Archive for September, 2012
Acrylic, Silver, fabric.
Creative Generations Workshop
Acrylic and Silver pendant created during the Creative Generations workshop.
Creative Generations workshop – silver and fabric with kinetic component
silver acrylic and fabric to make a ring based on a sandwich!
I arrived in Mt Isa at midday, greeted by 38-degree heat. A bit of a shock to the system given the temperature in Brisbane of late has been rather mild! After collecting my hire car and doing a little shopping in Mt Isa I headed out toward Cloncurry. The first thing that strikes me about the country is how dramatic the landscape is and how, from one bend in the road to another, the landscape can change so much.
Cloncurry itself is a small town located 1.5hrs drive outside of Mt Isa. It too was scorching hot. I was there to teach a 2-day adult workshop and a 1-day children’s workshop. The first day of the adult workshop went well. Five absolute beginners who started off making rings, but after playing with flame for most of the day and temperatures close to 40-degrees, people were dropping like flies!
The second day was much better, with the workshop being moved inside with some air-conditioning, allowing creativity to flow! There were some fantastic results and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
The final day of workshops was the children’s workshop. Originally with 3 children booked, I ended up with 7 craving creativity. They ate up materials like a plague of locusts, leaving nothing behind but scraps of wood, glitter and feathers in a whirlwind of giggles and glue! The glue was non-toxic!
For R&R I headed out to one of the dams only to be adopted by a random dog that persisted on getting me to throw a stick for him while his master went for a swim! Back and forth, back and forth, I threw the stick until all the bark had fallen off and it sank to the bottom of the dam, only to have the dog swim around in circles trying to locate it. The call of his master broke off the search.
Heading home, I traversed toward an ominous cloud on the horizon. As I headed closer to Mt Isa I came across roaring grass fires that made the earth look like a Lord of the Rings extravaganza. Large plumes of black and brown smoke billowing from the earth. It was amazing! Yes, the landscape certainly changes in an instant out in the bush!