June + July = Wedding + AVCon!

Hi everyone,

How are you going? I cannot believe how quickly 2016 has passed!

Time for some recapping, re June and July…

In June, I got married! 😀

Hubby and I had a bit of an alternative theme going on – no “white dress” for me!

 

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Mega thanks to our photographer, Phong @ unscripted.com.au

We surprised extended family and friends by inviting them to our “engagement party”, and announcing at the party that we had already married the fortnight prior.

I think that celebrations of any kind are a great opportunity to apply your creativity. We customised our battle jackets (denim vests) and decorated them ourselves, and I made my bouquet. I also made the table decorations for our party:

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I am fortunate to have a colleague who is a talented cake decorator; his creativity really shone through! 🙂

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Thank you also to Andrew at Adelaide Cake & Cheesecake Company – facebook.com/Adelaidecakecompany

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In July I volunteered for AVCon, Adelaide’s Anime and Videogames Convention. I have been attending the convention for some years but had not volunteered for a long time. It was a lot of fun to help out and meet new people, as well as explore Artist Alley and catch up on some new anime. Here are some of the artworks submitted for judging this year as well as only a small selection of the board games available for free-play within the venue (I love board games!). 🙂

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One of my volunteer shifts was in the ReachOut Room. This room is a chill out space sponsored by youth mental health organisation ReachOut (you can read more about them here, and check out their free apps too!)… Guess who is reading about WorryTime?! 😛

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The ReachOut room was also staffed by the founders of a new not for profit mental health organisation known as CheckPoint. CheckPoint are unique in that they are delivering psychoeducational programs and support services to “gamers” (aka those who play video or computer games). You can read more about them here.

I hope to get an opportunity to volunteer with CheckPoint again as they target a broader age group than ReachOut, and focus on a niche area that has previously been neglected.

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So, as you can see, a lot what happening mid-year!

Now, onwards to recapping August through September… 🙂

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May 2016 – Youth Mental Health Forum & Turbo Brown

Hi everyone! I hope that if you live in Australia, as I do, that you have not been affected too badly by the significant storms we had late last month. These resulted in loss of power at my home for almost 24 hours (I was luckier than many!), and loss of internet for much longer. (Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure is old fashioned and in my suburb the copper wiring can get water damage during times of heavy rain. Until the wiring gets a chance to dry out, the internet is kaput.)

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I thought that the best way to catch up on my blogging was to recap the previous months, exhibitions and workshops I attended, some of what I have been up to in class, etc, etc. So we are going to start with May and work on from there. My plan (technology, health and weather permitting! :P) is to publish at least one post a week till I am all caught up, and then we can resume my ideal programming which is posting once a week-fortnight. 🙂

In May I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a Youth Mental Health Forum here in Adelaide. The event was presented by Northern Health Network, Headspace, and the Primary Health Networks (phn), and held at Tandanya. Tandanya is formally known as the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, and is home to a number of indigenous arts exhibitions as well as the performing arts. You can read more about Tandanya here, it is well worth a visit if you are ever in town.

 The Forum was a great opportunity to hear about the current state of youth mental health services in Adelaide as well as emerging research findings about a number of youth relevant topics: application of Positive Psychology approaches in schools, the impact of social media and video game usage in youth, and so on.

One of the speakers was Tandanya’s own has arts education officer, who provides outreach and leads activities for indigenous youth. I was not aware that Tandanya provided such a service until the day! Her presentation, “Working and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people” was engaging and provided real world examples of how engagement in the arts can have positive personal, group, and community impacts.

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Examples of the results of the community art projects she has facilitated, from her presentation, are below:

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(Excuse the image quality in this case, I was seated waaaaay up the back! :))

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Following the Forum, I discovered an artist new to me. Tandanya hosts exhibitions year round, and during the Forum they featured the work of Turbo Brown. Turbo grew up in North Western Victoria and is from the Latje Latje community. He later had the opportunity to study visual arts at RMIT, Melbourne, and is now a full time artist.

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Some examples of his work from the exhibition program, as photos-in-gallery were not permitted:

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You can read more about Turbo and view more of his work here.

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Again, as said in an earlier post, I apologise for the time it has taken for me to get posts published. Nevertheless, I hope that you are continuing to enjoy the blog! Please remember that you can follow me on instagram (@heartinsightart) for more frequent updates, including my work in class and attempts at some Inktober scribbles! 🙂

Best wishes to all of you! 🙂