“Textiles are tactile, direct and intimate, appealing to touch as well as sight and are able to evoke a whole range of emotional responses that bypass the intellect”

Current Artist in Resident Anzara Clark draws inspiration from many sources, sometimes extraordinary and sometimes mundane and is particularly interested in the creative possibilities available through the language of clothing.

Anzara believes that the garment is a conceptual tool for exploring identity and experience. Garment forms represent cultural and universal discourses and also invite personal and individual engagement with the stories they tell.

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“I love the history that’s implicit in textile mediums, it connects me to a long line of women who have used practical skills to bind together as a community” Q & A with artist Thea Jones

Artist Thea Jones has created a beautiful, floating embroidery between the iconic fig trees at Laurel Lodge for the City of Greater Dandenong’s Cultural Threads textile celebration.

The piece, titled “All her thoughts are so tactile”, takes an intimate view of a girl’s or woman’s thoughts and materialism them.

Working with themes of femininity and community, the work is self fulfilling, nostalgic and traditions, qualities that are associated with traditional crafts like sewing, weaving and knitting.

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“My advice to all writers is: surround yourself with people who are smarter, more experienced and are willing to share. Then be ready to step up.”

Penelope Chai is a Melbourne based writer who has lived and worked in London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Amsterdam, Honiara and Kakadu.

Penny has been awarded several writing residencies and fellowships, including the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and has been shortlisted for several writing awards, including two AWGIEs and the City of Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award.

Films of her scripts have screened on ABC TV and at the Melbourne International Film Festival and her short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies.

As part of the City of Greater Dandenong’s Get Creative Program, Penny is facilitating a six week writing program titled “Journey Stories”

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“One of the greatest things about being an artist is realizing that you are part of a continuum and you are no more than a custodian of the forms while you are here. If you do it well, you will pass them on in turn.” our latest Hive interview with Artist and Educator, Philip Faulks.

Philip Faulks has been an exhibiting artist since 1981. Since that time his practice has embraced painting, drawing and sculpture. This has seen him undertake 15 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and in China. He has also been included in more than 75 group exhibitions in Australia, Singapore, Vietnam and Italy. He is represented in many public collections including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra.

In addition, Philip has worked extensively in higher education in the University and TAFE sectors and has taught Visual Art at Chisholm in Frankston since 1991.

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“Always be proud to say that you’re an emerging Melbourne-based artist!”

Callum Jackson is a Melbourne-based visual artist who uses mediums such as Printmaking, drawing, photography, painting, and poetry. He is currently completing his BFA (Printmaking) at RMIT and preparing for his first curated exhibition with  Greater City of Dandenong Youth Services, titled Reside.

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“Sometimes I’ll trawl through a large amount of images trying to find something that inspires, other times it pops up out of a magazine or something and I know instantly ‘that’s the one!’

Peter Douglas is a multidisciplinary artist, focusing on painting and drawing with charcoal, pencil, oil paint, gauche, ink, pastel and acrylic. Through his practice he has also explored other mediums such a sculpture, installation, photography and animation.

During his residency, Douglas hopes to develop work relating to the urban landscape around Dandenong, capturing snapshots of the buildings, people and vibrant markets in multi-coloured paintings and drawings. Following the approach of Douglas’ recent works, his residency explorations would consist of a camouflage of vibrant colours capturing the figure within a fleeting moment.

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