To help celebrate Youth Week, two creative workshops will be held at the Glasshouse this month.
Gen Y Reaccessorise aims to show young people how to use recycled materials to create funky and exciting jewellery and accessories. Artists Mary Tyquin and Lucy Pascale are the creative inspiration behind the workshops …
What’s your background as an artist?
Mary: After leaving school I worked as a screen printer and freelance window dresser, travelling all over Australia. When my youngest started Kindy, I decided to go to Wauchope TAFE to do a Certificate course in art … this led to Port, Kempsey and Foster-Tuncurry TAFE Colleges, eventually ending with a degree in Fine Art from Newcastle Uni, majoring in Sculpture. Art in all its many manifestations is full of intrigue and although my latest foray has been in glass and stainless steel, I am equally drawn to two dimensional figurative drawing … the humble pencil – so easily kept in one’s pocket! I am currently just finishing a Grad Dip Ed, with Visual Arts as my major teaching area.
Lucy: A journey through Europe revealed and provided the opportunity to view the works of the great masters in museums and galleries, to interact with the plein air artists in Montmartre, Venice and Rome. Being intrigued by the vast array of colourful darks of the Mediterranean, the textures of old villas, wine cellars and the catacombs still existing from centuries ago became my inspiration for painting.The experience led me to study art and complete a Diploma in Fine Art, to becoming a teacher of art. I exhibit my work both locally and regionally and have works in private collections in Italy and England.
How did you become involved with coordinating art workshops at the Glasshouse?
Mary: I co-ordinated my first FreshArt Youth Art Festival in 2006, then the year the Glasshouse opened we ran that year’s Festival inside the Glasshouse in the Ross Family Studio. The last FreshArt in 2010 was a Market Day in the Glasshouse forecourt … the art workshops in the Artlab have been in conjunction with FreshArt and sometimes for other art based projects.
Screen printing is always a very popular workshop, as the participants not only learn a new and very useful technique, but they come away with a unique design which no-one else has …
Lucy: I became a volunteer at the Regional Gallery as a gallery attendant and assisted with installing exhibitions. This is where my knowledge of the art world and community art projects broadened.
It was during this time I began to work with public programs, conducting some of the creative holiday fun workshops in the art lab.
What are some of the other programs you’ve run at the Glasshouse so far – and how successful have they been?
Lucy: The Art Lab is a great space for learning about visual art and the creative process; we have run Indonesian shadow puppet workshops and lantern making. Our tie dying workshops are ongoing by popular demand and fill up very quickly.
Young people continually express excitement and interest in coming back to do new workshops. In the leadup to the 2011 Aquasculpture outdoor sculpture exhibition, primary schools participated in constructing and creating fish sculptures. Over four hundred diverse individual fish sculptures were produced.
What are the Gen Y reaccessorise workshops all about?
Mary: The two Gen Y reaccessorise workshops will focus on making jewellery and revamping old jeans and denim jackets … so bring them with you, and let’s turn them into something new and groovy. Lucy and I will be scouring the op shops and will have loads of bits and bobs to sew, stick, bead, tie, print and reinvent your old jeans … turn them into shorts and cut off those sleeves for a new vest. The workshops run for four hours each day; you can stay as long or as little as you like. They are free … so tune into the Youth Week Facebook to check it all out.
Lucy: Creating your own unique funky jewellery and accessories out of recycled materials. It is a unique way to show off your creative talent and to complement your personal style. Today we are seeing a lot more emphasis on hand made designs.
The workshops are free and will supply a vast array of materials, such as fabrics, lace, buttons, feathers and beads, or bring along a pair of jeans and cut off to remodel into shorts.
What’s the most rewarding thing for you about working with youth and art?
Mary: That’s easy! Always the enthusiasm; it’s so contagious. It is so much fun to work with people who want to be there. Art … and music … I am always humbled by the sheer talent that oozes out of so many young Hastingites!
Lucy: Observing the many ways in which young people respond to discovering their creativity and talent – sometimes just transforming images, mediums and materials into a total mess before becoming a completed work of art.
Thanks Mary and Lucy. The workshops will be held at the Glasshouse on April 14 and 15 at 10am. The workshops are free, but places are limited. Please call the Glasshouse to book your spot on 6581 8888.
This story was published in issue 77 of Port Macquarie Focus