, biology as masters of evolution

and without us you will see a mass dissolution

of all the animals beneath us in our vast ecosystem

but if you like swimming with deadly jellies

bacteria, algae and single cellies

or walking on land without oxygen to breathe

continue your path of destruction and upheave

because with out us there will be devastation

I urge you to consider my words of persuasion

together in harmony is my only vocation

to co-exist i welcome you to my home

the ocean

the sea

a vast food source for plenty

I will not attack

(but i could make a mistake)

but do not worry your more likely to die from a snake

or an elephant

or a cow

or a vending machine

or a car

or a mosquito

or a fall

or a swim in the surf

or a coconut

or a game of sport

or a champaign cork

or a meal

or a storm

or a bee

or a horse

or a cold snap

or a ladder

or a run in with hot tap water

or an ant

or a dog

or an icicle

or Autoerotic Asphyxiation

or a hippo

or a lightning strike

or a jelly fish

or a sharknado

so really you can see

were not as scary as you believe

we are simply not perfect

not perfect like you

please do not sentence us all

based on the actions of few

we ask for humanity

to step up and stop this insanity!”

 

PEACE OUT!!!!

Mr Cuddly

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Note: remember we have been culling via nets designed to trap and kill in NSW since the 1930’s and in QLD with baited drumlines (Like WA trial’d) since the 1960’s. So even though they have decided to stop this horrific act in WA, oldest and most established culling systems in Australia are still in place!

Note: sharks are caught in Australia, finned on shore, sold for fin soup in Australia, and consumed in Australia then the rest of the shark sold to fish and chips stores (most of which is wrongly labelled shark even if they say Barramundi – most likely shark) in Australia. This is an Australian issue as much as it is an issue anywhere else near water.

SPANDA – Verge Festival – Sydney University

Verge Festival 

Sydney University

Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

8-17 October

Everyday 11am – 3pm

Tues, Wed, Thurs – late close 9pm

 

SPANDA is #1 on the sculpture walk at this years Verge Festival brought to you by the dedicated students and graduates of the University of Sydney Union.

 

SPANDA is a Claire Munro Art and Design initiative. It is an interactive multi sensory installation by Sydney College of the Arts students Dorit Goldman (MFA), Melissa Maree (BVA) and Claire Munro (BVA). SPANDA is from Sanskrit referring to the self expressive pulse of all individual things and all things united as one. Translated as movement, vibration and an exploration into our collective consciousness. SPANDA includes work by Dorit Goldman with her plaster “accidents” a result of her study of the body. Melissa Maree explores visual vibration through geometry and pattern with her delicate cutouts. Accompanied with warped glass blown vessels, photonics fibre structures and video projection that explore human Phsycology by Claire Munro. Overall it is an experience and one is urged to sit in the work be still and enjoy the works many intricate and ever changing moments as well as identifying the works impact on you as an individual and as (like everything else) a vital part of our entire cosmos as a whole. It’s mesmerising visuals and playful string installation combined with the sculptures create a space for calm contemplation a chance to escape the stresses of the day and ponder.

 

I hope you enjoy these images.

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