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Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.

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Nillumbik Artists Open Studios - Jane Annois


This weekend sees the Nillumbik artists open their studios to the public once again. Last week I had way too much fun meeting one of the participants, ceramic artist, Jane Annois at her studio in Warrandyte.  Our chat included so many of my favourite things... France, the French language, Paris and the most exquisite, voluptuous nude raku pots imaginable. Stay with me, there's a connection.


Since 1997, Jane has regularly visited France to work with French potters.   She became involved in the French Pottery Markets (Marché de Potiers), where the participants encouraged her to start up a similar pottery market here. The Warrandyte Pottery Expo was born shortly thereafter. It's become a regular feature on the Warrandyte calendar and is going from strength to strength. In 2013, seven French potters will come out to participate in it. In conjunction with this, they will hold an exhibition at Qdos Gallery in Lorne, so watch out for both of those events next year.  In the same year, Jane will be involved in taking a group of Australian ceramic artists to France for a potters market in Dieulefit. The following year, the same group of Australian artists will exhibit alongside French ceramic artists in Paris.


Through her business, Zeste French Tours, Jane regularly conducts tours around France for a maximum of eight tourists. They enjoy, the food, the art and the countryside. She uses her considerable experience and knowledge of France to take participants to restaurants off the beaten track and to meet French artists in their studios. Other arts related destinations include the Musée Rodin in Paris.

Local artist Emmy Mavroidis, (art tutor for Zeste French Tours) was bowled over by Rodin's work at the Rodin Museum. Emmy's drawings on the pots (above) were directly inspired by that visit.

When Dena Ashbolt saw these same pots in Jane's studio, she proposed a collaboration with Jane, which resulted in a whole body of work using the nude raku technique.  (More about Dena's upcoming exhibition later this month.)



Another of Zeste's art tutors is Eltham painter and ceramic artist Chris Pittard ...nice work if you can get it!  I'm told that there's a language tour and a food tour planned for next year. Check out the information for the 2013 Zeste Tours via this link.


Photograph provided by Jane Annois.

If you would like to meet Jane in her studio this weekend, you'll find her at 109 Kangaroo Ground Road, Warrandyte on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the other Nillumbik Artists Open Studios Isiiad has visited, check out these links.

Shaaron SmithEv HalesMirranda BurtonNerina LascellesKate HudsonChris Pittard, Mary-Lou PittardJessie PittardOna Henderson and Syd Tunn, Margaret Summerton, Stephanie Mew and the Baldessin Press.

All work in this post is Jane Annois© and Emmy Mavroidis©

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Jesse Marlow


Jesse Marlow, Aerial, 2012, Pure pigment print, edition of 10. © the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

I don't think I've mentioned my somewhat tenuous interest in sailing... from a previous life.  At my first glimpse of Aerial (above), I saw kevlar sails and brightly coloured spinnakers. Who would have thought that plastic tarps on a building site would bring to mind the exhilarating sport of sailing...but there you are. I quickly discovered that ambiguity is one of the themes in Jesse Marlow's work. 

There's also an element of humour in his work.  Especially in his award winning Skip Divers which was one of the images that won Jesse the 2011 London Street Photography Award

His exhibition, Don't Just Tell Them, Show Them (Part 3) has been years in the making.  The images are intriguing, demonstrating a photographer at the peak of his career.  You can enjoy his photographic genius at the Anna Pappas Gallery in Prahran until 26th May.


Jesse Marlow, Lal Lal, 2012,  Pure pigment print, edition of 10. © the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

I love the story of his introduction to photography.  Aged seven, his uncle gave him a book about New York subway art and culture "Subway Art". Pictures of graffiti on trains captured his attention.  Immediately thereafter he enlisted his Mother's help to drive him around to take photos of Melbourne's graffiti art during his school holidays. He's pretty much been hooked on photography since then.

It was a natural progression for Jesse to study photography after leaving secondary school. His early teacher, Reimund Zunde inspired and mentored him. He took Jesse under his wing and pushed him away from convention. It was through the mentorship of Reimund Zunde that Jesse developed his ability to truly see the urban environment.

His images are utterly unique. They're not set up. He will 'see' shots on the way to something else or in between his commercial photography jobs. Unusually, he shoots on film for his art shots.  He loves the suspension created between taking the shot and waiting for the negative to be developed. He uses minimal photoshop as he wants the images to retain their purity. He tells me that "The decisive moment will always be what I'm looking for."


Jesse Marlow, White Cat, 2011, Pure pigment print, edition of 10. © the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

"If, after viewing Marlow's photographs, we stop our feet in front of a broken shop window and ask ourselves whether this scene is a still-life laden with anxiety and pathos or simply one fleeting moment in the long and jumbled visual narrative of life, then surely we will also be acknowledging the enlightening effect of Marlow's works. In selecting to photograph only those scenes which adhere to an aesthetic brilliance, Marlow resolutely acknowledges his role as an artist in the world." Suzanne Fraser, 2012 for Anna Pappas Gallery

Jesse is all over the www.  Notably, for all of you renovation tragics, the gorgeous Richmond home of Jesse and his wife Aria is featured on The Design Files...photos are of course by Jesse himself.  Have a squizz.

My thanks to Jesse for agreeing to be part of Isiiad and to Anna Pappas Gallery for their assistance with this post.


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Metal Madams and Mad Moments


This exhibition is pure unadulterated fun! As the title suggests, it includes metal, a touch of madness and just a tiny hint of kinky.  Add to that the odd licorice allsort and you'll find yourself smiling all the way around it.


Textile artist Trish Sidway was determined to follow her own sense of fun while creating the work for this exhibition. I caught up with her just before the opening.  She told me that at the heart of the work for Metal Madams and Mad Moments is,

"...the juxtaposition between something raw and waste and making it into something soft and feminine...There's a challenge in using a hard material like metal as a textile."


Sculptures of fantastical shoes, using recycled metal and lots of imagination sit on recycled chair legs painted in the brightest of bright colours.  There's paper, fabric and handsewing all used in unique and interesting ways... suggesting clothing and adornment while clearly not being able to be worn.





Aria award winner, Kavisha Mazzella officially opened the exhibition and performed with the Nuovo String Quartet on the night.

Metal Madams and Mad Moments is at Manningham Gallery up until 12th May.

Manningham Council Municipal Offices

699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, 3108

Mel Ref. 33 F12


Trish herself is great fun...from the top of her head to the tip of her toes.  Sensing a women who loves to dress up, I asked her if she has a wardrobe full of shoes? With a wicked grin, she answered "No, but I'm working on it!"  Ahhh a woman after my own heart... I can't wait to see what she does next!

All work in this post is Trish Sidway©.

Parent Category: Arts

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