The Artists

Working with artists is an exciting and gratifying experience. Who could have predicted their incredible generosity? I remember my first phone call to the Melbourne based print-maker and sculptor, Chris Ingham. I launched into a lengthy explanation about the project – I was shaking, breathless and talked too quickly. At the end of my nervous spiel, Chris replied simply, “Okay”.

Since that first encounter I have approached over ten other Victorian artists. No one has refused our request for help! Blessings and thanks to you all.

The Process:

Our donor artists send through a couple or a few possible designs, we print them off and take them to the St Kilda Gatehouse drop in centre, where our women vote for their favourite image. The most popular images then get sent through to our designer, Jane Satchell, who prepares the finished artwork, ready to be printed on to greeting cards. Our women really enjoy being involved in this process.

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David Frazer works in painting, wood engraving, etching, lithography and bronze. His artwork is in the collections of many Australian galleries and libraries, including the National Gallery of Australia. He is the recipient of many awards and was a major prize winner in the International Print Biennial in Guanlan China. www.dfrazer.com

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Chris Ingham moved from Adelaide to Melbourne in 1999. His career spans many disciplines including glass blowing, sculpture and printmaking. Chris has contributed as artist in residence in both Ireland and Mexico and won the Collie Print Trust Scholarship through the Australian Print Workshop. www.chrisingham.com * chrisnghm@gmail.com

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Baby Guerrilla is a Melbourne artist and street artist who specialises in large scale public artworks. You can check out more of her work at http://www.babyguerrilla.com

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Christina Gordon recently moved to Adelaide from Melbourne. She is an artist / printmaker and ceramicist exhibiting her unique monoprints at The Print Guild Gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and at her Etsy Store, Jamfancy. Christina makes dolls, toys and Blythe clothes and loves all things Japanese or French. www.jamfancy.com

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Larissa MacFarlane is a Melbourne based printmaker. Much of her work is inspired by the urban industrial landscapes of Melbourne’s West, where she lives, as well as from her experience of illness and disability, to investigate ways of linking personal stories to global understandings of where we currently find ourselves in time and space. She was recently honoured to receive the 2013 Hobsons’ Bay Art In Public Places Award. larissalice@gmail.com * larissamacfarlane.blogspot.com.au

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Laura Alice is a Geelong-based artist who creates inky paintings and street art. Her works are illustrative, playful, serene and whimsical, exploring a world of contemplative creatures and their human companions. She paints from the heart, finding her inspiration in mystic philosophers, children’s storybooks and Melbourne street art. Laura Alice co-founded both Geelong Illustrators and Norlane Yarn Bombers. www.laura-alice.com/

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Wendy June is a Melbourne based ceramicist and illustrator, creating fun and monstrous images, which have been featured in the Herald Sun, Frankie magazine and Inside Out magazine, among others. www.wendyjune.com.au * http://www.etsy.com/shop/wendyjune

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Rona Green is known for creating hybrid characters who are loners, misfits and outcasts bearing the marks and scars of past experience. Through them she champions idiosyncrasy and individuality. Rona has received many accolades for her work and is represented in over fifty Australian and international public art collections. www.ronagreen.com

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Ghostpatrol creates worlds across mediums exploring ideas of space exploration, cosmic scale and the super future. His visual worlds invite ideas and questions to methods of seeing beyond our own existence scale and atomic configuration, through the concepts of curiosity lead science and quantum physics.

http://ghostpatrol.net

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