“For the Love of Frida”

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ICON -July 2017. An exhibition featuring Shelley McDonald, Samadhi Hart, Fiona Dixon and Nicole De La Mar each interpreting the concept of “icon”. Percolator Gallery, Paddington.

The Exhibition will feature 2D artworks, textile, assemblage and mixed media works exploring the contemporary notion of an icon as well as a modern take on religious deities as icons. This will be a very eclectic and creative collection of works by a diverse group of artists.

 

 

 

 

For the Love of Frida!

For the Love of Frida is a series of creative workshops designed by Shelley McDonald and fellow artist and Frida Kahlo lover Samadhi Hart. These workshoShellasfridaps were originally created to raise funds to send us to Mexico for a pilgrimage to Frida’s home in Mexico City and to celebrate the Day of the Dead in 2016. The workshops were so well received that we have decided to continue this program indefinitely. We will be undertaking a series of specialist workshops during our time in Mexico in the Oaxaca region, a vibrant artistic community of artisans practicing tin smithing, textiles and Paper Mache. We will be bringing home new skills and workshops to run in 2017 to continue our love of all things Mexican!

 The Workshops

Resin and Jewellery making – Frida Style!

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In this fun workshop, you will learn the art of fool proof resin mixing and create a set of earrings, pendants and a ring using iconic Frida imagery. You will also create your own beautifully adorned trinket box using bright and colourful Frida and Mexicana imagery. Everything is supplied you just need to bring your self and your love of Frida!!

 

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Mexican Mandalas

frida round mandalaA great meditative exercise, we will practice creative mindfulness with a round canvas as our starting point. In this one day workshop we will use a variety of imagery to create a Mandala….. using pineapples, flowers and Frida imagery, you will undertake some serious scissor and glue therapy to create a colourful and dynamic circular design. You only need to bring a packet of funky printed serviettes and we will swap and share on the day.

 

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My Divine Shrine – Make your own personalised Mexican Nichos

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Nichos are made from mixed media and traditionally combine elements from roman catholicism, spirituality, and popular culture. Sometimes called retablos, these decorative boxes usually hold religious iconography to honour a passed loved one or patron saint.  Starting with a blank metal Nicho, you will embellish using found objects and bling to personalise your own shrine. Everything is supplied in this one day workshop – but you can also bring some personalised items. Classic Art Povera (or poor mans art) these fabulous shrines will be a real talking point.

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Cigar Box assemblage – contemporary shrines…

Using the humble cigar box, we will create either a wall or free standing shrine to Frida (or another loved one). Using a range of found objects, we will paint, stencil, glue and embellish to your hearts content. Assemblage is the art of creating objects from whatever you can find or scrounge….

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Frida Kahlo still life – mixed media.

frida still lifeFrida produced some sumptuous still life paintings depicting a colourful array of flowers, fruits and small objet d’art. In this one day workshop we will create our own version of a Frida still life and sketch, paint and collage your own composition from a smorgasboard of fruits, vegetables and flowers – a great workshop designed to loosen you up Frida Style!

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Frida Kahlo Mixed media portraits.

frida shelley styleFrida was the ultimate self portrait artist and in this one day workshop, you will create your own Frida style portrait of Frida or yourself as the subject matter. Using a range of traditional and non traditional collage papers, this will be a fun day of getting in touch with your inner Frida….. we will incorporate text into our works drawn from your own personal affirmations or using the many wonderful quotes from the Woman herself.

 

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Sugar Skulls

skullUsing a variety of mixed media and collage techniques, create a stunning sugar skull on canvas in this one day workshop. We will create 2 pieces of art starting with a doodle exercise on paper progressing to a fully embellished piece on mounted canvas. A fabulous expression of Momento Mori (In art, memento mori are artistic or symbolic reminders of mortality and translates roughly as “you too will one day die”… an uplifting thought if ever we’ve heard it!)

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FRIDA ART DOLLS

two dollsMake your own soft or wooden Frida inspired Art Doll. This one day workshop you will use a variety of techniques and mediums and paint, collage and embellish with traditional and non traditional objects. This workshop is suitable for mature children if accompanied with a participating adult. There is a small materials list for this workshop.

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The Workshops were kicked off at the 2015 Brisbane Mexican Festival held in West End.

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PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

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ONCE UPON A TIME – The Exhibition – MAY 2013

“Once upon a Time” was a 10 day exhibition and series of creative workshops held in May 2013. It featured artworks across a broad range of styles and genres by 28 Artists interpreting the theme of Fairy Tale. This was a beautiful collection by many talented artists featuring sculpture, fibre art, assemblage and mixed media. This event proudly supported and raised much needed funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 

VIVA LA FRIDA – The Exhibition – March 9-18, 2012.

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The exhibition coincided with International Womens Day and was held at The Circle Gallery in West End. Featuring an eclectic body of work from over 30 artists, our opening night saw in excess of 600 people come through the door.

Throughout the exhibition period, there was a range of “Frida inspired” workshops ranging from Screen printing your own Frida bag, to making your own Frida dolls!

This event proudly supported and raised funds for the Queensland Womens Legal Service.

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