Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Deborah Halpern

Last month the Waverley Art Quilters were studying Australian artist Deborah Halpern. Deb was born in 1957 and is a sculptor, print maker and painter. She designs colourful, whimsical, mosaic work and the shapes are usually outlined in black.

When I was researching Deborah Halpern, I was surprised that I had seen her work in the city for years but never made the time to find out what they were or who made them. I also found that her parents were part of the founding group of Potters Cottage in Warrandyte, the suburb next to mine! Potters Cottage began as a Pottery studio and then they added a gallery and finally a restaurant as well. I have been to that restaurant a number of times over the years! Potters Cottage is now a wedding venue.

If you click on her name you can see some of her work. I used to see Angel outside the art gallery in Melbourne for years and it has since been restored and is across the road from the art gallery at Birrarung Marr. I am going into the city in a couple of weeks and so I will make sure to visit the sculpture.

I was making my quilt inspired by Deb Halpern just before Showcase because it was my only window of free time. I drew up a funny face on some paper, found some bright fabrics that I had bought last year and madly cut and fused without trying to over-think the process.

It's pretty out there and wild for me! I have actually called it Showcase 2019 because that was how I was feeling in the weeks before Showcase. Even my hair is in shock (and a different colour), but notice that I am still smiling!!

It's a bit of fun but the wonderful thing about our Art Quilters group is how we are learning about all these wonderful artists that I wouldn't take the time to research otherwise.

A couple of months ago I did a small art quilt inspired by our group's study of Yayoi Kasuma, but I was never quite happy with my result. You can see the blog post here.

original Kasuma

Anyway, I was adding the binding and on the spur of the moment I added some white dots and I loved having more contrast and am much happier with it now.

Kasuma Finished

Bye for now,


Robbie said...

"Linda" is adorable!!!! and I love the end results of your Kasuma piece!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Robbie, it is certainly something different for me but faces don't seem so scary to make now!