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July 14, 2012 - Fantastic Movie !

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If you love animation and an encouraging story about difference, laced with belly aching laughter and coupled with a groovy sound track,  I recommend you grab the DVD, Fantastic Mr Fox, adapted from Roald Dahl’s book.

March 15, 2010 - Wonder x 8 …

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Wonder x 8 .

Sit in awe and wonder of Sir Spider as he creates an extraordinary lace, at a flying pace, with an endless thread and no instruction book in hand x 8.  No education.  No hand-me-down skills x 8.  No voice to ask for directions.

Wonder….how does he know where to begin?  How does he create such perfect symmetry with no tools of measue?  How does he know when to snip the last thread to complete his masterpiece?

And does he have any real idea why he does what he does?  Does he feel a zone of frustration in a tiny vein, knowing tomorrow he’ll have to start all over again?

Or is he blissfully happy in his delightfully thoughtless spin?  Makes you wonder ….

Find in ‘Clunk & Jam’ book.

January 28, 2010 - Outsider Art

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Excerpt from Art Apart, written by Kate Bezar, Dumbo Feather magazine.   Art by Douglas, Black Dog  Secret 28.

Outsider Art does not just refer to artists without any prior exposure to art, but more broadly to people who work outside of the accepted art networks and institutions.  In many cases, they suffer from mental illness or disability, but the list also includes prisoners, hermits and anyone who simply doesn’t fit.  French artist, Jean Debuffet, was the first to give it a name; ‘l’Art Brut’, which translates as ‘raw art’.  He described the genre as “works created from solitude and from pure and authentic creative impulses – where the worries of competition, acclaim and social promotion do not interfere. ”

 Visit Henry Boxer Gallery website and read the Artist’s fascinating biographies.  The Callan Park Gallery for Self-Taught and Outsider Art website.

October 8, 2009 - Book tails

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Did you know … books were never designed to stand on their tails.  According to Douglas Firth from Biblio Folio; “As more and more books were produced in the 13th and 14th centuries, storage problems caused a change from laying books on their back covers to standing them on their tails.  This is now normal but little consideration has ever been given to the engineering modifications needed.  A medieval binding will stand up for some time before the text block collapes due to its over engineered structure, but a modern dictionary, atlas etc with all its ‘binding refinements’ certainly will not.  Ironically medieval bindings were stored lying down and modern bindings are stored standing!”

September 29, 2009 - Art of Stormie Mills

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Stormie  is a Perth based artist who started out with graffiti and street art  – love his inky work!    “Stormie’s work is a deeply personal expression of emotion that is captured in the layers of his paintings created through his intense observations of the texture of life to engage and challenge the viewer to explore beyond the surface to find real beauty amidst the decay.”