magic object: skateboard magic

Hello! 🙂

It pays to subscribe to the Art Gallery of SA’s email list… Through it I found out about a deck painting workshop hosted by local artist Joshua Searson, as part of the Magic Object: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art exhibition. I have a small (and growing!) collection of (skateboard) deck art, and thought why not add to it by creating something myself?

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I roped in my fiancĂ© – who typically prefers music making to art making 😉 – and off we went. We did not have a set plan for what we would create on our decks, though I had hoped we would come out with something we can display in our future home.

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After some thought, he suggested that we create an image across two decks, so that our individual decks formed one image. I thought this was a clever idea.

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Fiancé hard at work!
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Hiiiii! It’s me. 🙂

It was interesting to see how the imagery on the decks developed. Spontaneous ideas, “oops” moments and discussion led to a unique end result. It was the first joint art making activity I have engaged in with my fiancĂ© and a bit of a magic moment for me (haha I couldn’t resist an opportunity for a lame joke! ;)).

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The artworks of each participant were varied and truly showed that one is only limited by imagination when decorating a deck! I think that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

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The workshop was a positive art making experience, a unique opportunity to learn about and from a local artist, and excellent value for money. I strongly recommend you check out any future workshops the Art Gallery of SA runs – I know I will be! 🙂

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You can also find out more about our workshop host, Joshua, and his art here.

What do you think of our decks?
Have you tried creating deck art, or own some deck art?
What do you think of this trend?


spirit doll workshop

doll head

spirit doll

spirit doll

I hope that you have all been having a great week. Here in South Australia, it is a long weekend – lucky for those not having to work the Monday! 🙂

On Saturday I attended a Spirit Doll Workshop, facilitated by an Adelaide based art therapist, Jackie, at Artwell Art Therapy. The purpose of the workshop was to create a doll, which acts like a personal guide for yourself. It is designed to symbolise and contain the personal characteristics you are needing in your life right now.

I found the process very interesting. To me, it was like creating a visual representation of a written affirmation. Affirmations can be useful and powerful things as they encourage you to focus on what you DO want. I would not necessarily consider affirmations to be about “positive thinking” but rather about productive, helpful thinking. If you can get yourself into a productive mindset, it is easier for you to take and continue to take productive actions, and make productive choices, which leads to results. An article which provides useful information about affirmations and creating them can be found here.

Through the process of creating the doll, it is interesting to observe how you may start out with a particular idea in mind, yet it can turn out completely different. A bit like life I guess! 🙂

I had expected that my doll would personify a coach, someone to encourage me to continue on the creative path. Instead, it turned out to be me! I have interpreted this as being a reflection of my higher self.

What do you think?

Have you ever attended a Spirit Doll Workshop, or tried something similar? I would love to hear about it! 🙂