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EarthlyInk Studio is Open!

It is now complete and ready! EarthlyInk is now operational from Wolfe Studios, Wolfe Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia. With four floors of creative entrepreneurs, this will be an exciting and innovative place.

Looking forward to keeping you updated.

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EarthlyInk Studio Setup to Begin

All equipment has been moved, with setup to commence over the next four days! Looking forward to being in this space!

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6 Days Remaining!

Can’t wait to be in my new art studio….counting down the days. Have booked a man with a ute for the delivery of my furniture and equipment, with all other materials to be delivered by me.

Looking at being moved in by Monday 5 January. Will keep you posted.

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EarthlyInk Studio

I have been successful under the Renew Newcastle initiative of acquiring an art studio space. Looking forward to adding myself to this space, including monthly ‘Meet the Artist’ open days and a little retail/exhibition area to showcase and sell my creations.

Studio Space

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‘Of Places’ is Officially Opened!

Four Point Gallery collage

The exhaustion has set in. I am now ready to slow down for the next few weeks and enjoy seeing my artworks installed in the gallery on those lovely, white and crisp walls, and to sit and ponder the next part of my artistic journey.

It was such a humbling feeling, and I must admit an anxious one as well to share these completed artworks with those who have encouraged and supported me. I have never been one to enjoy the ‘spotlight’, but to have the opportunity to showcase this years completed artworks was exciting.

Four Point Gallery Collage II

Something I have begun to question is the skill to assess complimentary art spaces and galleries which have a strong alliance with the its arts community and the ability to build its patrons.

After having years off from exhibiting due to family responsibilities, and to look at my practice as a life long profession, I have realised to create economic rewards and public recognition for your practice, you really need to canvas through and identify those spaces. My new friend for the next phase will be ‘No Fear’ – to research and approach those spaces and galleries which fit the criteria listed above.

Four Point Gallery Collage I

It has been an amazing experience to reignite that creative drive, and have a space such as Four Point Gallery to re-establish this paused journey. As Emma Cother, from Backyard Bus noted during her opening speech, spaces such as Four Point Gallery and Renew Newcastle are providing ‘gatherings’ on both a physical and emotional level, where community, artists and space interact.

As stated in my interview with Newcastle Mirage, I see myself as a visual storyteller, and these spaces are providing artists with the opportunity to share, connect and build a sense of community.

With less than two weeks until my opening I have been busy completing my works, including two mixed media paintings, five illustrations and two ceramic wall sculptures. The opening will be taking place Saturday 6 September at Four Point Gallery, Hunter Street, Newcastle West, NSW, AUSTRALIA 5pm-7pm, with the amazing and highly talented, Emma Cother founder and manager of The Backyard Bus (artist in residency program), officially opening the event – http://www.emeraldviolin.com.

Of Places invite

It has been an eventful and hit the ground running year! Including the rebranding of my logo and arts business, EarthlyInk developed by Newcastle based graphic design company Neon Zoo, successfully acquiring my first major tender with Wyong Shire Council as their Arts Program Coordinator to finally completing and submitting an ArtsNSW grant auspice by Newcastle’s leading art organisation, Octapod – http://www.octapod.org

           Works In Progress

 

Learning to Breathe

Enjoying the simple things in life
Enjoying the simple things in life

Learning to breathe and basically stop, is something that hasn’t been so easy to do the past five months. From setting up house, acquiring my first ever arts tender to finding time to complete a body of work for an up and coming art exhibition, and than everything else in-between has started to leave my emotional and spiritual health a little battered. So I say it’s time to recoup and have a temporary escape plan and enjoy the simple things in life – family, the outdoors and fresh food! Sounds good! Escape Plan 1: I have organised a family weekend away involving a cabin near the beach, open fresh air, bush walking and a lot of relaxation. Escape Plan 2: a three day surprise birthday getaway for my hubby, child free! I cannot remember the last time we did something like this since having our son.

Postcards from the Northern Rivers

 

 

It has been four weeks since we made our descent from our one and half year Mullumbimby adventure, relocating to our Newcastle home. 

Life has been good to our little family and we are looking ahead to our next journey. 

The images below are the beautiful reminders of what we experienced on a daily basis. 

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A Diverse World of Opportunities

Collage Sunshine Alley Artworks

As an artist I have begun to look at alternative ways to showcase, sell and promote my work.  In the past I was constantly  assessing new ways to make my work more commercially accessible. This process became tiresome and took me away from my core visual arts studio practice. Based on this experience I have now adopted a strategy of consciously asking myself two questions,  ‘what am I wanting to achieve?’ and ‘Am I enjoying the process?’. This assessment allows me to stop, reassess and change direction (if needed).

sunshine alley illustrations

Through this reassessment process I have started to redirect and immerse my energy back into my arts practice – this has also come with an array of mixed emotions from  excitement to fear of failure. To challenge myself further I have approached three retail outlets, with one rejection.  

I currently have  original illustrations on consignment at Sunshine Alley, Mullumbimby, https://www.facebook.com/sunshinealleymullumbimby and have recently completed a commissioned mural for retail outlet White Buffalo, https://www.facebook.com/www.whitebuffalo.com.au.

As an artist what successful strategies have you implemented to commercially market your practices?

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