I suppose nothing replaces a real life studio tour, but I hope you at least enjoyed the little glimpses! And yes, I am very blessed. When we built this house, a functional and family-friendly studio was a high priority. It has helped a lot with enabling the art-making to happen within and around family life, and I certainly don't take it for granted!
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We've been half a family this week. Three children are staying with friends and family in Albany, and Phil has been riding from Albany to Perth (via Walpole, Pemberton and Busselton) as part of a fundraiser. So it's just Jason, Marcus, Aaron and myself. I suppose this means that our pace of life has been slightly more normal, but it feels a little too quiet, and we can't wait for everyone to come back home. Aaron's idea of 'fun' doesn't always match up with mine, but we did enjoy a special day out earlier this week. How can you go wrong with lunch and books at Millpoint Book Caffe? From there we headed to Perth, as I wanted to check out a small business I'd discovered on Instagram. Which is actually the point of this post.
Beau Est Mein is a printmaking studio on William St in Perth. Downstairs is a lovely shop, which includes prints and reproductions by Magali Dincher. I've admired her work since I discovered it a couple of years ago, and was pleased to discover that this business is her brainchild! Upstairs is a print studio. A range of printmaking workshops are held here. Or if you are experienced in printmaking, you can make use of the studio facilities independently in Studio Access days. There are workshops for kids and for adults. Sounds like a fun day out with a friend (trumps pedicures and day spas any day in my book!)
People often ask if I'm planning on teaching another screen printing workshop. I would love to, once the kids are a bit older. Meanwhile, this is a great place at which to learn assorted printing skills.
Just like that, the arts trail is done and dusted. Some of the artworks have been packed away again, and I am back to finding a new normal. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to visit my studio and enjoy the trail! The most valuable part of an event like this is the conversations I have with you all. So lovely to reconnect with friends, and to meet new people too.
We had visitors from the local area, who were discovering parts of the Armadale Hills that they'd never known before, and we also had many visitors from further out who were pleasantly surprised by how lovely the area is. Most importantly, everyone seemed to be enjoying following the trail and visiting the range of studios.
Because my studio is up a fairly steep flight of stairs, and because I spend half of my time working in the living room anyway, I set up my work station at the dining table (my trusty old hand cranked sewing machine, and a stack of small quilts ready to be pieced), and offered optional mini-tours up to the studio. I also had artwork on display throughout the living and dining room, and even on the deck. Anyone who has been here will know how spoilt we are with our special home, and the house certainly proved to be somewhat of a distraction from the artwork, but either way, whether people were captivated by the house or by the artwork, they seemed to enjoy the visit all the same!
Here's hoping that we can make this an annual event on our local calendar!
Just a friendly reminder for everyone local: the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail starts tomorrow! Come and check out some of the local artists at work in their studio. Stop for lunch or coffee at Genesis in the Hills, or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in Araluen Botanic Park.
Here’s the map for those of you who might be coming:
I look forward to seeing you here.
P.S. If you are coming to my place, don’t forget that I am closed on Sundays!
I love art trails. I think it's partly because I find that seeing where and how artists work is even more inspiring that seeing their finished artworks. So I'm excited to be part of our inaugural Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail. For two weekends in September (Thurs – Sun 17th-20th, 24th-27th), various local artists will be opening their studios to the public, between 10am and 4pm. Come along, see where we work, see our work in progress, and shop our 'works for sale'. We will also each have an artwork on display at Genesis in the Hills – a great place to get an overview of the work we do, and pick up a map of the trail before heading out to explore our studios and this beautiful area in which we live. Please do note, though, that my studio will not be open on Sundays, so if you want to pop in here, be sure to plan your 'trailing' for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
bug you remind you of this again and again, but wanted to let you know already now so that you can share with anyone who might be interested, and note the dates in your calendar.
Meanwhile, check out the Spring into Armadale page, to discover all the other things you can see and do in this area this spring!