Brush Making Workshops

About the WORKSHOPS 

‘For well over two years now I have been making handmade brushes in a variety of mediums in all shapes and sizes. From gathering native plant fibres, found materials and feathers I would then bind onto driftwood, pre-loved brush handles, found objects, twigs or bamboo. It became apparent to me that each brush that was made held its own story. The story of the places I have walked, inhabited and the landscape of where I live.

It was my intent to push the act of mark making further by creating a more personalized approach to my own visual lexicon. By using the brushes it was like unlocking a language with each brush holding its own unique feel and quality. But it was the unknown or unexpected mark that each brush made that pushes oneself out of a comfort zone that was appealing – the loss of control and a new found freedom was what excited me most of all. To then connect with drawing again in a fresh and exciting way. The brush becoming my keeper of memories – of both remembered times and places.

Brush making is very much a synthesis for me – from the utilitarian and rudimentary forms and approach within many mediums – to a journey rich in discovery. The mark making process becoming a conversation between each brush and its maker. From the making of the first marks, to the shapes and forms flowing within their unexpected language onto the paper, canvas, board or cloth. Revealing subtle delicate marks, along with the calligraphic, bold and unexpected qualities of the brush embedded instinctually in each work. For me they speak both ‘of the land and from the land’.

It became obvious to me through this form of exploration that artists have this inherent and instinctual desire to create their own unique visual language through a variety of mediums – the act of mark making with handmade brushes has mapped new territory. A narrative to be continued…….’

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

 

 

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Lexiconical exhibition: Lorna Crane
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Brush-making opened artistic Lexicon

South-coast artist Lorna Crane’s foray into creating hand-made brushes opened a deep vein of creativity that is on display in a new exhibition opening at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles Gallery in March.

The Lexiconical exhibition will include a variety of Crane’s handmade brushes and objects, as well as works on cloth and paper. The works sprang from the artist’s obsession with making her own brushes.

 

For more than two years I have been sourcing a variety of materials from my natural environment including native plant fibres, organic fibres and found objects, including ocean and marine debris,” she said. “As I bound the materials onto pre-loved brush handles, twigs, driftwood and bamboo, it became apparent that each brush held its own story. They tell of the places I have been and the landscape where I live.”

With a collection of brushes in a variety of mediums, in all shapes and sizes, Crane pushed her mark-making to create a more personalised approach to her visual lexicon.

Using the brushes was like unlocking the language of landscape – of remembered times and places. Each brush holds its own unique feel and quality, and is a keeper of memories,” she said.

Crane feels that using the brushes brought about a synthesis from her previous utilitarian and rudimentary forms within many mediums to a new visual language.

The mark-making process became a conversation between each brush and its maker,” she explains. “It was an exciting journey, from discovery of the first marks with each brush, to the surprising shapes and forms that flowed onto paper, canvas, board or cloth.”

Each of Crane’s works reflects these unexpected qualities, with subtle delicate marks alongside the bold and calligraphic. They speak both ‘of the land and from the land‘.

“Through this form of exploration, I created my own unique visual language using a variety of mediums,” she said. “The act of mark-making with handmade brushes has mapped new territory for me and opened a narrative that will be continued.”

The Lexiconical exhibition runs at Timeless Textiles from 14 March to 8 April, with the opening on Thursday 15 March.

Handmade Brushes and Mark Making Workshops with Lorna Crane

 

For over two years I have been making handmade brushes in a variety of mediums in all shapes and sizes. From gathering native fibres, found materials, feathers and cotton then binding onto pre-loved brush handles, twigs, driftwood and bamboo it became apparent that each brush held its own story.

It was my intent to push mark making further by creating a more personalised approach to my own visual lexicon. By using the brushes it was like unlocking a secret with the reveal of the first marks that each could make once dipped in ink. Some marks were delicate, others calligraphic or formed repeat patterns while others made unique bold and strong marks.

It became obvious to me through this form of exploration that artists have this inherent and instinctual desire to create their own unique visual language through a variety of mediums – the act of making the marks maps new territory.

My workshops are a process that takes each individual on a journey – beginning with the making of rudimentary hand made brushes and discovering a synergy within – then the experimentation in its many forms follows – from the first marks to working in 2D on paper or cloth, making artist books and exploring the making of objects through assemblage.

Dates: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm 17/18/19 March 2018

Cost: $460 including a delicious morning tea and lunch

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Estimated material fee ($30) payable to the artist

Venue: Timeless Textiles Gallery

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