helen amyes

from the studio


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8th september2015

vesselthreeforblog


Recently i attended a workshop for sculpting bull kelp, the thick seaweed that grows off the east coast of tasmania.Its strange stuff to work with,thick and slimy to start with like a rubbery leather, then as it dries it shrinks rapidly turning black,brittle and hard.The series of vessels i made are still changing shape several months later. Fun to experiment with, its other name is Mermaid’s bladder.

photograph by Paul Amyes.

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21st january 2015

flipflop001


Altered film photographic print. Flip Flop or Aussie” Thong”,at the base of a boat house,Ochre Beach,Dodges Ferry Tasmania. Film lomo colour print 100 ,camera Holga 135 BC ,hand painted with gouache and inscribed with intaglio print making tool.

Altering these “duffers” i.e. prints that were rather dull, has been a lot of fun and is sort of leading to a series.Well received on Red Bubble [Thanks Guys!] and good for the wallet as recycling/ reusing everything is vital to a sustainable arts practice.Knowing that the lomo photography would be a rather hit and miss affair [and that is part of the appeal] hand altering the prints is a nice cross over to painting and scratching the emulsion surface feels pleasantly taboo, like cutting up old books for the first time, or planting a yarn bomb.