Craft Books: A Miscellaneous Medley

While I would probably classify myself as a textile artist, with the majority of my books covering the textile crafts of embroidery; sewing and dressmaking; patchwork, appliqué and quilting; soft toy making; felting; knitting and crochet; textile dyeing; printing; and paper crafts, I also own a few books on other fibre crafts like basketry, making corn dollies, whittling, bread dough sculpture and making paper kites and lanterns, as well as those using totally different mediums, including wax (candle making); glass (jewellery making); and clay (mosaics, handmade tiles and sculpture). Many of these crafts are relatively cheap, as they use natural materials (plant fibres, bread, wood, paper, wax and sand or dirt) and forces (hands, wind, light) and can be enjoyed at both a beginner or advanced level. Here is a selection of books accrued during my journey through life!

Basketry and Weaving With Natural Materials by Pat Dale 1998

I have always loved baskets and have been fascinated for years by the whole basketmaking process, so when I discovered that we had an active basketmaking group, Basketeers Wyndham, here on the Far South Coast of NSW, I spent a day with them at their local meeting place, the Willy Wagtail Café, Wyndham. They are a lovely group and very generous with their time, knowledge and materials and I really enjoyed making the small basket below, however I did not pursue the craft further due to early arthritic changes in both my hands (feltmaking also went by the way for the same reason- I need to save my hands for embroidery!), not to mention the fact that you need heaps of room to dry, process and store natural fibres from the garden. However, if you are interested in basket making, joining a basketmaking group is a great way to learn basic hands-on techniques, as well as being a lot of fun!BlogMiscMedley2015-09-01 14.10.58I would also highly recommend this book as an excellent beginner’s guide to basketry and weaving with natural materials. It starts with a large section on natural materials: the leaves of agave, arum lily, bulrush, cane grass, canna lily, corn, cymbidium, Hemerocallis, dianella, ginger, gladioli, iris, cliveas, kangaroo paw, lomandra, phormium, kniphofia, and a variety of rushes and palms; and the stems of box thorn, native hibiscus, lavender, wattles, elms and oaks, kurrajong, paperbark and casuarinas, clematis, coral pea, dodder, ivy, jasmine, lawyer vine, lignum and wisteria, including a description, harvesting and preparation notes, and availability. It’s a wonderful sideline for gardeners, as you can use all your prunings and old leaves to great effect with zero waste! Below are photos of Monbretia (on the left) and Kniphofia (on the right), whose strappy leaves are perfect for basketry materials!

The book progresses to teaching basic techniques like under-and-over weaving; braiding and plaiting with three strands, basic melon basket construction and basket coiling with easy random stitching and using natural plant dyes, as well as providing instructions for a few easy projects, including harvest dolls, tassels, lavender wands or bottles, three palm sheath containers, a plaited and sewn Autumn mat, a stitched and coiled basket and a God’s Eye. Throughout the book are excellent diagrams and beautiful colour photographs of natural materials and projects.BlogMiscMedley25%IMG_6304

I have attended many different craft classes during my life, some more obscure than others, like Painting Ukrainian Easter Eggs and Making Corn Dollies, and this next book resulted from the latter workshop.

Discovering Corn Dollies by M. Lambeth 1994

Corn dollies are decorative art forms made from straw since pagan times to celebrate successful harvests and bring good luck and fertility.BlogMiscMedley25%IMG_6358 This little paperback describes the huge wealth of legends and traditions surrounding them; the basic plaiting technique; and all the different designs: the traditional dolly or Neck; a variety of Countryman’s Favours; the Glory; the Mare; the Staffordshire Knot; the Cambridgeshire Handbell and Umbrella; Horns; the Crook; the Crown; the Suffolk Horseshoe; the Pickering Chalice; the Yorkshire Candlestick; the Essex Terret; Mother Earth;  Heredfordshire and Welsh Fans and Scandinavian Christmas Ornaments. While there is a small amount of basic instruction, it is more a theoretical book, but does give a good idea of this craft’s long history and traditions.

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Bread Dough Creations by Susan Roach 1993

Another obscure phase, which didn’t last very long in my childhood, was modelling bread dough creations and they can be surprisingly effective and quite pretty, given their unlikely source of material. This small book showcases this art form very well, describing the materials and basic techniques and a number of projects embellished with bread dough flowers and shapes from jewellery, hair combs and headbands, and hand mirrors and photo frames to thimbles, jewellery boxes, candle holders, serviette rings, wall plaques, door hangers and door wedges. It certainly is a cheap hobby, a great use for old bread and a fun craft to try with your kids.BlogMiscMedley25%IMG_6303

Whittling by Rosalie Brown 1977

Another cheap and fun craft for kids and adults alike is whittling wood. All it requires is a wood and a penknife and lots of practice and patience, though you do need tools to sharpen the knife, as well as sandpaper, varnishes and paints to finish the work. Chapters cover: sharpening a penknife; woods and how to identify them, basic carving techniques and safety considerations, and notes for carving a wide variety of projects, including paper knives; picnic cutlery; chopsticks; napkin rings; animals and birds; chess pieces; walking sticks; and totem poles and symbols. Soap and plaster carving are also discussed. It is a comprehensive little book, which should provide hours of fun and inspiration.BlogMiscMedley25%IMG_6301

Kites by Didier Carpentier and Joël Bachelet 1981

Making and flying kites is another fun hobby! It too has a long history, originating in China 4000 years ago, and is popular all over the world, especially in China, Japan and Korea. The first few chapters discuss the history and stories behind kites; the necessary safety precautions; the parts of a kite; classification of designs and categories; physical aspects; winds; methods for measuring altitude; the take-off; and problem areas, causes and remedies, followed by a more detailed examination of the different parts of the kite (bridles and keels, knots,  tails, reels); tools and materials; basic instructions for making  and decorating paper and collapsible nylon kites and descriptions of a wide variety of different types of kites with some amazing appearances and structures and names like the Dragon, the Cobra and the Centipede to the Triple Conyne; Double-sailed Roller; Pomoserf, Saconney and Cody; and the Stunter and the Fourré  43.BlogMiscMedley25%IMG_6300

In our early years of married life, we made a basic paper kite, based on the old nursery rhyme about the cow that jumped over the moon, for a family kite flying competition, in which we came a very creditable second place!BlogMiscMedley40%IMG_6309BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6308BlogMiscMedley50%IMG_6310Magic Lanterns by Mary Maguire 2002

Lanterns have also fascinated me over the years with some memorable nights on the banks of the Lismore (2004 Top photo) and Moruya Rivers (2016 Second photo) during their lantern festivals. While the Riverlights Lantern parade is no longer part of the Granite Town Festival (Moruya River), the next Lismore Lantern Parade is on 22 Jun 2019. See: https://www.lanternparade.com/.

BlogMiscMedley25%IMG_6356BlogMiscMedley25%Photo 28-10-16, 8 57 32 pmThis lovely book has instructions for a wide range of lanterns from simple and colourful paper bag lanterns, Chinese lanterns, carved squash, punched tins and frosted jars to tin foil garden flowers, weird icicles, flower fairy bells, stars on sticks and crescent moons, willow fish, Christmas lights and whimsical goblin night lights. It discusses materials and equipment; safety and illumination; and the basic techniques for creating and covering structures. I could make any one of these delightful, magical and highly creative lanterns!

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In her book, the author refers to the deep emotional connection that we have to the lighting of yesteryear, which manifests itself in our yearning for simplicity, now that electric lighting has obviated the need for lanterns and candles. We still enjoy using both for special occasions like Christmas and Halloween or for romantic dinners, so it stands to reason that I would have two books on candles and candle making in my craft library!

The Book of Candles by Miranda Innes 1991

Both a theoretical and practical guide, this book begins with their history and a Catalogue of Candles and Candlesticks, discussing the different kinds of candles (dipped, church, beeswax, Christmas, decorated, scented, floating and garden) and candlesticks (metal, ceramic, glass, wood,chandeliers,  candelabras and sconces) and accessories (dripcatchers, shade holders, candle shades, snuffers, wick trimmers, candle boxes, candle stickers and foam snuggers).

The second half of the book describes the art of making candles: the ingredients (types of wax, wicks, dyes, paints and crayons) and basic equipment (double boiler, hotplate, scales, wax thermometer, newspaper, aprons, stirring spoon or stick, moulds, tweezers and scissors); general tips (melting wax, using beeswax, priming the wick and general precautions); making dipped, moulded, scented, rolled and pressed flower candles and methods of decoration (painting techniques and using mixed media including fresh foliage, foil, tissue paper and carving).

I will definitely be trying to make dipped candles, scented and pressed flower candles in the future! A good general guide for beginners like me!

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The New Candle Book by Gloria Nicol 1995

A similar type of book, it is larger and more comprehensive. Again, the first half of the book is devoted to chapters exploring their use in the home; different themes , seasons and special occasions like weddings, christenings, St Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, Halloween and birthdays; and different types of candles. It gives you a good idea of the wide variety of uses and presentations, from Victorian pressed glass and embossed tumblers and old-fashioned china teacups to floral arrangements, shells and floating bowls. But be warned, I once had a monumental and memorable disaster when the floating candles were caught under the rim of the bowl, the flames heating the glass until it shattered spectacularly, deluging the dinner table with water!

The second half of the book looks at practical considerations: Materials and equipment; detailed instructions for making dipped, moulded, scented;, candy-twist, floating , sand and rolled candles; decorating techniques (carved, stencilled, sponged or embossed; painted or marbled; using foil, gold leaf and sequins); and candle holders (types and projects). I love the idea of using old sardine cans and bottles and would love to try making the Byzantine jam jars, the Foil Leaf Chandelier and the colourful tin foil pie dish flowerheads of the Garden Candleholders. There are also patterns for storage boxes and candle shades.BlogMiscMedley25%IMG_6297

The Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking by Kimberley Adams 2005

When I think of crafts involving light, I automatically think of glass and this next book is the glass beadmaker’s bible! My daughter studied glass bead making as part of her Design and Technology course in Year 12 and made some beautiful jewellery pieces, many of which she sold at the local craft gallery. Below are photos of her final year project for D & T: Rainforest, River and Sea 2006 and my favourite necklace!BlogMiscMedley30%DSCF0312BlogMiscMedley40%DSCF9207This book covers everything you need to know about glass bead making:

Tools, supplies and materials required;

Setting up the studio, ventilation and lighting, ergonomics and the all-important safety equipment, clothing and precautions;

Basic techniques: prepping the mandrels, lighting and using the torch, heating the glass to the molten state, winding the first bead, varying the bead shape, finishing the ends, flame annealing and cooling, and removing the beads from the mandrel; and

Shaping the beads: barrels, rounded or oblong, cones and bicones, pressed, disc, grooved and patterned, stacking colours and surface decoration (frit, dots, making and using stringers, twists, trailing and averturine).BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6320Intermediate techniques include: Applying enamels; reduction frit; encasing beads; altering bead surfaces with mixed media (baking soda, mica powders and etching cream); shaping and sculpting (furrows, cutting hot glass, sculpting with a graphite paddle, pinching glass with tweezers and making large-hole beads); adding metals to beads (leaf and foils; silver stringers, shavings and fine wire; and copper tubing); and gravity beads, millefiori and dichroic glass. The beads in the photo below were made from recycled window pane glass and were Caro’s first experience with glass-making.BlogMiscMedley40%DSCF2596The Advanced section includes notes on: Fuming; hollow beads; sculptural techniques for making winged hearts, spiral seashells and Aegean urns; and making decorative canes (millefiori or mosaic glass, latticino and murrini), including numbers and letters, eyes and portraits and flowers. More of Caro’s homemade glass bead jewellery…..BlogMiscMedley30%DSCF5112_1BlogMiscMedley30%DSCF5123_1BlogMiscMedley30%DSCF5124_1Each section is supported by wonderful full-colour gallery pages showcasing all these techniques and types of glass beads and there is a trouble-shooting guide at the end of the book, as well as a pattern and instructions for making a ventilation hood.

It is an excellent guide for anyone who loves glass beads and colour and essential for serious glass bead makers!

BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6296Backyard Mosaics by Connie Sheerin 2002

If colour is your thing, then you are sure to love mosaics! My first experience with this craft form was with a friend when my children were young. We made mosaic stepping stones from circular concrete pavers and they have followed us to every garden, their installation being one of the very first gardening chores of the new property !Blog NewBeginnings20%Reszd2015-01-21 10.34.49

I loved fitting all the colours and random shaped pieces to create personal artworks. My next experience was a Mother’s Day workshop with Helen Millar of a Flock of Birds (http://www.flockofbirdsmosaics.org/), in which I made a Mother Bird and Baby Bird Plate. It was such a fun day and the time just flew! I was in another world!BlogCreativity120%Reszd2014-05-03 20.36.56Helen holds one day classes at the Geelong West Community Centre, where I also attended a second workshop to make two Birds on a Stick.Blog SpringsprungFav20%ReszdIMG_0580Making mosaics is very addictive and limited only by availability of materials! Because we have moved a bit, carting broken tiles and china and heavy bags of grout and cement is not really an option, but now we are settled, I may start to amass my materials again! I certainly plan to make a mosaic one day with all the broken bits of china, glass and ironware, which we have unearthed in our ex-turn of the century-blacksmith- garden!

Mosaics can be used to decorate all manner of things from tables, trays and trolleys to votive holders, picture and mirror frames, signs, boxes and birdhouses, fountains, balls, pots and planters and garden statues. They can be made from ceramic tiles, glass, china and pottery, shells and buttons and are used to a wide variety of surfaces from wood to ceramics, cement, metal, glass, mirror and plastic. All are described in this lovely book, along with :

Other basic materials: Grout; colorants, adhesives and sealers; pattern drawing supplies (transfer paper, graph paper, templates, rulers, pencils and markers); and protective gear (goggles and latex gloves);

Equipment:  Tile cutters and nippers; mallets; spreaders; tweezers and brushes;

Basic techniques: Preparation of china, tiles and surfaces; adhering the tesserae to the surface; grouting the design; cleaning up the grout; and finishing the piece; as well as making glass sandwich tiles with pressed flowers.

The rest of the book is devoted to a wide variety of mosaic projects for the garden and outdoor living. I loved her White Daisy Table; Hearts and Flowers Gazing Ball; and her Mosaic Frog, Turtle and Mushroom Garden Statues.BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6295For more about the use of mosaic in gardens, see my post on Artists Gardens: https://candeloblooms.com/2016/10/11/favourite-private-specialty-gardens-part-1-artists-gardens/.

Handmade Tiles by Frank Giorgini 1994

This book is for those, who would prefer to make their own handmade tiles, rather than smash them up for mosaics!!! This lovely book teaches you how to design, make and decorate your own tiles for a very personal touch in your home!

The book starts with a detailed description of the handcrafted tradition in ceramic tiles from their use in Ancient Egyptian tombs and Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and Spanish palaces to Italian maiolica; Dutch delftware; Medieval raised earthy tiles and inlaid tiles; Minton’s multi-colored encaustic inlaid floor tiles of the Industrial Revolution; the decorative art tiles of the Arts and Crafts movement in America (Mercer’s Moravian Pottery and Tileworks;  Grueby Faience Company; Rookwood Pottery; Pewabic Pottery; Batchelder tiles; Claycraft Potteries; and California China Products Company; Calco; Malibu Tiles; Solon and Schemmel; and California Faience); and the revival of the handcrafted tradition from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Material, tools and equipment are discussed next, as well as in Chapter 14, including clay, kilns, pottery tools for sculpting, incising and scraping, cutting wires, templates, tile dippers, hangers, plaster-block mold forms, tile-waxing stands, slab cutters and tile presses.

The following chapters describe :

Making a flat tile: Making a slab, transferring the slab, calculating shrinkage, cutting tile shapes and drying tiles;

Making tile models for open-face press molds: Relief tiles, layering techniques and direct carving;

Making and using open-face press molds: Preparing the model and form, mixing and pouring the plaster, cleaning up and finishing the mold, and making clay plugs and pressing them into the mould;

Carved plaster blocks, tile presses and extruders, including making a carved plasterblock, pressing tiles by hand and using a tile press;

Surface decoration on unfired tiles: Stages of tile dryness, transferring designs, impressing, painting or spraying with underglazes, slips and engobes, slip trailing, inlaid tiles, sgraffiato, shellac resist, and screen printing on tiles;

Firing to hardness: Bisque firing and stages of firing;

Surface decoration on bisque tiles: Painting, dipping and spraying with glazes, wax resist for glaze separation, glaze scraping, stains and underglazes on bisques;

Glaze firing, overglazes and decals;

Mosaics: Materials and composition and mosaic design, assembly and installation;

Tile design: Applications (tables, counters, backsplashes, fireplace facades, murals, dry and wet walls and floors) and computer tile design;

Installation: Tools and adhesives; and installation on a table top; and finally and most importantly,

Health and safety: Studios, cleanliness, kiln safety, studio ventilation, protective gear, ergonomics and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

The appendices include temperature equivalents for cone-firing ranges; a flow chart of tile techniques; slip and glaze formulas and a schedule for cone 10 glaze reduction firing.BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6294A very comprehensive and detailed book, similar to the glass bead making book in its depth and scope. While I love the concept of making my own tiles, it is probably another lifetime for me, but I did enjoy looking at all the beautiful artistic tiles featured in the book. The next book is much more my skill level and I can definitely see myself making some of the projects!

Handmade Clay Crafts by Susan Alexander and Taffnie Bogart 2000

This delightful book has always been a favourite for its lovely presentation, excellent explanations and descriptions and its quirky creative projects using kiln-fired, oven-bake and air-dry clay. I loved them all, but especially the floral pins and stamped buttons; door knobs, tiles and mirror frames; chicken planters and bird and flower finials; and miniature shoe, skimmer and chicken ornaments.BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6314BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6315The possibilities are endless and further inspiration is provided in a gallery in the back, as well as a metric equivalency chart. This really is such a lovely book and highly recommended.BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6293The Complete Potter: Animal Forms and Figurines by Rosemary Wren 1990

Another lovely book for those who like to play with clay, much of its content and photographs equally applicable and inspirational for soft toy making. Chapters cover:

Sources and development of ideas: Museums and historical precedents in clay and other mediums, zoos and aviaries; drawing in sketchbooks and experimenting with variations;

Materials: Types and properties of clay;

Equipment and its uses: Workshop; clay preparation; the wheel, turntable, working table, workboards and decorating table; lighting, claybins, small tools, glaze making equipment, drying and firing, choosing kilns and ergonomics;

Working to a theme;

Hollow handbuilding: Sculptural form; movement and expression; and decoration; and

Moulds; and

Earning your living.

There is also a gallery of inspiring artworks based on the human figure, animals and birds by twelve different artists, each describing their sources, techniques and artistic background. I particularly liked the work and style of Neil Ions and Anna Adams.BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6292Finally, four general books on traditional and ethnic crafts:

Traditional Country Crafts by Miranda Innes 1993

A lovely book featuring a variety of traditional country crafts, including:

Needlecraft: Homely Amish and Mennonite quilts; traditional samplers; rag rugs; and feltwork;

Kitchencraft: Baskets; floor cloths; chimney boards; and punched tin;

Woodcraft: Shaker and Amish woodwork; wooden toys; weathervanes; game boards; automata; and animal houses; and

Decorative Craft: Painted ceramics; lampshades; papier mâché; flotsam and jetsam; bookbinding; and painted furniture.BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6305Each of the 20 crafts featured includes a sample project as well. My son used this book to paint the wonderful chequered game board, which was designed by Sue Martin, in the photo below.

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I am also very drawn to: Clare Beaton’s Flowered Felt Hat; Moira Hankinson’s Somerset Trug; Nicola Henshaw’s Pull-Along Fish (as well as her seagull and pelican!); Marion Elliot’s Papier Mâché Money-Box and Cressida Bell’s Fruity Shelves.

Classic Crafts: A Practical Compendium of Traditional Skills Edited by Martina Margetts 1989

Another lovely coffee table book with a similar project-based approach and featuring 35 country and traditional handcrafts and their talented exponents, divided into four categories:

Textile Crafts: Hand block printing; quilting, smocking, patchwork and appliqué; dyeing and knitting; tassels and braids, Ikat weaving and rag rugs;

Paper Crafts: Paper making; marbling; calligraphy, wood engraving, letterpress printing, book binding and papier mâché;

Kitchen Crafts: Goat’s cheese, festival bread and biscuit making, smoking fish, chocolate making, preserves, cider making, basketry, dried flowers and candle making; and

Decorative Crafts: Stick dressing, gilding, carved birds, toymaking, leatherwork, spongeware, stencilled tiles, stained glass and jewellery.

My one criticism of this book was the lack of attribution of the works and projects featured to their designers on the same page. There is a thank you to the artists, listed in alphabetical order, at the front of the book, but I would have liked to have had more specificity. Luckily, I was familiar with and could recognise the work of Janet Bolton, Sarah Burnett and Ann Hechle, all favourites, but it took me ages to find the spongeware and ceramic artists, whose work I adored (John Hinchcliffe and Wendy Barber) and I would also love to know the names of the artists featured in the sections on the sections on marbling; stick dressing and carved birds.BlogMiscMedley30%IMG_6306Both books played an significant role in celebrating age-old traditions and the importance of handwork. It is great to see a revival in interest in these traditional skills, so they are perpetuated in future generations. The Lost Trades Fair in Kyneton, Victoria, showcases these traditional skills here in Australia. See http://losttrades.info/ and    https://www.rundellandrundell.com.au/lost-trades-australia.

Two local artisans on the Far South Coast are the Pambula Spoonsmith (http://www.spoonsmith.com.au/) and the Galba Forge Blacksmith (https://www.galbaforge.com.au/).

World Crafts by Jacqueline Herald 1992

My final book features pottery, basketry, carving, theatre and music crafts, painted and paper products, spinning and weaving, dyeing and printing, embroidery and appliqué, floor coverings and crafts using recycled materials from all over the world. It is a fascinating book with beautiful photographs, which tells us so much about traditional crafts, as well as the different cultures themselves. It is so important to document and preserve these skills, before traditional lifestyles and the old slow ways of doing things completely disappear. I particularly loved the chapters on theatre and music crafts, painted and paper products, dyeing and printing and embroidery and appliqué.BlogMiscMedley25%IMG_6307

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about this medley of miscellaneous craft books. Next month, I will be focusing on books about soft toy making and sewing for children.

Favourite Gardens Regularly Open to the Public : Sculpture Gardens

I love sculpture in the garden! There is something about sculpture, which lends itself to open spaces. Perhaps, it is the form and texture, especially when made of natural materials like wood and stone, that blends in so well with the natural landscape.

While they are perfect as focal points in the garden, directing the eye and enhancing corners, I also love visiting gardens which are totally devoted to sculptures – for example, the McClelland Sculpture Gallery, Victoria, and Fleurty’s Café, Tasmania, as well as sculpture shows like Lorne and Bermagui. This lovely bronze sculpture, ‘First Flight’ by Albert Bruce Joy (1842-1924), provides a focal point in the garden of Overbecks Museum in Salcombe, Devon.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (150)Sculptures can be made of a wide variety of materials from natural wood and stone to the traditional bronze, iron and other metals; brightly coloured plastics; and recycled machinery parts or just plain junk! They can be monochrome or brightly coloured; static or moving; enormous or tiny; and private or public. It is fascinating seeing what can be created, especially with recycled material,  and can provide much amusement, as well as appreciation.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2016-05-21 11.51.40BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0599BlogSculpture20%Reszd2016-05-21 11.49.29BlogSculpture20%Reszd2016-05-22 11.49.33BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0601In this post, I will be exploring a wide variety of ‘sculpture gardens’, from their use as focal decorative points of the garden, as well as functional use, to collective sculpture gardens, walks and shows; and from traditional forms to more contemporary modern applications. I will also feature a few sculptors as well. It is also worth revisiting some of my older posts, which have featured other sculpture gardens like Heide; Werribee and Carrick Hill. See: https://candeloblooms.com/2016/02/09/favourite-gardens-regularly-open-to-the-public-historic-homes-and-gardens/ .

Yengo , 8 Queens Avenue, Mt. Wilson, NSW

Open daily during Spring (October/November) and Autumn (April/May), otherwise weekends 10am-6pm or by appointment

$10 adults; $8 Seniors and $3 for children

I will start with Yengo in Mt. Wilson, a garden, which epitomizes the use of traditional bronze sculptures in the garden as focal points, as well as for just sheer beauty. The property was first bought by Jesse Gregson in 1877 and he spent the next 2 years building a stone house and developing an alpine  garden with the help of the Director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, Charles Moore, and the government botanist, Joseph Henry Maiden. The house and garden have been restored by the owners, Peter and Ann Piggot, whom we met on our visit to Mt Wilson, back in 1998.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (149)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (147)It is a beautiful garden with some very old evergreen trees, planted in 1880, including several Himalayan Deodars; Western Red Cedars from America; a Sequoia; a Cedar of Lebanon and a Spanish Cork.  There are also some beautiful deciduous trees, including Dogwoods and over 60 varieties of Japanese Maples; tall old tree ferns; banks of rhododendrons and azaleas and drifts of bluebells in Spring; mature wisteria and clematis; a walled garden and many beautiful ponds and water features.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (148)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (144) The garden is enhanced by and showcases some very beautiful, traditional bronze sculptures, made by English-based sculptors Lloyd le Blanc (animals : eg gazelles; a brolga fountain and a lyrebird) and Judith Holmes Drewry (portraits and the female form).

BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (139)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (122) Many of the scupltures are for sale and range in price from $1700 to $50,000. They also have their own sculpture garden and gallery at: http://www.leblancfineart.com/judith-holmes-drewry/bronze-sculpture-of-figures-life-size/index.html.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (141)

Gourmet chef and hotelier, Raymond  Blanc, of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons , Great Milton, Oxfordshire, UK  (http://www.raymondblanc.com/restaurants-cookery-school/le-manoir-aux-quatsaisons/) also loves their work, which you can see at: http://www.leblancfineart.com/le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons.html.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (145)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (146) Unfortunately, Judith is no longer with us, but you can learn more about Lloyd on : http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/local/meet-the-artist-behind-melton-s-sculpture-project-1-4340914.

Peacocks wander round the garden- very beautiful and stately, though I know from experience, my parents having kept peacocks when I was a child, that they are probably not the best stewards for a garden!BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (140)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (143)

Yengo was also the first endangered species reserve in Australia, having provided sanctuary for the rare Parma Wallaby since 1969. These dear little animals were reintroduced to the mainland after their numbers were decimated by feral cats and foxes.See:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parma_wallaby   and   http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Macropus_parma/.

For a visual tour of the garden, please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DiL2YOt2w0.

Carl Merten and Joan Relke, Chinook , NSW

Another wonderful sculptor couple, who we were lucky enough to meet, are Carl Merten and Joan Relke (http://sculptors.net.au/). My friend, Liz, introduced us to Carl and Joan, when we were looking for an interesting work experience for our daughter Jen, when she was in Grade 10. They were so generous with both their knowledge and time and it was a wonderful experience for her. Carl and Joan lead busy lives working on commissions and exhibitions, as well as teaching workshops. Their major commissions are made of stainless steel, cast bronze, cast aluminium, and stone and grace many of Australia’s public parks and buildings, while their medium sized works in bronze, stone, stainless steel, and ceramics decorate the offices, homes, and gardens of corporate and private collectors.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (126)

Carl, who originally trained as a silversmith with his identical twin brother, Rex Steele Merten (http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/one-of-the-only-ways-to-tell-the-merten-twins-apar/2137968/), is famous for his  public monumental work, including figurative bronze sculptures of famous Australians or as he puts it : ‘dead white males’, like famous Australian explorers and the coal miners, who lost their lives in Cessnock. He also creates dancing figures and musical and natural forms. See: http://newengland.focusmag.com.au/carl-merten-local-artist/. BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (120)
Joan creates beautiful goddesses – most of her work is inspired by female imagery and mythological themes. She also explores zen concepts in the form of miniature zen gardens. I first saw her work at McGrath’s garden in Uralla- see photo above.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (125)

Carl and Joan have been partners for over 30 years, and while they each have their individual style, they have worked together on some projects like their sculptures in Uralla, NSW, based on the circumpolar constellations of the Southern Hemisphere : Carl’s Carina (photo above) and Joan’s Spirit of the Southern Cross (photo below).BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (124)

They were working on this project during Jen’s work experience. We thanked them for their kindness with a sculptural carrot cake, commemorating their work at Uralla!BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (118)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (121)William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt Dandenong, VIC

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/william-ricketts-sanctuary-gardens-of-the-dandenongs  and  http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/315820/Park-note-William-Ricketts-Sanctuary.pdf

10am-4.30pm daily, except Christmas Day and Total Fire Ban days. Free.

William Ricketts Sanctuary is a very famous old sculpture garden, set in the beautiful Mountain Ash forests and ferny glades of Mt Dandenong, 1 hour east of Melbourne.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (131)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (130)William Ricketts (1898-1993) was also apprenticed to a jeweller, aged 14 years old, but he enjoyed modelling with clay. He settled in the area in 1934, initially renting the property, but then purchasing the freehold title in 1941. At that stage, the property was heavily deforested and William was keen to let the block regenerate naturally. He was a keen environmentalist and naturalist and was appalled by the mass destruction of the environment and natural habitats, as he believed that the natural environment is entrusted to all of us and that by nurturing the earth, we nurture life itself.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (132)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (133) He also had a deep love and respect for Australian aborigines, having spent many months between 1949 and 1960 living and learning from the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Their tradition and culture inspired him to create a permanent sculpture gallery, devoted to the Australian Aborigine and all Australians.

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Originally called ‘Potter’s Sanctuary’, it was opened to the public in 1942. The collection includes 92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals. The kiln-fired clay was fired to 100 degrees Celsius and then set into the environment.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (123)

The Victorian Government bought the property from William Ricketts in 1961. Extra additions by the Forest Commission increased the property to its present 15 hectares. It was renamed ‘William Ricketts Sanctuary’ and officially opened in 1962. In 1981, it was classified by the National Trust as a site of local significance. It has significant cultural value, as the outdoor sculptures are components of an overall theme. They bear testimony to the vision and dedication of Ricketts’ campaign for understanding and respect for indigenous Australians and the environment.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (138)

Dromkeen, 1012 Gisborne-Kilmore Rd, Riddells Creek, VIC

http://www.dromkeen.com.au/  and http://www.slav.vic.edu.au/synergy/volume-10-number-1-2012/perspectives-local-/227-dromkeen-national-centre-for-picture-book-art

Thursday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Free.

Another garden, which contained sculptures based on a theme, was Dromkeen, the home of Children’s Literature, but unfortunately you can no longer see these sculptures in their original setting.BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 954BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 191Dromkeen Homestead was originally built in 1889 as the country estate of Victorian Supreme Court Judge, Arthur Chomley, and was named after his mother’s family home in Dromkeen, County Limerick, Ireland. In 1973, Joyce and Courtney Oldmeadow used the homestead as a private residence and educational bookshop with public displays of original artworks and manuscripts from Australian Children’s picture books. Over the years, it became known as the home of Australian Children’s Literature. It was purchased by Scholastic Australia in 1985 and they continued to maintain the Dromkeen Collection, until it was moved to the State Library in 2012. The collection contains 7500 original illustrations, including sketches, preliminary artwork, diagrams and mock-ups; a historic book collection; the Dromkeen archive and the 6 Bronze sculptures of Australian picture-book characters, which used to grace the gardens. See: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/about-dromkeen.BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 951BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 959

We were very lucky to be able to visit it twice during our sojourn in Victoria and I was very saddened to see For Sale signs outside the old home and equally elated, on doing research for this post, to discover that Dromkeen had reopened as a centre for children’s literature. Purchased by the Joiner family in 2013, it once again hosts school and tertiary programs; writing camps; holiday literary programs; and on 19th March 2016, the Dromkeen Literary Festival, a full day of talks and readings by children’s authors and illustrators; book signings and sales; and book-related activities in the garden, including storybook craft; book mural art; cartoons; puppetry; dragons and airbrush; and face painting. See: http://www.dromkeen.com.au/litfest/.BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 942BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 953There is a tearoom and café, as well as a separate function centre for conferences, business seminars, professional development, children’s birthday parties and even art classes. The garden is available for weddings and photography shoots.BlogSculpture50%Reszdaug 2010 940Then there are the sculptures made from less traditional materials or more contemporary in approach :

Daniel Jenkins, 10 Coolavin Rd, Metung, VIC

http://www.danieljenkins.com.au/  and  https://www.facebook.com/pages/daniel-jenkins-studios-metung/119793984731872

We also feel very fortunate to have visited Daniel Jenkins’ studio and gardens when we did in 2007, as they too are no longer open to the public, unless by private appointment. I love the whimsical nature of his works and his sense of fun!BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3474BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3485Daniel was born in Kansas, USA, in 1947 and came to Australia in 1981. Like William Ricketts and Carl Merten, he is also a jeweller and silversmith by trade. He studied extensively in Europe, including visiting Venice as part of the Palladio Foundation scholarship, where he learned the technique of repoussé, where metal is beaten from the inside to give shape and relief to the design.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3464BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3480

His Meme series and taller Wobe series are marquettes with androgenous bodies and fixed or moveable heads. They are made of hollow form copper, which has been repousséd and patinated, a technique which is safe for the birds and lasts a long time.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3462 He also makes figurative and interpretive work, ladder forms and urns and bottles.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3473

His Lulu birds and animal-like weather vanes are also great fun. BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3476BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3475

He also loves creating kinetic works, which turn in the wind.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3472BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3483BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3486BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3484His work can be seen high up in the air above the Bourke Street Mall in Swanston Street, Melbourne. Each of the weather vanes is in the shape of an animal, symbolizing the various aspects of the city : a horse (sport and culture) ; bird (the city’s parks and gardens) ; fish (the waterways of Melbourne); and pig (the city’s hopes and future : pigs can fly). It was commissioned by the City of Melbourne and unveiled in March 1993.  See: http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM02126b.htm. He also had an exhibition at my favourite Cloudehille Gardens in 2011.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3592Kate Shone is another sculptor in the Gippsland area, who makes whimsical sculptures out of recycled junk. Unfortunately, we never managed a visit, as she was closed both times we passed through, but we will get there one day. See her work at: http://www.junkyarddoll.com.au/. We did however see her insects (photo above) at the open house at The Long Now, Nowa Nowa in 2007! See: http://creative.vic.gov.au/Arts_in_Victoria/Features/Feature_Stories/Nowa_Nowa_Open_for_Inspection.BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3554BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3555BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3601There are also a number of outdoor sculpture in the park below the house along the river.

BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3552BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3551BlogSculpture30%ReszdDSCF3547Possum Gully Fine Arts, 428 Possum Gully Rd. , Adelaide Lead, VIC

The signposted turn-off is 4km from Maryborough, en route to Avoca, via the Pyrenees Highway.

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 11am-5pm

http://www.possumgullyfinearts.com.au/ http://www.possumgullyfinearts.com.au/index.php/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/8-media  and  http://www.visitmaryborough.com.au/arts-culture-heritage/possum-gully-road-gallery.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 629BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 625While there are many galleries selling sculpture, I have included this delightful mud-brick gallery, because many of its sculptures are exhibited in the garden.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 612BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 619 BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 626There are also many interesting pieces for the garden from weather vanes to garden pots and natural  birdbaths.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 624BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 627BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 623BlogSculpture50%Reszdoct 2010 621I love this interesting sculpture, photographed below.

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Shades of Gray, Cnr Farnsworth and Brown Streets, Castlemaine, VIC

http://www.shadesofgray.net.au/    and  https://thecountryphiles.com/2013/12/06/interview-peter-chelly-gray-shades-of-gray/.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 488BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 485BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 466BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 476BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 468Chelly and Peter Gray also use recycled metal to create unique artworks from candelabras and bowls to beds, mirrors, fire screens, sculptures and garden art. They were actually our neighbours when we lived briefly in Castlemaine and we used to love visiting their creative and whimsical garden. Set on a steep hill, it was so overgrown and blowsy and had an air of mystery about it. I also loved their huge Great Dane, Coco!BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 457BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 454BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 456BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 438BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 471BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 435BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 441BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 469BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 462BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 458They have displayed their work at Daylesford’s Convent Gallery, the Guggenheim in New York and in galleries and shops around Australia, as well as doing commissions for private homes, restaurants, vineyards, cafes and corporate spaces.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 448BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 449BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 472

Their work, home and gallery have appeared in magazines including Vogue Living, Country Style, InsideOut and Marie Clare. See the May edition of Australia Country Style. Originally, both artists trained in ceramics, but they have been working with metal for the past 19 years, since a chance encounter with a roll of rusty wire! The two galleries house a selection of their work: egg cups, candelabras, grapevine leaf mirrors,  wall features, bowls, fire screens and chandeliers.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 478BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 479BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 475 Other pieces, such as metal arbours, outdoor sculptures, tables and chairs, are scattered throughout the garden.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 446BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 434BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 464BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 436They are open most long weekends; Easter; the Castlemaine State Festival (March-April, every 2nd year on odd years) ; the Melbourne Cup week, when they have their 2016 annual exhibition 30 October – 6 November (closed Wednesday 2 November) and most weekends in November and December 10am-4pm; or by appointment.BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 473BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 461BlogSculpture50%Reszdmarchapril 429

Tim Johnson, Artist and Basket Weaver, Isle of Wight, UK

http://www.timjohnsonartist.com/basketmaking/  and http://www.timjohnsonartist.com/blog/

Outdoor sculptures can also be made of natural found materials like grasses, canes and twigs, although they are not quite as durable. When he was younger and less famous, Tim was a visiting artist-in-residence for 2 months at our local art gallery, NERAM (New England Regional Art Museum) in Armidale in 2000.BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (136) My children attended a number of art classes at the gallery, including Tim’s inspirational workshop on Sculpting with Natural Materials. I was so impressed with Chris’s huge hanging trout, Jenny’s frill-necked lizard and goanna and little Caroline’s chook! You can see Tim in action at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4PeUQ6Dx2w. BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (137)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (134)BlogSculpture50%ReszdImage (135)

Herring Island, Yarra River, Melbourne, VIC

http://www.herringisland.org/getto.htm ;  http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/herring-island and http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/315520/Heritage-story-Herring-Island-the-island-of-dreams.pdf.

Andy Goldsworthy is the master-extraordinaire of ephemeral artworks, often only existing in the beautiful photographs he takes to record their fleeting presence, but his ‘Cairn’ (composed of Castlemaine Slate for the Melbourne Festival 1997) and ‘Stone House’ (Dunkeld Sandstone) are two of his more permanent sculptures and can be viewed at Herring Island on the Yarra River. For more on Andy Goldsworthy, see : http://visualmelt.com/Andy-Goldsworthyhttp://www.morning-earth.org/ARTISTNATURALISTS/AN_Goldsworthy.html.  These You-Tube clips are also worth watching : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH8yCnlk0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QRfXRtE6tw.BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0126

Originally, a pile of mullock heaps, created by silt dumped from Yarra River dredging and covered in Kikuya grass, Herring Island was levelled, a lawn established and further trees, shrubs and grasses planted to create the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park. The venue is often used during the Melbourne Festival with sculptures exhibited both in the art gallery and outside in the conservation area.BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0104BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0103 Other sculptures include: John Golling’s ‘Falling Fence’; Ellen Jose’s’ Tanderrum’ and Robert Bridgewater’s ‘Scaled Stem’. See: http://www.herringisland.org/arts.htm  and  http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/313803/Park-note-Herring-Island-Environmental-Sculpture-Park.pdf.BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0117BlogSculpture50%ReszdIMG_0113McClelland Sculpture Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive Langwarrin, VIC

http://www.mcclellandgallery.com/  and  http://www.mcclellandgallery.com/index.php?page=outdoor-sculpture-collection.

Open Tuesday-Sunday  10am-5pmBlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 075We used to love visiting this sculpture park on the Mornington Peninsula, close to Frankston and Elisabeth Murdoch’s garden at Cruden Farm. Exhibitions we attended included : Ron Mueck’s 3m high ‘Wild Man’ in 2008; Augustine Dall’Ava’s colourful dynamic sculpture in his exhibition: ‘Journey’ and a fascinating exhibition titled: ‘Nest: The Art of Birds’ in 2013, displaying the ingenuity, beauty and originality of over 70 bird nests from the collections of Museum Victoria and Gay Bilson. See: http://www.mcclellandgallery.com/index.php?page=past-exhibitions.

Established in 1971 on 16ha land, McClelland Sculpture Park is Australia’s leading sculpture park and showcases over 100 permanent outdoor sculptures from 1887 to the present day in a variety of settings from tea-tree forests to heathland; bracken paths; landscaped gardens and lakes.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 079BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 087 It has a long affinity with Centre 5 artists, who established themselves in Melbourne in 1959 to promote contemporary sculpture.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 097BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 096

There is also a biennial McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award for Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture. BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 099BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 089

Here are photos of some of the sculptures:

Peter Corlett : Tarax Play Sculpture 1969. The white circular forms are made of enamelled ferro-cement.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 091

John Kelly : Alien 2006. Rusted corten steel.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 093

Lisa Roet :  White Ape 2005. Fibreglass coating a corten steel base.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 095

Ken Unsworth :  Annulus 2007. Stone, stainless steel and galvanised steel.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 098

Philip Rice :  Ratyte  2005. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiT2nY2QmOM.BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 077

Teisutis Zikaris : Untitled (GPO) 1964. BlogSculpture25%Reszdmelbourne spring 082

Barossa Scupture Park, Mengler’s Hill Lookout, Tanunda, SA

http://www.barossasculpturepark.com/BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7380In South Australia, the Barossa Scupture Park contains the works of 9 sculptors from Japan, the United States, France and Australia, who attended the  Barossa International Sculpture Symposium for 6 weeks at this site in 1988. They created site-specific works in local marble and granite, depicting the Barossa environment. Here are photos of some of the work:

Discover : Mary Gerken, Iowa, USA

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Dreaming : Cliff Axelsen, Australia

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Shaman’s Passage : Susan Falkman, Wisconsin, USA

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Contemplation : Christine Giraud, FranceBlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7410 We were lucky enough to visit the Barossa Valley during the second Barossa International Sculpture Symposium, held in 2008 to commemorate the 20-year anniversary, and were able to watch the sculptors in action.BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7381Persephone :  Kevin Free, Victoria, AustraliaBlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7390BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_7386Here is a link to other sculpture parks in the world: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/sculptureparks/.

Fleurty’s Café and Farm Walks, 3866 Channel Highway, Birch’s Bay, TAS

http://www.fleurtys.com.au/   and   http://www.fleurtys.com.au/walks.html.

10am-4pm   Thursday – Sunday and Monday Public HolidaysBlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.35.11BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.35.47Located 50km and 50 minute drive south of Hobart and with spectacular views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Fleurty’s Café is well worth visiting. It was named after Charles Fleurty, a convict sawyer, who worked in Birch’s Bay back in the late 1820s and is also commemorated in the local place names of Fleurty’s Point and Fleurty’s Creek, though the café is now called Pepperberries Garden Café.BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.34.46Unfortunately, we arrived smack bang on closing time, so we didn’t get to sample the superb seasonal menu, but we were able to explore the Sculpture Trail, which takes you past the distillery, now a cottage for the artist-in-residence, as well as a workshop venue;BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.40.57BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.37.59BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.36.57Past all the orchard trees and lovely cool climate vegetable beds of artichokes, rhubarb, garlic, raspberries and black currants, which are used in the menu of Pepperberries Garden Café, as well as delicious chutneys and preserves. They also sell tapas oils, vinegars and native bush spices, including lemon myrtle, wattle seed and bush tomato, as well as supplying Dutch Iris to the Tasmanian and mainland markets.BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.36.24BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.31.31BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.31.55Past the beds of Native Pepper, the berries and leaves harvested and packaged as Diemen Pepper and up past proteas and leucadendrons into the forest. There is 100ha of native bush, including a private forest reserve.BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.48.11BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.43.38BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.45.54The walk goes up the hill to the top, where unfortunately, we started to lose our Winter light! We thoroughly enjoyed finding all the sculptures, especially the swinging moon; the colourful mosaic pebbles and glass lights ; the exquisite mussel shell dishes and the variety of seating along the trail. Here is a sample:BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.45.32BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.50.08BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 15.52.14BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.00.31BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.04.28BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.09.54BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.12.12BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.12.40BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.17.12BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.27.11BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.27.47BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.29.09BlogSculpture50%Reszd2013-06-16 16.28.18Tamworth Bicentennial Park, Kable Ave, Tamworth, NSW

We recently had a picnic lunch in this park en route to Armidale and were very impressed by the stone sculptures and etchings of Australian animals and events from Tamworth’s history, which lined the duck pond.BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0455 BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0441BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0445BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0440BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0447BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0442BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0451BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0454There is also the Tamworth Light Horse Memorial, a bronze cast statue of a Waler horse and an Australian Light Horse Trooper, which was created by nationally renowned artist Tanya Bartlett. This statue pays homage to the important roll of the ‘Waler’ horses’ during the Boer War in South Africa and in the Middle East during World War I and compliments the Man O War Gates. See: http://monumentaustralia.org.au/search/display/23369-the-memorial-to-the-australian-light-horse.BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0472BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0471BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_0473Sculpture Shows

Sculpture shows are also a great venue for displaying artist’s work, which often ends up in private collections and art galleries. Sometimes, they are adjunct to larger garden shows like the  International Plant and Flower Show, Melbourne or Tesselaars Spring Festivals; but we have also visited specific sculpture shows at Lorne and Bermagui.

Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne Foreshore, Lorne, VIC

http://lornesculpture.com/

12 March -3 April 2016

One of Australia’s largest contemporary sculpture events, we attended in 2011 and 2014. See: http://lornesculpture.com/images/LSB%20catalogue/LS2011_CATALOGUE.pdf    and        http://lornesculpture.com/images/LSB%20catalogue/Lorne_Sculpture_Biennale_Catalogue_2014.pdf

Here are some photos:

Matthew Harding : Within : 2014.  Mirror stainless steel.

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Lisa Anderson : Tiga Tiga (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep) : 2014. Tents, recycled plastic, lights

 

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Deborah Sleeman : Forest : 2014. Pressed tin, copper, galvanized iron, cast glass, found objects, steel, screws and rivets.BlogSculpture25%Reszd2014-03-23 11.21.53

Geoffrey Ricardo : The End, The Beginning : 2014. Copper and stainless steel.BlogSculpture25%Reszd2014-03-23 12.39.33

Jeff Raglus : ‘Long Way to the Top’… Aka’Ska Tissue’ : 2011. Carved cypress wood sculpture, finished in oil paints.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 544 It includes a fantastic sculpture trail with around 35 major sculptures positioned along the coastline, a small sculpture collection (The Collectors’ Project) and a Sculpturscape, where sculptors create sculptural projects on site over two days. The photos below show some of the smaller scuptures in the shops:

Anton Hasell : HMS Beagle : 2011. Cast brass, cast bronze and oil paints.

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Ivana Perkins: Penguins on Ice : 2011. Bronze penguins on perspex box with seabird skulls.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 645 Sculpturscape, the only such event in Australia and possibly globally, comprises four artists/artist teams, a total of 16 artists on display over all four weekends of the exhibition, each creating a sculptural piece over two days. Here is another cute sculpture from 2014 :

Dean Putting : Little Fellow : 2014. Concrete.BlogSculpture25%Reszd2014-03-23 12.40.38

Here are some more photos of the sculptures.

Matthew Harding : Centripetal : 2011. Stainless steel.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 625BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 626

Candy Stephens:  Now and Then : 2011. Steel, wire, circuit boards, television, DVD, lights.

BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 629BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 632Anderson Hunt : Tweet- The Silence of Speak : 2011. Rolled and fabricated mild steel and apoxy coating.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 565Carmel Wallace : Red Sea Installation : 2011. Steel and mixed media, including recycled cray pot collars and cable ties.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 495Phillip Doggett Williams : No Climate for Change : 2011. Mixed media.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 695Ewen Coates : Multiverse : 2011. Fibreglass resin, steel and concrete.BlogSculpture50%Reszdoctober 2011 545

Mini Dennett : Home Sweet- Home Snug Containment of Belonging : 2011. Mixed media.

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Louise Paramor :  The Wild Card : 2014. Plastic and fibreglass.BlogSculpture25%Reszd2014-03-23 11.15.22

Many of the sculptures ended up gracing the grounds of Qdos Gallery in Lorne. See: http://www.qdosarts.com/ and http://www.qdosarts.com/sculpturepark.aspx?page=sculpturepark

Sculpture on the Edge, Bermagui, NSW

http://www.sculpturebermagui.org.au/

5th to 16th March 2016

A collection of large scale sculptures on Endeavour Point Headland, Dickinson Park, and Horseshoe Bay beach with a smaller sculptures displayed in the Bermagui Community Centre.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.22.45BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.42.31BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.58.07BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.52.16 Here are some of the sculptures:

Jesse Graham : Penny Dragon and Vulcor       BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.40.04BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.38.41BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.39.12Jimmy Rix  :  Shy  BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.47.51 Richard Moffatt  :  Is There a Dog?BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.41.04

Braidwood Central School :  The Birds;  School of FishesBlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.43.57BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.44.06BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.44.19BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.44.12BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.46.45Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend :  A Burden… BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.45.28BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.45.36Tony Millard : This is where we are heading… BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.34.28

Michael Purdy : Ned… BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.31.47Ross Cameron : Tide Spiral. Steel and concrete. Winner 2015: Now at Short Point, Merimbula. See: http://www.sculpturebermagui.org.au/sculpture_on_the_edge_news.htm.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 09.21.16

In the community hall:

John Gosch : Phoenix; 670 recycled spark plugsBlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.39.34BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.39.18Tracey Sarsfield : The Departed Horizon…BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.42.24Darren Mongta : King Brown. Carved out of a single branch.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.47.49BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-03-08 10.47.57Analemmatic Sundials

Finally, sculptures are not only decorative, but can serve a functional purpose, as in sundials. I love all the different types : from traditional and armillary spheres (Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney and the National Botanic Gardens, Canberra) to the analemmatic sundials we visited at Kingston, SA and Benalla, Vic.BlogSculpture20%Reszd2016-05-22 11.48.58BlogSculpture50%Reszdnov 2011 102BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-10-06 11.29.09BlogSculpture20%Reszd2015-10-06 11.29.20 In an analemmatic sundial, a figure-of-eight is etched into the pavement, with the observer’s head forming a shadow on the ground, denoting the time.BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8041

Kingston SE Sundial, Corner of Princes Highway and Watson Street , Kingston, SA

http://www.kingstondc.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=212

I love this sundial, situated on a small island in Maria Creek, just next to Apex Park, which we stop at every time we are driving to Robe.BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8064BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8035BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8039BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8040BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8042BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8043 We especially the stone carvings, etchings and sculptures of marine life by Silvio Apponyi. They include a seal, a crab, fish, frogs, lizards, abalone, birds and local flora.BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_9899BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8033BlogSculpture20%ReszdIMG_9894BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_8031

Benalla Analemmatic Sundial, Fawckner Drive, Benalla, VIC

http://brokenriverbulletin.com.au/the-benalla-analemmatic-sundial/

Built in 2005 by the Rotary Club to commemorate 65 years of Rotary Club service to Benalla and 100 years of the Rotary organisation.BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9508BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9510 Lake Benalla is also enhanced by the Gaudi-esque Ceramic Mural nearby on Mair St, next to the Benalla Art Gallery, a community project started in 1983. See: http://melbournedaily.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/benalla-ceramic-mural.html. BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9497BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9496BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9489BlogSculpture25%ReszdIMG_9488

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Autumn

March saw in the start of Autumn and a flurry of activity in the garden, as well as the sewing room ! We dug through the Soho Bed and started a vegetable bed and one of the cutting beds, both on the northern side of the garden, a folly which we later regretted, as this left side of the path was shaded heavily by the trees on the northern edge of the garden during the Winter, when the sun was low in the northern sky !Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-03-08 07.10.06

We started our white hedge behind the Soho bed, planting tiny shrubs of the beautifully scented Philadelphus ‘Virginalis’ and Viburnum burkwoodii ‘Anne Russell’, either side of the entrance arch to the path.

We attended the wonderful Lanyon Plant Fair at Lanyon Homestead on Canberra’s outskirts.

See http://http://www.hsoc.org.au/documents/LanyonPlantFair2016_A4flyer_updated.pdf and bought a large shrub of Pearl Bush (Exochorda macrantha ‘The Bride’), also for the white border.

Other purchases included :
• a small Winter Sweet (Chimonanthus praecox) for future Winter fragrance,
• a Cornus ‘Norman Hadden’ (Cornus kousa X Cornus capitata)  for its beautiful single white flowers, which turn deep pink as they age,
• a Carolina Allspice bush(Calycanthus florida) for its exotic cinnamon scent and
• 2 colourful dahlias- a burnt red (‘Ellen Huston’) and a gold one, which we planted on the corners of the new long beds for a temporary splash of colour before the Winter frosts !

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We also ordered Spring bulbs from Tesselaars (https://www.tesselaar.net.au/ ) :
• a variety of tall Dutch Iris : Discovery- royal blue; Hildegarde – mid blue; Lilac Beauty- lilac; Casablanca- white and Golden Beauty- gold;
• mixed daffodils and jonquils : Pheasant Eyes, Golden Dawn, Paperwhite Zivas and double Winter Sun and Acropolis daffodils;
• mixed Anemone de Caen
• mixed Picasso ranunculus
• old fashioned highly scented Grandma’s white freesias and
• a variety of beautiful tulips : Bokassa white/Bokassa red and Bokassa Verandi-orange; Parrot Tulip ‘Destiny’ (pink); Lily Tulips : Synaeda Orange/ Claudia-pink and Tres Chic-white; and pink Monet Tulips).

We  bought a swag of seeds from Lambleys Nursey ( http://lambley.com.au/) :  cornflowers, cosmos, Iceland poppies, calendula, stock, bupleurium, digitalis, honesty,nigella, tithonia, aquilegia, rudbeckia , zinnias and wallflowers.Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-03-22 11.26.41We planted a small Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum ‘ King Edward VII’) beside the future glasshouse and a Magnolia ‘White Caviar’ (Magnolia figo X yunnanensis) at the entrance to the garden opposite a mature Snowball Tree.  Note all the ironmongery in the photo. There used to be an old blacksmiths here in the early days and no matter where we dig, we are constantly finding rusty old ironware and broken bits of china and glass, which I have saved to make a mosaic for the garden one day !
The local market provided a Wheel of Fire (Stenocarpus sinuatus), a NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum), a Silky Oak ( Grevillea robusta) and a Native Frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum) for our rainforest garden on the cooler shadier south side of the house, bounded by the tall cypress trees and loquats.Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-03-03 14.49.04March was also a busy month creatively. I made my first-ever basket out of red hot poker leaves and cumbungi after spending a day with the Wyndham Basketeers.Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-09-01 14.10.58Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-03-09 18.00.59

I made an Easter rabbit doorstop, stuffed with lentils , and some full and half ‘Mother and Daughter’ aprons for the local shop.Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-04-21 10.31.44

I continued working on an old butterfly cross-stitch cushion cover, designed by Anette Erikkson ( http://anetteeriksson.com/ ), a belated birthday gift for my eldest daughter, and made new baby gifts for my other daughter’s pregnant friend- a very cute purple furry elephant designed by Jodie Carleton  (http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com.au/ ) and a floral nightie from an old 1950s Enid Gilchrist pattern my Mum had used for all her babies. Of course, the toy elephant had to have a matching nightie as well !Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-03-26 16.04.58Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-04-11 18.39.44Blog Early Autumn20%Reszd2015-03-26 17.41.54