Artist studio visits with Artisans in the Gardens

Along with the Artisan in the Garden committee we have made several visits to artists studios that are exhibiting in this years Artisans in the Gardens at the Botanical gardens, Sydney, from 1th – 19th of October 2014. I have been posting these studios daily on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Here is a snap shot of some of the great spaces and work.























Denise McDonald works in stoneware and cool ice porcelain, and creates her own glaze producing a range of functional tableware ceramics, ‘The Flannel Flower Range”. The bowls, jugs and vases are soft-slab and wheel formed featuring a vintage flannel flower design. The design is taken directly from her immediate environment in her home and studio, a source of inspiration and part of her family for three generations. “the range speaks of our relationship to our native flora and our use of decorative motifs of great longevity”.


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Dimity Kidston creates tapestry using wool, cotton and linen. The shapes and textures of the seeds, pods and flowers of the Botanical Gardens inspire a series of woven tapestries, printed aluminium and ceramic plates.

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Geoff Harvey is both a painter and sculptor, creating ‘The Garden Dogs’ series using laser cut steel and found objects which frolic in the garden. His extensive studio has built up a collection of  found materials that is a source of inspiration for many of his works.


LOST, Leichhardt Open Studio Trail 2014


The following weekend I got around to some of the studios at Leichhardt’s Open Studio Trial.


The first studio I went to was the painter, Neil Frazer, who shows at Martin Browne Contemporary Gallery here in Sydney. He had a very cute black pug dog modeling on the artistically paint splattered floor.

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Neil Frazer has a great space, a lovely white box, reminiscent of a gallery space, so you can clearly see the work in progress. The paintings are predominantly landscapes, loosely based on trips to regional areas in Australia and NZ, and Neil is particularly attracted to places with rugged physical aspect.

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Another interesting space was Pseudo Space, and Mulit Arts cross disciplinary experimental house gallery which encourages artists to to exhibit new works. There was a classic share house kitchen, with bottles lined up and help yourself by donation to drink and snacks, and out the back was a group conference/event in action, on the terrace lawn complete with dogs and milk crates.

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The photographer Jenny Rix has a lovely studio space, with artful alcoves made by fabric hung in banners along the corridor to display her photographic works. There was a lovely alcove of paper cut out figures, and tranquil courtyard with a low lying fountain, and paper mache bowls created by Mina Rix.

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La Fabrique, the studio of Peter Griffen and Denise Lithgow, a live in converted warehouse space, 30 x 10 meters, allowing both an open plan living and studio space. The entrance had a little tea corner with views the communal street.

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Redlips Studio Gallery has a flourish of red velvet curtains and fun hand painted chairs.

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The last space, Zen Garage, is a community space for people passionate about automotive culture. Its within a studio complex, and right next to an interesting timber yard.

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There is also art in the street, a passionate display on the porch of a Leichhardt terrace.