So, I'm away from home. House and pet sitting in N.S.W., always love sitting at this place, there are so many fur babies I get to look after, and tweets too! They're all super cute and love cuddles. We all love cuddles, don't we?
There is one thing that I find hard about house sitting, that is, I can't bring my house and workshop with me! I know, most people would think it's a great opportunity to go out and see what's about, kind of like a holiday.... ha not me! Nope, my idea of a holiday is doing art and being creative in a different environment. But, have you ever tried to do art away from your workshop? there's all the things you forget to bring, and at least half of your tools just aren't compatible with travel, full stop, end of story.
My fix for all these first world problems, is that I do something else, something entirely different. I try to do things that are at lease somewhat travel friendly, usually it means a trip to the art stores and more pens and inks, paints and pencils, or maybe some kind of random art kit.
This time I tried really, really, (really, really, really!) hard to avoid visiting Eckersleys' or Riot, (didn't actually manage to stay away, but it was weeks rather than hours) and got busy on my lap top. I put some images of recent metal forging work through some pretty intense digital contortion and reconstructions. I made some nice new images and somehow I found a place that prints your work and handles sales, (all very environmentally friendly and with sustainability in mind) so I got busy uploading to "Redbubble".
What an adventure! A big black hole has opened up into a whole new universe and I've been completely swallowed up!!! Its been days now and I've even started making work specifically for this time-warp that is "Redbubble". So I've revisited other art and made new art, taken photos, edited, transformed and uploaded, now even my grand babies have their very own products named after the art they inspired.
If you're curious, go have a look.... there's everything from keep-cups and canvass bags to t-shirts and dresses. www.redbubble.com/people/FrankieBarloc
Starting with my most recent leaf brooch ,which is the first I've made using my rolling mill to emboss a pattern onto copper. I inrepurposed sheet copper that came from the old flu of a wood stove in my parents house.
This is what happened after learning a new photo editing program. I hope soon I will have produced a new series of these images, my fascination with repeat patterns and fractals are beginning to shine through.
Below: you see some of my repeat patterns featured on dresses as they appear on Redbubble. These are all digital manipulations of my own artworks, metal work, pen and alcohol inks, and of course my favourite prismacolour pencils.