We have all experienced the last 2 years in many different ways…
I collaborated with 195 artists to share collaged books about our “Sense of Place”…
Worked in the garden until it was so pristine it would have won many garden awards… but of course it didn’t cos all those things were cancelled…
But just last week, after a 2-year hiatus, the Masterclass returned to the beautiful Bungalook studio that belongs to Rick and Josephine Jakobi.
In this atmosphere of pure sanctuary, 8 of us gathered to live under canvas.. sorta “glamping’… and to work for 5 days in the fabulous Bungalook Studio.
The Masterclass, run my me, was different to others that I have done… the conversations flowed constantly.
The work stalled for a while, as the students grappled with huge changes to their thought process and then the ‘light’ was turned on, after much encouragement, on about the 4th day.
The changes were profound…. The thought process was huge… the results were stating to be uncovered, but it is the long-term work that these amazing artists will produce is what I am interested in.
Masterclasses are not everyone’s ‘cup-of-tea’, but if you want to extend your art practice you have to let a Master into your realm to support you on your new journey.
I was supported on a new journey during this week, when I invited two artists from the East Gippsland area to have a conversation with us about their art practice and passion.
Josephine Jakobi is so passionate about her environment around Lake Tyers, a place that she has lived for most of her life, that you can’t help but be mesmerized by her passion. The skill of finding the hidden workings of creatures, large and small in that environment is profound… the work that Josephine does is testament to the observation skills that have been skillfully honed.
Josephine does not call herself a fibre artist, but when you see her work and hear her stories, it all somehow falls into place. Her drawings are stunningly real, her stitch on massive works of linen is awe-inspiring… to stand in front of these works, brings me to tears… emotional tears from the power that is created within these works.
Her conversation moved me into another direction… I now wonder just who the ‘master’ is!!
Josephine Jakobi Glenys Mann at the opening of Develop at Iceworks Lakes Entrance
Our other guest was Catherine van Wilgenburg.
I sat next to Catherine at a function that was held late last year in the Bungalook Studio and her knowledge and great sense of place was beguiling.
The invitation was sent to Catherine to join us at the opening of DEVELOP… an exhibition of the Masterclass students works at ICEWORKS, in Lakes Entrance.
When asked how she regarded the standard of the exhibition and presentations, she replied….
The ‘opening’ at Iceworks was a 2-way enterprise, where a community gets to see and understand something that is happening among them, but which also places us within the local art ‘scene’ The environment here at Bungalook also influences the kind of Masterclasses we have and the way we respond to each other and ourselves.
The other question we put to Catherine was…
What did you discover about us / our art? (Here in the studio)
An enjoyment of being, a sense of beingness
A focused but highly sensitive environment where you are individually engaged in your own processes yet sensitive enough to pick up on cues from the conversations around you. The best form of collaboration, where you become part of an organism in an individualistic way.
The interior of Bungalook Studio, Lakes Entrance
So… being at Bungalook for 6 days, it has really started the ‘new era’ for Fibre Arts Australia…. A ‘kick start’ if you will…..
After being isolated for 2 years…. to be able to the experience in person and have that “face-to-face” connection: it does not compare with “online learning” or of the in-person contact to the tribe!
This is what the Masterclass at Bungalook brought back!!!
The new Fibre Arts team is very excited to get back to Ballarat Grammar in April to start re-connecting with our Tribe and with ourselves… to be part of the excitement that grows from being together… all amazing artists in their own right!
It has been a dream for more than 2 years to get together again and heck, we will do it!
CEO of the best Fibre Arts Tribe!
Images courtesy of : JILL MIGLIETTE, JOSEPHINE JAKOBI, GLENYS MANN
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