Thursday, September 26, 2013

Paired Printings

2012 Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens Artist in Residence Tricia Smout and I have just heard our collaborative work Paired Printings is a finalist in the 2013 Moreton Bay Region Art Awards. Here is our entry and Tricia's description.
Tricia SMOUT, Helen KING
Paired Printings

Date: 2012
Medium: Inks and embroidery on fabric
Dimensions: 420 x 420 x 30 mm

Artist Statement
Two of Australia's most beautiful flowers, the wattle and the grevillea, inspired these hangings. Helen screen-printed her designs in two overlapping colours, over which Tricia lettered and embroidered the descriptive words ... A pair of people and two forms of printing two different flowers, each printed in two colours, then the overlying lettering done twice (ink embellished with gold embroidery). Paired printing indeed!

One of these works has already received a Commended in the recent Royal Queensland Show (or The Ekka).

Tricia (not me) is the organiser of all of these activities. Have a look at her blog to see the huge and productive year she had as Artist in Residence.

And here is a link to all Art Award finalists http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/artawards.aspx?cat=2


Friday, September 20, 2013

From One End of the Bay to the Other

Long time between posts but I've moved house - still by the shores of Moreton Bay, but the southern end this time. So I've been getting to know the local flora and wildlife in my new surroundings. One spectacular tree which I've not come across very often is the tree waratah or red silky oak (Alloxylon flammeum previously Oreocallis wickhamii). This is a rainforest native and here it is growing and in flower in my backyard.

Also close by is the beautiful red bottlebrush Melaleuca viminalis. I've never had one so close before and the flowers attract the brown honeyeater, rainbow lorikeet, blue faced honeyeater and little friar bird - that's my tally so far. You can see a little brown honeyeater in the photo - right at the top.


The birdlife here is a bit different - no bullies such as Little Wattle birds (no banksias) and very few Noisy Miners, so lots more of the smaller birds. Even some sort of thrush plus a pair of kookaburras nesting in an old tree.

These two were watching this big carpet snake!

And isn't this spectacular - not a native - some sort of ornamental passionfruit. The blue faced honeyeaters love it!


Red is the "in" colour of the plant world here.

I've decided my next print will be a bottlebrush - stay tuned.