Saturday, August 13, 2016

Work in progress - August 2016

This is what is currently on my studio work table. I think I first started this in October 2014 but I did not get very far with it. It was my first dot mosaic picture but after doing a small portion of it, I decided it would be better to practice on some smaller pieces before continuing with this large picture. Several dot mosaic pictures later, and a house move, I have finally got back to completing it.

Work in progress - August 2016

I have been working on it for the last couple of weeks, particularly making a lot more tiles in different colours. My plan is to submit it for the Hibiscus and Bays Art Awards 2016, which has a deadline of 3 October, if I can finish it in time.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Last week of the 2016 Members Merit Awards Exhibition

I was thrilled to discover that one of my three entries, 'Flowers in the Round', has been sold. There is only one week left, as the exhibition closes on Sunday 31 July.

Lady Aotearoa    -   Flowers in the  Round   -   Light Sphere

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Auckland Polymer Clay Guild - to close

It is with regret that I am taking the decision to close the Auckland Polymer Clay Guild, which I have given my time voluntarily to run over the last three years, since its inception in August 2013. 

Throughout 2015 and 2016 (to date) there have been minimal, if any, members come to meetings and no new interest from potential members, hence my reason for closing the Guild.

I would like to thank those of you who have participated over the last few years and wish you all the best with your polymer clay and other creative ventures. If anyone wants to meet on a personal basis, please feel free to contact me, and of course I am still happy to answer questions or give advice at anytime.

Claire

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Members Merit Awards Exhibition 2016

In the foreground: 'Flowers in the Round' and 'Lady Aotearoa'

Have just returned from our two week trip to the UK, so went to visit the Members Merit Awards Exhibition at the Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa today. I missed the opening night on 7 July, as we were flying back from London, but was pleased that two of my three entries had a very central position in the exhibition.

For more details of the exhibition, which runs until 31 July, see 
www.estuaryarts.org

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lady Aotearoa

I started this sculptural piece while we were waiting for our New Zealand Citizenship applications to be approved (November last year) and I have incorporated some NZ icons (two Kiwi, the Pohutukawa flower, a fern leaf and Koru/fronds which are repeated as curls in her hair) into the design, so it seemed appropriate to call her 'Lady Aotearoa'. Now she is finally finished, here are four different views.





The core of this sculpture is a polystyrene head, which I used a few years ago as display prop, covered in several layers of papier mache and modelling paste and then sealed with acrylic paint and PVA glue. Onto this base I glued round mosaic tiles, made and baked from polymer clay, and then filled the joints with white tile grout.

Lady Aotearoa will be one of my three entries in the forthcoming Members Merit Awards Exhibition at the Estuary Arts Centre at Orewa (north of Auckland, NZ).

Monday, May 2, 2016

'Polymer Journeys' - arrived in the post




The hard copy of this fabulous book arrived in the post today. It showcases the most innovative use of polymer clay over the last two years. I am so proud to be included on page 117. To order your copy, go to http://www.polymerjourneys.com/

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Beginnings - taking shape

For the last few days, I have been working on my ideas for a range of jewellery and accessories called 'New Beginnings'. This is a little project to satisfy my creative desire to make some tasteful souvenirs for tourists to our country, and to get back into the market/craft fair scene, which I have missed. My long term plan is to use images of my original dot mosaics, but until I have actually made them, I will focus on using one design, based on the Koru.

New Beginnings – hand painted jewellery and accessories by Claire Fairweather

The ‘Koru’ symbol, widely used in Maori art, carving and tattoos, has also come to represent New Zealand (Aotearoa). Derived from an unfurling silver fern frond, it represents new beginnings, growth and harmony. New beginnings both literally, in terms of new life and growth, and also a new start or new phase of life involving personal growth. To be in harmony with life is to understand, grow and change.

The circular balanced shape of the Koru design is attractive to the eye and is a very positive symbol, to be worn with pride. It makes a wonderful gift, especially for a new parent or child, newlyweds, for a new home or anyone starting on a new phase of their life.

New Beginnings seems a very appropriate name for this project, as it has meanings on many levels. Apart from the symbolic meaning of the Koru, this will be my first serious attempt at turning my creativity into a small business, it will also be my first project in my new studio, in my new home. I am hoping that this will be a new phase in my own life, the beginning of a successful venture into a new creative career.


Friday, April 22, 2016

'Polymer Journeys' book has just been released


The long awaited Polymer Journeys book has just been released. It is a fabulous book showcasing the best polymer art and craft, and I am so proud to be included on page 117. To order your copy, go to http://www.polymerjourneys.com/

Friday, April 15, 2016

Plans taking shape

Part of my indecision about what to do is because although I really enjoy creating artwork with my ‘dot mosaic’ technique, it is very time consuming (making all the tiles as well as placing them to create the design/picture). I do not think I will be able to sell the pieces at a price that will justify the time I have spent creating them, when I could be doing more paid work. I have also missed not taking part in the markets/events, where I get to meet people and gauge their reaction to my work. For this reason, I came to the conclusion that the ‘dot mosaics’ should be my hobby and that I should try and find something else to develop as a small business.

I still keep coming back to the idea that I want to make small souvenirs for visitors to our country that are actually made in New Zealand. I have dabbled at various ideas (some not even with polymer clay) but have not really come up with anything different that I think I could make profitable. It is very hard to compete with souvenir items made in China.

Then this morning I had the idea of creating original ‘dot mosaic’ designs, which could be photographed and the images used for greetings cards, prints, jewellery and possibly other items like t-shirts, bags, mugs, etc. I might be getting a bit carried away here but I think it is worth trying out on a small scale to start with, to see how it works out. The images will be mine, and totally original, from my own mosaic artwork created in New Zealand. Being able to reproduce the images on various different items may mean that I can gain some ongoing income from my original dot mosaic artwork, which I so enjoy doing.

For the first time, since we have moved, I feel inspired and with a plan to put into action. I just need to come up with some good designs!

Friday, April 1, 2016

This is not an April Fool

As I keep chopping and changing my mind about what I am going to do next, I have purchased the domain name www.cfdesignz.co.nz. As this is very general, it could cover any designs or pieces that I create. By using a 'z' rather than an 's', for the spelling of designs, it reinforces that it is New Zealand made.