Aaah! Just finished up two screen and block printing poster workshops for the youth art space at Fairbridge Folk Festival 2015, Perth. It was a huge success!!! Teens poured through the art tent eager to print their skulls and decorate their day of the dead poster with relief blocks and foam stamps. We mixed up some funky colours and got some really sweet combos. The tent packed out with a great bunch of teens, mums and kids. Such a fabulous festival site. And working along side some awesome artists surrounded by amazing music and lots of good vibes. Here are a few pics of some of the posters. I will upload a process page soon.
The biggest social problem i believe we face is not that depression and pain seem to be an epidemic but that we are so insecure we think it makes us different and weak and find it all so confusing… This is hideously misguided considering almost everyone experiences depression in their lives, and everyone feels pain, it is not an element that separates us but one that unites us!!! We should be standing together and saying I feel like shit somebody hug me. Not I feel like shit I better hide or I might dampen the mood or not seem cool like those happy uplifting people…..
I cry a lot, and i laugh a lot, life throws ups and downs, it’s a rolls coaster and the social constraints put on children as a “way to behave” are crippling and outdated. We need to implement healthy mind studies into primary education.
When we were a society almost entirely guided by the church, this was… Somewhat… Happening. . Since we live in such a diverse society now not ruled by any one religion we need to fill the void. We need to inform children of the simple tools and techniques available to aid our understanding of our own psychology and emotional health so we don’t grow up in fear of feeling or in fear of our confusion about feeling. You do not need to control someone’s behaviour or morals to do this just inform them of what we as a species understand about ourselves, why do we learn sport and physical exercise techniques but not mental health exercises…. It would be so easy to transform an entire generation by providing the access in the early years, erasing the stigma attached to emotion and mental health and provide an open arms, open heart, open mind society.
Urgh men sure did get the industrial revolution cranking but what about the development of people!!! What about a psychological revolution that inspires growth and understanding of who we are and what we are likely to experience. You don’t need to do a phd to understand basic psychology you mostly just need reassurance that it’s ok to feel because what ever your feeling there is a reason it just needs acknowledgment and then a decision on how you want to let that feeling influence your decision making…. It’s only when these steps aren’t taken that a mentally healthy person can quickly become mentally unhealthy and even breakdown completely. Urgh!!!!
So frustrated with the priorities of society – capitalism is important I get that but it can’t take the lead ahead of health – health then economy then lifestyle
SPANDA is #1 on the sculpture walk at this years Verge Festival brought to you by the dedicated students and graduates of the University of Sydney Union.
SPANDA is a Claire Munro Art and Design initiative. It is an interactive multi sensory installation by Sydney College of the Arts students Dorit Goldman (MFA), Melissa Maree (BVA) and Claire Munro (BVA). SPANDA is from Sanskrit referring to the self expressive pulse of all individual things and all things united as one. Translated as movement, vibration and an exploration into our collective consciousness. SPANDA includes work by Dorit Goldman with her plaster “accidents” a result of her study of the body. Melissa Maree explores visual vibration through geometry and pattern with her delicate cutouts. Accompanied with warped glass blown vessels, photonics fibre structures and video projection that explore human Phsycology by Claire Munro. Overall it is an experience and one is urged to sit in the work be still and enjoy the works many intricate and ever changing moments as well as identifying the works impact on you as an individual and as (like everything else) a vital part of our entire cosmos as a whole. It’s mesmerising visuals and playful string installation combined with the sculptures create a space for calm contemplation a chance to escape the stresses of the day and ponder.